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Live at Glastonbury 2009, Tupelo, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

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Tupelo on Wikipedia
Single by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
from the album The Firstborn Is Dead
ReleasedJuly 29, 1985
Format12" vinyl, 7" vinyl
RecordedDecember 1984
LabelMute Records
Writer(s)Barry Adamson, Nick Cave, Mick Harvey
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds singles chronology

"Tupelo" is the second single by Australian post-punk band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the only single from the band's second album The Firstborn Is Dead.


  • 1 Background and production
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 Charts
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References

Background and production

The song was written by Barry Adamson, Nick Cave and Mick Harvey in mid-late 1984. Using biblical imagery, the song describes the birth of Elvis Presley during a heavy storm in Tupelo, Mississippi.[1] The song is loosely based on the John Lee Hooker song of the same title, which also focuses on a flood in the same town. The "looky looky yonder" motif that is featured in the song is derived from a song of the same name recorded by Lead Belly, usually found as part of a medley which Cave himself covered under the title "Black Betty" on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' third album, Kicking Against the Pricks.

"Tupelo"'s b-side, "The Six Strings That Drew Blood", was recorded in March 1985 at Trident Studios in London and was a re-recording of a song Cave originally recorded with The Birthday Party during the Mutiny EP sessions in 1982. The original version of the song is included on The Birthday Party's Mutiny/The Bad Seed compilation album. "Tupelo" was released on 29 July 1985.

Track listing

  • Standard 7" vinyl[2]
  1. "Tupelo" - 5:01
  2. "The Six Strings That Drew Blood" - 4:50
  • Standard 12" vinyl
  1. "Tupelo" - 5:01
  2. "In the Ghetto" - 4:08
  3. "The Moon Is In The Gutter" - 2:38
  4. The Six Strings That Drew Blood - 4:50

Cover versions

  • SikTh covered the song on their album The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild.

See also

  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds discography


  1. ^ "Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds :: Firstborn Is Dead". Aquarium Drunkard. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Nick Cave Discography on "From The Archives"". From The Archives. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 


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