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Nick Drake — Things Behind The Sun
Album: Pink Moon
Avg rating:
7.9

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Total ratings: 2297









Released: 1972
Length: 3:52
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Please beware of them that stare
They'll only smile to see you while your time away
And once you've seen what they have been
To win the earth just won't seem worth your night or your day
Who'll hear what I say?

Look around you find the ground
Is not so far from where you are, but not too wise
For down below they never grow
They're always tired and charms are hired from out of their eyes
Never a surprise

Take your time and you'll be fine
And say a prayer for people there who live on the floor
And if you see what's meant to be, don't name the day or try to say
It happened before

Don't be shy, you learn to fly
And see the sun when day is done, if only you see
Just what you are, beneath a star
That came to stay one rainy day in Autumn for free
Yes, be what you'll be

Please beware of them that stare
They'll only smile to see you while your time away
And once you've seen what they have been
To win the earth just won't seem worth your night or your day
Who'll hear what I say?

Open up the broken cup
Let the goodly sin and sunshine in, yes, that's today
And open wide the hymns you hide
You find renown while people frown at things that you say
But say what you'll say

About the farmers and the fun
And the things behind the sun
And the people 'round your head
Who say everything's been said

And the movement in your brain
Sends you out into the rain
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 SRAY wrote:
I really like this guy but this song is mumble to me.  maybe need to get ears cleaned.
 
It's melancholic for sure. He does offer a brief flash of optimism, which makes it all the more melancholic.
+1 to 9.
LLRP
 Rochoa78 wrote:
How does this never get old?

 Timeless



 stephfears wrote:
This is Van Morrison, Glad Tidings, not the song marked
 
Clean your ears ... it's Nick


 SRAY wrote:
I really like this guy but this song is mumble to me.  maybe need to get ears cleaned.
 
Clean 'em

Love me some Nick

I really like this guy but this song is mumble to me.  maybe need to get ears cleaned.
So sad and beautiful. What a voice. He found it incredibly difficult to be under-appreciated back in the days when he wrote it. 
So beautiful, so simple, so missed.
This is Van Morrison, Glad Tidings, not the song marked
Rain, covid19, Nick Drake,there is some sunshine after all!!!
 Angry_Old_Man wrote:
Jethro Tull?
 
Where?
Probably my favorite Nick Drake tune. At least today, anyway.
 Ihatethissong wrote:
Boy this feller's music has worked its way into my brain in ways I can't properly put into words.  Like contemplative journeys.
In short, I dig it.
 
Well then its about high time you changed your forum name to something like... IhateSomeSongs... or better still... ILikeSomeSongs
Boy this feller's music has worked its way into my brain in ways I can't properly put into words.  Like contemplative journeys.
In short, I dig it.
I give a 12!!!! Belongs to the soundtrack of my life
When I think of Nick Drake, I think of the lyric from the song Vincent:
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you
 steviedeant wrote:
How do you rate something when the song, the singing and musicianship is excellent, but You don't want to hear it again?
 
I was wondering the same thing.
Timeless masterpiece 
 chinaski wrote:
Remember the Volkswagen TV commercial featuring Pink Moon? When I heard that I bought the box set and loaded my CD player and listened to those Nick Drake CD's exclusively for five months straight through the dreary winter months into Spring. Depressing? What? Surely you jest.
 
Yes, that is where I first heard him.  It was shocking to me that I had not been exposed to him in the 70's.  Apparently, that was the case in general because I believe he died and then achieved a posthumous success.
Remember the Volkswagen TV commercial featuring Pink Moon? When I heard that I bought the box set and loaded my CD player and listened to those Nick Drake CD's exclusively for five months straight through the dreary winter months into Spring. Depressing? What? Surely you jest.
 steviedeant wrote:
How do you rate something when the song, the singing and musicianship is excellent, but You don't want to hear it again?

 
Give it a 10 but to yourself a 1
How do you rate something when the song, the singing and musicianship is excellent, but You don't want to hear it again?
Can't believe I've only discovered Nick Drake in the past few years... incredibly emotional songwriter 



                  
                  {#Crown}




 WonderLizard wrote:

45 years old and every bit as timeless today as it was then. He had the gift.

