Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! Lyrics




(Dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Back in that hole.)

Larry made his nest high up in the autumn branches
Built from nothing but high hopes and thin air
He collected up some baby blasted mothers who took their chances
And for a while they lived quite happily up there

He came from New York city man, but he couldn't take the pace
He thought it was like dog eat dog world
Then he went to San Francisco, spent a year in outer space
With a sweet little San Fransiscan girl.

I can hear my mother wailing and a whole lot of scraping of chairs

I don't know what it is but there's definitely something going on upstairs
(Dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(I want you to dig) (Back in that hole.)

(I want you to dig)

(I want you to dig)
Yeh, New York City he had to get out of there and San Francisco well,
I don't know and then to LA where he spent about a day
he thought even the pale sky stars were smart enough to keep well away from LA

Meanwhile Larry made up names for the ladies
Like miss Boo and miss Quick
He stockpiled weapons and took potshots in the air
He feasted on their lovely bodies like a lunatic
And wrapped himself up in their soft yellow hair

I can hear chants and incantations and some guy is mentioning me in his prayers.
Well, I don't know what it is but there's definitely something going on upstairs
(Dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(I want you to dig) (Back in that hole.)

(I want you to dig)

(I want you to dig) Well New York City man, San Francisco, LA, I don't know
But Larry grew increasingly neurotic and obscene
I mean he, he never asked to be raised from the tomb
I mean no one ever actually asked him to forsake his dreams
Anyway to cut a long story short, fate finally found him
Mirrors became his torturers, cameras snapped him at every chance
The women all went back to their homes and their husbands with secret smiles in the corner of their mouthes
He ended up like so many of them do, back on the streets of New York City
In a soup queue, a dope fiend, a slave, then prison, then the madhouse, then the grave
Ah poor Larry.

But what do we really know of the dead And who actually cares?

Well, I don't know what it is but there's definitely something going on upstairs. (Dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(Laz'rus dig yourself)
(I want you to dig)
Back in that hole Dig yourself





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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! Comments
  1. dragonclaws

    Ah poor Larry

  2. Young Loco

    Nick cave looks like TREVOR in GTAV here..

  3. LeFruFru

    I can't fathom that this is over 10 years old

  4. Cerebral Caustic

    he never ASKED to be raised from the tomb!

  5. RAEL

    👁 El ojo

  6. Rhoda Yackez

    I agree with comment below. Nick. You're looking like Dr. Phil...

  7. Si Barron

    He looks like Dr Phil

  8. Martin Willis

    This song sounds like Christopher Walken was the producer of a Doors recording session and said "It's a great song, guys. However, we need more cowbell!"

    *note: I love this song and I'm not hating, I'm joking.

  9. Shruggz Da Str8-Faced Clown

    This might just be one of the best title songs ever written and recorded!!

  10. Daniel Akin

    Is this the dude from No Country For Old Men ?

  11. GoodMrDawes

    Awesome

  12. J LORI

    We fans don't mention his moustache period ever happened

    Jenn Baker

    J LORI visually yes musically no

  13. Rat Keller

    I have no idea how I found Nick Cave but I am blown away. Just where the hell have I been all my life? "poor Larry"

    Y T

    Whoa. Happy listening. He is a very special artist and man indeed. Lots of depth to discover.

  14. paul elliott

    Nick was great in The Birthday Party
    Nick was, and is, awesome with the Bad Seeds
    He’s brilliant in Grinderman
    Damn, he does soundtracks and acts too
    He’s fantastic

  15. Andrea Marino

    Walking out from work on friday like:

  16. Eda Öztürk

    We love him more than he thinks

    İlkyaz ve Can

    Well he did come to Turkey didn't he?

  17. Abril Larramendy

    se re parece a kids with guns de gorillaz che

  18. DabHandConstruction

    Tell it like it is Nick

  19. Steven Cairns

    I think this Lazarus guy lives next door to me ✌💙😎STEV.

  20. Neil 72

    Genius..

  21. W J

    The less gothic and dark Cave is, the more I like him. He's almost Dylanesque here.

  22. revulutionsounds

    me likey! st kilda gang rulls

    revulutionsounds

    do not come back to that room the duch girl said,so i had to come back .. didint i???

  23. Feffy

    looks it seems Trevors from GTA V

  24. Roberto

    what a voice, straight from hell

  25. R F

    this man is an absolute god but his moustache was so awful

  26. David Ansty

    Hey, I was a smack addict in Melbourne. Sing about that. Forget America.

  27. Anton Scheurecker

    Kids with Guns- gorillaz...wer hat da von wem geklaut? 2009 versus 2010...lol

  28. Antony Guy

    I owe you, Nick.

