The tramp moves on to the end of the street
I listen to the echo of his hobnail feet
For some there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind.

The world humes on at its breakneck pace
People fly in their lifelong race
For them there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind.

The chances they come, but the chances have been lost
Success can be gained, but at too great a cost
For some there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind.

The wind sweeps up and goes back to its tree
The rain flows by and moves to the sea
For them there's a future to find
But I think they're leaving me behind.



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    General CommentFeeling like you have no future ahead of you while everyone is too busy in their pursuit of success to lend a hand.
    suclid003on May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTake a look at the photo on the back cover of Five Leaves Left, the one with him up against a wall and the guy running past him. Nick was always observing a world that just went way too fast for him. You can hear that discomfort in many of his songs -- the one that comes to mind for me is Place to Be. But this tune is my favorite of his early ones.
    lunaharpuaon August 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentabandoned by those that have abandoned themselves.
    hopelesspopeon September 01, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI find this song to be the most woeful in reflection of Nick Drake's life as a musician. Considering how he was unable to find lasting appeal in his own time from followers of music, the idea of being left behind bears semblance to the way in which Nick and his music had been left behind (disacknowledged) by that of the public and other musicians who adorned greater success at the time he was alive and active as a musician. The world was simply not ready for his music and the things he had to express, with the musical world leaving him behind and carrying on without him.
    TheLastKnownPropheton February 02, 2011   Link

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