Belfast-born filmmaker Aoife McCardle directed a short film titled Every Breaking Wave
based on this song and Songs of Innocence's
final track "The Troubles
." The mini-movie tells a love story between a Catholic and a Protestant youngster. McCardle explained: "I wanted to make a film about what it was like to be a teenager in the early '80s in Northern Ireland. All the different pressures on you, the pressures of friendship, of falling in love for the first time, and all that in the face of huge troubles."
"Violence was inescapable on your doorstep. I remember very vividly what it was like to grow up when there were bombs going off and army everywhere, so I did draw on a lot of memories."
"I hope people see that it's a story. A story that's based on real stories. It's like capturing a time. And I hope people feel inspired by how resilient teenagers at that time were in Northern Ireland, and moved by their ability to live life in as full a way as possible, despite the circumstances."
The song's official music video is a condensed, four-and-a-half-minute version of the 13-minute short film.