Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Lyrics




Sunday morning, skeleton tree
Oh, nothing is for free
In the window, a candle
Well, maybe you can see
Fallen leaves thrown across the sky
A jittery TV
Glowing white like fire
Nothing is for free
I called out, I called out
Right across the sea
But the echo comes back empty
And nothing is for free

Sunday morning, skeleton tree
Pressed against the sky
The jittery TV
Glowing white like fire
And I called out, I called out
Right across the sea
I called out, I called out
That nothing is for free

And it's alright now
And it's alright now
And it's alright now





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  1. Zenfinity Massage & Wellness

    Would everyone still feel the emotional depth of these songs so much, if they didn't know that Nick Cave's son had died? Would they still understand the lyrics the same way?

    Smokescreen _photo

    Zenfinity Massage & Wellness I did and still do, the man is, was and should always be recognized for the genius he is. His work with “The Dirty Three” as Grinderman is under appreciated to say the least, love this guy

    Smokescreen _photo

    I did and still do

    Zenfinity Massage & Wellness

    @Smokescreen _photo I love his work too, but I think it's important to remain objective. I think Grinderman is lyrically his worst work, for example. Even geniuses aren't geniuses 24/7.

  2. Paul Kelly

    Not ashamed to admit that this song makes me tear up every time I hear it. Heartbreaking and gorgeous.

  3. Rodrigo Lefosse

    A friend and lover that forgotted me brought me here

  4. Enzo Galli

    MAGNIFICO album.....GRANDE Nick!!!

  5. Cheyenne Brennan

    Listening to the final song on the last album on the day that I learn...THE NEW ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED ON THE 5TH!!!!!!!

    quasarsphere

    So, what do you think of Ghosteen? I'm finding that people either love it passionately or hate it intensely. One extreme or the other.

    Cheyenne Brennan

    @quasarsphere I think it's beautiful.

  6. allen binion

    What a beautiful album! Heartbreaking.
    Anyone who is here because losing someone broke you, made you sick, youve never recovered...just know..there are many of us. Love everyone you meet with genuine love!

    Bailif 11

    ...this ⬆️⬆️

  7. Nick Commito

    Sunday morning, skeleton tree
    Oh, nothing is for free
    In the window, a candle
    Well, maybe you can see
    Fallen leaves thrown across the sky
    A jittery TV
    Glowing white like fire
    Nothing is for free
    I called out, I called out
    Right across the sea
    But the echo comes back in, dear
    And nothing is for free
    Sunday morning, skeleton tree
    Pressed against the sky
    The jittery TV
    Glowing white like fire
    And I called out, I called out
    Right across the sea
    I called out, I called out
    That nothing is for free
    And it's alright now
    And it's alright now
    And it's alright now

  8. Heymymy1000

    The quintessense and climax of an artist describing his tragedy in verse and in real time. Nick Cave goes on an artistic march undergoing the worst ... Beyond the simple critic of a musical album that follows anothers...

  9. Douglas Arthur

    My fingers brought me here....

  10. Hugh Lemma

    Listen to this album all the way through, if you dare. It will change you. I don't say things like this on a whim. Absolutely transcendent music.

  11. Ludovico Street

    Like a bullet to the fucking heart.

  12. hookybricks hooky

    Nothing is for free...

  13. Erik Frost

    I don't want to lose my parents

  14. francais70

    Actually in my country (France), we're heading, I'm afraid, towards a Civil War, all ingredients are there, but at the moment in my car I'm listenning that piece so called Skeleton Tree, and I enjoyed it just before the Chaos.....

  15. Alchemy Phoenix

    Nick Cave makes loneliness so exquisite.

  16. jean-michel blondel

    sublime

  17. Mond Hansen

    Forever a light you are dear Nick! Your music is therapy. Greetings from a life long listener.

  18. vidasimple

    Te quiero en Argentina denuevoooo!!!

  19. mgalatico

    I love the work from Nick Cave, love this song and this album is amazing! If you wanna check, this is the rendition I made in very looooow quality for this song, but with my heart and soul on it https://soundcloud.com/marcio-s-moraes/marcio-saldanha-skeleton-tree-nick-cave-cover

  20. Tristan Young

    Amazing song $

  21. robert valli

    We need more music like this he is a gift.

  22. Sonia Brick

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHH <3

  23. Josh Porter

    The impression I get of this song (within the context of the whole album) is that it is in some ways about not so much when grief begins to truly ebb, but the point at which one realizes that grief isn't forever despite loss being forever and the space left empty is forever. I've lost a lot of people close to me in my life, including losing my mother at a young age, and this album is probably the most harrowing of any I have ever heard. I've spent the last few months listening to it quite a lot because it is flat out amazing but also because I find it really helps put me into the head space I need to be in to make art.