 
Um, isn't that the definition of "timeless"?
There are few people so adept at playing the guitar so percussively, so in tune with its ability to set up complex waveforms, so able to keep them humming and thrumming in their quantum-boosted state, so able to lay down new layers of vibration on top of them; all the while, so able to paint heartbreakingly human portraits of the joys and sufferings of Love and the ongoing enigma of this life... Divine...
 bitbanger wrote:
Wow, this is 1972?!? Very ahead of its time.

 
45 years old and every bit as timeless today as it was then. He had the gift.
I always love listening to Nick Drake! He never recored one bad song in his short lifespan.
Jethro Tull?
 bitbanger wrote:
Wow, this is 1972?!? Very ahead of its time.

 
In a way, but his music was also rooted in the old, British folk music traditions.  Time can be kind of circular.
How does this never get old?
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Giving it a 10 three times in a row does not increase the rating you know {#Smile}

 
{#Lol}{#Laughing}
It just went from 9 to 100 here
Sitting in a coffee shop in a hutong -one of these typical streets of the old city, close to the Lama Temple in Beijing- opposite side of the world, and yet, this in my ears suddenly sends me back to an afternoon, in a small village of France somewhere end of the 70s, during summertime, the first time I heard it. When "free radio" meant good music, zero advertisement, and excellent journalism. 
 
 haresfur wrote:
As a young adult, I used to play Nick Drake as mood music for new girlfriends but we kept falling asleep.

Hopeless, but still a 10.
 
Giving it a 10 three times in a row does not increase the rating you know {#Smile}
As a young adult, I used to play Nick Drake as mood music for new girlfriends but we kept falling asleep. Hopeless, but still a 10.
Another new fan. Thanks for expanding my horizon, again.
I discovered Nick Drake on Radio Paradise and he has become one of my favorite artists.  Ended up acquiring the massive box set of his recordings and play the hell out of it.
 jmkate wrote:
Nick Drake helped get my young, very sick son to sleep over the span of a few stressful years, and I mean that in the best way....

 
Wow ... I was thinking "this is a beautiful song" ... Your testimonial has taken my thinking to a higher pitch. Thank you for sharing and I hope your son is better now! {#Clap}
Nick Drake helped get my young, very sick son to sleep over the span of a few stressful years, and I mean that in the best way....
:-)
 
This voice, these strings under those hands, those words from this mind all have the power to stop the world and open Transcendence
This is so good.
I've just recently heard the story of Nick Drake - he's kind of like the Ian Curtis of his time. I found a documentary on YouTube - pretty interesting.
Just lovely music. He sure had something to say. Thanks, RP.
 bitbanger wrote:
Wow, this is 1972?!? Very ahead of its time.

 
The original emo.
 rocgroup wrote:
Years ago when I first heard Nick Drake, I was entranced by his voice and gentle guitar. When he comes on RP, I have to stop everything, close my eyes and be mesmerized once again.

 
Amen
Wow, this is 1972?!? Very ahead of its time.
 yofitofu wrote:
Nick Drake = 1980's Ray la Montagne?

 
except that he died in 1974
Nick Drake = 1980's Ray la Montagne?
Years ago when I first heard Nick Drake, I was entranced by his voice and gentle guitar. When he comes on RP, I have to stop everything, close my eyes and be mesmerized once again.
I'd like to think that in a more perfect world, this man would once again be a god among us, unafraid to reveal the truth...and hopefully we'd slow down some and listen...
Love the Drake! {#Meditate}
7>8>9>10

Wow, the more I heard the more I raised my vote. Much respect for Nick Drake.
Ah...c'mon. It's Friday afternoon...Spring time.

We need rock n roll.

This Nike Drake stuff is for falling asleep in a field of grass. Zzzzz

Nothing like a little Nick Drake on this cloudy, melancholy afternoon.
I love Radio Paradise.   Where else can I hear a set like this? 
Thank you.
Pretty amazing that this production and song along with the vocals...sounds very relevant today. I could see this covered by Ray LaMontagne or any artist like this.
A wonderful connection of songs tonight... Incense, piano, madness, and behind.. all my favorites
Genius at work.
I love Nick Drake. Not because he is dead... a very sad story.
His music is special and so beautiful! It is sad he became
more famous after his dead. But he will live on through his music.
One of my favorite artists. And RP is the only station where we can hear him.
I love RP too!
Shiny!
Longer I listen to Nick Drake the more I'm entranced, mesmerized, impressed. Often imitated, never equalled. 9 -> 10
Nice flow this afternoon... even if just a tad dark... if it was 12 hours hence, I might open a vein...
We just got that book at the library I work at, and it looked good.

 
helloitsme wrote:
A recently published book, Electric Eden, chronicles the English folk scene, including Nick Drake (and Fairport Convention — which we don't hear enough of on RP).  If you like the music, you'll enjoy the book.

