It's one of that songs that always raises the tiny hairs on your arms.
Thus, being able to listen to so many wonderful artists combining their voices in a tribute to Nick Cave's extraordinary song forces me to confront the existence of little hairs on the back of my neck as well. Stupefying.
The strings and the violin solo at the end- wow. In 2010, the Sydney Opera House recorded a version of "The Ship Song" as a tribute to an iconic song and an iconic building. You can watch the documentary on the project online.
This version of the song, which combines the voices of Concrete Blonde, Eddie Vedder, Nick Cave, and others, is one of my all-time favorites (though Lissie's acoustic version figures up there as well).