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Prayer for the People. [Jun. 29th, 2004|01:00 am]
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[Special Music |Nick Drake - Things Behind the Sun]

A NY Times piece mentions a new Nick Drake release.

This information struck me:

NICK DRAKE "Made to Love Magic" (Island), a disc of private recordings, rerecordings with new details and one previously unknown studio track, probably exhausts the small but deep opus of the brilliant folk-singer Nick Drake, who overdosed on antidepressants in 1974. Where his original albums established their own coherent worlds, this one traces a wrenching, disturbing curve, spending much of its time on the downside. One unknown song from his final session, "Tow the Line," was found recently and appears here. It's just voice and guitar, the pulsing chords anchored by an ominous droning low note, and its lyrics can be interpreted as a plea for guidance. It's a long way from the haughty composure of his work only five years earlier, and a bit scary. His calculated mystery was gone at this point; now he just radiated need.

It becomes infinitely more difficult, seemingly, to view the results of efforts made by ourselves while we are consumed with the effort.

Every new year appears to be the most foul. With the year 2004, information brings us a rather confusing time. No one really knows for sure how the future will progress. As the information rate increased exponentially in the later half of the 20th century, we seemingly began to lose some of ourselves. It is possible that the information didn't cause individuals to lose themselves . . . the confusion was there, and it was always there, but never with such clarity and resolution.

Please, in these times, may all of us not give up on our paths.

May we continue to see some light.

[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-29 01:34 am (UTC)

An Interesting Nick Drake Article:

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-29 01:40 am (UTC)

Lyrics to "Things Behind the Sun."

Please beware of them that stare
They'll only smile to see you while
Your time away
And once you've seen what they have been
To win the earth just won't seem worth
Your night or your day
Who'll hear what I say.
Look around you find the ground
Is not so far from where you are
But not too wise
For down below they never grow
They're always tired and charms are hired
From out of their eyes
Never surprise.

Take your time and you'll be fine
And say a prayer for people there
Who live on the floor
And if you see what's meant to be
Don't name the day or try to say
It happened before.

Don't be shy you learn to fly
And see the sun when day is done
If only you see
Just what you are beneath a star
That came to stay one rainy day
In autumn for free
Yes, be what you'll be.
Please beware of them that stare
They'll only smile to see you while
Your time away
And once you've seen what they have been
To win the earth just won't seem worth
Your night or your day
Who'll hear what I say.

Open up the broken cup
Let goodly sin and sunshine in
Yes that's today.
And open wide the hymns you hide
You find reknown while people frown
At things that you say
But say what you'll say
About the farmers and the fun
And the things behind the sun
And the people round your head
Who say everything's been said
And the movement in your brain
Sends you out into the rain.
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[User Picture]From: mostlie_sunnie
2004-06-29 05:45 am (UTC)
Wow... just when I thought there was no more Nick Drake to be found!

I'm so very in love with him and his music, but it makes me so bloody depressed.

I suppose someone who dealt with the depth of feeling that he had couldn't last very long in this world...
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-29 10:53 am (UTC)
The article from the person who knew him . . . that sheds some light into the musical/technical . . .

After listening to it all night, I can see how the tunings allow for that quick chord-strum . . .
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-29 10:55 am (UTC)
I have just this one song.

If I hadn't listened in a while, this is what usually happens:

I'll play it, and suddenly, I will have tears in my eyes by the end of the song.
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[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2004-06-29 12:34 pm (UTC)
Damn, I just read the lyrics and teared up!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-29 12:56 pm (UTC)
That's usually what happens for me.

We need the light.
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