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Riff: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Jack The Ripper”

Nov 27, 2013

She strikes me down with a fist of lead/We bed in a bucket of butcher’s knives/I awake with a hatchet hanging over my head

from Jack The Ripper lyrics by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Filled with fury, frustration and despair, a tortured Cave howls about his misfortune to be stuck with a psychologically abusive woman who hollers the name of history’s most elusive serial killer in a bid to stave off any affection on a gripping pitch-black account of a toxic relationship; [LISTEN].

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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