From Darkness to Light: ‘Ghosteen’ a new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Claudio Zonta SJ

 Claudio Zonta SJ / Culture / 24 December 2019


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Ghosteen, the new album by UK-based, Australian musician Nick Cave, is the result of a reinterpretation of his mourning for the death of his son Arthur, who died on July 15, 2015, after falling from a cliff in Ovingdean Gap, near Brighton, in southern England.

In 1992 the singer had already written a song dedicated to his first son Luke, almost foreshadowing the fragility of family affections. It was called “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry”: Papa won’t leave you, Henry / Papa won’t leave you, Boy: a sentiment that was embedded in the chorus of this song-confession of Nick Cave’s life, between excesses and redemptions.

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