In July of last year, tragedy struck Nick Cave’s family, as his 15-year-old son Arthur passed away from injuries he sustained upon falling from a cliff in Ovingdean, England. While many of us cannot even remotely begin to understand the depth of the family’s grief, we surely recognize that processing losses of this unfathomable magnitude invariably manifests in a multitude of ways. And through songs, at least some modicum of solace can often be found.
Across Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ recently released sixteenth studio album Skeleton Tree, as well as the accompanying documentary film One More Time with Feeling, Cave’s anguish is understandably palpable, though never overwrought. The somber, starkly beautiful “Girl in Amber” exemplifies the powerfully plaintive tone of the album and includes references to Cave’s late son and wife Susie Bick.
In the song’s second verse, Cave eloquently reflects, “Just step away and let the world spin / And now in turn, you turn / You kneel, lace up his shoes, your little blue-eyed boy / Take him by his hand, go move and spin him down the hall / I get lucky, I get lucky cause I tried again / I knew the world it would stop spinning now since you've been gone / I used to think that when you died you kind of wandered the world / In a slumber till you crumbled, were absorbed into the earth / Well, I don't think that anymore.”
Watch the new video for “Girl in Amber” below, as well as the official trailer for One More Time with Feeling and the previously released clips for “Jesus Alone” and “I Need You.”