Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Christina the Astonishing

CHRISTINA THE ASTONISHING
/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/

Christina the Astonishing
Lived a long long time ago
She was stricken with a seizure
At the age of twenty-two
They took her body in a coffin
To a tiny church in Liege
Where she sprang up from the coffin
Just after the Agnus Dei
She soared up to the rafters
Perched on a beam up there
Cried "The stink of human sin
The stink of human sin
The stink is more that I can bear"

Christina the Astonishing
Was the most astonishing of all
She prayed balanced on a hurdle
Or curled up into a ball
She fled to remote places
Climbed towers and trees and walls
To escape the stench of corruption
The stench of human corruption
Into an oven she did crawl

O Christina the Astonishing
Behaved in a terrifying way
She would run wildly through the streets
Jump in the Meusse and swim away
Christina the Astonishing
Behaved in terrifying manner
She died at the age of seventy-four
Died at the age of seventy-four
In the convent of St. Anna


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