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Nick Drake — Clothes Of Sand
Album: Time Of No Reply
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Released: 1973
Length: 2:28
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Who has dressed you in strange clothes of sand
Who has taken you far from my land
Who has said that my sayings were wrong
And who will say that I stayed much too long?

Clothes of sand have covered yor face
Given you meaning but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me.

Does it now seem worth all the colour of skies
To see the earth through painted eyes
To look through panes of shaded glass
See the stains of winter's grass.

Can you now return to from where you came
Try to burn your changing name
Or with silver spoons and coloured light
Will you worship moons in winter's night.

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me.
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 admascott wrote:
while i dont agree with the sentiment, i love the humor in this. 

 

 
In fact John would have loved Nick's poetic mood very much.
One of many Nick masterpieces.
while i dont agree with the sentiment, i love the humor in this. 

 

 Proclivities wrote:


Always sucks when your popularity kicks in AFTER you're six feet under. Only artists get this shackle.


Well, if you're dead, what difference would it make when your popularity kicks in?
 
Well I think the thought was that if Nick got the adoration he has now, he might not have taken his own life. Which one would like to think might be true, yet, ala Chris Cornell and Kurt Cobain, depression is a  pisser of demon that even fame and fortune doesn't conquer very often.
 chirpie wrote:
Always sucks when your popularity kicks in AFTER you're six feet under. Only artists get this shackle.

 

Well, if you're dead, what difference would it make when your popularity kicks in?
 anonymous wrote:
Beautiful! Nick - it's smth magical. I keep listening to him during a few years. Imho: He is a most natural human (as minimum,- among his generation). Excuse my english. Anatoliy. Russia.
 



This is what all "Singer Songwriters" strive for. "Something has taken you so far from me" just about says it all.
Ok, definitely programmed in memory of David Bowie. ..{#Notworthy}
Nick Drake is wonderful/tragic
(First comment sent via cell-phone : )
Simply beautiful.
Drake's a welcome anti-McCartney psd (Uncle Albert and all that commercial grade pablum…uuurrrgggg! I'm gagging)
 oldfart48 wrote:
one of the few 80s tunes worth hearing.....{#Dance}

  1973


one of the few 80s tunes worth hearing.....{#Dance}
I don't see why the adulation for Nick, he sang well but maybe he doesn't "hook" with me. 7
there is a place where beautiful and haunting meet. it´s called Nick Drake!


Absolutely fantastic...  we miss you, Nick...




 sirdroseph wrote:
Enya to Nick Drake; from the ridiculous to the sublime!{#Lol} All Nick Drake is wonderful, but this is one of the gems.{#Notworthy}
 
smily two thumbs up

Oooh!  Shiny!
 
DaveInVA wrote:
One of his best. In addition to all his released stuff I have 5 vinyl records of his home recordings and the few surviving studio outtakes that some nice bootlegger complied years ago and its really interesting hearing just him and his guitar doing various takes on these songs and some songs that never got released....



Here is the limited edition red vinyl pressing of Time Of No Reply....

 


Something has taken you so much closer to me. {#Hearteyes}

8.
lute
Absolute favorite Nick Drake song! 9 -> 10!{#Notworthy}
Oooo - more Nick Drake!  Yum.  I'd never heard this one, but I love it.  I can't possibly be objective about things I've never heard before - I'm like that metaphorical kid in a candy store.  So many things from which to choose, and in this case, I don't have to worry about money, because it's all there for me and all I have to do is listen!

RP, I promise I'll contribute when I have two pennies to rub together with any certainty.                                               

One of his best. In addition to all his released stuff I have 5 vinyl records of his home recordings and the few surviving studio outtakes that some nice bootlegger complied years ago and its really interesting hearing just him and his guitar doing various takes on these songs and some songs that never got released....



Here is the limited edition red vinyl pressing of Time Of No Reply....

He was not only an excellent songwriter with an unmistakeable style, he was an incredible guitar player as well. Very imaginative and challenging.
I have all of Nick's albums (not a difficult feat!) and I've heard this tune a few times, but this is the 1st I've noticed the intermittent  guitar feedback; like of his songs, there's always another facet to appreciate - pure genius!
Not bad!
 sirdroseph wrote:
Enya to Nick Drake; from the ridiculous to the sublime!{#Lol} All Nick Drake is wonderful, but this is one of the gems.{#Notworthy}
 
Ah, I agree. That's MUCH more like it .... salve to my traumatized ears - or maybe an aspirin for my Enya hangover. Thanks for the relief, Bill.

Enya to Nick Drake; from the ridiculous to the sublime!{#Lol} All Nick Drake is wonderful, but this is one of the gems.{#Notworthy}


great song...


its really doesn't get any better than Nick Drake


fantastic...


wonderful. not one of nick's most well-known songs but i love it. it was the first one of his i heard and i still remember where i was and who i was with when i did.
 iyermish wrote:
Great tune ... Also like the Solas version.
 
I like their version of Which Will, too!

I'll have to dig out the vinyl and play some more ND later today....
 chirpie wrote:
Always sucks when your popularity kicks in AFTER you're six feet under. Only artists get this shackle.

 
Politicians too.

Can't say that Nick is my thing but he did do some fine work.  Not sure this is one of those though.


 Mickb wrote:
Through his music and his haunting voice... Nick Drake lives!!!
 

I concur...


Through his music and his haunting voice... Nick Drake lives!!!
Unbelievable! song!
Another gone to God too soon, but what a legacy................
Great tune ... Also like the Solas version.
Nick Drake is a God!
wow.. what a beautiful song. I'm really glad I tuned in to RP today. Thanks alot for this one,
Always sucks when your popularity kicks in AFTER you're six feet under. Only artists get this shackle.

