Things behind the sun Lyrics - Nick Drake
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Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scotty Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was the son of Tim Buckley, also a musician. After a decade as a guitarist-for-hire in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s by playing cover songs at venues in Manhattan's East Village, such as Sin-é, gradually focusing more on his own material. After rebuffing much interest from record labels and his father's manager Herb Cohen, he signed with Columbia, recruited a band, and recorded what would be his only studio album, Grace.
Over the following two years, the band toured widely to promote the album, including concerts in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia. In 1996, they stopped touring and made sporadic attempts to record his second album in New York with Tom Verlaine as producer. In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to resume work on the album, to be titled My Sweetheart the Drunk, recording many four-track demos while also playing weekly solo shows at a local venue. While awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim — fully clothed — in the Wolf River, when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat. His body was found on June 4, 1997.
Since his death, there have been many posthumous releases of his material, including a collection of four-track demos and studio recordings for his unfinished second album My Sweetheart the Drunk and expansions of debut album Grace and his Live at Sin-é EP. Chart success also came posthumously; with Leonard Cohen's song, "Hallelujah" he attained his first #1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs in March 2008 and reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in Christmas 2008. Buckley and his work remain popular and are regularly featured in 'greatest' lists in the music press.
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Orgasmic | Reviewer: Tirath | 11/16/10
It has been difficult to put in words the power of Drake's lyrics and his voice. He is not a fabulous singer but has such a resounding voice :). When I listen to his songs, once in a while, I just can't help but say - "O Nick!"
One thing that has struck me about this particular song is the title - "Things behind the sun"
It could mean a higher being or his imagination looking at us (humans) and laughing his head off.. It has been accepted that he was a troubled person but I can't help but imagine himself laughing at people around him.
@Parasite | Reviewer: hizerjason | 6/12/10
@Parasite. I have to say, that's one of the most insightful reviews I've read for a song. Seriously, I think you're spot on with your observations. Damn good! I truly enjoyed and learned something, reading what you had to say.
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A message, envoked by the use of psychedelic drugs | Reviewer: Parasite | 6/12/10
It's interesting when I sepak to people about Drake's songs; no one really picks up on the lyrics.
This is possibly my favourite Drake song, if I was made to choose one. It's lyrics are truley spectacular, in my opinion, at putting acroos a message. Because that's what Drake did and is doing, he didn't write much about love, about conventional things, about things that most other artist would and would be expected to write about. He thought differently, and expressed that thoght through his music and lyrics. I beleive this song to have clear messages that Drake was thinking in a way that had been changed by psychedelic drugs.
In a general sense, I beleive Drake to be singing of society and the expected conventions of "normal" life:
"Please beware of them that stare"
He's trying to send a message that people will "only smile", in the these times so you too can live the "normal", conveniant for everyone, life that will "while your time away"
He then warns us that if we could actually see what they/we are being, our lives won't be "worth Your night or your day"
I have also noticed in this song, like many of his others, a mention of the "ground" or "floor":
"Look around you find the ground
Is not so far from where you are
Don´t too wise"- prehaps a mention of being on a psychedelic drug trip, in which you are no longer on the ground in that mindset, Drake is being the wise voice telling one to have a look as..
"down below they never grow" refering to society again, Drake is expressing his opinion of the ways of the world he was brought up to know and supposed to follow.
"Take your time and you'll be fine
And say a prayer for people there
Who live on the floor" Becuause he's above them, in the sense he is seeing through society, in an upliffting and encouragign sense he is telling people to join him and stop living how they/we are.
During the late 60s and the whole psychedelic movment, Drake was known to have had a fair share of well everyone knows he was an avid smoker of cannabis and many beleive it drove him to into his reclusive, shy ways. Though, Drake was also known to, of course, have taken LSD and clearley magic mushrooms, as he is holding a handful of fly agaric, psychoactive mushrooms in a well known photograph of himself.
With this in mind Drake sings:
"Don't be shy you learn to fly
And see the sun when day is done" Seeing the sun when "day is done" is impossible, and is metaphorical of some sort of light that remains.
Working in the theme to finish this line and start the next, Drake then sings:
"If only you see"
"Just what you are beneath a star
That came to stay one rainy day
In autumn for free" A big give away, in this song, of Drake's ingenius subtlety. Here, I truley beleive that Drake is singing of an experience of some sort of magic mushroom, put direct to all of us.
What else would make you realsie "what you are" "one rainy day In autumn for free" What's free in Autumn that could make you realsie what you are? Magic mushrooms.
It's obvious, I think, and if you read the lyrics with this idea I find they make complete sense and give comfort as well as more curiosity.
Good to see.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/27/10
I've never seen the actual lyrics for this song til now and a lot can be lost when you don't quite catch them from the song itself. I've played this tune for some years and finally seeing the words as intended has wowed me even more, bless you Mr D and thankyou guys..
Amazing. | Reviewer: Emily | 12/16/07
Nick Drake is just purely awing.
The feeling in his songs just sweep me off my feet.
The sound is so reassuring yet saddening.
A true talent.
Great song | Reviewer: Andy Lindbergh | 10/20/05
A fantastic tune by Nick Drake, gives you the perfect automn feeling, wich warms your soul and body completely.
As well as the melody, the lyrics of the song is rarely fine, as Nick Drake himself could have said;
"In the eye of the compopser, is wich to I might have died for."
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