Parasite
Nick Drake Lyrics


Lifting the mask from from a local clown
Feeling down like him
Seeing the light in a station bar
And travelling far in sin
Sailing downstairs to the northern line
Watching the shine of the shoes
And hearing the trial of the people there
Who's to care if they lose.
And take a look you may see me on the ground
For I am the parasite of this town.

Dancing a jig in a church with chimes
A sign of the times today
And hearing no bell from a steeple tall
People all in dismay
Falling so far on a silver spoon
Making the moon for fun
And changing a rope for a size too small
People all get hung.
Take a look and see me coming through
For I am the parasite who travels two by two.

When lifting the mask from a local clown
And feeling down like him
And I'm seeing the light in a station bar
And travelling far in sin
And I'm sailing downstairs to the northern line
Watching the shine of the shoes
And hearing the trials of the people there
Who's to care if they lose.
And take a look you may see me on the ground
For I am the parasite of this town.
And take a look you may see me in the dirt
For i am the parasite who hangs from your skirt.

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Written by: NICK DRAKE

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

scincidae

took me a long ass time to recognize i hated being a woman. not out of any internalized misogyny, not out of any weird complex, just cuz i was trans. i tried so so so hard to be a good woman. im pretty good at makeup. for a while i wouldnt go to school without a full face of makeup on. i was all about girl power, being a powerful woman, breaking gender norms. lol.


but it was always there, hanging from my skirt. being so uncomfortable in my skin. i did feel like i was a tree without roots, still do sometimes, sitting perilous in a town square to fall on some unfortunate soul at any gust of wind, an outcast in my own body and a danger to the status quo. it is not a good feeling. im the parasite and the town.


im going to a new school in the fall, with a new name and a new major and all new people. im scared ill be the parasite there. im scared of being placed with a female roommate and being a parasite to her. im scared of being a parasite to my parents and stealing all their time and money.


nick drake knew something we dont. also, venting your problems in youtube comment sections is a very good way to process things in your life. i hope anyone reading this knows they are lovable and valuable no matter what



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Paper Okami

i'm like Nick Drake without the talent.

petrhav

same bro

Florian Decros

Radiohead's Subterannean Homesick Alien have almost the same exact chord progression;.. Nick Drake is a really great artist, and Pink Moon is my favorite Drake's album.

Bruce Williams

@Dr170 I gotta say, yeah, it does.

Dr170

@Bruce Williams Doesn't it hurt to be that stupid?

Bruce Williams

@Dr170 Just like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and all the greatest innovators of the modern age.

Dr170

Well, of course. Just like Green Day, Radiohead are pragmatic businessmen whose measured success is predicated upon plagiarism.

d

@Borkoff How so? Everything he said is correct. Opinions don’t ever transition into facts, regardless of how well-argued they might be. In the end it’s ALWAYS subjective, there’s no escaping that since you can only ever see the world from your own perspective.

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Leroy Lang

This and Black Eyed Dog are two of the most emotionally honest songs ever written about depression.

Alok Singh

Exactly!

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