From The Morning

Album: Pink Moon (1972)

Songfacts®:

  • This is one of the last songs Nick Drake wrote in his short lifetime before he either committed suicide or had an accidental overdose of antidepressants. His depression is evident in this song: "I can't think of words. I feel no emotion about anything. I don't want to laugh or cry. I'm numb-dead inside." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kyle - Eglewood, CO
  • A line from this song is inscribed on Nick Drake's tombstone: "Now we rise and we are every where." This was one of his mother's favorite songs. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Racine - Truro, MA

Comments: 8

  • Doreen from Winchester, CtWhat a wonderful musician! I have never heard of Nick Drake until this month of July, from an AT&T commercial. IF he could have hung in there a little longer, look now how popular he is. This song is very humbling and so very sad! He died the year I graduated High School and listened to folk music. I would have bought his albums!!! Thank you AT&T for putting out there the music of this mans heart & soul. If he has any family members out there, take pride in what he accomplished, he was a very sad soul with a wealth of imagination in his songs. May they live on and bring happiness to everyone who listens! Thank you England for another Brillant artist!!!!
  • Philip from Orange, MaThis song is so beautiful,that I cry every time I
    hear it.Nick Drake brings this kind of happiness
    to all who will listen. Philip,Orange,Mass.
  • Roman from Barrie, OnSaw a documentary about his life and received all his albums for my birthday. The music is often used in 'period' British series and films such as "Heartbeat" Seems that he and his music are more popular now than they were when he was alive.
  • Yaniv from Ta, IsraelThis isn't his last song. He recorded 5 tracks after it (Hanging on a star, voices, tow the line, black eyed dog and rider on the wheel). They didn't exist by the time Pink moon was recorded, or they would have been there too
  • Andy from Lake City, Fli can't stop thinking that the morning is childhood and night are the stuggles into adulthood. playing the game is just putting up with adult struggles and disappointments. the colored days are hanging onto joys and freedoms that came so easily as a child. i went to tanworth as well "now we rise and we are everywhere" could just mean sensitive, artistic people are all lifting each other up. i could be wrong about this song.
  • Fran from London, United Kingdom"Now we rise, and we are everywhere" is engraved on Nick's memorial stone in the grounds of the village church of Tanworth-in-Arden, where he is buried. Visiting the area last year, I felt I had to visit the home and resting place, of the man who changed my attitude to music.

    I wandered into the churchyard and there, at the foot of a tree, I found the modest gravestone, littered with tiny tributes left by other Nick Drake pilgrims. The most touching tributes were those that could not be read: handwritten notes sealed tightly inside rain-drenched envelopes, private messages intended for Nick and Nick only. The perfect resting place.
  • Music Mama from New York, NyThere are a few pieces of music and songs that are almost painful to listen to because they're so beautiful. This is one such song--and piece of music.





    "Now we rise and are everywhere" is indeed wonderful. So is "And go play the game you learnt/From the morning." So is the rest of the song. In the lyrics I've mentioned, I hear the cries of someone who is carrying some sort of great beauty within him ("It dawned from the ground.") but has to contend with the world ("Then night fell"). Yet he still finds beauty in the entanglement between them.




    In a somewhat dark sort of way, this song is an example of what the French might call "une jeux d'esprit."
  • Mike from Presque Isle, MeKyle in Englewood - he doesn't sing the lyrics that you describe in the song. They're just not there.
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