Nick Cave says that parents won’t let their children sing in his choir

'They don't want their children around words like snatch,' says Bad Seeds singer

Nick Cave has said that parents have been reluctant to let their children sing in his choir at gigs due to the risque nature of his lyrics.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds released their most recent studio album ‘Push The Sky Away’ earlier this year, and have regularly been joined onstage by a children’s choir while touring the LP. But speaking to the Independent, the singer said it had often been hard to find singers to take part due to their parents objecting to his dark lyrics.

“Sometimes you have to have three or four goes at finding the choir,” he said. “They come back going, ‘No, no, no.’ Especially in [the US]. There were certain songs they wouldn’t sing. They won’t do ‘Mermaids’, for instance, because of the lyrics.” ‘Mermaids’, which is one of the tracks from ‘Push The Sky Away’, features lyrics such as “I was the match/That would fire up her snatch”.

Cave added: “Personally I find that ridiculous, but maybe I’m more liberal with things. Anyway, often people feel it’s inappropriate, and they don’t want their children around words like ‘snatch’.”

Last month, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds unveiled a brand new track titled ‘Animal X’, which was recorded as part of the sessions for ‘Push The Sky Away’ was a special release for this year’s Record Store Day – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.

a]Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds[/a] recently announced plans for an autumn tour of the UK. The band will play five shows as part of a larger European tour, starting at London Hammersmith Apollo on October 26 and playing the same venue on the following day. They will then visit Manchester Apollo (October 30), Glasgow Barrowland (October 31) and Edinburgh Usher Hall (November 1).The band are also confirmed for Open’er festival in Poland and La Route Du Rock festival in France.

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