Galleon Ship (2019) – Nick Cave

This is the second song presented here from Cave’s Ghosteen. The first article Bright Horses continues to mount up the views. It’s by far the most viewed article here on Observation Blogger and I am very humbled by that given the subject-matter.
This album was written in the wake of the death of Nick Cave’s son and is one of the highest critically acclaimed of 2019. Cave’s music is generally characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence:

If I could sail a galleon ship
Long lonely rider cross the sky
Seek out mysteries while you sleep
And treasures money cannot buy

For you know I see you everywhere
A servant girl, an empress
My galleon ship would will fly and fall
Fall and fly and fly and fall
Deep into your loveliness

Cave’s more recent musical work features ambient and electronic elements, as well as increasingly abstract lyrics. The tones on this album Ghosteen really get beneath my skin. There are fabulous moments that work effectively on an emotional level, and despite the use of instrumental minimalism, the explosion of emotions that Ghosteen is capable of, is clear.

This little cyclical melody of Galleon Ship is powerful, almost gospel and Ghosteen Speaks. There are two main versions of the song. One, the original from the album and the other a deconstructed live piano version of Nick singing below. Cave said…’I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage...’

Nick Cave- wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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2 comments on “Galleon Ship (2019) – Nick Cave
  1. While I’ve never been a huge fan of Nick Cave’s music, I will concede his brilliance as a songwriter and musician. “Ghosteen” is an incredibly impactful and beautiful record.

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