Nick Cave & Bad Seeds

Where The Wild Roses Grow

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He Gm called me the wild C5 ro- Gm ose
But my A# name was Elisa D Day
Why he Gm called me that I do not C5 kno- Gm ow
For my Gm name was F5 Elisa Gm Day

1)From the Gm first day I saw her I knew A# she was the one
She Cm stared in my eyes and D smiled
Her Gm lips were the colour of the A# roses
That Cm grow down the river all D bloody and wild

When he Gm knocked on my door and A# entered the room
My Cm trembling subsided in D his sure embrace
He would Gm be my first man and A# with a careful hand
He Cm wiped off the tears that run down D my D7 face


2)On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I'd seen
I said "Do you know where the wild roses grow
so sweet and scarlet and free?"

On the second day he came with a single red rose
He said "Give me your lust and your sorrow"
I nodded my head as I lay on the bed
"If I show you the roses, will you follow?"


3)On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a martyr word
As he knelt above me with a rock in his fist

On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
She lay on the bank going light as a thief
And I kissed her goodbye, said all beauty must die
And I leant down and planted a rose between her teeth