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Nick Drake — Day Is Done
Album: Five Leaves Left
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When the day is done
Down to earth then sinks the sun
Along with everything that was lost and won
When the day is done.

When the day is done
Hope so much your race will be all run
Then you find you jumped the gun
Have to go back where you began
When the day is done.

When the night is cold
Some get by but some get old
Just to show life's not made of gold
When the night is cold.

When the bird has flown
Got no-one to call your own
Got no place to call your home
When the bird has flown.

When the game's been fought
You speed the ball across the court
Lost much sooner than you would have thought
Now the game's been fought.

When the party's through
Seems so very sad for you
Didn't do the things you meant to do
Now there's no time to start anew
Now the party's through.

When the day is done
Down to earth then sinks the sun
Along with everything that was lost and won
When the day is done.
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 jayhamiljr wrote:

I've been told by people with a wide knowledge of psychiatric drugs that the medication he was on was known for killing some patients at a young age.  An unfortunate side effect, as it were...  It could be effective, but it's impact was somewhat unpredictable.  Needless to say, it's out of use.  Such was the state of anti-depressants at the time. Odds are it was not suicide. 
 
Amitriptyline  is still prescribed to this day. It is also called Elavil.......https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
 drtjdel wrote:
drtjdel wrote:
Suicide by anti depressant? It just doesn't make sense.
Crash helmets on Kamikaze pilots? It doesn't make sense.
 
I've been told by people with a wide knowledge of psychiatric drugs that the medication he was on was known for killing some patients at a young age.  An unfortunate side effect, as it were...  It could be effective, but it's impact was somewhat unpredictable.  Needless to say, it's out of use.  Such was the state of anti-depressants at the time. Odds are it was not suicide. 
 memoryboxer wrote:
Curious to find all the Stairway to Heaven comments, when what I hear is Jethro Tull's "We Used to Know'. I'm used to the "Did the Eagles 'Hotel California' come from Tull?' debate, but have never even seen a reference to Drake's song in that context, and to my ear they have far more in common. Both came out in '69 and they'd likely have been in range of each other on the British tour circuits more often than the brief tour period when the Eagles opened for Tull.
 
Despite the court case, I still think that the opening descending chord structure of STH come from the first Spirit album (circa '68) and Randy California's instrumental song, "Taurus."
Curious to find all the Stairway to Heaven comments, when what I hear is Jethro Tull's "We Used to Know'. I'm used to the "Did the Eagles 'Hotel California' come from Tull?' debate, but have never even seen a reference to Drake's song in that context, and to my ear they have far more in common. Both came out in '69 and they'd likely have been in range of each other on the British tour circuits more often than the brief tour period when the Eagles opened for Tull.
Что за восхитительная мелодия!
 stevendejong wrote:
"And she's buuu-ying a stairway..."
 
Well, no.
I must confess to taking an inordinate amount of pleasure in discovering that Nick Drake's second name is Rodney. and that Tom Waits' second name is Alan.
 stevendejong wrote:
"And she's buuu-ying a stairway..."
 
I see where you’re coming from. While this predates the Zeppelin song by a couple of years and Zep has been quoted saying they were influenced by Nicks work. However, I suspect there is no link as Five Leaves Left sold less than 5000 copies during his life.
Utterly timeless. A genius.
 fiddlechick wrote:
Nick Drake is on my short-list (with Gram Parsons) of died-too-young wish-I-could-hear-what-they-woulda-come-up-with-later-in-life musicians.


 
Ya know, I think he did actually have enough time to fully exploit the best of his talent.  It is too bad he died.
 LizK wrote:
violin?  cello? A not-60's arrangement to be sure.

 

Really? Tell that to the Beatles-Eleanor Rigby
violin?  cello? A not-60's arrangement to be sure.
A documentary "A Skin Too Few; The Days of Nick Drake" - A poetic man
wow - a Nick Drake song that isn't on Way to Blue! Wonder why this was left off, it's lovely.
 stevendejong wrote:
"And she's buuu-ying a stairway..."
 
...in a bo-ot-tle.

Very beautiful.
 stevendejong wrote:
"And she's buuu-ying a stairway..."
 
Excuse me? {#Stupid}


only gorgeous.
2 Pangs.  One when I listen to this very evocative song.  The other when I lament our collective loss of Nick.  A cruel beauty.  Thanks Bill for not letting this music slip into obscurity.
Skorokoro wrote:
is anyone else making music like this?

ROSSinDETROIT wrote:
Sufjan Stevens, Jose Gonzales, Great Lakes Swimmers.  Others.

inindian wrote:
Well they're good but actually no they're not making music like this.


 stevendejong wrote:
"And she's buuu-ying a stairway..."
 
This song pre-dates that one by over a year.  "Taurus" by Spirit is even earlier.

 oscar_driver wrote:
8!
 

9!
"And she's buuu-ying a stairway..."
 Skorokoro wrote:
is anyone else making music like this?
 
Sufjan Stevens, Jose Gonzales, Great Lakes Swimmers.  Others.

 nigelr wrote:
Ahhhh, the perfect antidote to REM............
 
