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Nick Drake — Place To Be
Album: Pink Moon
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Released: 1972
Length: 2:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When I was young, younger than before
I never saw the truth hanging from the door
And now I'm older, see it face to face
And now I'm older, gotta get up, clean the place

And I was green, greener than the hill
Where flowers grew and the sun shone still
Now I'm darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be

And I was strong, strong in the sun
I thought I'd see when day was done
Now I'm weaker than the palest blue
Oh, so weak in this need for you
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Smeared with John Martyn’s vocal tones and wonderful guitar syncopation. All Hail !!!
 rdo wrote:

What?  Van Gogh is a household name, with libraries of books written about him and museums named after him.  He is a national hero in Holland.  Where is Nick Drake heralded?  I know you know about him, you know a lot about music.  The average person has never heard of him.  I would say there are at least a few thousand performers with more recognition than him.  

 

With the greatest respect I’m not sure that I agree. I was lucky enough to pick up a double vinyl sampler for 99p in 1980. There were various artists on this sampler but the stand out track was ‘Northern Sky’. At this stage Nick was very obscure and it took real efforts to locate more of his music. I couldn't believe it when, a decade later, his greatest hits CD ‘Way to Blue’ was being promoted at the door of my local record store/supermarket. Today most genuine music lovers have heard of Nick and and his music is now commercial enough to be in most shops and websites.  I feel that year on year he is getting wider recognition.


Few music can give you joy and sadness the same time, as this one
Takes me somewhere 
Will listen to it forever
My first 9
Apart from Vivaldi
 
 Lazarus wrote:


lovely song...

 
...... yer not wrong brother :))
 sirdroseph wrote:
All Drake great, that is all.

 

This.
 mefrombrazil wrote:
very creative cover, if you understand me.
 

Sorry No I don’t understand you or the cover. I have a full size LP version of the cover and have looked closely at it on numerous occasions and I still haven’t got a clue what its about. I’m sure it something very clever but I’m afraid its just to subtle for me. 




lovely song...
 DanFHiggins wrote:
EssexTex wrote:
Try listening to this album watching the sunset over the ocean...doesn't matter which ocean...it works with them all... 

flyboy wrote:
Unless you're on an eastern coast.
 
Just go there in your mind. Works through all time.
 
Hunstanton (Norfolk, UK): On the English East Coast (north Sea) and yet faces west so you can see the sunset over the North Sea.  Check it out on Google Maps
 rdo wrote:

What?  Van Gogh is a household name, with libraries of books written about him and museums named after him.  He is a national hero in Holland.  Where is Nick Drake heralded?  I know you know about him, you know a lot about music.  The average person has never heard of him.  I would say there are at least a few thousand performers with more recognition than him.  
 
I wrote that Van Gogh was among "artists unheralded during their lifetimes", not subsequent to their deaths.  True, though, to the average person, there are thousands of music performers more heralded than Nick Drake, but among musicians and those who follow music, he is pretty widely "heralded" - at least since the Volkswagen TV commercial.
 rdo wrote:

Nick really must be the greatest unheralded artist there is, in any medium.  He is the gift that keeps on giving.  I think it is to RP's credit that they play him so much.  I don't hear him anywhere else on the radio, ever.  It's so ironic that the only place I ever do hear him besides here is in rom-com films and TV commercials.   I was introduced to him because about 10 years ago Moby put out a list of his most influencial CDs and this was one.  How lucky I was to read that. 

 

Stange. Obviously Moby didn't pay attention to what he was listening to cause he didn't learn anything! i.e. Moby sux, Drake is great and they have musically absolutely nothing in common just in case there was any misunderstanding of what I was trying to say.
 rdo wrote:

What?  Van Gogh is a household name, with libraries of books written about him and museums named after him.  He is a national hero in Holland.  Where is Nick Drake heralded?  I know you know about him, you know a lot about music.  The average person has never heard of him.  I would say there are at least a few thousand performers with more recognition than him.  
 
He said "Personally, of artists unheralded during their lifetimes, I consider Van Gogh the greatest." (Emphasis mine.)
Just beautiful!
 Proclivities wrote:

Not to be nit-picky, but that's not really logical.  For one thing - he is now heralded - though he was not as much during his lifetime.  Also, if there are greater unherald artists out there, there would be little way of finding out about them.  Personally, of artists unheralded during their lifetimes, I consider Van Gogh the greatest.
 
What?  Van Gogh is a household name, with libraries of books written about him and museums named after him.  He is a national hero in Holland.  Where is Nick Drake heralded?  I know you know about him, you know a lot about music.  The average person has never heard of him.  I would say there are at least a few thousand performers with more recognition than him.  
 Proclivities wrote:

Not to be nit-picky, but that's not really logical.  For one thing - he is now heralded - though he was not as much during his lifetime.  Also, if there are greater unherald artists out there, there would be little way of finding out about them.  Personally, of artists unheralded during their lifetimes, I consider Van Gogh the greatest.
 
