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Nick Drake — Road
Album: Pink Moon
Avg rating:
8

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Total ratings: 1580









Released: 1972
Length: 1:57
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You can say the sun is shining if you really want to
I can see the moon and it seems so clear
You can take the road that takes you to the stars now
I can take a road that'll see me through
I can take a road that'll see me through.

You can take a road that takes you to the stars now
I can take a road that'll see me through
I can take a road that'll see me through
I can take a road that'll see me through.
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Sweet sweet lyrics in everything!!
Nick Thanks 😬
it was the VW ad with Pink Moon that got me interested - could not believe I didn't know of him earlier...such a loss
This was the song that turned me onto Nick Drake.{#Sleep}
Wow. Says the average rating is 8 but I gave it a 6 and was thinking that was a bit high. Guess that is what I like about RP a little for everyone.
 haresfur wrote:

Well, those are understated lyrics, eh? 


This is the "clean" version; the unedited version has a profanity-filled tirade which goes on for about 2 minutes, accompanied by the sound of a tinny piano playing from a parlor downstairs.
{#Propeller}

Well, those are understated lyrics, eh?

 DJ_BellsEye wrote:
Last week in Burkina Faso, we had a Pink Moon.
Who do you think I thought of?
{#Notworthy}
Thanks for playing so much ND Bill.  The world needs more of it.

 
yep and the next pink moon is around 11 April 2017, https://fullmoonphases.com/full-moon-calendar-2017/
Last week in Burkina Faso, we had a Pink Moon.
Who do you think I thought of?
{#Notworthy}
Thanks for playing so much ND Bill.  The world needs more of it.
 Lazarus wrote:
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Yes I am thank you. Listening to Nick Drake is always fun. For some reason the beauty of his songs always overcomes the melancholy for me. This leaves me less touched by the sadness than the magnificence of the music.


Well said...  hope life is grand right now...  I be on alien space crafts now...  everybody on my mushrooming multitude of alien space crafts loves this song...  time flies when we're having fun...

 

Is this the real Lazarus? This post is blue everyone knows Lazarus posts in green! Have the aliens replaced you?


 zurcronium wrote:
Why does his music sound better every time it airs? 

It should be a saying, hey I didn't like cigars at first but then it went Nick Drake.  

 
I went to press the "like" link for this comment, but I couldn't find it.  (Gotta spend less time on Facebook.)

Anyway, {LIKE}.  Had to bump the song from 7 to 8.
Why does his music sound better every time it airs? 

It should be a saying, hey I didn't like cigars at first but then it went Nick Drake.  
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Yes I am thank you. Listening to Nick Drake is always fun. For some reason the beauty of his songs always overcomes the melancholy for me. This leaves me less touched by the sadness than the magnificence of the music.


Well said...  hope life is grand right now...  I be on alien space crafts now...  everybody on my mushrooming multitude of alien space crafts loves this song...  time flies when we're having fun...


aahhhhhhh........
Hey! What a beautiful set for this beautiful morning! Thank you!
 bronorb wrote:
Yeah, and because it was on the internet, it's true, right?
 Insane? Overdosed on purpose? Probably molested?
What a bunch of horseshit.
 
Yes, and that so-called "article" was probably from the blog of some fourteen-year-old kid.  Anyhow, cool tune.
 ncarus wrote:
to quote from a web article ...

Nick Drake was a weird, gentle, classically trained, insane singer/songwriter in the Syd Barrett line. Overdosed at twenty-six, probably on purpose. Wrote "Pink Moon." Was born upper-class British, was probably molested, smoked more marijuana than the rest of the world combined, owned and wore only one outfit for the last two years of his life, roamed. Despite writing three of the finest albums in jazz-folk-depressed history (with guest appearances by John Cale and members of the Beach Boys), had no career in his own lifetime, largely due to his refusal to give interviews or play live or even talk. But the longer he's dead, the better he's loved.

If you don't like Nick Drake - don't worry. He probably wouldn't have liked you either!  He's a god in my eyes along with much of the music industry. And he's badly missed in this age of over-produced, manipulated, predictable and immaterial pop crap that has a shelf life shorter than a jam doughnut.