  24. Hari Prasad

    with his voice check out the direction of stars in video, visible in dark

  25. Cassafrass Mae

    This song is to comforting....i dont mean that to disturb anyone or act like the pain is humorous. ...but i understand the pain and can feel the pain the one experienced whom it was written for

  26. matika za 3 minúty

    [LYRICS]

    Sunday morning, skeleton tree
    Oh, nothing is for free
    In the window, a candle
    Well, maybe you can see
    Fallen leaves thrown across the sky
    A jittery TV
    Glowing white like fire
    Nothing is for free

    [Chorus 1]
    I called out, I called out
    Right across the sea
    But the echo comes back empty
    And nothing is for free

    [Verse 2]
    Sunday morning, skeleton tree
    Pressed against the sky
    The jittery TV
    Glowing white like fire

    [Chorus 2]
    And I called out, I called out
    Right across the sea
    I called out, I called out
    That nothing is for free

    [Outro]
    And it's alright now
    And it's alright now
    And it's alright now...

  27. Ramiro Frache

    One of the most talented artists of our generation.

  28. Lyn Lutrzykowski

    I've been searching and listening for this my entire life. I think I heard it in the womb and never thought I'd hear it again...feels like I've come home.

    Ra Serves The Dinner

    Nice for you! :)

  29. That One Guy

    STOP MAKING ME FEEL THINGS, NICK

  30. Lee Rainford

    One of my fave's of all time...

  31. B Man

    Soooooo is every song from this guy sad suicidal music?

  32. GronkMusic

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

  33. Victor Novaes

    Árvore de esqueletos?

  34. Fritzi

    I love those dark and poetic lyrics in many of his songs. Nick Cave's music means so much to me

  35. TheThetechnician

    The world is full of grievers...thats why we're here with this song

  36. Jenny De Maret

    Can't stop listening to this album. You can feel the pain in every song. This is a real masterpiece, thanks mr. Cave for your beautiful music.

  37. Anita grey

    Ahhhh, what a beauty...thank you!!!

  38. Ferran

    Do you remember when Kylie says: "On stage you look like a tree to me " in the 20000 days on Earth documentary
    Maybe the idea of the title Skeleton Tree came from this
    You know, a tree made of bones, that would be a human being with his arms wide open to the sky

  39. Adolfo Romero

    hermoso gracias y mil gracias simplemente música del alma

  40. MaX 22

    Witamy w Warszawie :) Tylko Ty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. WhiteEagle PL

    WHAT ABOUT MILLIONS of SILENT LOSSES & AGONIES ??
    WELCOME TO my CLUB, Nick.

    WhiteEagle PL

    rhanks 4 nice deep album

  42. Sonia Brick

    UFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

  43. Álvaro García

    Que grande Nick!!! este disco es una obra maestra. Siento mucho la pérdida, mucho ánimo maestro.

  44. Is mena

    I love Nick Cave so much. I'm a singer-songwriter and he is a big inspiration to me. If you have some time you could check out some of my songs on my channel :)

  45. Jack Morrison

    One of the saddest goddamn songs I've ever heard

  46. Ana Ružević

    I'm having the bad seeds in my testicles... But, nevertheless, our children are pretty fine and beautiful. Don't look at the photo, I'm Ana's husband, but I'm too ugly to show up, didn't say shy. I'm joking. I'm beautiful, and Nick's ugly, which is beautiful. We met him on the Exit festival in 2013, when we were young and crazy. Now, we're just young. Bravo, Nick.

  47. Dark Lord

    My wife passing away 14 weeks ago brought me here !

    Rebecca Gavin

    I hope your sorrow is more bearable now.

    Michael Harrison-Little

    i feel for you ...knowing the same but not so recently

  48. Screaming Demonfist

    Best song to fuck to ever.

  49. David W Warren

    paid for in tears.

    Ela Fraczkowska

    Pefect comment. :-)

  50. A. M.

    Thanks, Anthony Fantano.

  51. Sergio Olaciregui

    Perfect closer to one of the most emotional albums ever made...

  52. Fighting The Man

    Fucking beautiful

  53. Bibian Borst

    Sunday morning, skeleton tree
    Oh, nothing is for free
    In the window, a candle
    Well, maybe you can see

    This is the hardest one for me

  54. TaLorde Hornbro

    An ad pops up on an app for racist jokes brought me here. Who says no good can come from intolerance.

  55. Kirsty McCarthy

    So beautiful. Fragile....

  56. Juan Bascur Núñez

    "and nothing is for free". ciertamente el dolor no es gratuito, nick.

  57. daniela maria seixas de oliveira Oliveira

    Pure poetry

  58. daniela maria seixas de oliveira Oliveira

    beautiful song. touching.

  59. roger321100

    Heard this for the first time on 6Music Lauren Laverne show this morning. Stopped me in my tracks
    Unbelievably beautiful. So sad.

