Earlier this summer, Nick Cave’s 15-year old son tragically died after a fall. To pay tribute, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon has begun putting a cover of Cave’s “The Weeping Song” into his set. In context, the song’s lyrics – a conversation between a father and son about how miserable life is – are even more brutal than they were already.
In this live recording from Edinburgh a few weeks back, Kozelek only says “We’re dedicating this to Nick Cave and his family.” But apparently the following night he told a touching story about seeing Cave teach his young son how to use a hotel key card years ago. Listen to Sun Kil Moon’s cover of “The Weeping Song” below. The sound’s somewhat muffled but it’s still a moving performance.
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