Drake, Nick - Clothes Of Sand Lyrics




Who has dressed you in strange clothes of sand
Who has taken you far from my land
Who has said that my sayings were wrong
And who will say that I stayed much too long?

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me.

Does it now seem worth all the colour of skies
To see the earth through painted eyes
To look through panes of shaded glass
See the stains of winter's grass.

Can you now return to from where you came
Try to burn your changing name
Or with silver spoons and coloured light
Will you worship moons in winter's night.

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me.





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  1. Robert Schmitt

    Commercials should not violate the beauty of this song

  2. Simondo81

    Some of his songs that never made his 3 studio albums are his best. This, Joey, Been Smoking Too Long and Time Of No Reply spring to mind.

  3. Bas Binsbergen

    15 people dislike this, I can't believe it! Listening to this 2019

  4. Scott Free

    Timeless and Beautiful. A song so haunting that it sounds as if it has always existed from time immoral.

  5. Mrs. Hudson

    I've played this song about eight times in a row now. On this night, 45 years ago, Nick went to sleep for the last time. Heartbreaking.

  6. Robert Schmitt

    How could he compose such a heart-rending melancholy intro to a song? One can only close the eyes and cry

  7. stephen

    For the guitar players this is simply the 2nd string turned down to "A" (EADGAE). This song is well within reach for any hobby player IMO. Great tuning to know. Cheers.

  8. Liz Bradshaw

    Can you now return to from where you came, try to burn your changing name

  9. Manuela Priolo

    This song is absolutely amazing...as one friend suggested me is probably about himself...a mirror...the 'new' him...who has taken you so far from me... an absolute talent...Divine Gift***

  10. Steph Bootie

    What an amazing song why has it taken me so long to find it

  11. Zeca Viana

    A interpretação de Renato Russo também ficou sensacional

  12. mirror man

    I keep thinkin ive just found my favourite song by Nick... till i start hearing another one!

  13. Jahziel Makkenon

    Mystical.

  14. Anna慈悲子

    my love! thank you

  15. A Public Forum for Discussion

    i love how every one of his songs has comments like this is one of Nick's best songs

  16. Elizabeth B.

    I feel sorry for people who have never heard Nick Drake.

    p.b.palacios almafuerte

    Me too✌

  17. Charles Temple

    What a good looking kid with a sad story - just watched his documentary. So many of his pictures remind me of Beck in his longer hair days. I kept thinking "Who is that reminding me of?" and it hit me. https://www.rollingstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/rs-9339-130202-beck-7-rect-1359841425.jpg?crop=900:600&width=440 (especially on the front cover of the MOJO magazine.)

  18. musicisbrilliant

    Absolutely Divine. Absolutely haunting.

  19. jiva1955

    In a similar vibe?
    https://youtu.be/fA3Ue8xDBN0

  20. Pablø Cavalcanti

    Renato Russo.

  21. MrSilvershane

    I'm off to Tamworth again this year to visit Nick's grave. His music means so much to me. This is another hidden gem, thanks Saturdayson.

    Taylor Atkins

    I hope to go someday... ❤

    Peter Ozanne

    @Taylor Atkins Go to the "Gathering" ;-)

  22. Santos Inocentes

    I hear Chris Cornell or Eddie Vedder in his voice, similar spirit

  23. Chris Eilersen

    This guy was here to remind us of our mere mortalness - when we thought we were pretty good, there was Nick Drake to remind us that we weren't even close to good.

    True Funk Soul

    Mortality?

  24. Tickle My Taint

    So this song is about a girl he liked converting to islam and running off with a muslim man, right?

  25. PANCAKES PANCAKES

    This sounds like death. Death has taken his lady fair.

    aroxon

    PANCAKES PANCAKES That's been my take on the lyrics. Lost his girl to the fast life and found her lifeless on the beach.

