nick drake – northern sky

Nick Drake‘s ”Northern Sky”, from his 1970 album “Bryter Layter”, has  been called “the greatest modern love song in the English language”:

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Bright in my northern sky.

It’s been a long time that I’m waiting
Been a long time that I’m blown
Been a long time that I’ve wandered
Through the people I have known
Oh, if you would and you could
Straighten my new mind’s eye.

Would you love me for my money
Would you love me for my head
Would you love me through the winter
Would you love me ’til I’m dead
Oh, if you would and you could
Come blow your horn on high.

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Bright in my northern sky.

Nicholas Rodney Drake (1948-1974) (Image here.)

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2 Comments on nick drake – northern sky

  1. Bruno Taut
    9 May 2011 at 1:32 am (2480 days ago)

    I praise your taste! Nick Drake was great. Too bad he was depressed and under medication…

    BT

  2. JennyO
    9 May 2011 at 1:45 pm (2479 days ago)

    Thanks, Bruno! I can’t take the credit for my “taste”, though – it was (and still is being) formed by my music guru, and he possesses the excellent taste. I agree, Nick Drake was another of those artists gone too soon.

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