 

Yeah, and because it was on the internet, it's true, right?
 Insane? Overdosed on purpose? Probably molested?
What a bunch of horseshit.


{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}  Good song, excellant album and an amazing artist.  Great loss to music.
Genius. As fresh, timeless today as it was over 40 years ago.
this is so f*cking great!  most amazing guitar play i ever heard
 ScottishWillie wrote:
 

Yes I am thank you. Listening to Nick Drake is always fun. For some reason the beauty of his songs always overcomes the melancholy for me. This leaves me less touched by the sadness than the magnificence of the music.



 
Well said, ScottishWillie; I agree completely!
 Lazarus wrote:
I be in a church now...  everybody in my church be dancing...  hope you are having fun right this minute...

love this song...
 

Yes I am thank you. Listening to Nick Drake is always fun. For some reason the beauty of his songs always overcomes the melancholy for me. This leaves me less touched by the sadness than the magnificence of the music.


what a beautiful song, I was impressed by the Grapes of Wrath's 24 yr old before this!
I think if I was in your church Lazarus, I'd be slowly walking along the tops of the pews, easily balanced by these sonnets!
Cheers 
That's a no from me.
 ScottishWillie wrote:
 But do the people in your hotel room dance to it?
 

I be in a church now...  everybody in my church be dancing...  hope you are having fun right this minute...

love this song...
 
so soothing
overwhelming
Very good indeed - this chap was a proper eccentric character with a lot of unorthodox ideas and techniques. A legend indeed! {#Crown}
 (former member) wrote:


absolutely beautiful song...  love this...

 
  But do the people in your hotel room dance to it?
Love the Drake!
 ncarus wrote:
to quote from a web article ...

Nick Drake was a weird, gentle, classically trained, insane singer/songwriter in the Syd Barrett line. Overdosed at twenty-six, probably on purpose. Wrote "Pink Moon." Was born upper-class British, was probably molested, smoked more marijuana than the rest of the world combined, owned and wore only one outfit for the last two years of his life, roamed. Despite writing three of the finest albums in jazz-folk-depressed history (with guest appearances by John Cale and members of the Beach Boys), had no career in his own lifetime, largely due to his refusal to give interviews or play live or even talk. But the longer he's dead, the better he's loved.

If you don't like Nick Drake - don't worry. He probably wouldn't have liked you either!  He's a god in my eyes along with much of the music industry. And he's badly missed in this age of over-produced, manipulated, predictable and immaterial pop crap that has a shelf life shorter than a jam doughnut.
 
if you watch the documentary "a skin too few" you will learn that he hasn't overdosed on purpose but that it was a medical
error on behalf of his doctor. just for the record.

either way, on of the most tragic losses of the musical history. 


absolutely beautiful song...  love this...

 
Love Nick Drake...
Very special guitar playing and voice.
Please more!
to quote from a web article ...

Nick Drake was a weird, gentle, classically trained, insane singer/songwriter in the Syd Barrett line. Overdosed at twenty-six, probably on purpose. Wrote "Pink Moon." Was born upper-class British, was probably molested, smoked more marijuana than the rest of the world combined, owned and wore only one outfit for the last two years of his life, roamed. Despite writing three of the finest albums in jazz-folk-depressed history (with guest appearances by John Cale and members of the Beach Boys), had no career in his own lifetime, largely due to his refusal to give interviews or play live or even talk. But the longer he's dead, the better he's loved.

If you don't like Nick Drake - don't worry. He probably wouldn't have liked you either!  He's a god in my eyes along with much of the music industry. And he's badly missed in this age of over-produced, manipulated, predictable and immaterial pop crap that has a shelf life shorter than a jam doughnut.

 sirdroseph wrote:
Yummmay! Nom nom!{#Dancingbanana} That is gonna be my song comment catch phrase for songs that I love; hey if RT can have one, so can I!{#Cowboy}
 
Then: Birdy Num Nums! will be mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ov5fvCHmxo

 ScottishWillie wrote:
Nick was clearly in a place I never want to visit when he made this album but the music that came out of it was undeniable beautiful. How can someone so tortured produce something so wonderful?

