On Nick Cave's classic album Henry's Dream (Elektra/Mute, May 12, 1992), his musical abilities continued to grow and diversify. Straight To You shows the result of his harrowing creativity directed towards a musically straightforward declaration of love. Although it bears none of the traditional Cave hallmarks such as murderous mayhem or ominous figures from the edge of town, it is the farthest thing from traditional insipid love songs, and audible proof that Cave's versatile songwriting genius cannot be easily pigeonholed.

Lyrically, the song focuses on a relationship that looks as if it might be on its last legs, but in actuality, is merely in a state of transition. He sees that the perfect lovers’ world of his fantasies is falling apart, making way for the horrors of mundane reality, but that his love and trust are strong enough for the relationship to persist even in an environment as love-toxic as the real world. These simple and profound sentiments are the heart of the album, offsetting the pleading, despair and heartbreak of his standard emotional palette.

The tune's beginning and sonic foundation come from everpresent jangling acoustic/electric guitar, cushioned by a hovering, haunting organ line. The rest of the Bad Seeds, with an uncharacteristically low-key vibe, enter during the pre-chorus and propel the song until it absolutely soars alongside Cave's epic, gripping croon. The musicians drop out again for the second verse, leaving a brief and solemn moment for Cave's voice to blend with the simple, profound notes on the organ. The full band returns before you get a chance to notice they’re gone – as most always, Cave's gripping delivery steals the show – and this formula repeats until the powerful full-band surge of the final verse.

All the towers of ivory are crumbling
And the swallows have sharpened their beaks
This is the time of our great undoing
This is the time that I'll come running --
Straight to you
For I am captured
Straight to you
For I am captured
One more time

The light in our window is fading
The candle gutters on the ledge
Well now sorrow, it comes a-stealing
And I'll cry, girl, but I'll come a-running
Straight to you
For I am captured
Straight to you
For I am captured
Once again

Gone are the days of rainbows
Gone are the nights of swinging from the stars
For the sea will swallow up the mountains
And the sky will throw thunder-bolts and sparks
Straight at you
But I'll come a-running
Straight to you
But I'll come a-running
One more time

Now Heaven has denied us its kingdom
The saints are drunk howling at the moon
The chariots of angels are colliding
Well, I'll run, babe, but I'll come running
Straight to you
For I am captured
Straight to you
For I am captured
One more time


Straight To You, as befitting Cave and the Bad Seeds’ most accessible pop moment at that point, was the first moment of chart success they enjoyed. As befitting their oft-ignored music, it only reached #68 on the UK charts, and that only for one week. The B-sides of the single were Jack the Ripper, also from the Henry’s Dream album, and a rarity called Blue Bird, of which I know nothing. It also made an appearance on the 1992 compilation Going Underground alongside the work of artists such as the Pixies, Bad Religion and the Smashing Pumpkins.

The band’s core lineup at that time consisted of Blixa Bargeld on lead guitar; Mick Harvey on rhythm guitar; Martyn P. Casey on bass guitar; and Thomas Wydler on drums.

(Thanks to allmusic.com for providing factual information. Double thanks to GrouchyOldMan for the Copyright Redemption Quest.)

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This is the permission request* (as yet unreturned) I sent to Cave's label, Mute Records, at info@mutehq.co.uk. I also sent a request to the webmaster of his home page, which was almost identical.

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