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Nick Drake — Three Hours
Album: Five Leaves Left
Avg rating:
7.9

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Total ratings: 1482









Released: 1969
Length: 6:08
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Three hours from sundown
Jeremy flies
Hoping to keep
The sun from his eyes
East from the city
And down to the cave
In search of a master
In search of a slave

Three hours from London
Jacomo's free
Taking his woes
Down to the sea
In search of a lifetime
To tell when he's home
In search of a story
That's never been known

Three hours from speaking
Everyone's flown
Not wanting to be
Seen on their own
Three hours is needed
To leave from them all
Three hours to wonder
And three hours to fall

Three hours from sundown
Jeremy flies
Hoping to keep
The sun from his eyes
East from the city
And down to the cave
In search for a master
In search for a slave
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Argh, this is making me crazy... reminding me of a song that I can't put my finger on.

AH - just got it. Al Stewart, Roads to Moscow. When this first started, the lyrics from Roads to Moscow popped into my head.
Wondering how i missed Nick Drake as well, however find this record brilliant from all aspects of music...
A song that never fails to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Haunting, propulsive, mysterious, and deeply melancholic. A few broad lines that hint at a dark novel.

And then there's this: Consider that this song is HALF A CENTURY OLD. And yet, it feels as fresh as if it were recorded yesterday.

Music that stands the test of time is rare. So very rare. 
Thank you, Nick!!
If interested in Nick Drake, may I suggest the documentary "A Skin Too Few". It's on You tube, and it's brilliant.
 Highlowsel wrote:
You have to consider this, to juxtapose it, against when it was released.  1969.  Think about that.  Think about being someone making this kind of music in the face of that which was anointed as popular by the days cognoscenti.  Being obscured by all the currents of days like those. 

Hell the 'Net was just some Darpa (Defense department) step-child in those days.  A small province played in by a subset of college techno-geeks who didn't have a clue the portent of that which they were doing.  There certainly wasn't all the various YouTube styled venues by which you could put yourself out there.  Maybe there was the Midnight Special....but it catered to that which was promotionally popular and not gypsie vagabound stuff. 

To a certain extent this guy must have felt like he was singing, and playing, into a vacuum.  Or at best a very small circle of like minded others.  It's kind'a sad when you think about how he missed out on being able to ride the wave of enthusiasm that grew up around that which he put out there. 

But I suppose it comes to this with all artistic expression.  You're not doing it, necessarily, for self-serving reasons.  No.  You do it because it feels good.  You do it because you can't envision not doing it.  You do it because something tells you that you have no choice.  What you produce is more like your children.  You create them; you set them free, and can only hope that the energy you put into producing them will radiate out positively in time, regardless of you being there to witness it, or not. 

Just some thoughts. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 
Being a parent, I appreciate your "raising children" comment much, HighLowsel. Nick Drake's are doing good work/art, here in their future. 
1969? How in the world did I miss Nick Drake for decades? Until RP came along, of course. Because I was too caught up in Me Everything! for the most part. I had a dear friend who would often speak of Nick Drake as an artist. Can't recall her playing Nick Drake though. I'll blame her! This song buries itself up under the skin and stays there. Maybe it's best it wasn't so... all these decades. A little too much high-restless-goth for a gal like me to have handled well... in one's 20s. Now though? Perfect. 
I like his stuff but I find I'm hearing more of him than I'd like on RP. Just gets a little too much. At least it's not the cello song... again!
Brilliant.
One of my fave ND tunes.
Nick, though you're gone...I'd like to thank you for your music and thoughts. RIP
He's puffin a splif.........great voice....
Great stuff, straight from the soul. Thanks Nick. RIP!
 Highlowsel wrote:
You have to consider this, to juxtapose it, against when it was released.  1969.  Think about that.  Think about being someone making this kind of music in the face of that which was anointed as popular by the days cognoscenti. ...To a certain extent this guy must have felt like he was singing, and playing, into a vacuum.  Or at best a very small circle of like minded others...
But I suppose it comes to this with all artistic expression.  You're not doing it, necessarily, for self-serving reasons.  No.  You do it because it feels good.  You do it because you can't envision not doing it.  You do it because something tells you that you have no choice.  What you produce is more like your children.  You create them; you set them free, and can only hope that the energy you put into producing them will radiate out positively in time, regardless of you being there to witness it, or not. 