 

what i call "the Van Gogh syndrome"....their gift is driven by their pain.........or is their pain driven by their gift  ?
Nick was clearly in a place I never want to visit when he made this album but the music that came out of it was undeniable beautiful. How can someone so tortured produce something so wonderful?

would LOVE that mug!
This is my favorite Nick Drake song.  It's amazing that he forgot how to play guitar when you consider how masterfully this song was played.
 hoppin_bob wrote:
Based on ratings here I went aqnd got the Pink Moon LP

This is one seriously needy performer.

Overall, the albumn is a major downer

Talent is undeniable... but no reason to inflict this on us... and I extend to whole Pink Moon effort
 
Well jeez Bob...how do you err....explain the high ratings then? No need to play music for people that those people like, huh?



Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
nice!

 
fabduchi wrote:

 





absolutely incredible...

 
 hoppin_bob wrote:
Based on ratings here I went aqnd got the Pink Moon LP

This is one seriously needy performer.

Overall, the albumn is a major downer

Talent is undeniable... but no reason to inflict this on us... and I extend to whole Pink Moon effort
 
My impression of the album was the same.  "Downer" is putting it lightly - it is downright chilling in it's depression and hopelessness.
However, I bought it with the box set, and the other 2 albums are more light. 
 tobstar wrote:


He makes melancholy music because he was a melancholy man. 

"On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old."

He is probably my favourite artist of all time and I find your comment uneducated and unbelievably stupid

 

Weird, I didn't know the date, he died on my birthday.{#Eek}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Yummmay! Nom nom!{#Dancingbanana} That is gonna be my song comment catch phrase for songs that I love; hey if RT can have one, so can I!{#Cowboy}
 
Let's ALL have a song comment catch-phrase!  I like yours.  I think mine will be "Gimme." {#Yes}


 dmax wrote:
Hey, that's a really good comment!
 
Seconded! {#Cool}
 Govi wrote:
He reminds me of Donovan, but without the archness and with much better guitar playing.  But one bad thing about this song: it's over too soon!
 

Hey, that's a really good comment!
 hoppin_bob wrote:
Based on ratings here I went aqnd got the Pink Moon LP

This is one seriously needy performer.

Overall, the albumn is a major downer

Talent is undeniable... but no reason to inflict this on us... and I extend to whole Pink Moon effort
 

He makes melancholy music because he was a melancholy man. 

"On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old."

He is probably my favourite artist of all time and I find your comment uneducated and unbelievably stupid



This is such a gorgeous song...  love it...



 


love it...


{#Innocent}Thanks to RP, I realize I really like Nick Drake. Thank you for such a variety of music!
Based on ratings here I went aqnd got the Pink Moon LP

This is one seriously needy performer.

Overall, the albumn is a major downer

Talent is undeniable... but no reason to inflict this on us... and I extend to whole Pink Moon effort
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Nope. Song still sucks. At least it's short.

 

Blasphemer!!!!!{#Stop}
Yummmay! Nom nom!{#Dancingbanana} That is gonna be my song comment catch phrase for songs that I love; hey if RT can have one, so can I!{#Cowboy}
Beautiful, reminds me of the way Roy Harper likes to play his guitar
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Nope. Song still sucks. At least it's short.

 

{#Rolleyes}
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Nope. Song still sucks. At least it's short.

 
Nope. Song still great. Your taste still questionable. Must be the fumes from all those oil wells down there in Texas...

{#Moon}
{#Cowboy}

Nope. Song still sucks. At least it's short.

Beautiful song...

...and by my unscientific calculations, being dead will add approximately 1.7 points onto an artist's average rating.
Probably my favorite Nick Drake song. The guy was a master.
 DoctorHooey wrote:
This guy was an understated monster on the guitar!

 
Eres hispanoparlante?

This guy was an understated monster on the guitar!

 choffman2001 wrote:
Reading these "comments" as it's the first time I've heard the song though I have been aware of his work for several years...
It's really sad when human beings with their amazing communication skills and vocabulary have to fling the "f" word around and insult one another's opinions and tastes.
What makes me even more sad is "discovering" an artist, like Nick Drake, like Kristy MacColl, like Danny Gatton, only to find out they've passed on... What do you think they'd make of these attacks that are supposed to pass as "comments"?
 
