Rediscovering Nick Drake

Rediscovering Nick Drake

Much have been written about the life and music of Nick Drake. This is nothing more than a personal story on how I discovered and rediscovered his music.

I first heard of a Nick Drake song almost a decade ago through the movie Serendipity. I didn't know him then, not for another 5 or so years, but I remember the song as being scene-appropriate. It was Northern Sky, a simple melody paired with a timeless lyrics.

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Brighten my northern sky

A few years later, one of his songs came up as a suggested video in YouTube. Pink Moon. I don't remember what music I was listening to at the time. It must have been some other British folk singer or, maybe, Ray LaMontagne. Honestly, I could barely understand what he's singing about. Still, the uneasy feeling it projected was something unique that I took note of the artist, then listen to his other songs.

I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all

For some reason, I quit listening to him after a week or two. It was a period of me discovering Pinoy folk and Nick Drake's music just didn't fit the playlist.

Then come a few months ago. Out of the blue, I just remembered the name and the two songs. A quick search and I'm listening to some of his songs that I haven't heard. Now, a bit more mature, I find his music lone and urban. They're the kind of songs that you listen to while walking alone in the streets, in the afternoon, right just after a rainstorm.

My current favorites include

At the Chime of the City Clock

Stay indoors beneath the floors
Talk with neighbours only
The games you play make people say
You're either weird or lonely
A city star won't shine too far
On account of the way you are
And the beads around your face
Make you sure to fit back in place

River Man

Betty said she prayed today
For the sky to blow away
Or maybe stay
She wasn't sure

Cello Song

So forget this cruel world
Where I belong
I'll just sit and wait
And sing my song
And if one day you should see me in the crowd
Lend a hand and lift me
To your place in the cloud

Fly

Please tell me your second name
Please play me your second game
I've fallen so far for the people you are
I just need your star for a day

Place to Be

And I was strong, strong in the sun
I thought I'd see when day was done
Now I'm weaker than the palest blue
Oh, so weak in this need for you