In early September 2015 there was a horrifying airshow disaster ten miles from Nick Cave's home city of Brighton. A vintage aircraft that had taken off at Shoreham airport crashed into a field near the River Adur and killed 11 people.
You fell from the sky Crash landed in a field Near the river Adur
A month and a half previously, Nick Cave experienced his own horrific tragedy when his 15-year-old son Arthur fell from a cliff and died from his injuries.
You cried beneath the dripping trees Ghost song lodged in the throat of a mermaid
Cave's pain is etched in this haunting, sparse work, which splices eerie imagery of grieving loved ones.
The song was actually one of the first from Skeleton Tree to be written, around late 2014. In Andrew Dominik's documentary One More Time with Feeling, Cave mentions ad-libbing and improvising the anguished prayer to a dead child from a grieving father. Presumably he picked up the idea of the air crash and added the first verse, linking it to the rest of this panorama of grief.
The music video contains footage taken from the 3D black and white movie, One More Time with Feeling, which documents the recording of Skeleton Tree.