Nick Drake — River Man
Album: Five Leaves Left
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8

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Total ratings: 1156
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:10
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Betty came by on her way
Said she had a word to say
About things today
And fallen leaves.

Said she hadn't heard the news
Hadn't had the time to choose
A way to lose
But she believes.

Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the plan
For lilac time.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
And all night shows
In summertime.

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

For when she thought of summer rain
Calling for her mind again
She lost the pain
And stayed for more.

Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the ban
On feeling free.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
I don't suppose
It's meant for me.

Oh, how they come and go
Oh, how they come and go.
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Timeless and wonderful.
this song aged really well. this as well could be a 2016 release.
My God. So beautiful.
 rocklandlove wrote:
One of the most exquisite pieces of music ever written, with a string arrangement by Robert Kirby to match. And the 5/4 time signature adds to the mystery and timelessness of the song.

 
I agree with you!
The strings are exquisite.
One of the most exquisite pieces of music ever written, with a string arrangement by Robert Kirby to match. And the 5/4 time signature adds to the mystery and timelessness of the song.
The rating I give this song is directly proportional to the number of times I hear it.
 ISteely_D wrote:

This is important. This means something.

    
It means that an artist has succeeded in a primary mission to reach the still beating heart     {#Idea}
There is something magical in the frequencies, the resonances, the Quantum-boosting things going on in this man's voice and strings!
I cannot believe I have not rated this most outstanding song/artist      yes a 9       {#Cheers}
 MJdub wrote:
Never noticed this is in 5/4.  Another masterpiece by Nick Drake

 
The melody and arrangement really make it sway, so it doesn't sound as "choppy" as 5/4 can sound sometimes.  Nice song.
Heard a Nick Drake song on an italian tv commercial...I could't believe it.
I know this sounds corny.....but I recently went into a recording studio and laid down 13 vocal tracks over various karaoke tracks. This was one of them. I did this to hand out to other musicians to show my vocal capabilities. I went from Nick Drake to Molly Hatchet.
 Cynaera wrote:
It's early morning. The sky is blue, the air is cold, there's frost on the rooftops and two ring-necked doves perched on the telephone wire outside my window. I'm drinking my first cup of coffee, and this song is playing.  How could things possibly get better?  I agree with those who say that this song makes everything quiet around them. I'm peaceful and content, for the first time in weeks.  Mr. Drake, you were ahead of your time - a Renaissance Man in a world of cretins.  Thank you for your music.

 
This is important. This means something.
Never noticed this is in 5/4.  Another masterpiece by Nick Drake
This clearly shows the influence Nick Drake had on Ray Lamontagne and his "Be Here Now" song, another RP fav.
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Bananapiano} ... One of the best albums ever made - this track is something else.  Anything less than "Godlike" is a crime against music.
 
Absolutely... few tracks are as evocative as this.
Very nice!
{#Bananapiano} ... One of the best albums ever made - this track is something else.  Anything less than "Godlike" is a crime against music.
 TheLib wrote:
I've been listening to Nick Drake since the mid-70s.  His music really is timeless.

Ilona Knopfler does a cover of this that I like quite a bit.  You can check it out on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/river-man/id339951085?i=339951275

 

That's really cool.  Seriously.  I started around 2000.  I bought one CD, and then another, and I liked them both.  But when I became a regular listener of RP.  Well.  Fuck.  I am a Nick Drake Drone now.
I am a bit dumbfounded, I thought this was relatively recent music, but it was made before I was born even 0_0
I've been listening to Nick Drake since the mid-70s.  His music really is timeless.

Ilona Knopfler does a cover of this that I like quite a bit.  You can check it out on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/river-man/id339951085?i=339951275
nice wintry song.
Shimmering and floating like a Rothko!
Well, that was beautiful.
Majestic artist!

I think if I could only listen to one song forever....  this would be it.


File Under:

lots of fuss...decent artist.

(see Elliot Smith)
Beautiful song. {#Clap}
gorgeous.
 Bleyfusz wrote:
Ain't it strange how beauty can hurt?
 
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Another 1969 release. What a year and this one shows the broad range of music that exploded that year.
{#Yes} jagdriver wrote:
Quite a loss here. I think his stuff is incredible.
 


 Jamunca wrote:


Does that mean you give 9s to Ray's stuff too? BTW, I saw him live in Asheville, NC and he had all the stage presence of a statue. Definitely better recorded than in person. I wonder if Nick would've been the same, given his personal issues.
  From what I've seen and heard in the documentary(that is not fully funded)his friends say his live performances were not nearly as good as his live shows.....and it hurt him.Boy was he good in the studio!


It's early morning. The sky is blue, the air is cold, there's frost on the rooftops and two ring-necked doves perched on the telephone wire outside my window. I'm drinking my first cup of coffee, and this song is playing.  How could things possibly get better?  I agree with those who say that this song makes everything quiet around them. I'm peaceful and content, for the first time in weeks.  Mr. Drake, you were ahead of your time - a Renaissance Man in a world of cretins.  Thank you for your music.
Ain't it strange how beauty can hurt?
 sirdroseph wrote:


How bout this? No, they definitely are NOT!!!!{#No}
 
Actually I love NIck, but if I didn't know any better sometimes, Ray sounds a lot like him.{#Yes}

 trekhead wrote:
Ray LaMontagne/Nick Drake,
interchangeable?

9.
 

How bout this? No, they definitely are NOT!!!!{#No}
To quote the astronauts as they viewed the pretty unidentified lights in orbit; "Beautiful....just beautiful!"{#Sunny}
The tortured soul rides downriver, rolling his own...
Quite a loss here. I think his stuff is incredible.
The shift back and forth between major and minor key just hypnotises me. The atmosphere is so thick you could cut it with a knife. A stunning song. Remember folks it's Ray LaMontagne ripping off Nick Drake, not the other way round.

 trekhead wrote:
Ray LaMontagne/Nick Drake,
interchangeable?

9.
 

Does that mean you give 9s to Ray's stuff too? BTW, I saw him live in Asheville, NC and he had all the stage presence of a statue. Definitely better recorded than in person. I wonder if Nick would've been the same, given his personal issues.

solid 10, awesome!


 jagdriver wrote:
{#Boohoo} {#Guitarist}

Really great arrangement.

 
Might go nicely with The City by Mark-Almond.
It sounds as though this is someone i should have heard of but i haven't.  I couldn't get above 6 for this one though.  Felt it was OK but a bit long for the lack of variation in the song.