If Nick Cave has one absolute shining moment in his long career, it would almost certainly have to be this. The centerpiece of the excellent The Good Son album, which saw him and his Bad Seeds exploring a less-high-volume but still dramatically engaging approach to their attractive musical mélange, "The Ship Song" is as much as a romantic classic as anything Sinatra or Scott Walker was ever known for. Starting off with Cave's piano and Mick Harvey's soft vibraphone, then backed by some solid backing croons from Harvey and Blixa Bargeld, Cave softly intones, with just enough of an air of command and control, an astonishingly romantic lyric. With the band building up into a full arrangement as the descending chords of the chorus carries forward, Cave creates lines that feel like centuries-old classics: "Come sail your ships around me/And burn your bridges down/We'll make a little history, baby/Every time you come around/Come loose your dogs upon me/And let your hair hang down/You are a little mystery to me/Every time you come around." The guitars chime the melody just so, Thomas Wydler's drumming adds just the right punch and roll, and Harvey wraps up with a beautifully tender vibraphone part. Simply majestic.