Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - I Need You


In July of 2015, Nick Cave's 15-year-old son died after falling from a cliff. The death of a child is a loss that most people struggle to deal with. Cave is a musician and so the grief inevitably seeped into his latest album Skeleton Tree and the accompanying documentary One More Time With Feeling. You can find out more about the process of making both the album and the film in this illuminating review by David Bennun at 1843 Magazine. Bennun writes:
The film reaches its musical climax with the session for “I Need You”. “Nothing really matters any more,” intones Cave, summoning the desolation of all-consuming grief. Art is not an answer, when you do not even know what the question is. There is no cure, there is no palliative. The only option is to do something because doing nothing is somehow worse still.
Last night, I listened to "I Need You," and I was gutted by it. I cried and cried. I can't get over this song. I can't get over the line "Nothing really matters when the one you love is gone."

Lyrics:

When you're feeling like a lover
Nothing really matters anymore
I saw you standing there in the supermarket
With your red dress falling, your eyes are to the ground

Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters when the one you love is gone

You're still in me, baby
I need you
In my heart, I need you
Cause nothing really matters

I'm standing in the doorway
You're walking 'round my place in your red dress, hair hanging down
Your eyes on one, we love the ones we can
Cause nothing really matters when you're standing, standing

I need you, I need you
Cause nothing really matters

We follow the line of the palms of our hands
You're standing in the supermarket, nothing, holding hands
In your red dress, falling, falling, falling in
The long black car is waiting 'round

I will miss you when you're gone
I'll miss you when you're gone away forever
Cause nothing really matters
I thought I knew better, so much better

And I need you, I need you
Cause nothing really matters

Oh that night we wrecked like a train
The purring cars and the pouring rain
Never felt right about it, never again

Cause nothing really matters
Nothing really matters anymore, not even today
No matter how hard I try
When you're standing in the aisle, and no, baby

Nothing, nothing, nothing

I need, I need you

I need you

In my heart I need you

Just breathe, just breathe

I need you