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Red Right Hand

by Null Device

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Take a little walk to the edge of town And go across the tracks Where the viaduct looms, Like a bird of doom As it shifts and cracks Where secrets lie in the border fires, In the humming wires Hey man, you know You're never coming back Past the square, past the bridge, Past the mills, past the stacks On a gathering storm comes A tall handsome man In a dusty black coat with A red right hand He'll wrap you in his arms, Tell you that you've been a good boy He'll rekindle all the dreams It took you a lifetime to destroy He'll reach deep into the hole, Heal your shrinking soul, But there won't be a single thing That you can do He's a god, he's a man, He's a ghost, he's a guru They're whispering his name Through this disappearing land But hidden in his coat Is a red right hand You don't have no money? He'll get you some You don't have no car? He'll get you one You don't have no self-respect, You feel like an insect Well don't you worry buddy, 'Cause here he comes Through the ghettos and the barrio And the bowery and the slum A shadow is cast wherever he stands Stacks of green paper in his Red right hand You'll see him in your nightmares, You'll see him in your dreams He'll appear out of nowhere but He ain't what he seems You'll see him in your head, On the TV screen And hey buddy, I'm warning You to turn it off He's a ghost, he's a god, He's a man, he's a guru You're one microscopic cog In his catastrophic plan Designed and directed by His red right hand


Red Right Hand, written by Nick Cave/Mick Harvey/Thomas Wydler

We've been performing versions of this live for years, on and off. We thought about bringing it back into rotation recently so we mixed up a new version, and liked it enough to want to release it.

Proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/MSF Indian COVID relief efforts.


released May 7, 2021

Recorded and mastered at Submersible Studios, Madison


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Null Device Madison

Null Device makes electronic pop music. Never ones to stand still, Null Device is constantly experimenting and evolving their sound. They’ve drawn on a wide variety of influences, passionately fusing everything from bhangra to post-punk to pop to ambient rock into their music. Null Device is always pushing the boundaries of synthpop. ... more


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