NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Dreamy Longing By Some Bad Seeds

BONUS TRACK VERSION: Films that float by with a surrealistic, dream-like quality are typically reliant on a worthy soundtrack score to reach their mystical state. Regardless of what you thought about The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Casey Affleck was brilliant, by the way), it’s the soundtrack by Nick Cave & (fellow Bad Seed) Warren Ellis that deserves special attention. There are no vocal performances, though Cave himself performed an original period ballad in the film. Instead, Jesse James is a collection of ghostly melodies shaped by lingering piano refrains and Warren Ellis’ longing violin work. Antique yet modern Americana that manages to capture the barren solitude of naked plains and the isolation of a drifter’s heart. I could feel this music sinking in even while I was watching the film and it immediately made me sit up and take notice of Cave & Ellis’ considerable skills, especially after their similarly unique 2006 outback western soundtrack (of Cave’s screenplay), The Proposition (HERE). Didn’t see the bonus track version at Amazon, so shop carefully.

Rather Lovely Thing (3:13)
Moving On (2:32)
Song For Jesse (2:36)
Falling (2:54)
Cowgirl (4:06)
The Money Train (2:38)
What Must Be Done (1:58)
Another Rather Lovely Thing (3:28)
Carnival (2:52)
Last Ride Back To KC (5:24)
What Happens Next (2:08)
Destined For Great Things (2:26)
Counting The Stars (1:20)
Song For Bob (6:03)
Song For Charley (2:51) – Bonus Track
The Legend Of Jesse James (2:52) – Bonus Track
Moving On Once Again (1:49) – Bonus Track
The Last Waltz (2:34) – Bonus Track
All Things Beautiful (4:48) – Bonus Track


  • Art Ducko
    April 17, 2009 - 06:32 | Permalink

    You're right, Willard. Affleck played the perfect shitheel in the movie. I thought Brad Pitt did a an excellent job as well. No histrionics, just a good tortured performance. The soundtrack is beautiful & sad, like the story. I can't improve on your take of the sound. It captures that lonely look at the past quite well. Touche'.

  • PJ in SF (no suds!)
    April 17, 2009 - 18:15 | Permalink

    Wow! Never saw the film, but now that I've heard the soundtrack I figure it's a must see… The music is simply gorgeous. And sad beyond description.

    Thanks for sharing this with the uneducated!

  • Jev
    April 18, 2009 - 00:35 | Permalink

    Never seen the movie but love the soundtrack. Great pick.

  • gazbosue
    June 1, 2009 - 06:33 | Permalink

    wonderful movie
    wonderful soundtrack

  • Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2009 - 18:15 | Permalink

    Find it HERE

  • Gummo
    October 3, 2011 - 09:48 | Permalink

    Not a big Nick Cave fan (saw Grinderman open for the White Stripes at the Garden a few years ago and they literally emptied the arena until they finished their set — and no, it wasn’t the unhipness of the crowd, the band really was that bad), but the sample you have posted is gorgeous. Must check out the rest.


    • Willard
      October 3, 2011 - 09:51 | Permalink

      If you like the sample, the entire album has the same, mystical feel (as does the movie). Personally, I’ve never owned a Cave album in my life, but his soundtrack work is fantastic.

  • Vaughn
    October 3, 2011 - 15:30 | Permalink

    One of the finest films of the last 30 years. And the Nick/Warren sountrack is a great addition to their canon.
    Nick’s screenplay for The Proposition is terrific (as is the soundtrack) too, what a ultra-violent film that is.

    • Willard
      February 5, 2012 - 05:23 | Permalink

      I loved that flick, too. Gave me more appreciation for that Guy guy.

  • PC
    September 2, 2012 - 14:45 | Permalink

    cool bonus tracks

  • zappahead
    December 20, 2013 - 10:02 | Permalink

    Another super download….thanks for this Willard…cheers

  • catfips
    May 22, 2015 - 05:33 | Permalink

    Can’t believe that on the opening piano notes of this you’d know it was Nick Cave. If I had to pick one track it would be Song for Bob, but the whole soundtrack is wonderful. As Vaughan said above The Proposition soundtrack (and film) are amazing as is the soundtrack to The Road (White Lunar I think you call it) is too.

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