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Things Behind the Sun

Lyric and Music by Nick Drake

(Perhaps misheard or misremembered and slightly tweaked by me)

Please beware
of them that stare
they only smile
to see you while
your time away

And once you've seen
what they have been
to win the earth
just won't seem worth
your night or your day

Who'll hear what I say.

Look around
you find the ground
is not so far
from where you are
but not too wise

For down below
they never grow
they're always tired
and charms are hired
from out of their eyes

Never surprise.

Sun, Forestville, Dec 1977
Sun,
Forestville, Dec 1977

Take your time
and you'll be fine
and say a prayer
for people there
who live on the floor

And if you see
what's meant to be
don't name the day
or try to say
it happened before.

Never before.

Self portrait, Cremorne, Aug 1980
Self portrait,
Cremorne, Aug 1980

Don't be shy
you'll learn to fly
and see the sun
when day is done
if only you see

Just what you are
beneath the star
that came to stay
one rainy day
in autumn for free

Yes, be what you'll be.

Sunlight through incense smoke, Cremorne, May 1980
Sunlight through incense smoke,
Cremorne, May 1980

Please beware
of them that stare
they only smile
to see you while
your time away

And once you've seen
what they have been
to win the earth
just won't seem worth your night or your day

Who'll hear what I say.

View through candle flame, Forestville, Dec 1977
View through candle flame,
Forestville, Dec 1977

Open up
the broken cup
let goodly sin
and sunshine in
yes that's today.

And open wide
the hymns you hide
you find reknown
while people frown
at things that you say

But say what you'll say

'Bout the farmers and the fun,

And the things behind the sun,

And the people round your head,

Who say everything's been said,

And the movement in your brain,

Sends you out into the rain.

Mask, Drummoyne, Aug 1979
Mask,
Drummoyne, Aug 1979

 

Released in 1972 on the album "Pink Moon".

According to Mikael Ledin

"This song was probably written in 1967 or 1968. Nick played it live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 21st February 1969. It was dropped from inclusion on 'Bryter Layter', a fact that made Joe Boyd very disappointed."