With music, reminiscent of ancient tragedy and references to Zeus, lightning and the youth of Athens, renowned Australian singer Nick Cave, who has a band named The Bad Seeds, is singing for Greece, a country which he happens to adore.
His new song goes under the title Lightning Bolts, and the video clip, that also contains the lyrics, lets the audience get into his mind and travel to tear gas-filled Athens during protests, strikes and riots against crushing austerity measures that have pushed 20 percent of Greeks into poverty.
One verse goes: “Two lightning bolts were delivered to my room, they were gifts from Zeus,” while in another part of the song he sings: “In Athens all the youths are crying from the gas, I am by the hotel room working on a tan.”
He makes another reference to the King of the Gods: “Zeus laughs but it’s the gas, He asks me how I am, I say Zeus don’t ask. My lightning bolts are jolts of joy, They are joy boys from Zeus.” And then he continues: “And in the cradle of democracy the pigeons are wearing gas masks.”