Very much so.

Ditto!

nigelr wrote:
Ahhhh, the perfect antidote to REM............

nigelr wrote:
Ahhhh, the perfect antidote to REM............
HAHAHAH ditto!
8!
is anyone else making music like this?
Ahhhh, the perfect antidote to REM............
kerr wrote:
Bill - The segue from Wim Mertens into this was just perfect... sent a shiver down this listeners spine.
Same seque, same effect a couple months later. Anyone got any stats on the content and frequency of Bill's inspired little (or large?) streams of joy?
Nick Drake is on my short-list (with Gram Parsons) of died-too-young wish-I-could-hear-what-they-woulda-come-up-with-later-in-life musicians.
kerr wrote:
Bill - The segue from Wim Mertens into this was just perfect... sent a shiver down this listeners spine.
Yes, Bill's the King. :notworthy:
Bill - The segue from Wim Mertens into this was just perfect... sent a shiver down this listeners spine.
babygirl614 wrote:
I decided this morning that life is much better with a little Nick Drake, and a little early Van Morrison, every day.
Could not agree more.
Rules of engagement...it doesn't make sense
drtjdel wrote:
Suicide by anti depressant? It just doesn't make sense.
Crash helmets on Kamikaze pilots? It doesn't make sense.
...and from me as well.a_genuine_find wrote:
This is inspired musical genius. Thanks RP for opening my ears to another gem. :notworthy:
This is inspired musical genius. Thanks RP for opening my ears to another gem. :notworthy:
Suicide by anti depressant? It just doesn't make sense.
Nick was a supernova.
Nick Drake is, well, pretty good. These last four songs have been great, what a great layout
dkwalika wrote:
Is this where we slit our wrists? Is that the theme here?
um,
On November 26, 1974, Drake died in his parents' home from an overdose of antidepressant medication; suicide has been speculated, although some of his family and friends dispute this.
:boohoo:
Is this where we slit our wrists? Is that the theme here?
hardly the best song on this album, but still good.
pdhski wrote:
:eh: Um, Day Is Done - recorded in 1969. Time in A Bottle - recorded in 1972.
This came out in 1969? Wow. He was way ahead of his time.
I decided this morning that life is much better with a little Nick Drake, and a little early Van Morrison, every day.
:boohoo:
Bodhisattva wrote:
I made that comparison immediately as well. (Except Croce is welcome in my book. It's not his fault what commercial radio did to his songs after he died.) Perhaps Drake was influenced by Croce a bit. We'll never know I guess.
:eh: Um, Day Is Done - recorded in 1969. Time in A Bottle - recorded in 1972.
54-40 wrote:
"Time in a Bottle!?" *Whew!~ That was close.
I made that comparison immediately as well. (Except Croce is welcome in my book. It's not his fault what commercial radio did to his songs after he died.) Perhaps Drake was influenced by Croce a bit. We'll never know I guess.
I think it's safe to say that I adore every song Nick created in his (far too brief) life. This one is heartbreaking and beautiful.
picked this album up a few months ago and listened to it one day about 17 times in a row...mellow and relaxed...
Art_Carnage wrote:
This would be nice... if only someone could strip out those annoying vocals.
Good man, Art, you reflect your surroundings ... :-s
Really nice!
"Time in a Bottle!?" *Whew!~ That was close.
This would be nice... if only someone could strip out those annoying vocals.
i know he never appeared in any volkswagon ads, but it would be lovely to hear a little sandy bull sometime. anyone got anything they can upload? all i have are LPs...
Bravo :-({|=
I love the cello arrangement on this one! If I could just find the sheet music... :daisy:
Slipstream wrote:
*cough*iTunes*cough* It's only $9.90. This has NOT been a paid endorsement.....unfortunately......
eBay copies are listed from about $5... Just need to be persistent.
ortenzia wrote:
anyone have this album and want to burn it and send it to san francisco? i'll gladly return the favor with an album of the senders choosing.
*cough*iTunes*cough* It's only $9.90. This has NOT been a paid endorsement.....unfortunately......
anyone have this album and want to burn it and send it to san francisco? i'll gladly return the favor with an album of the senders choosing.
Nice song. I was a bit thrown by the intro, however; I would have sworn we were about to hear Jim Croce "Time in a Bottle." Glad it wasn't.
nick is always ahhhhmazing. thanks for a great set!
Gorgeous ! Like a bittersweet dream ... ~Julia
Originally Posted by MylenerHead: Hauntingly beautiful.....
Exactly! I love this song. How tragic that he's no long with us.
His phrasing and vocal quality remind me of Colin Blunstone, lead vocalist, of The Zombies (\"Time Of The Season\")
Hauntingly beautiful.....
Every Nick Drake song makes me stop whatever I\'m doing and listen ... so very sad.
not my favorite nick drake, but i\'ll take any i can hear on RP. i\'ve just become a fan recently...the box set is truly wonderful. anyone noticed that there are 3 great musical Nick\'s? nick drake nick lowe nick cave. all should be played with regularity on RP & EVERYWHERE!! :D