Nick Drake — River Man
Album: Five Leaves Left
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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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 trekhead wrote:
Ray LaMontagne/Nick Drake,
interchangeable?

9.
 
They're not very interchangeable to me.  Ray LaMontagne is certainly influenced by Nick Drake, but his music often comes across as affected or contrived to me, not nearly as sincere and alienated as Nick Drake's music seems, but it's all individual perception anyhow.
Nick Drake's songs always leave me in a state of existential dread... in the best way possible.Nick Drake
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!