Release date
1 Aug 2013
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Foi Na Cruz 5:41 40,455
2 The Good Son 6:04 46,670
3 Sorrow's Child 4:40 39,081
4 The Weeping Song 4:25 118,811
5 The Ship Song 5:14 102,177
6 The Hammer Song 3:49 49,990
7 Lament 4:54 36,297
8 The Witness Song 5:58 33,682
9 Lucy 4:17 34,276

About this album

The Good Son is the sixth album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music - wikipedia). It was preceded by the release of “The Ship Song/The Train Song” single. “The Weeping Song/Cock’s ‘n’ Asses” was later also released as a single. After an album as dark and intense as Tender Prey, some fans were disappointed to hear a relaxed and loving Nick Cave on this record. The change of mood was due in great deal to Nick Cave falling in love with Brazilian stylist Viviane Carneiro, and an apparently salutary spell in rehab which purged the despair and squalor of the previous two albums. However, today, most fans consider this album as a classic that was unfairly judged at the time. Indeed, “The Weeping Song” and “The Ship Song” are now Bad Seeds standards, and the relatively obscure closing track “Lucy” was resurrected in 1993 as a B-side of “What a Wonderful World”, a collaboration of the Bad Seeds and the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan.

The album will be remastered and reissued on March 29, 2010 as a collector’s edition CD/DVD set.

1 Track listing
2 The songs
3 Singles
4 Personnel
4.1 Bad Seeds
4.2 String Section

Track listing
All songs written by Cave unless otherwise stated.

“Foi Na Cruz” – 5:39
Singers - Clovis Trindade, Rubinho
“The Good Son” – 6:01
“Sorrow’s Child” – 4:36
“The Weeping Song” – 4:21
“Father” Vocal by Blixa Bargeld
“The Ship Song” – 5:14
“The Hammer Song” – 4:16
Guitars by Mick Harvey
“Lament” – 4:51
“The Witness Song” – 5:57
“Lucy” – 4:17 (words: Cave. Music: Cave, Bargeld, Roland Wolf)
Piano on reprise section by Roland Wolf

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