 


A recently published book, Electric Eden, chronicles the English folk scene, including Nick Drake (and Fairport Convention — which we don't hear enough of on RP).  If you like the music, you'll enjoy the book.

 sirdroseph wrote:

This is a family show.{#Naughty}

 
And you have a dirty mind, sirdroseph. {#Roflol}
 Cynaera wrote:
I'd never heard this one before - and now I get it. It's Nick Drake. Only thing better than this is "One of These Things First." Well, okay - I can't compare one Nick Drake song to another, because they all seem to hit the same vein in my soul. It's like his music just knows where to go in me, for whatever I need at the time, and it heals me.

It's scary, but it's a talent, and not too many artists have it. I miss you, Nick Drake. I have some hurtful places your music never got a chance to touch...{#Notworthy}
 
This is a family show.{#Naughty}

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Jef Aérosol 2007 - London - Nick Drake by Jef Aerosol
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jefaerosol/

Jef Aérosol : stencilled paste-up of Nick Drake, Coronet Street (corner of Old Street), London, England... (July 17th 2007)

Copyright All rights reserved
 

That reminds my of a Banksy. 

So incredible on so many levels... a 10.
It's always a treat to hear Nick Drake.
 Shaker wrote:
For any struggling talent out there- DON'T GIVE UP- because someone doesn't dig your stuff, or you might not be able to fully support yourself from your art. Art is a form of expression and doesn't have to be loved by all. CREATE TO CREATE!

                                      In the end someone, somewhere probably will be wowed by that which may of been easily pasted by another.
 

Actually I will take it a step further, if it is loved by a lot it probably sucks! If it is loved by a discerning few, it is probably good. This song is wonderful BTW. 9
Listen and learn, Kaki lovers, to a master of the genre.
Lord, what a set, the 9's and 10 just keep coming, thank you Bill!

Sadness incarnate, it never fails to touch me - 10




Jef Aérosol 2007 - London - Nick Drake by Jef Aerosol
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jefaerosol/

Jef Aérosol : stencilled paste-up of Nick Drake, Coronet Street (corner of Old Street), London, England... (July 17th 2007)

Copyright All rights reserved


I'd never heard this one before - and now I get it. It's Nick Drake. Only thing better than this is "One of These Things First." Well, okay - I can't compare one Nick Drake song to another, because they all seem to hit the same vein in my soul. It's like his music just knows where to go in me, for whatever I need at the time, and it heals me.

It's scary, but it's a talent, and not too many artists have it. I miss you, Nick Drake. I have some hurtful places your music never got a chance to touch...{#Notworthy}
 Shaker wrote:
For any struggling talent out there- DON'T GIVE UP- because someone doesn't dig your stuff, or you might not be able to fully support yourself from your art. Art is a form of expression and doesn't have to be loved by all. CREATE TO CREATE!

                                      In the end someone, somewhere probably will be wowed by that which may of been easily pasted by another.
 

Mr/s Shaker:

Couldn't agree more.

TS


For any struggling talent out there- DON'T GIVE UP- because someone doesn't dig your stuff, or you might not be able to fully support yourself from your art. Art is a form of expression and doesn't have to be loved by all. CREATE TO CREATE!

                                      In the end someone, somewhere probably will be wowed by that which may of been easily pasted by another.
 justin_thyme wrote:
The "Buy MP3" link is glitched . . . it links to an album named "Pink" . . . .
 
Yeah, but it's only .89 ! Buy it!
The "Buy MP3" link is glitched . . . it links to an album named "Pink" . . . .
Nice!
I was very pleasantly surprised to wake up this morning to this song. Absolutely beautiful, I was stunned to hear it as normally I awaken to static on KZFR after having recorded Barbara Manning's "Radio Detour" the previous night. Is this a new thing? And is this station 24/7? Either way, wow, wow, wow.
Every Nick Drake song is excellent. All songs on Pink Moon are 10's. The only problem with the album is its length.
jhorton wrote:
Nick's worst songs are 9's. This is a solid 10.