Not a bad choice, but I have to go with Obadiah Bind-your-kings-in chains-and your-nobles-in-fetters-of-iron Barebones.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Nick Drake by Meloearth.com
Cris Melo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/meloearth/

Place To Be

When I was young, younger than before
I never saw the truth hanging from the door
And now I'm older see it face to face
And now I'm older gotta get up, clean the place

And I was green, greener than the hill
Where flowers grew and sun shone still
Now I'm darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be

And I was strong, strong in the sun
I thought I'd see when day was done
Now I'm weaker than the palest blue
Oh, so weak in this need for you

Copyright All rights reserved
 
That's what breaks my heart, cc_rider. Beside the voice, of course.

Greetings to Texas.




 kaviksdad wrote:
Nick really must be the greatest unheralded artist there is, in any medium.

I'll second that - what a gift...
 
Not to be nit-picky, but that's not really logical.  For one thing - he is now heralded - though he was not as much during his lifetime.  Also, if there are greater unherald artists out there, there would be little way of finding out about them.  Personally, of artists unheralded during their lifetimes, I consider Van Gogh the greatest.
Nick really must be the greatest unheralded artist there is, in any medium.

I'll second that - what a gift...

Nick Drake by Meloearth.com
Cris Melo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/meloearth/

Place To Be

When I was young, younger than before
I never saw the truth hanging from the door
And now I'm older see it face to face
And now I'm older gotta get up, clean the place

And I was green, greener than the hill
Where flowers grew and sun shone still
Now I'm darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be

And I was strong, strong in the sun
I thought I'd see when day was done
Now I'm weaker than the palest blue
Oh, so weak in this need for you

Copyright All rights reserved

All Drake great, that is all.

Nick really must be the greatest unheralded artist there is, in any medium.  He is the gift that keeps on giving.  I think it is to RP's credit that they play him so much.  I don't hear him anywhere else on the radio, ever.  It's so ironic that the only place I ever do hear him besides here is in rom-com films and TV commercials.   I was introduced to him because about 10 years ago Moby put out a list of his most influencial CDs and this was one.  How lucky I was to read that. 


His voice is just heartbreaking. Lovely.
EssexTex wrote:
Try listening to this album watching the sunset over the ocean...doesn't matter which ocean...it works with them all... 

flyboy wrote:
Unless you're on an eastern coast.
 
Just go there in your mind. Works through all time.
 mefrombrazil wrote:
very creative cover, if you understand me.
 
wink wink nudge nudge...
he sings like ben webster plays sax: with too much air....
prefer Ben though
so sad to lose such a great talent
Wow...Elbow to Nick Drake.  Nice transition, Bill.  BTW, really liking Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid thanks to you and & RP. :)
I was lucking to be working in radio in the early 70s so I got a chance to hear Nick Drake from the freebie the record company mailed us. Somehow that album found its way into my bookbag and went home with me when it became apparent that no one liked it but me.

I lost it at some point and it was long out of print. Imagine my pleasant surprise when he popped up suddenly! Yay, he finally gets his due!
 bluematrix wrote:
wow, killer segue bill, from richard thompson '52 Vincent. you are the master.
Yep!

 EssexTex wrote:
Try listening to this album watching the sunset over the ocean...doesn't matter which ocean...it works with them all...
  Unless you're on an eastern coast.


Well, of course {#Daisy}
Honeyman wrote:
I stop what I'm doing every time I hear this guy's voice pop up on RP. Never heard of him before, I'm sorry to say. Better late than never....thanks Bill!
I find that Nick Drake also has that effect on me, what an awesome bunch of songs he leaves behind, although it's a shame he never lived long enough to enjoy the fame and fortune he deserved.


 piefection wrote:
any one else feel like buying a cabrio?
 

