Nick Cave reveals why he doesn't write political songs

Nick Cave reveals why he doesn’t write political songs

In the midst of protests and discussions surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, news of this nature has led to a spike in the charts of protest songs both old and new.

With classic anti-racism and police brutality anthems beginning to resurface, the spotlight has been thrust onto musicians to discuss their views on such topics, with fans taking a deep-dive into Nick Cave‘s catalogue of albums to explore his politics.

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“I guess I could write a protest song, but I think I would, in the end, feel compromised in doing so,” Nick Cave recently wrote on his blog.

Recently, the Australian musician took to his blog The Red Hand Files to answer a pertinent question posed by a fan.

“Do you ever look back at your anthology and wish you had been more overtly politically outspoken- referring to activism rather than politics per se- in your art?” asked JP from Aukland, NZ. 

Offering his two cents, Nick Cave responded: “Perhaps the thing you enjoy about my songs is that they are conflicted, and often deal in uncertainties and ambiguities….Songs with political agendas inhabit a different space. They have little patience for nuance, neutrality or impartiality. Their aim is to get the message across in as clear and persuasive a manner as possible.”

Speaking on his songs, Cave states: “They are not in the business of saving the world; rather they are in the business of saving the soul of the world.”

“I guess I could write a protest song,” he continued. “But I think I would, in the end, feel compromised in doing so, not because there aren’t things I am fundamentally opposed to — there are — but because I would be using my particular talents to deal with something I consider to be morally obvious. Personally, I have little inclination to do that. It’s just not what I do.”

To read the entire response, head to The Red Hand Files.