At the Chime of a City Clock
Nick Drake Lyrics

A city freeze
Get on your knees
Pray for warmth and green paper.
A city drought

You're down and out
See your trousers don't taper.
Saddle up
Kick your feet
Ride the range of a London street
Travel to a local plane
Turn around and come back again.

And at the chime of the city clock
Put up your road block
Hang on to your crown.
For a stone in a tin can
Is wealth to the city man
Who leaves his armor down.

Stay indoors
Beneath the floors
Talk with neighbors only.
The games you play

Make people say
You're either weird or lonely.
A city star
Won't shine too far

On account of the way you are
And the beads
Around your face
Make you sure to fit back in place.

And at the beat of the city drum
See how your friends come in twos;
Or threes or more.
For the sound of a busy place

Is fine for a pretty face
Who knows what a face is for.

The city clown
Will soon fall down
Without a face to hide in.
And he will lose

If he won't choose
The one he may confide in.
Sonny boy
With smokes for sale

Went to ground with a face so pale
And never heard
About the change
Showed his hand and fell out of range.

In the light of a city square
Find out the face that's fair
Keep it by your side.
When the light of the city falls
You fly to the city walls
Take off with your bride.

But at the chime of a city clock
Put up your road block
Hang on to your crown.
For a stone in a tin can

Is wealth to the city man
Who leaves his armor down.

Written by: NICK DRAKE

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Comments from YouTube:

Paul Kelleher

There isnt a song by Nick Drake that I dont like. This one is just spectacular, such a beautiful mood it creates. Just gorgeous!


A inicios de año empecé a trabajar lejos de casa. Uno de mis grandes placeres era tomar el camino largo para volver a casa contemplando el atardecer y las luces de mi ciudad mientras escuchaba está canción. Me recuerda tantos espisodos de mi vida.

Jurgen Treue

This song has been in the top five of my favourite songs for 40 years. That saxophone gets me every time.

I first heard Bryter Layter very early in the morning on a car cassette player driving into Byron Bay on a surfing trip. My introduction to Nick Drake.

Paul Campbell

Give Donovan's Get Thy Bearings a go if you haven't already.

Shawn J

Sounds magical. :) It's been in my top 5 since I heard it 10 years ago, and it will probably remain there for a very, very long time.


@huswsimonbla Same here :)


Thanks for sharing. I love to hear stories like this!

cinimod p.h

everyone SHOULD listen to this song.

Santo Cristo

...or maybe not


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