Just some thoughts. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
Good thoughts.  I imagine that most of the "folk" musicians of that era (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Richard Thompson, etc.) must've often felt as if they were in a very small circle.  Given that Drake is reputed to have been withdrawn and depressed, his circle may have seemed even smaller.  As you said, artists often don't make art for it to be seen or heard, they often produce it because they feel compelled to do so.
 ecojot wrote:
They were friends. John wrote Solid Air for NIck.
 

The title of the Nicks compellation album “Way to Blue” allegedly came form a description of Nick by John Martyn when they were stable mates at Island Records.


Without a doubt, in my mind, this song is light-years ahead of its time; dig the percussive style of guitar that matches the otherworldly rhythm of the drums, its vision, its use of stereo channels, its amazing, genius structure and the artist's mastery of its orchestration...
You have to consider this, to juxtapose it, against when it was released.  1969.  Think about that.  Think about being someone making this kind of music in the face of that which was anointed as popular by the days cognoscenti.  Being obscured by all the currents of days like those. 

Hell the 'Net was just some Darpa (Defense department) step-child in those days.  A small province played in by a subset of college techno-geeks who didn't have a clue the portent of that which they were doing.  There certainly wasn't all the various YouTube styled venues by which you could put yourself out there.  Maybe there was the Midnight Special....but it catered to that which was promotionally popular and not gypsie vagabound stuff. 

To a certain extent this guy must have felt like he was singing, and playing, into a vacuum.  Or at best a very small circle of like minded others.  It's kind'a sad when you think about how he missed out on being able to ride the wave of enthusiasm that grew up around that which he put out there. 

But I suppose it comes to this with all artistic expression.  You're not doing it, necessarily, for self-serving reasons.  No.  You do it because it feels good.  You do it because you can't envision not doing it.  You do it because something tells you that you have no choice.  What you produce is more like your children.  You create them; you set them free, and can only hope that the energy you put into producing them will radiate out positively in time, regardless of you being there to witness it, or not. 

Just some thoughts. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 ElCamoteLoco wrote:
It's just so spooky.

 
Spooky?
I hear the forests. Well I guess they can be spooky {#Ask}
I think this must be my favourite Nick Drake song. It's just so spooky.
 sheeelaaa wrote:
I thought this was John Martyn ... 
 
They were friends. John wrote Solid Air for NIck.
That's some beautiful music!!!!
 sheeelaaa wrote:
I thought this was John Martyn ... 
 

Close but no cigar Sheeelaaa 


 Cynaera wrote:
Excellent song! {#Sunny}

 
'nuff said.
We've got to live on science alone...
I thought this was John Martyn ... 
 bobnose wrote:
Why doesn't your rating go to Eleven?

 
They just made Ten better instead.
Sir Drake
Why doesn't your rating go to Eleven?
 coolpeople_rule wrote:
Why such an early check out time?

Just out of...the Nick of time.  :( 



So much more good music left in you, and life to be lived..a lesson for us all?  

 
he suffered from a mental illness and sometimes music is the only power to keep the demons at bay.
 
Love Nick but was not always so.  Unfortunately I tuned in too late to catch this one. It will no doubt come again.   Just too late and for John Martyn who someone in the thread mentioned.  Both gone but transported by the YouTube of Martyn's Solid Air but in another world when they were making music.  
Radiohead, Nick, Eno, REM
Why such an early check out time?