  29. Marion Kennel

    Dig yourself out of the shit

  30. Scott Mc Fadyen

    Down time

  31. Antony Guy

    For a long while. A long, long while I couldn't get it. I mean, WTF was going on here (I don't mean this song)? Then one day it clicked. The click was Jubilee Street. Closely followed by The Higgs Boson; and that's the story. Dig, Lazarus is classic rock (not Nick's usual territory), but my mindset. Along with his usual stuff. Glad I got here. Belatedly. Better late ... they say.

  32. Mark Smith-Bingham

    Always loved Cave's sardonic style of humour on this track - leaves me with a big grin on my face

  33. Stephen Pearce

    My ambition in life is to walk like that.

    alice tyler

    LOL🤣😂🤪

    Vince Moorlook

    start by letting your mustache grow if you want to make it happen.

  34. jay jay

    Sounds like Lazarus. Dig yourself. I'm Lazarus and better

  35. Antonio De Simone

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lVR2kv2KbjPIZD9F7wU6vhcuUjvAOnnQT6DJzOTXSm4/edit?usp=drivesdk&ouid=106029307538683568223

  36. Adam_

    Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Lyrics
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, back in that hole

    Larry made his nest up in the autumn branches
    Built from nothing but high hopes and thin air
    Collected up some baby blasted mothers
    They took their chances and for a while
    They lived quite happily up there

    He came from New York City man
    But he couldn't take the pace
    He thought it was like a dog eat dog world
    But he went to San Francisco
    Spent a year in outer space
    With a sweet little San Franciscan girl

    I can hear my mother wailing
    And a whole lot of scraping of chairs

    [Chorus]
    I don't know what it is
    But there's definitely something going on upstairs
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, back in that hole
    (I want you to dig)

    Yeah, New York City, he had to get out of there
    And San Francisco, well, I don't know
    And then to LA, where he spent about a day
    He thought even the pale sky-stars were smart
    Enough to keep well away from LA

    Meanwhile Larry made up names for the ladies
    Like Ms Boo and Ms Quick
    He stockpiled weapons and took pot shots in the air
    He feasted on their lovely bodies like a lunatic
    And wrapped himself up in their soft yellow hair

    I can hear chants and incantations
    And some guy is mentioning me in his prayers

    [Chorus]
    I don't know what it is
    But there's definitely something going on upstairs
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, back in that hole
    (I want you to dig)

    Well New York City Man
    San Francisco, LA, I don't know
    But Larry grew increasingly neurotic and obscene
    I mean: he, he never asked to be raised up from the tomb
    I mean no one ever actually asked him to forsake his dreams

    Anyway, to cut a long story short
    Fame finally found him
    Mirrors became his torturers
    Cameras snapped him at every chance
    The women all went back to their homes
    And their husbands
    Secret smiles in the corners of their mouths

    He ended up, like so many of them do
    Back in the streets of New York City
    In a soup queue
    A dope fiend
    A slave
    Then prison
    Then the mad house
    Then the grave
    Oh poor Larry

    But what do we really know of the dead
    And who actually cares?
    Well I don't know what it is
    But there's definitely something going on upstairs

    [Chorus]
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, Lazarus
    Dig yourself, back in that hole
    (I want you to dig)

  37. Άγγελος Καλαθάς

    I want that stache back!

  38. Robert Bermudez

    Funky as shit

  39. sambru

    What is it? hip hop?

  40. Rocío Cerca

    Can't stop listening to this song. I love how he says "air, hair, there, here, world, prayers" <3

  41. tuto bil

    iyi ki saç ektirdin nick cave

  42. X X

    TREVOR?! IS IT YOU TREVOR?! WHEN DID U STOP SELLING DRUGS AND DOING PERV SHIT FOR THIS LOVELY JAM?!

  43. hmzaoui

    Notice him tripping at 3:15

  44. Nice Guy Eddie

    Something's definitely going on up stairs 😏

  45. Creanga Iustin

    lucky me! nice and truly good song

  46. Greta Gaul-Wood

    I must say, I am glad that I have finally found a Nick Cave song that was viewed because people actually love Nick's music, and not only because of a Hollywood TV series that got people mildly interested in the nostalgic feeling without giving him any proper recognition as a good artist.

    I love you, Nick!

  47. Ferran

    Is the main line based on when Jesus resurrected Lazarus but he was still six feet deep and he was brought back to life beneath the ground
    that's why Jesus said: Dig Lazarus Dig!!
    Is that what the song is about??

  48. Venezuelan Cinephile

    That stache may be ugly as fuck, but i'm grateful that he had it while recording this video. It wouldn't be the same without the stache, it gives the video an awesome touch

  49. D C

    Rockin' a stash before all of the wannabe-hipsters fucked it all for everybody..

