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The song about a song. Nick Drake's "River Man" is lyrically mysterious, heartbreakingly suspended, musically unresolved.

Words & Music by Steve Dagleish © 2015. All Rights Reserved

Steve plays acoustic guitar and sings the lyric. Sonny Williamson's string arrangement tenderly returns us to Nick's melancholia. Sheena McKenzie's cello and Alice Butcher's violin are beautifully played.

Lyrics

Looking for the River Man

When you try to understand
The words in the heart of the ‘River Man’
Feel him close, do you? Feel him close, or is he too high?

Do you wait for the sun to end the night?
For the cracks in his words to shed some light?
Feel him close, do you? Feel him close, or is he too late?

Breathing takes you closer, dreaming makes that ghost disappear
Falling takes you higher, morning takes your eyes to the sky

Do you wait for the sun to end the night?
For the cracks in his words to shed some light?
Feel him close, do you? Feel him close, or is he too late?

Breathing takes you closer, dreaming makes that ghost disappear
Falling takes you higher, morning takes your eyes to the sky

And then you start to understand ...