Just out of...the Nick of time.  :( 



So much more good music left in you, and life to be lived..a lesson for us all?  
The best Drake song! I love the bass :-)
 
Drake and Martyn were friends (not sure if Jansch new Drake?); check out Martyn's tribute to Nick, "Solid Air":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UikPQOaJpfU


meinthecorner wrote:
I can't believe that I never knew this man's music at all during his lifetime, not until I heard him here just recently. 
I'm getting blown away with each song I hear. Gonna be makin' my list, but I'd dearly love to hear a few more cuts from Mr. Drake's repertoire.
This particular song made me think of John Martyn, and I thought I could I could even hear a bit of Bert Jansche (Pentangle?) there as well. Does anyone else pick up on that, or am I just hearing things? Ha!

 


The emotive, percussive guitar-picking, the haunting tones of the vocals, the rhythms, the fabulous drum-beats of this thing HYPNOTIZE...
Classy cool, maybe Richie Havens next?  or Joan Armitrading, both have a beautiful similarity to this, imho
THE NEW NICK CAVE (not Drake) album is a SENSATION!!
Reminds me of Bert Jansch's Blackwater Side. The 60s were a time of folk revival in the UK.
So hard to pick just ONE, but this is my favorite Nick Drake recording.
I can't believe that I never knew this man's music at all during his lifetime, not until I heard him here just recently. 
I'm getting blown away with each song I hear. Gonna be makin' my list, but I'd dearly love to hear a few more cuts from Mr. Drake's repertoire.
This particular song made me think of John Martyn, and I thought I could I could even hear a bit of Bert Jansche (Pentangle?) there as well. Does anyone else pick up on that, or am I just hearing things? Ha!
I grew up in England in the 60's and never heard of Nick Drake.  RP is a great station. I loved this song and have bought many more  songs thanks to RP.  A radio station with 50% of the songs from folks I've never heard of.  Very good.
 jaroslaw wrote:
Just amazing song, one of the best to listen and calm down before falling asleep :)
 
Was going to turn RP off before this song ended to go to sleep but am taking your advice...
Just amazing song, one of the best to listen and calm down before falling asleep :)
Most beautiful.
 helgigermany wrote:
Hey, what a beautiful song. Reading my book, listen to his music, i had to stand up and write this comment. It was a must. This is really very nice!!  {#Music}
 
Me too, but then I wasn't reading a book, I was drinking a beer and surfing the net {#Hearteyes} 9.

Hey, what a beautiful song. Reading my book, listen to his music, i had to stand up and write this comment. It was a must. This is really very nice!!  {#Music}
Excellent song! {#Sunny}
Just love it! {#Music}
 lattalo wrote:
This is so good!!!! Thanks RP would never have heard of Nick Drake if not for you.
 
Me too — I had only heard the ones on the VW commercials.  He surely made a vast collection of music in such a short time!  I borrowed the box set from the library and it was overwhelming to listen to all at once.  I really enjoy hearing the lesser known tracks here, they blend in very well with the rest of the RP playlist.  Timeless.

 Poacher wrote:

Indeed - this is my take on it from research too.

But it does not really matter. . . he is sadly gone. It does bring into focus the saying 'you are a long time dead'. Live every moment, because who knows when your own clock will stop ticking.
 
I kicked you to the curb in another post, but you're very right here. Dammit. Live every moment.  *hugs you*

 chyk5 wrote:
According to the biography of him I read a few years ago, it was never determined if the overdose was intentional or accidental.
 
Indeed - this is my take on it from research too.

But it does not really matter. . . he is sadly gone. It does bring into focus the saying 'you are a long time dead'. Live every moment, because who knows when your own clock will stop ticking.


Nick Drake, 1969. No footage of the adult Drake exists;
he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home
footage from his childhood


I am so totally absorbed by this at the moment. Perfection!
sounds mighty good tonight
Yes, indeed, the Drake is definitely growing on me...perfect song for a drizzly, November day.
Superlative.
 eeke wrote:

overdose of amitriptyline, a type of antidepressant.
wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Drake

  According to the biography of him I read a few years ago, it was never determined if the overdose was intentional or accidental.