I agree completely - the attacks you refer to have no place here or in public discourse in general. Not to worry, though; most of the conversation here is pretty civil. If you take a moment to look at the names of the people flinging around the stupid talk, you'll find they're not here very long or very often. They find they're not welcome. Water seeks its own level. (With the exception of the stubbornest trolls - they just take longer to leave. I could name names ... )


Reading these "comments" as it's the first time I've heard the song though I have been aware of his work for several years...
It's really sad when human beings with their amazing communication skills and vocabulary have to fling the "f" word around and insult one another's opinions and tastes.
What makes me even more sad is "discovering" an artist, like Nick Drake, like Kristy MacColl, like Danny Gatton, only to find out they've passed on... What do you think they'd make of these attacks that are supposed to pass as "comments"?
SYG
 starfishNcoffee wrote:
I love this song! I used it for a video I made for a day trip I made to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge...

 
Nice. That fits quite well.



This song is so good for the ears...


I love this song! I used it for a video I made for a day trip I made to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge...




you guys in radio paradise are always surprising me... this song is great!


Love it...




I sure wish I could rank this song a 10 more than once...


He reminds me of Donovan, but without the archness and with much better guitar playing.  But one bad thing about this song: it's over too soon!

So glad Mr. Goldsmith introduced this kind young man's music into my life. It is richer and fuller for it. This is the reason that my homepage is RP.

{#High-five}


 MLavender wrote:
I love finding new music and know far more bands / artists than most people I know and yet somehow I managed to overlook Nick Drake until, yes, I admit it, the Volkswagen commercial.

And that's okay. I think we all manage to miss some music that we should have encountered. And even if we just discover something because it's "in fashion" (which is very much not my case, and I suspect 99% of us on here), so? If you appreciate the music made by Nick Drake, hats off to you! If you discovered it because a shallow friend who tries to be trendy introduced you to it, so? If you really like it, cool. Doesn't matter how you found out about it.
 

Good point. I'm 47 and like you I consider myself more musicallyknowledgable than the "average" person (whatever that means) basically because I have been listening to and reading about music all my life. Yet (and this ie one of the great things about music), I am constantly "discovering" people that I had heard about, or read about, or even heard a song or two by, but never really explored. And Nick Drake is one of these and yes, the VW commercials really made me take note of him for the first time too.

