The Rider Song

January 20, 2013

I don’t know how I’ve gone so long not realizing that two of my favorite contemporary musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have collaborated on many musical soundtracks. I at once dived into them all and was not disappointed. This song off the soundtrack to the move The Proposition is so amazingly sublime.

The Rider Song – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
The Proposition Soundtrack

‘When?’ said the moon to the stars in the sky
‘Soon’ said the wind that followed them all

‘Who?’ said the cloud that started to cry
‘Me’ said the rider as dry as a bone

‘How?’ said the sun that melted the ground
and ‘Why?’ said the river that refused to run

and ‘Where?’ said the thunder without a sound
‘Here’ said the rider and took up his gun

‘No’ said the stars to the moon in the sky
‘No’ said the trees that started to moan

‘No’ said the dust that blunted its eyes
‘Yes’ said the rider as white as a bone

‘No’ said the moon that rose from his sleep
‘No’ said the cry of the dying sun

‘No’ said the planet as it started to weep
‘Yes’ said the rider and laid down his gun



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