(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For

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"(Are You)The One That I've Been Waiting For?"
Single by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
from the album The Boatman's Call
B-side Come Into My Sleep
Released May 19, 1997
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Recorded July, 1996 at Sarm West and Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Genre Alternative rock
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Nick Cave
Producer(s) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Mark Ellis
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds singles chronology
"Into My Arms"
(1997)
"(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?"
(1997)
"As I Sat Sadly by Her Side"
(2001)

"(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" is second single from the album The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The single, released on May 19, 1997, was pressed on 7" and 12" vinyl, as well as a standard CD single, though the song failed to chart in any of the countries it was released in. A promotional music video for the song was also recorded.

Background and history[edit]

The song, alike many on The Boatman's Call, seem to reflect on Nick Cave's personal relationships and spiritual yearnings at the time of writing. This song in particular is widely speculated to either be a love song or directed at either the mother of Cave's son Luke, Viviane Carneiro, or PJ Harvey, with whom Cave had a brief relationship prior to the album's recording and release.

A line from the song that states, "there's a man who spoke wonders / I've never met him / he said, 'he who seeks finds and who knocks will be let in'", which is an indirect quotation of Matthew 7:8[Mt 7:8] from The Bible.

Tracklisting[edit]

UK and Australian CD single (Liberation Records, D1626)[1][2]

  1. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For? - 4:06
  2. Come Into My Sleep - 3:48
  3. Black Hair (Band Version) - 4:14
  4. Babe, I Got You Bad - 3:49

UK 7" single (Mute Records, MUTE 206)[3]

  1. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For? - 4:06
  2. Come Into My Sleep - 3:48

Music video[edit]

Before the single's release, a promotional music video for the song was recorded. The video features the band performing the song in a small church hall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For? (CD, Maxi) at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Nick-Cave-The-Bad-Seeds-Are-You-The-One-That-Ive-Been-Waiting-For/release/2220460 Retrieved from discogs.com on April 24, 2010.
  2. ^ Discogs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For? (CD, Single) at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Nick-Cave-The-Bad-Seeds-Are-You-The-One-That-Ive-Been-Waiting-For/release/710408 Retrieved from discogs.com on April 24, 2010.
  3. ^ Discogs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For? (7") at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Nick-Cave-The-Bad-Seeds-Are-You-The-One-That-Ive-Been-Waiting-For/release/538882 Retrieved from discogs.com on April 24, 2010.