    RineStone Helix

    Really? I always thought that it was about someone losing themselves in drug addiction, falling far from grace and the "singer" is asking these questions, who has dressed you in these crappy clothes, was it all worth it seeing the world through painted eyes(chasing the high). Can you now return to from where u came, try to your changing name, pretty much going back and fixing things especially with those who were affected by the other persons addiction, and getting better. Who had said that my sayings were wrong? Pretty much sounds to me like despite all the advise of staying away from such hurtful things, the user rejects it all and sucumbs to their addiction. It doesnt necessarily have to be about drugs. But maybe someone who took a different path in life despite knowing that it wasnt a good one, and ended up in a very bad place. Thats the beauty of nick drakes writing, they can be intrepreted a thousand different ways

  26. abrokenplate

    God damn gorgeous.

  27. Kyle Cott

    Steve von till of Neurosis does a really nice cover of this song... I didn't even know it was a cover until recently

  28. Eli

    Renato russo

  29. musicisbrilliant

    Who has dressed you in strange clothes of sand
    Who has taken you far from my land
    Who has said that my sayings were wrong
    And who will say that I stayed much too long?

    Clothes of sand have covered your face
    Given you meaning but taken my place
    So make your way on down to the sea
    Something has taken you so far from me

    Does it now seem worth all the colour of skies
    To see the earth through painted eyes
    To look through panes of shaded glass
    See the stains of winter's grass

    Can you now return to from where you came
    Try to burn your changing name
    Or with silver spoons and coloured light
    Will you worship moons in winter's night

    Clothes of sand have covered your face
    Given you meaning but taken my place
    So make your way on down to the sea
    Something has taken you so far from me

    Strapper's Girl

    Thank you.

    Mario Matura

    It is a Holly Letter

  30. Nourdi Chelld

    l'art c'est l'expression et la musique de nick; c'est l'expression pure et simple qu'on ne peut resté indifferent à son écoute,malgré toutes ces années écoulées;les artistes doués de ce don sont très très rares.merci nick....

  31. giovanni natoli

    My God. What a beauty

    Giuseppe S

    giovanni natoli Nick Drake, Tim Buckley e John Martyn. Il meglio del meglio...

  32. Jennifer Keefe

    He's one of my spirit guides I have experienced the undiscovered

  33. Jane Lovelace

    Nick has a nostalgic voice, beautiful we should shoot his music video

  34. Jeferson Costa

    Amazing.everybody has to see that cover
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl92Z-sa2rY

  35. helena virag

    Kedves Károly köszönöm szépen.

  36. Hank Tilbury

    The sheer gravity of those opening chords....

  37. Fastidious Sloth

    This is one of Nick's best songs, so it's odd that it wasn't included on one of the three main albums but the danger there would have been the interference of over-production rather than the pure essence of Nick singing alone with his guitar.

  38. ralfij. mueller

    to look to panes of shade of glass..see the stains of winters grass? like

  39. Victor Hugo

    I love this song. Renato Russo 's cover is amazing.

  40. Paul Collins

    So mystical and brilliant.

  41. My name is not Jerome

    If he'd have lived he would have been as big as Leonard Cohen.

    Sub Samadhi

    Nope. Nice try tho

    Jules Gilmour

    He would have been bigger.. his songwriting is phenomenal. All of his songs have a soundscape that's so unique. It's haunting and beautiful to hear. And popularity has nothing to do with the amount of talent. So in all honesty I don't know if he would have been more famous but it doesn't matter at all.

    Sub Samadhi

    @Jules Gilmour he wouldnt. He didnt want to be famous. He wouldve just kept living and died in obscurity. Just like he wanted to

    Andrew Corbett

    I think he'd just be a recluse and knock out albums.

    Joe Kavanagh

    @Andrew Corbett if he had had more recognition in his lifetime perhaps he would still be with us. He was the opposite of hype

  42. Sotiris Roussis

    Only Nick Drake and Elliott Smith could do this...What a feeling..

    Matt Schaefer

    I would say Jeff Buckley, too. But in a different way.

  43. Notta Victim

    A song to our sons who've followed the Pied Piper of Morphine to their deaths.

