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May 05, 2011  | by: Kerri O'Malley

Nick Cave and Neko Case

The True Blood Season Four premiere has fans like me drooling red with anticipation, and not just thanks to the traditional gore and gasps.  On June 26th, in addition to Sookie’s mesmerizing gap tooth and Eric’s sexy bod, true bleeders can also look forward to a custom cover song by Nick Cave and Neko Case.

True Blood Stars on a 2010 Rolling Stone Cover

Billboard recently announced that the musicians, who haven’t played together since they shared a stage some years back, will team up for the premiere episode’s credit song, a cover of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There.”  The Zombies are famous for their 1968 hit, “Time of the Season,” off of their awesome album Odessey and Oracle, for which 60s psychedelia grave diggers express adoration.   Personally, I’m a huge fan of their song “I Love You,” featuring a frank keyboard bump and an awesome vocal performance by lead singer Colin Blunstone.

Zombies aside, what could this cover song mean for the fate of our vampire friends?  After all, let’s not forget that True Blood has a long-standing tradition of using pointed songs in their credits that relate back to the content of each episode.  I first fell in love with the show in Seasone One, where the creators showed their funny side when they ended an episode with Sam sniffing a murdered girl’s sheets to the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “That Smell.”

The title of “She’s Not There” implies some kind of separation, and the lyrics describe deception.  Knowing what we do coming in from Season Three, it seems like Sookie’s relationship with Bill will be in jeopardy.  Is this song merely a reflection of that fractured pairing, or will another plot twist spark the speakers?  I absolutely cannot wait to find out!  Tune into the series premiere on HBO on June 26th to see what the season has in store for us and hear the Cave/Case cover.

In the meantime, check out the original Zombies tune below:

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