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Nick Drake's River Man


Nick Drake released this song on Island Records in 1969 when he was 21, having written it even before that. He died at the age of 26 from an overdose of anti-depressants, having finished three incredible records, none of which sold more than 5,000 copies in their first issue. Your heart just goes out to this guy, you know? This song especially sounds like it would be playing behind a hazy dream-sequence in his biopic, recalling his childhood years. Canoeing with friends in short shorts, a tire swing, his first kiss, his first family vacation... His melancholy voice is bittersweet and smooth as velvet. I wish I could have given Nick a hug and told him he was incredible. *sigh*

Some amazing arrangements in both of these versions...

Listen:
Nick Drake - River Man
Till Bronner - River Man

[buy Five Leaves Left]

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drake is amazing. I was so happy when VW chose "Pink Moon" as the music for their cabriolet commercial. Introduced a whole new generation to his stuff.

I read an interview with Tom Verlaine, who said that Drake was one of the best.

silent3.blogspot.com

11:44 AM  
Blogger Margeaux St.Croix said...

I wish I could have given his sad soul a hug too. Glad he hasn't been forgotten, though - Blender even did a page for him in the Jan/Feb issue

11:21 AM  

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