  44. Minha liberdade não é tua prisão

    Clothes of Sand-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ2bg1M9jn8

  45. AtlanticSpamHammer

    This is incredible

  46. Flannel Daniel

    See the earth through painted eyes

  47. giovanni natoli

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3, yes, just a silly list of hearts, nick is unenarrable

  48. Robert Schmitt

    Apparently inspired somehow by his time in Morocco.

    taliahcybele

    Musically very much drawing on Jackson C Frank (listen to Milk and Honey)

    Sandy Sandy

    Robert Schmitt
    Thanks for the info . :)

  49. Robert Schmitt

    Wish I had met him.

  50. TheGarabella

    Who has dressed you in strange clothes of sand
    Who has taken you far from my land
    Who has said that my sayings were wrong
    And who will say that I stayed much too long?

    Clothes of sand have covered your face
    Given you meaning but taken my place
    So make your way on down to the sea
    Something has taken you so far from me.

    Does it now seem worth all the colour of skies
    To see the earth through painted eyes
    To look through panes of shaded glass
    See the stains of winters grass.

    Can you now return to from where you came
    Try to burn your changing name
    Or with silver spoons and coloured light
    Will you worship moons in winters night.

    Clothes of sand have covered your face
    Given you meaning but taken my place
    So make your way on down to the sea
    Something has taken you so far from me.

  51. David Cummings

    This man touches your inner reflections and psychi.

    Sandy Sandy

    David Cummings
    Who you telling . :)

    Black Pawn

    One friend of mine say something interesting "nick drake and john keats are the same soul in other life." I dont believe in those things but its interesting. When you listen to nick he stays with you like an outum leave. And john keats feels the same once you read him. Them both were very sensitive, shy and have deep roots in nature and melancholy.

  52. Beano Traffini

    Perfect. Renders melancholy absolutely; understandably; compellingly...

  53. margaret webster

    Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
    https://www.facebook.com/Nick-Drake-Five-Leaves-Left-1684909638418028/

  54. Adonay Porto

    gosto do Renato Russo cantando ela

    Adm Silva

    Quase Nada MC5 Conheci o Nick Drake pelo Renato kkkkkk. Realmente é muito top... aquele vozeirão cantando essa música...

    Sergio Aurora

    Sim o Renato cantando ficou melhor q o original...

  55. BLUE

    If you want a similar vibe to Nick's music, check out my song I have on my channel. It would mean the world to me. Keep supporting good music & have a nice day, I won't disappoint!

  56. conny Lampo

    Prachtig

  57. Jolene DeLilys

    As with many of Nick's lyrics, multiple meaning may be found. To me it is a song about Christ and how people have been taken far from Him in their trips (literal) and otherwise. The sand could mean the burial or death that comes with sin. Nick was more traditional than some might think in some ways. I wonder if his family attended that church in Tanworth-In Arden? I know his mother donated money to the organ and/or organist who organizes the annual remembrance.

    voodoosilent

    +Jolene DeLilys This may or may not be accurate, but a friend told me he read an interview with Drake that he arranged these lyrics from a poem his grandmother had written about losing her first love in WW1. According to the interview, the 'Clothes of Sand' is a burial reference, as is "so make your way on down to the sea", [during the funeral procession]. If that's true, I find the line "Does it now seem worth all the colour of skies?" to be the most prescient, succinct description of the complete pointlessness that the catastrophic slaughter that the war was.

    Jolene DeLilys

    Thank you for that profound info.

    LadyRoss

    +voodoosilent Is very interisting that information because i have always thought that this song talks about loss of love...

  58. Staffs Trains

    Still mind blowing after a thousand listens

    Myra Juarez

    Right?! intense!

    brubeck_108

    Mystical.

  59. ThatsNotFunnyFilms

    simply beautiful 

  60. Isabel Archer

    Nessuno, come Nick Drake, riesce a raccontare con tanta amarezza e con una tale timida e pacata poesia, il dolore esistenziale che ti lascia un amore a vuoto

  61. 1emmain

    Such bittersweet intensity superimposed on a bare, minimal framework. Emotion conveyed almost without emotion, yearning on a flat sheet, words rendered down to base values.

