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Your Funeral … My Trial

Your Funeral… My Trial

Your Funeral... My Trial is the fourth album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and was released in 1986. During this period in his life, Cave was steeped in heroin addiction, perhaps evidenced by the melancholy, desperate mood of this album.

Your Funeral... My Trial was originally released as a double EP.

The song "The Carny" is seen being played live by the band in the Wim Wenders film Der Himmel über Berlin, released one year later.

The title itself is possibly taken from Sonny Boy Williamson's song 'Your Funeral and My Trial.'

Original tracklisting of the vinyl release

Side A

  1. "Sad Waters" - 5:02
  2. "The Carny" - 8:02

Side B

  1. "Your Funeral... My Trial" - 3:57
  2. "Stranger Than Kindness" - 4:47 (Anita Lane, Blixa Bargeld)

Side C

  1. "Jack's Shadow" - 5:43
  2. "Hard On For Love" - 5:21

Side D

  1. "She Fell Away" – 4:33
  2. "Long Time Man" – 5:48 (Tim Rose)

Tracklisting of the CD release

Early CD releases of "Your Funeral... My Trial" were in the same order as the vinyl release, but with the track "Scum" added to the end. In later releases, the songs have been arranged in the following order:

  1. "Your Funeral... My Trial" - 3:57
  2. "Stranger Than Kindness" - 4:47
  3. "Jack's Shadow" - 5:43
  4. "The Carny" - 8:02
  5. "She Fell Away" – 4:33
  6. "Hard On For Love" - 5:21
  7. "Sad Waters" - 5:02
  8. "Long Time Man" – 5:48
  9. "Scum" - 2:53

Personnel

  1. "Your Funeral... My Trial" – 3:57
  2. "Stranger than Kindness" – 4:47
    • Nick Cave - Vocals, Hammond
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar
    • Mick Harvey - Drums
  3. "Jack's Shadow" – 5:43
    • Nick Cave - Vocals, Piano
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar
    • Mick Harvey - Guitar
    • Thomas Wydler - Drums
    • Barry Adamson - Bass
  4. "The Carny" – 8:02
    • Nick Cave - Vocals, Harmonica
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar, Other Voice
    • Mick Harvey - Piano, Organ, Xylophone, Glockenspiel
    • Thomas Wydler - Drums
  5. "She Fell Away" – 4:33
    • Nick Cave - Vocals, Piano
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar
    • Mick Harvey - Bass, Guitar, Snare, Xylophone
    • Thomas Wydler - Drums, Fire Extinguisher
  6. "Hard on for Love" – 5:21
    • Nick Cave - Vocals, Hammond
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar
    • Mick Harvey - Bass, Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals
  7. "Sad Waters" – 5:02
    • Nick Cave - Vocals, Hammond, Harmonica
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar
    • Mick Harvey - Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Drums
  8. "Long Time Man" – 5:48
    • Nick Cave - Vocals, Piano
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar
    • Mick Harvey - Bass, Guitar, Drums
  9. "Scum" – 2:53 (CD only)
    • Nick Cave - Vocals
    • Blixa Bargeld - Guitar
    • Mick Harvey - Bass
    • Thomas Wydler - Drums

The songs

  • "Sad Waters" lyrics contain a quote from the song Green, Green Grass of Home, a country/pop hit for Tom Jones.
  • "Scum" is reportedly a rant against UK journalists Matt Snow and Antonella Black (now Antonella Gambotto-Burke).
  • "Long Time Man" is a cover version of the song by Tim Rose. The original was later issued on Original Seeds Vol. 1.

Credits

Recorded at Hansa Studios, Berlin; and The Strongroom, London through July and August, 1986.

Personnel

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