{#Clap}



This song is soooo gooood for the ears...


 nate917 wrote:

Hey, Winnipeg isn't exactly Las Vegas either!
 

... too true!

{#Neutral}
 Thistle wrote:


And in Cleveland he would have died of boredom.  Not an overdose.
 
Hey, Winnipeg isn't exactly Las Vegas either!


 nate917 wrote:

I can't hear how that captures an English melancholy as opposed to, say, a Cleveland melancholy.  Except in Cleveland, his name would have been Nick Drakinsky.

 

And in Cleveland he would have died of boredom.  Not an overdose.
This artist made a profound impact on me when I first heard him. Rarely does one so captivating come along; and all too often they get snatched away before their time.

Stunning.

Nick Drake was a rare talent indeed.
Love it!
Sounds as lovely as ever on this beautiful October afternoon....

 jhorton wrote:
Nick's worst songs are 9's. This is a solid 10.
 

He could do no wrong. 
Nick's worst songs are 9's. This is a solid 10.
I watched all the youtube videos of his unmade documentary.Very interesting interviews with friends and family.Apparently,he wasn't famous during his time because his music was "not of that era",and his live performances were not as good as his recordings.It depressed him quite a bit.What a talent!
 superfido wrote:
Too bad this guy killed himself after only a couple alblums.  Wonder if he would have done a lot of great music or just faded away. {#Stupid}
 
Some debate as to whether it was accidental or not. I believe it was accidental, but there is no denying his troubled spirit.
A beautiful song.

I said it about another Nick Drake track on RP. He captures a very English melancholy. It's the angst of a repressed 1950s Middle-England upbringing, lost in literature and reverie, gazing out onto the damp English countryside on a typically grey day.
It's stunning how fresh this sounds 37 years later.
 superfido wrote:
Too bad this guy killed himself after only a couple alblums.  Wonder if he would have done a lot of great music or just faded away. {#Stupid}
 
Sad indeed. {#Sad}
Looks like Bill and the listeners at RP like his work very much...
https://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=Music&func=search&type=artist&search=Nick+Drake
Too bad this guy killed himself after only a couple alblums.  Wonder if he would have done a lot of great music or just faded away. {#Stupid}
its quite pleasant but following Dire Straits and all we want is more DS
Went to put this on my Radio Paradise-songlist, found it was the only song I added last time. Again. {#Music}
Optimism will get you through, maybe even through the great cataclysm.
 ppak wrote:


So writing yesterday is the definition of fine art? I guess you are more of an optimist than I'll ever be. And I'm pretty optimistic.
 


Way to go Bill. Nick Drake IS timeless.
very nice, for a moment i thought it was seal, and then i heard a different tenor to the voice. i like, i want more {#Cool}
pure genius recognized long after his time here.........
Nick's voice and the instrument selection (strings) ring out like no other. The lyrics are unique, and I find that when a Nick Drake tune comes on . . . it is distinctly different, causing pause in my day. I like it
wistful
eskles wrote:
This guy seems to get consistently high marks from all, but I just don't get it at all. I'm from the era and had never heard of him, and can't say I missed anything. Really way too morbid for me, but glad you all like him cause he seems to get a lot of play on RP. Thank God for volume control.
You missed him back when... coz everyone else did. Like Van Gogh, underappreciated in his time
Sometimes you out-do yourself Bill! (If that's even possible)
chyk5 wrote:
Having a stressful day, Bill. Thanks for this. It's more calming than Xanex!
Yes, indeed, thank you, Bill!
so nice
Blah blah blah BLAHHHHHHHHH. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.....
WONDERFUL SONG....... :bounce:
Two 'godlikes' in a row, thanks RP! Wonderful guitar playing and vocals, quite stunning on careful listening. The guitar stle reminds of the similarly wonderful Lindsay Buckingham.
Thanks for playing this, always good to hear a Nick Drake song.
Yeah it's a goody.
nothing else quite like this... my 17 year old daughter and I both got into "Pink Moon" at about the same time, so there is a 'timeless' aspect to his music... really like this tune. :yes:
Having a stressful day, Bill. Thanks for this. It's more calming than Xanex!
:yawn:
I really love this song. Thanks RP!
Eat your heart out Pete Docherty!....you're not fit to inhale one of Nick Drakes farts