    D C

    😐🔫

  50. Mike Johnston

    where's the missing line?
    "he went to LA, where he spent about a day"

  51. John Sherlock

    fukin love nick all;was have you are a icon

  52. Angelique Hoegee

    Als patholoog anatoom geef ik wel degelijk om de doden!

  53. Mr Lovely

    I'd rather kill myself than direct a music video.

    EuphoricRager

    Please direct my next music video ♥

  54. Edlin Paolone

    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!
    DIG YOURSELF, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!
    (dig yourself back in that hole)
    Larry made his nest up in the autumn branches
    built from nothing but high hopes & thin air
    he collected up some BABY-BLASTED mothers
    they took their chances
    & for a while lived quite happily up there
    he came from NEW YORK CITY, but he couldn’t take the pace
    (thought it was like DOGGY-DOG-WORLD)
    then he went to SAN FRANCISCO
    (spent a year in outer space)
    w/ a sweet little san franciscan girl
    I can hear my mother wailing
    & a whole lot of scraping of chairs!!!!!!!!
    I don’t know what it is
    but there is definitely something going on upstairs
    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!
    DIG YOURSELF, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!
    (dig yourself back in that hole)
    I!!!! WANT!!!!! Y/!!!!!!!! TO!!!!!!!! DIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    yeah, NEW YORK CITY, he had to get out of there
    & san francisco, well, I don’t know
    & then to LA, where he spent about a day
    he thought even the pale sky-stars
    were smart enough to keep well away
    from LA!!!!!!
    meanwhile Larry made up names for the ladies, like
    MISS BOO!!!! & MISS QUICK!!!!!!!
    he stockpiled weapons & took pot shots at the air
    he feasted on their lovely bodies like a lunatic
    wrapped himself up in their soft yellow hair
    I can hear chants & incantations
    & some guy is mentioning me in his prayers!!!!!
    I don’t know what it is
    but there is definitely something going on upstairs
    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!
    DIG YOURSELF, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!
    (dig yourself back in that hole)
    I!!!! WANT!!!!! Y/!!!!!!!! TO!!!!!!!! DIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    well NEW YORK CITY, man
    SAN FRANCISCO, LA (I don’t know)
    Larry grew increasingly neurotic & obscene!!!!!!!!
    HE NEVER ASKED TO BE RAISED UP FROM THE TOMB!!!
    no one ever actually asked him to forsake his DREAMS!!!
    anyway, to cut a long story short
    fame finally found him
    mirrors became his torturers
    cameras snapped him at every chance
    the women all went back to their homes
    & their husbands
    (secret smiles in the corners of their mouths)
    he ended up like so many of them do
    back on the streets of
    NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!!! (crowd) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    in a soup queue/
    a dope fiend/ (a slave)
    then prison/ then the madhouse/
    then the grave
    O POOR LARRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    but what do we really know of the dead
    & who actually cares?????????!!!!!
    I don’t know what it is
    but there is definitely something going on upstairs
    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!
    DIG YOURSELF, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    dig yourself, LAZARUS!!!!!!!!
    (dig yourself back in that hole)
    I!!!! WANT!!!!! Y/!!!!!!!! TO!!!!!!!! DIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lucas Martin

    dog eat dog world

  55. Chris Mathers

    A World without Nick Cave would be a World with a Poet Dead. Mather's. 2016.

  56. Ruben Escura

    Es bad seeds no grinderman

  57. rjh2464

    Fantastic song,but Nick looks like Ron Jeremies!

    Mac Haggis

    *Jeremy

  58. Angelique Hoegee

    Ik vind hem zonder snor knapper! Liefs Liek

    2donnyblack2

    +Angelique Hoegee A man without a moustache is like a woman with one. - Nick Cave

    Angelique Hoegee

    Oke? Het was maar gewoon even een mening.
    Bovendien ken ik geen vrouwen met "snoren".

    2donnyblack2

    +Angelique Hoegee Zit je toch alleen maar te dollen :). Je smaak in muziek is in ieder geval goed :)

    Angelique Hoegee

    +2donnyblack2 Dank je wel!

  59. The Mudpit

    Story of my life, digging out, and digging back in again... walking on and on, kind of like this awesome song.

    The Mudpit

    @HeatIIEXTEND lol

  60. pfitzerone

    Boínez sé que eris tu

    UnTipoConBoina

    +pfitzerone JAJAJAJAJAJA

  61. Amin Jacoub

    Well it is awesome, imagine, having huge video wall in your room, with bunch of friends around, and you communicate with Cave in a rythm of course :)

    OutOfBounds NZ

    yeah awesome and can we all have some of whatever your having?

