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    Nick Cave - Dig Yourself

    Hey,

    Im indulging in the song at the moment and Id love to know what the term "baby-blasted mothers" could mean.

    Larry made his nest high up in the autumn branches
    Built from nothing but high hopes and thin air
    He collected up some baby blasted mothers who took their chances
    And for a while they lived quite happily up there


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    Re: Nick Cave - Dig Yourself

    Hi, Waawe. 22 for 1! I wonder if that is because this is a difficult one? or because no one who understands the lyrics is game to print an answer?

    Neil Young sings on 'Rust Never Sleeps': 'Welfare mothers make better lovers.' Nick Cave is, I think, alluding to the way that women's bodies changes after childbirth. It's an age-old paradox, Waawe: men marry women for their physical beauty. The women have a couple of kids -- which 'blasts' (various parts of) their bodies -- and then the marriage is about working hard to pay dentist's bill, not spontaneous sex with the woman that you fell in love/lust with. Look up the word 'episiotomy.'

    Mark in Perth

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    Re: Nick Cave - Dig Yourself

    Well, thank you, Mark. I was also waiting for the answer.

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    Re: Nick Cave - Dig Yourself

    'Blasted' can also have the meaning of 'intoxicated', so it could imply that they were very taken up by motherhood in addition to Mark's suggestions above.

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    Re: Nick Cave - Dig Yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by mark in perth View Post
    Hi, Waawe. 22 for 1! I wonder if that is because this is a difficult one? or because no one who understands the lyrics is game to print an answer?

    Neil Young sings on 'Rust Never Sleeps': 'Welfare mothers make better lovers.' Nick Cave is, I think, alluding to the way that women's bodies changes after childbirth. It's an age-old paradox, Waawe: men marry women for their physical beauty. The women have a couple of kids -- which 'blasts' (various parts of) their bodies -- and then the marriage is about working hard to pay dentist's bill, not spontaneous sex with the woman that you fell in love/lust with. Look up the word 'episiotomy.'

    Mark in Perth
    Thanks loads, Mark, you seem to be a man of experience, right? I will have to think twice before making my g-friend pregnant. What a shame Nick didnt study medicine - Had he used 'episiotomy' for 'baby-blasted', everything d have been clear from the start. Well, it wouldnt rhyme actually.

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    Re: Nick Cave - Dig Yourself

    Some girls stay fit after the baby's birth. But anyway this music just messed up any idea of having kids that I possibly had. This music is so...cavernous.

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