Not formerly a Nick fan. But this is a great track.
 jjbix wrote:
how did nick die, overdose?
 
overdose of amitriptyline, a type of antidepressant.
wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Drake

how did nick die, overdose?

Love how this floats in and out and changes tempo as it does.  From the show on Nick they said his guitar work was masterful and without error.


great projects are creating listening this music< thanks
RP listeners (including me) love Nike Drake. There are 16 songs by this artist in the RP library and 11 of them are rated at 8.0 or more....amazing. 
Nick Drake at his best.
 mandolin wrote:
...nick drake thinks he's so cool just because he's dead...
 
Actually, he probably doesn't think at all now that he's dead.

But I think he's cool. And I wish he weren't dead.

But what can you do.

Move on.

Next.

 mandolin wrote:
...nick drake thinks he's so cool just because he's dead...
 

{#Bounce}
...nick drake thinks he's so cool just because he's dead...
i cannot think of anyone who does it more for me - what genius
{#Cowboy} 
I'm not sure if it's a bad or a good thing to have a car commercial bring you into the mainstream, but Volkswagen aside, I love hearing more of his stuff. Thanks!
if only he could have experienced the love so many people now feel for his music...
I wish I had this much talent.
LOVE LOVE LVOE OVLE EVOL =yes!!!!
I've know Nick Drake for ages, love his music. His story is sooo sad, so lonely and so depressing. I never can forget that when I listen...
This is so good!!!! Thanks RP would never have heard of Nick Drake if not for you.
The melody and rhythmic alliteration are from an old English folk song.....Nottaham Town
Beautiful choice. Long live ND.
There's a lot of tension in this song, sort of a somethings going to happen kind of feel but not in a bad way . . . evocative . . . nice
I have heard OF Nick Drake ...& probably heard some. this one rally caught my ear. Made me think of Al Stewart.....road to moscow comes to mind..... thanks RP.
Awesome, Bill! Just what I needed!! A thousand thanks from round the planet.
This is why I love RP--I'd never heard of this guy before (we're a bit sheltered here in Spokane). He was great! :clap: It's too bad he's gone. :cry:
lovely, soulful, beautiful....what a nice way to drift into evening
samiyam wrote:
Once again, Texas proves that it's second most prevalent export is idiocy.
You sir, are a bigot.
On_The_Beach wrote:
Another tasty, melancholy tune from ND. Wish there could be more.
Agreed! But at least we have Alexi Murdoch https://www.aleximurdoch.com/
On_The_Beach wrote:
Another tasty, melancholy tune from ND. Wish there could be more.
I agree totally
Another tasty, melancholy tune from ND. Wish there could be more.
Gorgeous.
eastcoast wrote:
He's pretty damn good
He was...
He's pretty damn good
really enjoying this...
pyxxel wrote:
Nope he speaketh the truth. I find this track too long and utterly boring. Guess you either love it or hate it... :rolleyes:
Some fool's deficient attention span does not make a song "suck" as art carnage would have it. Its his perception of the song that 'sucks' ================== Websters (that's a dictionary) suck : slang : to be objectionable or inadequate ================== Hardly describes Nick Drake even if a few with mediocre mental faculties seem to think so.....
Art_Carnage wrote:
Another personal attack. #-o How juvenile. ...
It may be personal, but it's not like we can deny it.
All I know is I would never have heard this amazing music without RP. Viva RP! mojoman wrote:
How is that an artist like Nick Drake can sound so instantly identifiable by a few distinctive chordal progressions, guitar style and voice and yet never sound repetitive? I don't know, but I'm glad Drake is able to do it.
Leslie wrote:
Same with me! I had never heard of Nick Drake before listening to RP. I can't even imagine why not. His music is gorgeous and will touch people long after his tragic death.
Because FM radio plays crap.
Helchat wrote:
Amazing song! He sounds vaguely like Jim Morrison IMHO...
Are you sure you're listening to the same song we are? :think:
formersnowbug wrote:
The second ND song in less than four hours. I wonder if Bill is feeling blue today.