I also believe there are artists that for whatever reason, I just didn't get or appreciate when I was younger. I can't say that the 20 year old or even the 30 year old me would have appreciated him based on what I was listening to at the time. But the 47 year old thinks his stuff is pretty good (and I make no apologies for how I came to realize this).
DD joe1 wrote:
You are a bunch of sad peckers if you have only just "Found him"... Get a life you saddos...and please STOP following 'fashion'... Just because you haven't discovered taste...don't think you have it now....So sad...the US taste in music.... ..So sad......
hey deaddick, you sound pretty educated and comfortable with your own insecurities. now dig a dirt grave and lay down and die you worthless smegma breathed punkass.
You are a bunch of sad peckers if you have only just "Found him"... Get a life you saddos...and please STOP following 'fashion'... Just because you haven't discovered taste...don't think you have it now....So sad...the US taste in music.... ..So sad......
The main reason that many of us listen to RP is to get a chance to hear music that isn't getting airplay where we live (which would include most everything adventurous and different). Get over yourself you huge self important troll :moon:
coolpeople_rule wrote:
Nick Drake is sooooo good, he's no Fake! (Seriously)
True, but this one's a monotone lullaby. 4.
Nick Drake is sooooo good, he's no Fake! (Seriously)
GChevy410 wrote:
Hey DD joe1...FUCK YOU You ever think that maybe the people just discovering Drake are young and are not crochety bitches like yourself? Maybe they are just coming into adulthood and learning what good music is. Quit over generalizing and kill yourself.
That's not quite how i would have phrased it but fair comment. Nick Drake is gonna be good whatever stage of life you come across him.
I love finding new music and know far more bands / artists than most people I know and yet somehow I managed to overlook Nick Drake until, yes, I admit it, the Volkswagen commercial. And that's okay. I think we all manage to miss some music that we should have encountered. And even if we just discover something because it's "in fashion" (which is very much not my case, and I suspect 99% of us on here), so? If you appreciate the music made by Nick Drake, hats off to you! If you discovered it because a shallow friend who tries to be trendy introduced you to it, so? If you really like it, cool. Doesn't matter how you found out about it.
I just learned recently that Nick's 3 CDs are from the 1970s and that after his music was featured in a Volkswagen commercial, the sales were such that he became #5 on Amazon.com and total sales in a short time exceed the sales for the previous 30 years!
We have reached 420. No one else rate.
samiyam wrote:
For someone who seems to have no taste in music, you have great persistence in hanging with the music at Radio Paradise. Does this happen to have anything to do with coming from Texas and being stubborn or yust that you are being a total twit?
Hey, lots of us here in Texas love and appreciate Nick Drake. You don't say where you live, but it sounds like bigotry is not dead there.
rollo_tomasi wrote: sounds like Todd Hannigan ... Actually, Todd Hannigan sounds like Nick Drake(June 19, 1948 – November 25, 1974)
bluematrix wrote:
my favorite cut of his. most excellente choice bill.
Well put, bingo here too
sounds like Todd Hannigan ...
weirsh wrote:
Music is to be shared across the generations, DD Joe. I found Drake in the mid-70s while living in SoCal. A friend gave me his entire catalog on vinyl, years later I purchased the box set on CD. My kids love it. So give the likes of GChevy a break, and take your anti-American rants and come up with something original to say.
Peace.
And another thing DD joe I know this guy his name is Bill and he has a online radio station. Perhaps you have heard of it www.RadioParadise.com, anyway I think we can all agree he lives in America and has pretty good taste in Music.
Wow I am on a roll...

Music is to be shared across the generations, DD Joe. I found Drake in the mid-70s while living in SoCal. A friend gave me his entire catalog on vinyl, years later I purchased the box set on CD. My kids love it. So give the likes of GChevy a break, and take your anti-American rants and come up with something original to say. Peace. GChevy410 wrote:
Hey DD joe1...FUCK YOU You ever think that maybe the people just discovering Drake are young and are not crochety bitches like yourself? Maybe they are just coming into adulthood and learning what good music is. Quit over generalizing and kill yourself.
DD joe1 wrote:
You are a bunch of sad peckers if you have only just "Found him"... Get a life you saddos...and please STOP following 'fashion'... Just because you haven't discovered taste...don't think you have it now....So sad...the US taste in music.... ..So sad......
Hey DD joe1...EFF YOU

You ever think that maybe the people just discovering Drake are young and are not crochety bitches like yourself? Maybe they are just coming into adulthood and learning what good music is. Quit over generalizing and kill yourself.

