From The Morning by Nick Drake

A day once dawned, and it was beautiful

A day once dawned from the ground

Then the night she fell

And the air was beautiful

The night she fell all around.

So look see the days

The endless colored ways

And go play the game that you learnt

From the morning.

And now we rise

And we are everywhere

And now we rise from the ground

And see she flies

And she is everywhere

See she flies all around

So look see the sights

The endless summer nights

And go play the game that you learnt

From the morning.

* I’d have to say that Nick Drake is the one artist that I can always go back to. Years have passed and I still resonate with his lyrics. He’s able to sing the things that I cannot yet put into words. I remember dark early mornings sitting in the back of the school bus alone with Nick in my ears. I found a rare quality in his songs, something I still can’t describe fully, but it’s real. It’s as if his heart was opened up entirely and music came out of it. It’s an account of his life and it happens to be quite melancholy, yet in this sadness there always seems to come a slant of light that cuts through the dark clouds of the day. I needed that back then. I felt so alone for a number of reasons. This song in particular has always been one of my favorites. It comes out of nowhere, being the last song on the album, and pulls you in as if you had drifted away in the breeze of the preceding songs and fell asleep. Whether as a whole it’s a metaphor for suicide or if it’s an invitation of optimism to see the beauty in the new day, it doesn’t really matter because I can hear my thoughts in the spaces. I highly recommend getting the album. It’s called “Pink Moon.”

— Nolan


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