  62. Dani Rudo

    Ich finde es ist eine überweiterte Darstellung von den Worten Jesus:*Steh auf,denn Dein Glaube hat Dir geholfen...*...und so muss man auch die Passage verstehen über Lazarus,denn hat zwar Jesus durch Gottes Gnade diesen Lazarus aus dem Tod ins Leben zurückgeholt,aber die Frage ist,ob dieser das auch wollte und ob auch der Glaube von Lazarus dazu beigetragen hat,oder war es das alleinige nüchterne Wort eines Gottes,der sowieso nur sagen muss: *Sei...* und es ist.....und um den allgemeinen Fatalismus in den Religionen mal gerecht zu werden:Wir sind verpflichtet auch alles zu tun um uns im Diesseits am Leben zu erhalten.

  63. SkyHigh87

    Reminds me of the Talking Heads :)

    Chazza534

    @That One Guy this definitely has a talking heads vibe, don't be so close minded with your genres

    That One Guy

    k sorry dad @Chazza534

    Chazza534

    That One Guy did u take the trash out yet?

    That One Guy

    yeah, i did @Chazza534

    music moment

    His song up jumped the devil sounds like the stop making sense version of swamp.

  64. The Supper

    He needs the stache back.

    kermithebudgie

    Sorry but Nick had had the stache transplanted onto the top of his head.

  65. Obvious Bambi

    Happy birthday Conway Savage.

  66. TheGreatPretender13

    I seriously can't adore this guy more than I already do.I'm quite grateful he lost the 'tache,to be honest :P And I LOVE how he's missing the lip synch on his videos every once in a while,he couldn't care less ❤

  67. Matt Clark

    so glad he got that thing off his face

    stillwandering59

    no pussy blues

    quasarsphere

    He grew it because his good lady wife was of the opinion that, in her words, "a man without a moustache is like a woman with one."

    Stefan Hamilton

    It transferred back to John Oates.

    Cosima Von Liebenau

    I feel you, but I still would.

  68. Eddie Kappa

    hate to say this is a plagiarism of Uriah Heep's - Hold Your Head Up

    availdname

    @Capoeiras Nib Sounds nothing like it. Also, that's songs a cover from Argent.

    Mental Elf

    Don't mind saying no it isn't, and you are a fuckwit

  69. yamit rozenberg

    start diging

    The Mudpit

    +yamit rozenberg story of my life!

  70. Charlie Thetramp

    love this guy..

  71. Mile Jukic

    Poor Nick

    Mile Jukic

    Poor Larry, OK ??

    2donnyblack2

    @Mile Jukic :D

    SamMight

    @2donnyblack2 Most uncalled-for comment goes to you :p

    2donnyblack2

    @SamMight Thanks, do I get a prize ?

    MaximumNoOfCharacter

    It is not his hair, but the mustache..... :)

  72. Toms Wetshadow

    Badass tune

  73. adam diamond

    more genius from gothic vicar

  74. Zoltán Deák

    Yeeeaahh!!

  75. Tribe Of Fable TV

    go on lad

  76. banq0o

    lol chorus xD

  77. TNR

    "And some guy is mentioning ME in his prayers"
    Yep, that'd be me.

  78. michelle andrews

    he just has me so that i cant speak..........]

  79. christopher funkacheno

    So cool

  80. rainbowkid100

    Nick Cave is a god and should be treated as such

  81. SkippysWoodChippers

    lololololololololololololololololololololololoolololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololol

    i find this funny. did you guess

  82. john smith

    the answer is in the question. you're not.

  83. Blinkys Shiv

    The band is GRINDERMAN not Bad Seeds,change it please

    Chay Kiernan

    Blinky Cat Nope actually...it is the Bad Seeds

    Jacob Nion

    @Chay Kiernan Nick Cave with fur under his nose is automatically Grinderman

  84. jonnyonthespot82

    one sexy mofo. fuck i love this dude, there's definitely something going on upstairs.

  85. Ashleigh S

    oh beauty

  86. Stephen Dedalus

    χαχαχα, έλιωσα

  87. barbaglio79

    It's just because I find he's a sexy man, even if I am straight.

  88. janame100

    i don't understand your comment. do you wish to imply you find this video related with homosexual interests? if so can you please explain why or where do you see such homosexual references?

  89. Arrghhville

    dudes, this is essentially Louie Louie.
    This solely makes this song cross from perfect to divine.

  90. weswally1

    dudes got the jagger swagger on his treadmill

  91. Devil's Advocate

    "digging" the "mo"