So with that, I thought I’d take a final


The tide of public opinion had started

to abate

the neighbors, bless them, had

turned out to be all talk

I could see their frightened faces

peering at me through the gate


I was looking for an end to this, for

some kind of closure,

Time moved so rapidly, I had no hope

of keeping track of it

I thought of my friends who had died

of exposure

and I remembered other ones who had

died from the lack of it


And in my best shoes I started falling

forward down the street

I stopped at a church and jostled

through the crowd

and love followed just behind me,

panting at my feet

As the steeple tore the stomach from a

lonely little cloud


Inside I sat seeking the presence of

a God

I searched through the pictures in a

leather-bound book

I found a wooly lamb dozing in an issue

of  blood

And a gilled Jesus shivering on a

Fisherman’s hook



It seems so long

Since you’ve been gone away

And I

Just got to say

That it grows darker with the day


Back on the street I saw a great big

Smiling sun

It was a Good day and an Evil day and

all was bright and new

It seemed to me that most

destruction was being done

by those who could not choose

between the two


Amateurs, dilettantes, hacks,

cowboys, clones

The streets groaned with little Caesars,

Napoleons, and cunts

With their building blocks and their tiny

plastic phones

Counting on their fingers, with the crumbs

down their throats


I passed by your garden, saw you with

your flowers

The Magnolias, Camellias and Azaleas

so sweet

and I stood there invisible in the

panicking crowds,

You looked so beautiful in the rising heat


I smell smoke, see little fires bursting on

the lawns

people carrying on regardless, listening to

their hands

Great cracks appear in the pavement,

the earth yawns

Bored and disgusted, to do us down



It seems so long

Since you’ve been gone

And I

Just got to say

That it grows darker with the day


These streets are frozen now, I come

and go

Full of a longing for something I do

not know

My father sits slumped in the

deepening snow

As I search, in and out, above,

about and below



it seems so long

Since you’ve been gone

Since you went away

And I

hope and I pray

That it grows darker with the day.




Nick Cave

Darker With The Day

From no more shall we part

2001 Reprise Records