River Man
Nick Drake Lyrics


Betty came by on her way
Said she had a word to say
About things today
And fallen leaves.

Said she hadn't heard the news
Hadn't had the time to choose
A way to lose
But she believes.
Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the plan
For lilac time.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
And all night shows
In summertime.

Betty said she prayed today
For the sky to blow away
Or maybe stay
She wasn't sure.

For when she thought of summer rain
Calling for her mind again
She lost the pain
And stayed for more.

Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the ban
On feeling free.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
I don't suppose
It's meant for me.

Oh, how they come and go
Oh, how they come and go.

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Written by: EMILY DICKINSON, NICK DRAKE

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Benjamin

Betty came by on her way
Said she had a word to say
About things today
And fallen leaves.

Said she hadn't heard the news
Hadn't had the time to choose
A way to lose
But she believes.

Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the plan
For lilac time.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
And all night shows
In summertime.

Betty said she prayed today
For the sky to blow away
Or maybe stay
She wasn't sure.

For when she thought of summer rain
Calling for her mind again
She lost the pain
And stayed for more.

Going to see the river man
Going to tell him all I can
About the ban
On feeling free.

If he tells me all he knows
About the way his river flows
I don't suppose
It's meant for me.

Oh, how they come and go
Oh, how they come and go.



All comments from YouTube:

trueblue37

Wierd story. I first time I heard this song was this morning. I was running late. So I decided to get an Uber to my destination. When I sat in the Uber this song was playing. I hardly talk to drivers but I could not help but ask what this piece of music was. This song was like it was sent from heaven and I'm not religious. It made my life make sense and I have never related to a song like this before, especially with my type of music being techno, house and rap. But what makes this story weird is that I was on my way to therapy for major depression. I searched for the artist of the song and soon as I got home and found out about his tragic battle with depression. This song feels too good to be true and It has potentially saved me. Its incredible how much I relate to this song, from the lyrics, singing style and the instrument. It is like it was written for me. And played at the perfect time to change my life around.

Ty Cumbie

You just fucking made me cry. Music is everything to me. I don’t know if I’d be alive without it. I’m listening to the tune as I read your comment. My life makes more sense now too!

GLM GLM

Great story!

David Hoade

Nicks music literally healed me when I was broken.
His music will live with me always.

Stephen Mundy

How you doing these days my guy?

Nicolás Espina

Kudos to the uber driver

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George Orr

Ok, first try playing this guitar part over the 5/4 time - which is hard enough.  Then try singing at the same time.  Then try giving it the required atmosphere. Oh yeah, also try writing something this good.   Then you will realize Nick Drake was a genius.

Francisco J. Primo Fernandez

@Dave-O very much like a new Flamenco style.

David

@Roel Lassche, you could try to Google the article in 'The Guardian' newspaper where she explains about her delay in producing the book. I'd prefer to believe her memories rather than yours...

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/15/i-want-to-complicate-the-nick-drake-story

Ken Moore

Ted, can we enter the eurovision.

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