Very beautiful, but it makes me sooo sad...
Oh! This cd I don't have! Must have it... must...
Like anything Nick Drake, beau-ti-ful. A 10.
This is a great song... takes me to another time and place
The man was a poet
Haunting.
Smooth like Donovan
So this is the song to appease all the Enya haters? Oh well, I love them both....
handyrae wrote:
There is something about his voice that is so hauntingly beautiful. Maybe because most (all?) of his songs are acoustic, but he sounds so old. Not old as in years, but rather like he's someone singing in the 14th century or something. It gives me chills.
I guess that's what I meant just the other day when I wrote, referring to Fly, that he sounds "deliberately old-fashioned".....
There is something about his voice that is so hauntingly beautiful. Maybe because most (all?) of his songs are acoustic, but he sounds so old. Not old as in years, but rather like he's someone singing in the 14th century or something. It gives me chills.
Great artist, Nick Drake. Sounds like a mosquito when you play his music to soft (try it, it's true) and it's not suitable for playing whilst driving, but it's great music. He never should have died :(. 9!
daedalus wrote:
Just as a bit of apropos if a bit nerdy info - On the anniversary of Nick Drake's death, there was an English radio program on which John Martyn was interviewed, saying that indeed hid song 'Solid Air' was about Nick Drake. And on the inside of the cd jacket of the Nick Drake compilation, 'Waytoblue', it says: "You've been getting too deep: You've been living on solid air You've been missing your sleep And you've been moving through solid air" -"by John Martyn, for and about Nick Drake." -just in case you were interested.
... Yes, very interested and indeed very interesting and for a long time fan of John Martyn and Nick Drake, I just learned something
Love Nick Drake, but this song is passable at best.
It's so nice hearing this song on RP. This is one of my favorite Nick Drake songs. What a treat!!
stornoway wrote:
...John Martyn (who has drunk himself literally legless) and Donovan are Brit folk rockers from the same era who could write and sing Drake into a cocked hat but suffer the disadvantage of not being, er, dead.
Just as a bit of apropos if a bit nerdy info - On the anniversary of Nick Drake's death, there was an English radio program on which John Martyn was interviewed, saying that indeed hid song 'Solid Air' was about Nick Drake. And on the inside of the cd jacket of the Nick Drake compilation, 'Waytoblue', it says: "You've been getting too deep: You've been living on solid air You've been missing your sleep And you've been moving through solid air" -"by John Martyn, for and about Nick Drake." -just in case you were interested.
Nice lisp there, fella.
Tunafish wrote:
the worst most boring concert ever
Which one would that be now ?
stornoway wrote:
This guy is ludicrously lionised presumably because of the James Dean/Buddy Holly factor. The tunes are pedestrian, the lyrics banal, the delivery limp. John Martyn (who has drunk himself literally legless) and Donovan are Brit folk rockers from the same era who could write and sing Drake into a cocked hat but suffer the disadvantage of not being, er, dead.
That would make a lot more sense if Nick Drake's popularity arose shortly following his suicide, but from my understanding he only became popular here in the US in the past few years. Seams to me that he his exposure helped his popularity more than his death.
joe1 wrote:
..Sorry...this one bores the serious pants off me.. please stop saying it is 'so good' because it is the 'bloke that died'... I like a lot of his stuff but this is really crap.....nuff said.....
Maybe you should be wearing silly pants then.
NiceGuy2005 wrote:
Sounds kind of like Nick Drake...hey wiat!
Who's Wiat? :-)
Sounds kind of like Nick Drake...hey wiat!
the guitaring is soothing :whistle:
This guy is ludicrously lionised presumably because of the James Dean/Buddy Holly factor. The tunes are pedestrian, the lyrics banal, the delivery limp. John Martyn (who has drunk himself literally legless) and Donovan are Brit folk rockers from the same era who could write and sing Drake into a cocked hat but suffer the disadvantage of not being, er, dead.
Ok. I know that Nick Drake is an RP "darling" and that I am going to disagree with most of you here, but this is drivel. This guy's lisp is driving me nuts!!!
He's lisping so badly, there's spit coming out of my speakers.
Haunting. Sublime. God bless Nick Drake.
Absolutely stunning tune...almost a 10!
I've always loved Nick Drake and this is a great tune!
Second time I hear it, and I push it to 9. Sensible
:cool:
Art_Carnage wrote:
Quite dreadful. Even worse than his usual mumbling drivel. I would suggest that this be played to people on death row, just before they're about to be executed. That way, they will welcome death, if it means they won't have to listen to any more of this song. Think of it as a humanitarian gesture.
RP Helping death row inmates every day
Quite dreadful. Even worse than his usual mumbling drivel. I would suggest that this be played to people on death row, just before they're about to be executed. That way, they will welcome death, if it means they won't have to listen to any more of this song. Think of it as a humanitarian gesture.
the worst most boring concert ever
joe1 wrote:
..Sorry...this one bores the serious pants off me.. please stop saying it is 'so good' because it is the 'bloke that died'... I like a lot of his stuff but this is really crap.....nuff said.....
No one said that. Stop putting words in peoples mouths. Humble opinions are truly not in your repertoire are they.
..Sorry...this one bores the serious pants off me.. please stop saying it is 'so good' because it is the 'bloke that died'... I like a lot of his stuff but this is really crap.....nuff said.....
Great song - haunting. Solas does a great version of this also
his music always touches me...this one is very special! gonna hafta dig this CD out tonight. great pick R&B!
Never heard of Nick Drake before, but will make a point of hearing more. Reminds me of my teenage years for some reason.
Beautiful
I recently bought the box set of all of Nick\'s albums after having just owned \"An Introduction To.\" This song is a prime reason why the box set is essential. Nearly every song on every album is a gem. I regret we don\'t have more material from him. Simply beautiful music.