"Know" as written by and Nick Drake....
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Know that I love you
Know I don't care
Know that I see you
Know I'm not there
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"Know" as written by Nick Drake

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about quite possibly the most painful of loving- You know that I love you. I want you to know that I'm so tired and numb from having given my whole heart to you, I just don't care at this point. I see you every time your lovely eyes enter a room, and your wonderful self follows. I see you, but as far as you're concerned, I'm not even there.
    ...even though it's all true, just know that I'm so in love with you that it just doesn't matter anymore.
    To me, that's kind of what this song begins to mean. Without a doubt, it brings truth to the old adage that less is more. It's simplicity is beautiful. I just want you to know.
    IrishChickLcon August 05, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just heard this one for the first time today. I rather like solarion's interpretation - that truly would be inspired songwriting. But my first impression was that this is an ode to unconditional love. It reads, to me, like a call and response. The first two lines are Nick's acknowledgement of his family's love and acceptance, and the second two are his response to them.

    In the first two lines, Nick's loved ones are saying, "Know that [we] love you, know [we] don't care (about your introversion, your quirky nature, your odd behavior - you are *ours* and we love you unconditionally)."

    The second two lines are Nick's reply to them: "Know that I see you (I know how you feel about me and I appreciate it), know I'm not there (...but it's too late, there's nothing here for me anymore)."

    If you wanted to, you could extrapolate this out to include us, Nick's growing fanbase. We love him, and we don't care about detractors (haters gonna hate!). His reply to us could well be, "I had to go, but I tried to leave something beautiful behind for you. Thanks for getting it."
    aventurineon January 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe lyrics seemed a bit strange to me in their grammar, but I've worked out two possible ways that they make more sense.

    1. They're from two different perspectives.
    Lines 1 and 3 are from the person in love, and 2 and 4 are from the object of their love.

    2. Some of the "knows" are actually "no's". If it's this one, then that's some inspired songwriting.

    But a great song regardless.
    solarionon August 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow this song is so simple yet true to somone you love but you are nowere near them and even if you love them it makes no differnce yet you jsut want them to know
    dannypolicarpoon June 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is wonderful, it gives me the chills every time I hear it.
    atarisemokidon March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow this song is so simple yet true to somone you love but you are nowere near them and even if you love them it makes no differnce yet you jsut want them to know
    dannypolicarpoon June 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's just telling his love what he wants him/her to know.

    Although I don't think of Drake as a lover. Perhaps this could also be a religious song - it could easily apply to God looking down at his people.
    ExoM7on March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally like solarion's interpretation, that it's about an unrequited infatuation... It seems to fit in more with Nick Drake's overall mood, especially on Pink Moon.
    LtAxlerod932on August 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a love song.
    But it's not needy, emotional or puppy dog.

    Love that's mature and adult.
    Love that holds up for better or worse, doesn't matter.
    Love that doesn't need praise from another.
    Love that isn't needy.
    Love that stays true no matter what.
    yibbittaon August 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about God. "You know that I love you/You know I don't care." God loves us, but for all practical intents and purposes, God doesn't care. "You know that I see you/You know I'm not there." God sees right into our souls, sees us completely, yet to all human concerns, you may as well say that god doesn't exist. He is invisible and silent and uncaring. I think even the spareness of the music reflects this sense of aloneness in a deafeningly silent universe.
    PaulSouthon December 09, 2013   Link

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