xsrossiter wrote:
I dare anyone to sit alone with a guitar and make a moment like this.
Well said. It's a completely magic moment.
Nick Drake is high rotation in our house (and in our car).
always bill.....folks put this one into context
Sounds like Nessie has you by the 'nad's. Look at your song rating's and re-read your post.. I believe it must be a rainy day there and you can't ride, I understand completely! DD joe1 wrote:
You are a bunch of sad peckers if you have only just "Found him"... Get a life you saddos...and please STOP following 'fashion'... Just because you haven't discovered taste...don't think you have it now....So sad...the US taste in music.... ..So sad......
highwindows wrote:
And to think that I only caught up with Nick Drake about 5 years ago. What the hell was I doing in the 70's?
I imagine you were doing the same thing as I was doing - listening to other things that don't stand the test of time the way this album does.
And to think that I only caught up with Nick Drake about 5 years ago. What the hell was I doing in the 70's?
meadowwoods wrote:
Wonderful guitar work....when I heard this song in Hideous Kinky, what great joy! :)
THATS where I heard it before the first (second) time I heard a Drake tune it felt like instant nostalgia better late than never, he's become one of my favs
slowhand wrote:
One of the greatest artists that ever lived. This album is a desert island choice. Sad we lost him - his music is timeless.
damn right :clap:
One of the greatest artists that ever lived. This album is a desert island choice. Sad we lost him - his music is timeless.
DD joe1 wrote:
You are a bunch of sad peckers if you have only just "Found him"... Get a life you saddos...and please STOP following 'fashion'... Just because you haven't discovered taste...don't think you have it now....So sad...the US taste in music.... ..So sad......
Someone is certainly sad here and I don't think it's the recent Nick Drake converts.
dewinter wrote:
Just heavenly... The line "you can take that road that will take you to the stars now, but I'll take the road that will see me through" in used as the first line of a chapter in the young adult book How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Just for your information : )
that's neat, who came first?
wish he was still around. They guy was amazing.
Nick Drake could do some wonderfully complex fingerpicking and this song is an great of an example as you'll ever hear.
Just heavenly... The line "you can take that road that will take you to the stars now, but I'll take the road that will see me through" in used as the first line of a chapter in the young adult book How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Just for your information : )
Insipid.
Love the DRAKE... :whipit: great following the bongos. how about some feelies for your next 80's flashback of music. well done RP!
Inspired
woozurdaddy wrote:
What's the name of the book, please? Buy Pink Moon if you haven't already!
It's just called "Nick Drake: The Biography" https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582340358/sr=8-11/qid=1152026280/ref=pd_bbs_11/002-5047681-5104807?ie=UTF8
I dare anyone to sit alone with a guitar and make a moment like this.
Hasty_Manic wrote:
I recently became turned on to Drake's music when all three of his albums: Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, and Pink Moon landed on Rolling Stone's 'Top 500 Albums of All Time' List. We can be sure he wasn't just another university bohemian. His music is virtually ageless.
I know this is an old comment but I find it interesting that Rolling Stone would put his albums in the top 500 of all time. I don't know for sure, but I would guess that Rolling Stone completely ignored Nick when he was alive. I think it's sad that I did not even know of him until I heard Pink Moon in a VW commercial. We can't help it if we are never exposed to music like this. Before the internet came along, we were slaves to the music industry, of which rags like Rolling Stone were a big part. But now we got RP. Screw em.
its so good to hear a good drake song on a bleak seattle morning
DD joe1 wrote:
You are a bunch of sad peckers if you have only just "Found him"... Get a life you saddos...and please STOP following 'fashion'... Just because you haven't discovered taste...don't think you have it now....So sad...the US taste in music.... ..So sad......
I am from Mexico and had not heard of him before, either. You petulant, pedantic, sorry excuse of a music lover. Love it and will, at my own pace, discover this great composer. Just don't share your demons with an ever-growing, ever-learning, respectable music neighborhood.
my favorite cut of his. most excellente choice bill.
Fat_Man_Flo wrote:
I heard that Nick Drake was very unhappy with how his music was perceived, and wasn't a very happy person at all for that matter. Certainly underated. But unsurprisingly, I've heard he's well respected among the 'greats' of today. RIP :(
I'm currently reading a great biograpy of Nick Drake by a guy named Patrick Humphries. It not only talks about Nick and his depression, but goes into great detail about the musical climate of the time. Nick's music was actually very well accepted by critics, but the only way to get it to the people was to play live shows which he was completely uncomfortable with. Kind of a vicious cycle. He didn't play live much because he didn't think people liked him, and yet people couldn't learn to like him because he was too afraid to play live shows.
Art_Carnage wrote:
Blech! Just horrible. Somebody make it stop. :crashcomp:
You can make it stop, genius. Or have you not figured out the "play" "stop" controls of your music player? :beat:
Good songs, pug-ugly album cover.
The first song I hear this morning!! Thank you! :sunny:
I heard that Nick Drake was very unhappy with how his music was perceived, and wasn't a very happy person at all for that matter. Certainly underated. But unsurprisingly, I've heard he's well respected among the 'greats' of today. RIP :(
cataloger wrote:
If I were Nick Drake, I would rise from the dead just to kick your pompous ass.
Nick Drake vs. joe1... Nope! joelost.