  60. maria beatrice Garau

    Spettacolare come sempre ogni canzone e ogni nota non hanno bisogno di parole ! Thanks mr Cave

  61. Toby Jackman

    I love this man. He is an absolute hero.
    I hate Coldplay.
    If someone likes Coldplay & it leads them here though, then it's alright with me. It's probably the best thing they've ever done

    Henry Petch

    This album is literally about love. You sing praise for it, so why the need to put down a band whose music you don't like? Have you even listened to some of their older stuff anyway? Parachutes is a top album.

    toby jackman

    well yeah I used to listen to it before I grew up

    Joel Robertson

    Coldplay's early stuff is alright

  62. Tree House Bookshop

    This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

  63. frostyboo2

    Iggy pop on 6, bought me here. Truly beautiful :)

  64. Mark Whittaker

    Once upon a time Radiohead refused to license their music to films, trailers or advertisements. The exception was Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann), where they wrote a specific track to contribute to the soundtrack. Looks like they've changed their minds.

  65. Bruno Aziz

    lighten up your spirit..................somewhere else.

  66. Matt Inman

    No matter who you are, or who brought you to this video, it's great that you're here listening.

  67. ian webber

    love the song, love the movie. xxxxxxx

  68. 99Nars

    you could cut this song and put it in The Good Son and I wouldn't notice.
    except,of course, the context is different.

  69. Vidar Larsen

    I Called Out, I Called Out
    Right Across The Sea
    But The Echo Comes Back Empty
    And Nothing Is For Free..

  70. J A.

    This song is so full of emotions. I'm really thankfull for every second he exists and creates (or existed and created). Thank you, man. I understand you. I feel you. And I love you. You did a great job, now do what you have to do. Take care... you're gonna be always part of my life.

  71. Jade Whamond

    so beautiful

  72. Antonio

    This song is amazing. It reminds me Brompton oratory which is probably my favorite Nick Cave's song. I love when after years a musician returns using same structure and melody of an old work. He is saying us: there is a sense relation

  73. Stella Ricci

    Bellissimo brano...brividi nel cuore. ..bravo Nick
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  74. Vidar Larsen

    I called out, I called out
    Right across the sea
    But the echo comes back empty
    And nothing is for free..

  75. Johnny Fingers

    This autumn of 2016, will be full of tree colours, these melodies , these lyrics...

  76. Luca Ermacora

    Un dolore immenso.., che ti penetra nell'anima e forse non ti lascia più'...Un forte abbraccio a Nick e alla sua famiglia.

  77. Dora Kawaii

    why do i think minecraft at the start ⛶

  78. Jack Robbo

    Hits me right in the feels. It's nice to feel sad sometimes.

    Caverman

    "It's nice to feel sad sometimes". Truth of the day.

  79. led

    Il suo animo triste espresso in un ennesimo capolavoro.. Condoglianze per la tua perdita Nick..incredibile la potenza della musica, di questi accordi che si intersecano perfettamente con questo testo pieno di tristezza, dolore che traspare dalla tua voce come nella bellissima "I need you". Grazie per questo capolavoro.

  80. led

    Il suo animo triste espresso in un ennesimo capolavoro.. Condoglianze per la tua perdita Nick..incredibile la potenza della musica, di questi accordi che si intersecano perfettamente con questo testo pieno di tristezza, dolore che traspare dalla tua voce come nella bellissima "I need you". Grazie per questo capolavoro.

  81. PTB brady

    Spinal cord brought me here from instagram, I'm so grateful and going to now pick up the album.

  82. NomadBikerTours

    What a beautiful song ... I'm here because Jo Wiley played this on her BBC 2 radio show last night, I stopped dead in my tracks as my ears picked up the first few words and the song carried me away to another place ...

    jason wood

    NomadBiker exactly the same happened to me.

  83. Just Me

    Pain brought me here.

  84. Sean Miller

    cold play

  85. fanel mich

    loves from Athens

  86. simon last

    if this does not win album of the year there is something very wrong

    Nicholas Salmons

    Sadly, it's common nature for most music awards programs to choose albums that aren't really qualified.

  87. Vincent Gallo

    ourobouris brought me here

  88. aroensis

    exquisite

  89. Dixxy

    If MAGNETO was mesmerizing, what should i say about this gem of emotion ?

    It's so intense, so sad, so painfully gorgeous... Majestic and poignant.

    We grieve with you, Nick.

  90. Kathy Wood

    Just beautiful

  91. zavinullava

    Distant Sky and this are like a suitably darker version of the final two songs on Underworld's Barbara Barbara We Face A Shining Future. Some amazing music has come out this year, too bad this was so dearly bought.

  92. JCW 7777

    Beautiful

  93. Chris Davanzo

    I want Tom Waits to cover this song. The album is excellent.

    Ace777

    Dumb idea. No one could sing this particular song better than Nick, due to its personal nature

    Paullesbianisaboss

    wat a dump idiot!

    Paullesbianisaboss

    coldplay brought me here

  94. Nephilim1977

    need to buy this.