"You are not the ‘Great Creator’ of your songs, you are simply their servant..."

Nick Cave has mused on the art of songwriting in a new edition of the Red Hand Files.

The site is a means for the Australian songwriter to answer questions from fans, and the in-depth Q&A sessions have been extremely revealing.

Nick Cave received a request from an aspiring songwriter, who asked for his input on writer's block.

Sharing the words for a proposed song called 'Incinerator Man' the Bad Seeds artist then picked these apart, and asked his inquisitor to throw them away.

Nick Cave addd: "You are not the ‘Great Creator’ of your songs, you are simply their servant, and the songs will come to you when you have adequately prepared yourself to receive them. They are not inside you, unable to get out; rather, they are outside of you, unable to get in. Songs, in my experience, are attracted to an open, playful and motivated mind."

"Throw my song away – it isn’t that good anyway – sit down, prepare yourself and write your own damn song. You are a songwriter. You have the entire world to save and very little time to do it. The song will find its way to you. If you don’t write it, someone else will. Is that what you want? If not, get to it."

He finished: "Throw my song away – it isn’t that good anyway – sit down, prepare yourself and write your own damn song. You are a songwriter. You have the entire world to save and very little time to do it. The song will find its way to you. If you don’t write it, someone else will. Is that what you want? If not, get to it."

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