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 Post subject: What is Nick's best lyric?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:19 pm 

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I was just scanning a few of Nick's lyrics and a couple just jumped out at me in that they sum up Nick as an artist (or my idea of Nick) perfectly in my mind. They verses were:

"Do you feel like a remnant
Of something that's past
Do you find things are moving
Just a little too fast"

From Hazey Jane I, which encapsulates Nick's out-of-time vibe. Also:

"Now take a little while to find your way in here
Now take a little while to make your story clear
Now that you’re lifting
Your feet from the ground
Weigh up your anchor
And never look ‘round"

From Hazey Jane II, reminded my of Nick's hopefulness and optimism amid general discombobulation. And speaking of discombobulation, the line

"What will happen in the morning when the world it gets so crowded that you can't look out your window in the morning?"

just says it all really.

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This is great from Hazey Jane II:

Take a little while to grow your brother’s hair

The more ambiguous the better! :wink:


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I've thought about this one a lot, and I just absolutely love this imagery:

"Saddle up
Kick your feet
Ride the range of a London street"

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Well I'm going to cheat and pick a few as its too difficult otherwise. First choice is 'Place To Be'. The words still bring tears to my eyes and are so beautiful and direct. Nick says so much about his life at that time in just a few words.

Second choice is 'Three Hours' - very intriguing lyrically, which I've not quite to the bottom of.

Lastly, and not least, 'From the Morning'. I think 'And now we rise, and we are everywhere' is up there with 'All You Need is Love' and 'The Times They Are a Changing' and 'Here Comes Everybody'' etc.

I think Nick was an exceptional lyricist.

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Seran wrote:
I think Nick was an exceptional lyricist.


I couldn't agree more. Questions like this, like questions about my favorite of his songs, change by the day and sometimes the hour.

"A troubled cure for a troubled mind," for instance. Gorgeous.

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"Do you feel like a remnant of something that's past
Do you find things are moving just a little too fast"


As we age this couplet comes to have a lot of meaning and for it to have been written by someone so young is staggering ............


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Pinner Fan wrote:
"Do you feel like a remnant of something that's past
Do you find things are moving just a little too fast"


As we age this couplet comes to have a lot of meaning and for it to have been written by someone so young is staggering ............


That, too, and when you contrast the era in which it was written with modern society ... those iconic images of him standing against the bricks while society rushes past? Now imagine them all texting or plugged into iPods. In some ways, though, maybe he'd have fit better into our time than he did into his own.

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I'm convinced that Nick would have been far more successful in our time than his own. Social networking, downloading, renewed interest in folk-like music (there are a number of performers out there that are obviously influenced by Mick). Nick's fear of performing; his shyness and introversion (which enabled him to disconnect from the world and watch it from the outside) would not have been a barrier to success these days - quite the contrary I suspect.

If only...

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Seran wrote:
I'm convinced that Nick would have been far more successful in our time than his own. Social networking, downloading, renewed interest in folk-like music (there are a number of performers out there that are obviously influenced by Mick). Nick's fear of performing; his shyness and introversion (which enabled him to disconnect from the world and watch it from the outside) would not have been a barrier to success these days - quite the contrary I suspect.

If only...


He'd have had a YouTube following second to none. He had the total package - the looks, the voice, and the music. The shyness can be quite appealing as it lends an air of mystery.

As you said, if only. He was at once born too early and born too late.

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I understand the view that he could of been 'massive' in todays culture of facebook twitter etc etc

but the thing that makes nick is the air of mystery, the half truths, the wispheard memoirs.

I hate this repackaged reissued shit you see around nowadays special editon etc

your paying twice as much for the album with tracks the artist didnt want you to hear , if these unrelaesed extras were that fantastic the artist would of pushed for them to be on the intial release.


I for one dont want to see a re-issued Five Leaves Left with two little tracks/homeredording tacked on the end in a recycled card board sleeve witha couple of notes from some journo which will cost you twenty quid.

Give me the old battered record or a shitty 80/90s cd reissue , they will alwys be more personal and mean far more than the capitalist tat thats churned out by record companies these days

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In spite of "the myth", "the legend", the doomed Byronian character, and all the other things attributed to our man there is one main thing that holds up after 40+ years .......... this is the reason he is still listened to, records bought, held in high esteem, highly influential, etc, etc.

It's the music !!!

At times I tend to think many forget this ....................


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Pinner Fan wrote:
In spite of "the myth", "the legend", the doomed Byronian character, and all the other things attributed to our man there is one main thing that holds up after 40+ years .......... this is the reason he is still listened to, records bought, held in high esteem, highly influential, etc, etc.

It's the music !!!

At times I tend to think many forget this ....................


As bad as I hate to say this, it could be that death was his best career move. It's plain he was never going to be able to put up with the rigors of touring, etc.

Had he been born in the right time for it, I maintain that YouTube would have been great for him - would've allowed him to give the level of access he was comfortable with and be in complete control of it, and I have no doubt he would have gotten the adulation that he evidently wanted. And maybe we'd have gotten some more music out of him (since, I agree, that's where it begins and ends). But he was never going to be able to survive until the digital age, and even if he had, who knows what the intervening years would have done to him.

We'll never know, and that's probably best. Some things aren't meant to last.

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The tramp moves on to the end of the street
I listen to the echo of his hobnail feet
For some there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind.

The world hurries on at it's breakneck pace
People fly by in their lifelong race
For them there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind

The chances they come, but the chances have been lost
Success can be gained, but at too great a cost
For some there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind.

The wind sweeps up and goes back to it's tree
The rain flows by and moves on to the sea
For them there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind.


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