Nick Cave Says ‘Skeleton Tree’ Became Disturbing After Predicting The Future

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Nick Cave shared his thoughts about Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ sixteenth studio album ‘Skeleton Tree.’ He said it disturbed him after the lyrics seemed like they predicted the future events leading up to his son Arthur’s death.

Nick Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling 60ft from a cliff after experimenting with the psychedelic drug LSD in 2015. The young boy was described as disorientated when he fell off a cliff into the Ovingdean Gap near Brighton. During the time of this tragic passing of his son, Cave was in the middle of recording ‘Skeleton Tree.’

Most of the lyrics from the album were already written and had disturbing similarities with what happened to Cave’s son Arthur. The grieving father changed some lyrics to feature personal emotions of death and loss. However, the album did make him uneasy, especially the lyrics he had written before he made the changes that predicted the future of what ended up happening to his son.

Nick Cave stated that the ‘Skeleton Tree’ album disturbed him after the events. The lyrics predicted the future; they described almost precisely what happened to his son Arthur, so no one believed him when he told them the album was written before the tragedy.

Nick added that he didn’t involve himself with the supernatural or didn’t believe it, but this situation has changed his perspective. Before anything happened, he would disregard it when people talked to him about those kinds of topics. However, now he is open to the idea that mysterious and unexplainable things take place, so he cautiously approaches these topics nowadays.

Nick Cave’s words about ‘Skeleton Tree’ and what it predicted:

“‘‘Skeleton Tree’ certainly disturbed me because there was so much in that record that suggested what went on happened. It explicitly forecasted the future, so much so that it was hard for many people to believe I had written almost all of the songs before Arthur died. The way it spoke about the events surrounding Arthur’s death was very distressing at the time.

I’m not somebody who gets too engaged in this sort of thing. In the past, if someone had started talking to me in this way, I would have dismissed him or her entirely. I think you and I are similar in that regard, yet at the same time, we are open to certain ambiguities in life. We cautiously acknowledge that there are, I don’t know, mysteries.”

You can listen to the ‘Skeleton Tree’ album below.