Nope
any one else feel like buying a cabrio?
Try listening to this album watching the sunset over the ocean...doesn't matter which ocean...it works with them all...
very creative cover, if you understand me.
I stop what I'm doing every time I hear this guy's voice pop up on RP. Never heard of him before, I'm sorry to say. Better late than never....thanks Bill!
I put this album on three or four times, while my wife was giving birth to my son... it did a great work! :propeller:
wow, killer segue bill, from richard thompson '52 Vincent. you are the master.
Ain't that a great verse: "When I was green, greener than the hills...."
westsound wrote:
Thanks so much for playing :daisy: Nick Drake once again
I'm totally with you Westsound!
Thanks so much for playing :daisy: Nick Drake once again
starfishNcoffee wrote:
I didn't know about this artist before RP and have become a fan. I just bought "Pink Moon" (though RP, of couse) and I can't wait for it to arrive. Thanks so much, Bill!
You'll be delighted with this album It's beautiful A short album, though
I didn't know about this artist before RP and have become a fan. I just bought "Pink Moon" (though RP, of couse) and I can't wait for it to arrive. Thanks so much, Bill!
I can never get enough of Nick Drake. Beautiful.
A very nice song, not my favorite of his. Hey, if you want to talk politics, go get a forum.
love this album
Art_Carnage wrote:
Here's a newsflash, samiyam. George W. is from New Haven, CT. And we in Texas would be happy if he went back there right after his forced retirement in November.
Hey genius... We in Texas? These were the polls leading up to the election there: (click here) What happened on election day? (click here) Red state neanderthals...
Side 1 of this album (which includes this song) is quite possibly the finest side of late-night singer-songwriter material ever produced. I don't say that lightly, because this is an amazing tradition of music--but this is just fabulous.
Politics... who gives a FUCK. Nick Drake is gorgeous. Effortless, compared to DMB -- they try so very hard and still can't pull off something this elegant. (BTW, I'm a big DMB fan, just love Drake more than living.)
Art_Carnage wrote:
Here's a newsflash, samiyam. George W. is from New Haven, CT. And we in Texas would be happy if he went back there right after his forced retirement in November.
Nice. As opposed to that other clown who is sure to Kerry us into the lap of the NWO.
Someone recently compared his music to that of Donovan, now I can see it. Growing on me. A 7.
Nick Drake is amazing.
The 5th snoozer in a row, must be going for a record :sleep:
samiyam wrote:
Once again, Texas proves that George W. was no fluke!!
Here's a newsflash, samiyam. George W. is from New Haven, CT. And we in Texas would be happy if he went back there right after his forced retirement in November.
Art_Carnage wrote:
Somebody please hit the fast-forward button
Once again, Texas proves that George W. was no fluke!!
cdeane56 wrote:
how could this music be muted until the 00's?. What were we thinking back in the 70's? It kicks ass over John Mayer, Cat Stevens, and especially the Carpenters
Drake got started in the '60s when the competition was much more keen. Even so, it's a shame he never surfaced above the miasma. His music is spellbinding. Of a comparison with Cat Stevens, all one can say is ''tis better to have lived and died than never to have lived at all.'
drake = happiness
Art_Carnage wrote:
I much prefer Dylon's incomprehensible mumblings to Drakes.
Come now... Drake's mumblings are much more melodic and less grating...
how could this music be muted until the 00's?. What were we thinking back in the 70's? It kicks ass over John Mayer, Cat Stevens, and especially the Carpenters
Art_Carnage wrote:
Somebody please hit the fast-forward button.
What's with the tiny font Art. Anyone would think you talk a bunch of crap that's not worth reading.
Art_Carnage wrote:
Somebody please hit the fast-forward button.
It is a shame that you have to be afraid to voice your opinion, even if I think you are WAY off. Nick Drake, cut short before his time, brilliant writer with a voice unique to this world. Please play more ...
Somebody please hit the fast-forward button.
When I first heard Nick Drake (or at least \'noticed\' his music, which was probably Pink Moon in that commercial), I thought he was Hawaiian - like Iz (Israel Kakahoweveryouspellhisname), or somebody like that. :D
sad and beautiful. love to listen...but not for too long. :notworthy:
Pink Moon, his last album, is still my favorite. Way to Blue, Time of No Reply, and Fruit Tree were all released after his death as compilations and are excellent. But if you still want more, try Tanworth in Arden 67/68. This includes obscure stuff, covers, blues, and overall not the best quality but if you a true fan, you will want this one as well.
Ouch ! If you're feeling down, don't listen to this song ! In fact... You know, it's spring, and all this stuff 'bout love, etc... ok, let's try to forget this sadness.
I much prefer Dylon\'s incomprehensible mumblings to Drakes.
What took poor nick from us? All the good ones are taken.
Originally Posted by pst: Is this by chance the same guy who did the music in the volkswagon cabrio driving under the under the moonlight commercial last year?
Why yes it is, and that song is called "Pink Moon."
Is this by chance the same guy who did the music in the volkswagon cabrio driving under the under the moonlight commercial last year?
The most hypnotic singer-songwriter ever ... Pink Moon is an amazing album, but if you want to hear a great sampling of all his stuff I recommend \"Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake.\" You\'ll be a convert in no time.
My favorite song by one of my favorite artists. Every year or so I find an album that I just listen to over and over for months. This was the one from 3 years ago.
Track for track, piano note per piano note, guitar string vibration per GSV, this has got to be the best album ever. Not a note is wasted. Nick did this all himself over the span of a few nights just a few weeks before checking out of this existence. The more I listen to this CD, the more I hear - and I\'ve heard it dozens of times. :oops:
Every time I hear another new song of Nick\'s here ... I like it ... I\'m still suprized that I never heard his music back in the late 60\'s and early 70\'s when it originally came out.