"Lovely Creature" as written by and Warren Ellis Nicholas Edward Cave....
There she stands, this lovely creature
There she stands, there she stands
With her hair full of ribbons
And green gloves on her hands

So I asked this lovely creature
Yes, I asked. Yes I asked
Would she walk with me a while
Through this night so fast

She took my hand, this lovely creature
"Yes", she said, "Yes", she said
"Yes, I'll walk with you a while"
It was a joyful man she led

Over hills, this lovely creature
Over mountains, over ranges
By great pyramids and sphinxs
We met drifters and strangers

Oh the sands, my lovely creature
And the mad, moaning winds
At night the deserts writhed
With diabolical things

Through the night, through the night
The wind lashed and it whipped me
When I got home, my lovely creature
She was no longer with me

Somewhere she lies, this lovely creature
Beneath the slow drifting sands
With her hair full of ribbons
And green gloves on her hands


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    General CommentHe's a nutter. It's as simple as that.

    It's as though his favourite persona is this lunatic who sees a woman as a delicate, pretty little flower, then is consumed by some insane rage that leads him to either chop her up into tiny little pieces, or stalk her until she asks the police for a new identity.

    The whole song has a fantastic air of madness about it, though, and "oh, the sands, my lovely creature, and the mad moaning winds" verse brings up images that you'd be more likely to have after munching strange cactuses in the desert. Very trippy and engaging.
    mizchiffon December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVery, very unsettling. All those light, girly la-la-las in the background that turn funereal towards the end, so you know it's not going to end well, & that disturbing image of the woman lying under the sands with her ribbons still in her hair & her green gloves still on... I always say that songs aren't always autobiographical & you can't read too much into them, & I love these murder ballads & Nick Cave's stuff generally, but he's not the kind of man you'd want to bump into in a dark alley!
    morbid moragon July 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationSince this song is from the "Murder Ballads"-Album I guess it's pretty fair to assume the narrator meets a pretty girl, spends some time with her, then kills her and buries her body in the desert. My mind always set this "story" in Las Vegas - I guess because of "over mountains, over ranges / by great pyramids and sphinx / we met drifters and strangers" rather made me think of scenes I saw in CSI (now CSI Vegas) than of Egypt; also - and I hope that does not sound wrong - a "lovely creature" with "hair full of ribbons and green gloves on her hands" sounds like THAT kind of "exclusive company" you can find easily along the strip.
    So both go on a trip through Las Vegas, ending up somewhere outside in the desert - where something happens and he kills her.

    But when I heard the song for the very first time (admidetally I was quite young back then and English is my second language, so it was far from being perfect) I thought it was about a vanishing hitchhiker. A guy sees that beautiful girl that is dressed a bit old-fashioned (I mean, ribbons in the hair and gloves made me think of Southern Belles) and he offers her a ride. She takes the offer and leads him very chaoticly around, even into a sand-storm, and when he finally makes it home - she's gone.
    Somewhere later he finds out that the "lovely creature" is dead, buried in the desert, and she probably tried to lead him there so that finally somebody discovers her body.
    Urszaon April 12, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favourites from this album, really creepy grunts and heavy breathing from Nick between verses.
    AmarothVartaakon July 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just amazing,, as we don't know really if he killed the woman ( in this case it's a Nick Cave's song like the others which are still amazing ) or if it's just like an abstract dream, about finding and losing love
    zoeeeeon August 19, 2014   Link

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