Is he a man? A deity? A demon? The song “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds describes a shadowy, alluring, manipulative figure, who travels the land granting wishes, but with sinister overtones that make people both afraid of him and be in awe of him. Despite the wishes granted, the song alludes that there is a sinister mechanization behind the figure’s generosity.
The song was released originally in 1994 on the band’s eighth album, “Let Love In.” It has since become one of Nick Cave’s signature songs, and a goth standard. Notably, in recent years, it has become the theme song to the British period crime drama Peaky Blinders.
The title is based of a quote from Milton’s Paradise Lost, where the demon Belial begs for peace instead of a second War in Heaven:
“Chained in the burning lake? That sure was worse
What if the breath that kindled those grim fires
Awaked, should blow them into sevenfold rage
And plunge us into flames; or from above
Should intermitted vengeance arm again
His red right hand to plague us?”
The hand simultaneously denotes divine vengeance, the messiah, as well as the antichrist.
The song is presented in its full album version of 6:10. The map to the song is colored with a deep blood red on the right hand, and a pale grey for the left hand.
Thanks to the playtesters for the map: Lapras, Vaser888, and Jafdy!
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