Quotes by Nick Cave

"But if you're gonna dine with them cannibals
Sooner or later, darling, you're gonna get eaten . . ."

"I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the fuck is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers."

"Music is storming, driving, relentless, devotional, slinky, subtle, heartbreakingly-beautiful sounds that, lyrically, switch from the cynical to the sanguine, the defeated to the defiant, dealing in love, war, beauty, children, romance, rejection, Pethedine, poetry, panties, God, Auden, Johnny Cash, cold potatoes, too-much-money, not enough money, writer’s block, flowers, animals and more flowers. But maybe I’m projecting here."

"Inspiration is a word used by people who aren't really doing anything."

"And she moves among the sparrows. And she floats upon the breeze. She moves among the flowers. She moves something deep inside of me"


Books by Nick Cave

  • The Sick Bag Song
  • 1,822 ratings
  • April 8th 2015 by Canongate

    (first published January 1st 2015)

  • King Ink
  • 820 ratings
  • December 3rd 2005 by 2.13.61 Publications

    (first published May 19th 1988)

  • Complete Lyrics
  • 412 ratings
  • 2001 by Penguin

    (first published September 1997)

  • King Ink II
  • 371 ratings
  • July 1st 1997 by Two Thirteen Sixty One Publications

    (first published January 1st 1997)

Nick Cave
  • Nick Cave

  • Date of birth: September 22, 1957
  • Born: in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia.

  • Description: Nicholas Edward Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, and occasional actor. He is best known for his work in the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and his fascination with American music and its roots. He has a reputation, which he disowns, for singing dark, brooding songs which some listeners regard as depressing. His music is characterised by intensity, high energy and a wide variety of influences. He currently lives in Brighton & Hove in England.

    Cave released his first book King Ink, in 1988. It is a collection of lyrics and plays, including collaborations with American enfant terrible Lydia Lunch.

    While he was based in West Berlin, Cave started working on what was to become his debut novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989). Significant crossover is evident between the themes in the book and the lyrics Cave wrote in the late stages of the Birthday Party and the early stage of his solo career. "Swampland", from Mutiny, in particular, uses the same linguistic stylings ('mah' for 'my', for instance) and some of the same themes (the narrator being haunted by the memory of a girl called Lucy, being hunted like an animal, approaching death and execution). A collectors' limited edition of the book appeared in 2007.

    Cave wrote the foreword to a Canongate publication of the Gospel according to Mark, published in the UK in 1998. The American publication of the same book contains a foreword by a different author.