Category Archives: Quoted

Which Will by Nick Drake

Which will you go for
Which will you love
Which will you choose from
From the stars above
Which will you answer
Which will you call
Which will you take for
For your one and all
And tell me now
Which will you love the best

Which do you dance for
Which makes you shine
Which will you choose now
If you won’t choose mine
Which will you hope for
Which can it be
Which will you take now
If you won’t take me
And tell me now
Which will you love the best.

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Bonhoeffer’s Prayer

This is one of the many prayers that Bonhoeffer wrote down during his imprisonment. I find this one particularly beautiful. This has everything to do with the current state of my soul and how it so resonates with these words.

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you.
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness.
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised. Amen.

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 theĀ precedingĀ 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