You've been taking your time and you've been living on solid air
You've been walking the line and you've been living on solid air
Don't know what's going 'round inside
And I can tell you that it's hard to hide when you're living on solid air

You've been painting the blues and you've been looking through solid air
You've been seeing it through and you've been looking through solid air
Don't know what's going 'round in your mind
And I can tell you don't like what you find when you're moving through solid air

I know you, I love you
And I can be your friend, I can follow you anywhere
Even through solid air

You've been stoning it cold, you've been living on solid air
You've been finding it cold, you've been living on solid air
I don't know what's going on inside
I can tell you that it's hard to hide when you're living on solid air

You've been getting too deep, you've been living on solid air
You've been missing your sleep and you've been moving through solid air
I don't know what's going on in your mind
But I know you don't like what you find when you're moving through solid air

You've been walking your line, you've been walking on solid air
You've been taking your time but you've been walking on solid air
Don't know what's going on inside
But I can tell you that it's hard to hide when you're living on solid air


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    General CommentI love this completely. As far as I'm aware, Martyn wrote this for his label-mate and friend Nick Drake, who was suffering from severe depression at the time. A very touching song
    hang on to a dreamon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree, beautiful song. I have just discovered Nick Drake, and this song is so beutiful, a fitting tribute to a fantastic folk singer.
    peanutjamon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSuperb vocals from the now one-legged alcoholic. A touching tribute to his label-mate Nick Drake. Solid Air is one of the best album's I own. Check it out.
    rubyoverdiamondson May 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSuch powerful imagery..
    different_13on August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know this song is generally considered to be by and for Nick Drake but l think it is also about the experience of smoking a lot of hash. That is what the solid air bit refers to- if you smoke a lot you get very sensitive to a lot of things including the pressure of air on your body. And it also makes you very introspective- in Nick Drake's case with very tragic consequences. This song with its feel of decadent melancholy sums up a period of my life completely. Interesting that John Martyn also self destructed, given the perspective of the song above ('follow you anywhere')
    jon1017485on October 20, 2014   Link

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