And again....maybe he's cycling. :-) not complaining though, I love Nick Drake.
Very Vague or not at all !
Amazing song! He sounds vaguely like Jim Morrison IMHO...
The second ND song in less than four hours. I wonder if Bill is feeling blue today.
Nevermind .. im dumb
I remember in 1997, sitting at work at a job I didn't like, when I called WORT, the local listener- sponsored radio station, and requested this song (one of my very favorite ND songs) and lo and behold, they played it!! It was heaven then, and it's heaven now--thanks!
Some truly great music here. Unfortunately, what we now have is all we will get -
Nick Drake Biography by Richie Unterberger A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, Nick Drake produced several albums of chilling, somber beauty. With hindsight, these have come to be recognized as peak achievements of both the British folk-rock scene and the entire rock singer/songwriter genre. Sometimes compared to Van Morrison, Drake in fact resembled Donovan much more in his breathy vocals, strong melodies, and the acoustic-based orchestral sweep of his arrangements. His was a much darker vision than Donovan's, however, with disturbing themes of melancholy, failed romance, mortality, and depression lurking just beneath, or even well above, the surface. Ironically, Drake has achieved a far greater stature in the decades following his death, with an avid cult following that grows by the year. Click here for entire AMG review.
If you are at all interested in Nick, please do read the entire AMG article. It is very interesting.
karlaanne wrote:
download drake's newest album off www.overrated-and-overplayed.com you can find it in the "hipster-essentials" section.
Crap... you mean if I don't have this album I can't be hip??
download drake's newest album off www.overrated-and-overplayed.com you can find it in the "hipster-essentials" section.
I was introduced to Nicks "Pink Moon" song from of all places a Volkswagon commercial For once marketing did something right and converted me into a fan Great music... reminds me of Cat Stevens, but more refined
I didn't know of Nick Drake a few weeks ago... picked up one of his albums off iTunes. Now I am realizing how much he's shaped so many of the other artists I listen to. Time to get the other albums...
I love Nick Drake! Play his songs to death....
this guy is my hero. try the alternative version on 'made to love magic' (uk), has a beautiful flute and more drums. don't you guys feel like you know him??
How is that an artist like Nick Drake can sound so instantly identifiable by a few distinctive chordal progressions, guitar style and voice and yet never sound repetitive? I don't know, but I'm glad Drake is able to do it.
Anybody who doesn't recognize this as brilliance needs to go yell at themselves in the mirror for a while longer....
Apparently, personal attacks on RP listeners are verboten, but personal attacks on the artists are completely fine... Interesting. Wanna comment on the music? Outstanding tune.
nuggler wrote:
Fool !
Nope he speaketh the truth. I find this track too long and utterly boring. Guess you either love it or hate it... :rolleyes:
Art_Carnage wrote:
Another personal attack. #-o How juvenile. <-X Keep the comments about the music and the artists. Try and play like the big boys and girls. And did I mention how much this song sucks? :roflol:
Fool !
Fantastic. This song completely mesmerized me the first time I heard it (of course here on RP) and it still does. Simplistic and complex at the same time. I just love it.
samiyam wrote:
Once again, Texas proves that it's second most prevalent export is idiocy.
Another personal attack. #-o How juvenile. <-X Keep the comments about the music and the artists. Try and play like the big boys and girls. And did I mention how much this song sucks? :roflol:
Whew.
of all his work, i like this the best
RichardPrins wrote:
:clap:
What he said.
Roverfish wrote:
Teetering on the brink of greatness. Wow. :clap:
True then and now. Outstanding.
........ithinkilikeitwhenthatjoe1guysaysfeckandbollockshisfunnywordsmakemelaugh.......
phiagurl wrote:
This is gorgeous. Everything seems peaceful when Nick Drake is playing.
:nodhead: soooo nice. Ahhh..