"Hazey Jane II" as written by and Nick Drake....
And what will happen in the morning when the world it gets
So crowded that you can't look out the window in the morning.

What will happen in the evening in the forest with the weasel
With the teeth that bite so sharp when you're not looking in the evening.

And all the friends that you once knew are left behind they kept you safe
And so secure amongst the books and all the records of your lifetime.

What will happen
In the morning
When the world it gets so crowded that you can't look out the window
In the morning.

Hey, take a little while to grow your brother's hair
And now, take a little while to make your sister fair.
And now that the family
Is part of a chain
Take off your eye shade
Start over again.

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.

Let's sing a song
For Hazey Jane
She's back again in my mind.
If songs were lines
In a conversation
The situation would be fine

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"Hazey Jane II" as written by Nick Drake


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  • +3
    General CommentEverytime I listen to Nick Drake I'm reminded of a summer's afternoon in the Sussex countryside where I loaded his three albums on my headphones and just walked and walked. It was perfect. Only stopped when I got to the end of Pink Moon then pressed play again and walked back. I remember finding an old Watermill with a Kingfisher swooping about. Drake provided the perfect musical accompanyment and that afternoon will always have a special place in my heart thanks to his music.
    duke_mikeon November 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the better of the hazy jane songs :-)
    sakeboxon April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is where Belle & Sebastian began. This sounds like something they would make, only it was recorded over thirty years ago. Just a great song.
    Finster_17on November 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentam I the only one who finds the second verse incredibly funny?

    "And what will happen in the evening in the
    forest with the
    weasel with the teeth that bite so sharp when
    you're not looking in the evening."

    totally absurd. but no less great.
    Arrianon October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe the first line of this song is talking about the strictures of society. The human population is so self-absorbed and populous that we can't really see what's going on in the world. The second line is talking about how, in comparison with human society, nature, represented by the "weasel in the forest," can be bitter as well(being bitten by a weasel). The third line then emphasizes that the societal constraints which we create for ourselves(friends, books, records) may be comfortable, but may not be as real as we think, signified by the distantly reminescent attitude with which these things are spoken of. By reiterating the first line, Drake implies that perhaps human society is ultimately more damaging than nature.
    The next few lines about brothers and sisters emphasizes that, though human society does have negative aspects, we should still place meaning in certain elements of human existence, such as family (while the absurdity of human existence is still pointed out in such temporal things as "growing hair" & beauty("make your sister fair"). The family as "part of a chain" again signifies the things we, as humans, attach ourselves to. The taking off of the "eyeshade" and "starting over again" could possibly signify a stage of human development in which we are removed from the safe havens of our families and introduced into society. After being introduced into society, Drake comments on the development of the ego, or self-definition, signified by "finding your way in here" and "getting your story clear." After establishing ourselves as individuals, we should then allow ourselves, in the rather eastern sense, to flow with existence and allow nature to run its course("weigh up your anchor & never look 'round").
    The final verse, with the finality perhaps denoting emphasis, seems to be about a more specific situation that Drake was dealing with, namely, that a particular girl(hazey jane), or the romantic ideal itself, is weighing heavily upon his mind, so he feels the need to sing about it. The last line about "if songs were lines in a conversation" seems to be a wistful statement about Drake's inability to connect with other people due to his shyness. He is also saying that if he could express himself through song, ie what he really feels, instead of just lines in a conversation then he could possibly become more connected to "Hazey Jane" and "the situation would be fine."
    SparklingMINDBeamon November 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe so sakebox, don't people take their word for it.
    releaseme88on October 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent song: last three lines I consider one of my favorite quotes.

    There is a slight discrepancy in the lyrics for those who are interested...
    Now take a little while to find your way in here
    Now take a little while to make your story clear
    Your feet from the ground [Now that you're lifting] your feet from the... etc.
    Allison~!@on August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis has nothing to do with a girl per se. Nick Drake went to Cambridge Uni. He became a avid pot smoke to say the least and started using drugs recreationally . by the time he died, he was very depressed. In his autobiography he says how he never felt happy at home or anywhere else.

    Hazey Jane refers to how he was dis-asccotiated with society at this time, and often used cannibis as a way to 'get away' this coupled with his depression. Hazey Jane probably refers to someone who in his mind a girl or someone when he smoked the cannabis. Generally the song about how he lived around that time when he struggling with his work etc....
    buramabullon April 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is just a rollicking masterpiece of absurdity. I've read SparklingMINDBeam's explanation, and it's plausible and probably pretty accurate, given what we know about Nick, but I like to get lost in the general bounciness of this one. He gave us so little that was bouncy. :/
    aventurineon December 30, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationMy humble interpretation... the first parts about 'what will happen when...can't look out the window...teeth that bite so sharp' refer to the way that depressive feelings can creep up on you until suddenly one day you realise you're unable to cope with everyday life.

    'All the friends that ou once knew they are left behind...' referring to when you have reached this point you find that the people and things (records, books) that once helped get you through are no longer able to.

    'Hey, take a little while to grow your brother's hair...now that the family is part of a chain... take off your eye shade start over again' could refer to taking solace in your family, and once they have helped you to recover a little bit, then you can 'remove your eye shade' and face the world again.

    'Now that you're lifting...weigh up your anchor and never look round' now that you're feeling a bit better, keep going and don't think or dwell on how you felt before. Overall a hopeful and encouraging message that works well with the uplifting melody.

    The final part about Hazey Jane I'm not sure if this refers to a person or perhaps his drug use, but then he seems to say that if he could express himself in everyday life as he can through his songs then everything would be OK.
    miowmixon August 31, 2017   Link

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