To τραγούδι είναι ένα απ’ τα τραγούδια του άλμπουμ του Nick Cave ‘Murder Ballads’ που κυκλοφόρησε το 1995.

Στο “Where the Wild Roses Grow” τραγουδάνε ντουέτο ο Nick Cave και n pop diva Kylie Minogue. Και όμως όσο κι’ αν φαίνεται παράξενη αυτή συνεργασία λειτουργεί υπέροχα.

Οι στίχοι μιλάνε για έναν άνδρα που φλερτάρει μια γυναίκα, βγαίνουν μαζί και στο τέλος την σκοτώνει εκεί που «φυτρώνουν τα άγρια τριαντάφυλλα», γιατί «Η ομορφιά πρέπει να πεθάνει».

Το “Where the Wild Roses Grow” ήταν η μεγαλύτερη εμπορική επιτυχία του Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, έφτασε στο Νο.2 στην Αυστραλία, Νο.3 στην Νορβηγία, μπήκε στο Top 20 στην Βρετανία ενώ μπήκε στο Top 10 σε πολλές άλλες Ευρωπαϊκές χώρες.

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
As she stared in my eyes and smiled
For her lips were the colour of the roses
They grew down the river, all bloody and wild

When he knocked on my door and entered the room
My trembling subsided in his sure embrace
He would be my first man, and with a careful hand
He wiped the tears that ran down my face

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I’d seen
I said, ‘Do you know where the wild roses grow
So sweet and scarlet and free?’

On the second day he came with a single rose
Said: ‘Will you give me your loss and your sorrow?’
I nodded my head, as I laid on the bed
He said, ‘If I show you the roses will you follow?’

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
As he stood smiling above me with a rock in his fist

On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
And she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
As I kissed her goodbye, I said, ‘All beauty must die’
And lent down and planted a rose between her teeth

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day