  62. cholinar

    i would say cLothes of SanD

  63. Freya Feline

    He floats my heart with each note! :)

  64. TheStump

    What an amazing singer/songwriter/guitarist.

  65. dariaE

    mine too.

  66. dariaE

    mine too...

  67. dariaE

    mine too...

  68. dariaE

    mine too...

  69. Ferdinand Widmer

    Check out my songs! They are inspired by Nick Drake.

  70. Sola Sistim

    Deeply moved by Nicks music...always ♥

  71. Jim Peters

    Remember first listening to Time of No Reply and being almost instantly hypnotised, under Nick's thrall - and particularly to this track, which I immediately learned how to play - never could be a substitute for his sublime voice x

  72. Jack Cole

    All his songs end too soon.

  73. Jordan Bird

    I think this might be my favorite song *nods* It is. Love ND, Love this the most, it tugs at my heart and pulls at its strings with every note. Beautifully written and performed, the man is an actual legend.

  74. NorthernStarLights

    Nick has more feeling in his songs than anyone else I've listened to. And it doesn't get better than this one. It's perfection.

  75. hardfolk

    exactly, well said.

  76. Cai

    i especially like the line "does it now seem worth all the colours of skies, to see the earth through painted eyes". It's so paradoxical to ask whether it is worth something that is good. Nick was so good at writing stuff that doesn't seem to make any sense until you've thought about it for hours and hours, and only then does a sort of narrative start to take shape.

  77. hardfolk

    I love this song....it has an aching quality and otherworldliness that goes right to the core. it has a feeling of someone caught between worlds that i can relate to ,and an expression of grief that is palpable,saying farewell to someone who has chosen to leave not just a home,but an entire way of life,never to return. Beautiful.

  78. hardfolk

    Me encanta esta canción .... tiene una calidad dolor y otro mundo que va a la derecha hasta la médula. tiene un sentimiento de alguien atrapado entre mundos que puedo relacionar, y una expresión de dolor que es palpable, diciendo adiós a alguien que ha optado por dejar no sólo una casa, sino toda una forma de vida, nunca volver. Hermosa.

  79. Nohaymanerax

    So true...

  80. Heidi Welty

    so lovely, so soft. "only the good die young". RIP.

  81. Gwen Lanter

    Do you like Gordon Lightfoot?

  82. John_Peisithanatos

    are you saying nick drake is female you fucking worthless bitch!?!? pathetic attention seeker if so!!! nick drake is a legend...died in a sad way, from anti-depression pills he took face down, his mom didn't hear him praticing his guitar and knew something was wrong! back then depression and pills were not as well understood as today, can't believe you said this was a woman! this is from fucking 1969! he has a facial, hair style of jim morrison of the doors actually....

    Sandy Sandy

    John_Peisithanatos
    You tell it !!

  83. ILAN2187

    your mumbo jumbo never tells me anything

  84. ILAN2187

    WOMAN??
    GO BACK TO BIEBER

  85. driftwood63

    he died long ago

  86. Adam Perkins

    are you fucking serious?

  87. rocktothebone91

    This song is like a glimpse of paradise...

  88. birdie sha

    O Trovador!

  89. Mick Wilbury

    Lovely !! Thank you for posting

  90. lucia köenig

    TE ADORO NICK¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  91. Raymon Brugman

    Thanks for this wonderful piece of music Nick :)

  92. MoonWishes

    Truly an enigma, little gems rise to our awareness when we least expect it, Thanks Nick <3

  93. tabundo001

    jeez amazing vocals

  94. ceilingsandfloors

    interesting pictures....never seen the one at 2:15 before. There's quite a few pictures of Nick Drake but strangely no footage

  95. RenataEdit

    this song always ends too soon

  96. giovanni natoli

    he brokes my heart