Time has told me
You're a rare rare find
A troubled cure
For a troubled mind.

And time has told me
Not to ask for more
Someday our ocean
Will find its shore.

So I`ll leave the ways that are making me be
What I really don't want to be
Leave the ways that are making me love
What I really don't want to love.

Time has told me
You came with the dawn
A soul with no footprint
A rose with no thorn.

Your tears they tell me
There's really no way
Of ending your troubles
With things you can say.

And time will tell you
To stay by my side
To keep on trying
'til there's no more to hide.

So leave the ways that are making you be
What you really don't want to be
Leave the ways that are making you love
What you really don't want to love.

Time has told me
You're a rare rare find
A troubled cure
For a troubled mind.

And time has told me
Not to ask for more
For some day our ocean
Will find its shore.


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  • +1
    General CommentYes, I know what you mean Julian, but to be honest, in the first place I'm soooo happy that I know about him! (does that sounds a little bit selfish?)

    I don't have a lot of experience with love, but I have some kind of idea in my head about what my real love should be (I mean, more abstract, not about his appearance or even certain characteristics, but, just, the feeling that this person should have, the kind of "air" or something, don't know how to explain it very well). And that ideal person (as far as I know I'm straight, but for that it even doesn't matter if this person is male or female) would be very well descripted by this song.

    I just love it
    "a troubled cure, for a troubled mind"
    "a soul with no footprints, a rose with no thorns"


    And the lines:
    "So I`ll leave the ways that are making me be
    What I really don't want to be
    Leave the ways that are making me love
    What I really don't want to love."
    mean, in the way I hear it, that with the going of the time, and just listening to the flow of nature and the flow of our own heart and way in life, we will come closer and closer to ourselves. All the more we will get rid of all this faking : "keep on trying, till there's no more to hide" and just find ourselves and our own way...

    I'm not very good in explaining what this song says te me, but it sure is one of my favorite "soothing-songs".

    Makes me so fell in love with Nick Drake !
    PutTheLightsOnon July 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read somewhere that the lyrics to this song are supposedly "proof" that Drake was gay. Especially the line "I'll leave the ways that are making me love, what I really don't want to love")...

    It's possible judging from his conspicuous lack of relationships, but he could just as easily be referring to drugs, or to the compulsion to express his feelings via song-writing. Anyone who knows his story knows that he was a heavy pot-smoker, among other things and (ironically for a musician) he abhorred playing live and promoting his records.
    Lantaon June 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think these are amazing lyrics from one of the most underated artist ever
    Kid_Aon April 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHad this played after me and my wife exchanged vows at our wedding, beautiful song
    fanclubberon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that this is beautiful. Nick was a poet, and this song is about as close to perfect as a poem can get.
    cuddledumplinon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg such an amazing song from an amazing artist. SO underrated
    MusicIsLife4on February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a sweet, simple song.
    suclid003on May 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLovely and wonderful.
    WillyWiluhpson May 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a relaxing song, so mellow with its lyrics. simple and to the point. leave the ways that are making you love that you really don't want to and come back to me.
    shelby_nubon May 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, he sure does sing about himself often but like Shakespeareans Macbeth, etc., it too is about them but again reflects on us or reflects us.

    It as he already knows, as the saying goes: "Time will tell...". Time has told him. I wish there was a way getting all his songs but only one with vocals (only instrumental) and then one without instrumental (only vocals).

    The tone and instrumentals of his songs alone explains and says so much.
    RyanTBon July 30, 2007   Link

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