Saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink Moon gonna get ye all
And it's a pink moon

Yes, a pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon

I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all
And it's a pink moon

Yes, a pink moon


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  • +8
    General CommentA waste of life? Piss off you whanker. Nick was one of the greatest writers of this past century. Only now are people beginning to see this. Sadly, you do not hear what the rest of us hear. A great man who died by accident. If you want to read a man that was just like Drake, read any of Keats' poems. They are too much alike. Black-eyed dog is a song about his death too.
    masterb8er10on April 16, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General Commentisn't it funny to think that maybe he just wrote this song about the moon on some random night? we always try and find these deep, psychological meanings behind his beautiful songs...but maybe he just decided he wanted to write a pretty song about a moon. you never know.
    fugazifatheadon July 30, 2002   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningThe term "pink moon" in catholicism is the apocalypse i.e. the end of time.
    -"I saw it written and I saw it say" refers to John's apocalypic vision in Revelations in the Bible
    He says, "None of you stand so tall..." referring to catholic priests and the likes who think of themselves as holy, saying that when God comes again they are not holy as they think they are and are ultimately going to hell.- "Pink moon gonna get you all."
    Basically the Romans persecuted early christians so it's kind of pay back but the song also highlights the fatal flaws in the Roman Catholic church.

    Whatever your interpretation, its a beautiful song and perhaps my favorite of all time...
    supervason May 10, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentNick Drake is the greatest songwriter, musician and singer of all time. I wish I could meet him once and tell him that. He died from ignorance. We killed him. Nick, I apologise on behalf of all the people who didnt even bother to listen to your music. You are my inspiration, my motivation. I became a guitarist, composer, songwriter only because of you. You wont ever fade.
    reshanon October 14, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think the pink moon is death. mostly because of the line "and none of you stand so tall, pink moon gonna get you all" eventually everyone is going to die, no matter how big and important they are. also because a moon comes at the end of the day and death comes at the end of life.
    ShiverForMeon January 17, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentyeah I think the first comment AND the last are completely right. it's about both (as I see it). The "Pink moon" (or any full moon) was seen as a bad thing (mainly because of the catholic belief in the apocolypse).

    But there is also a different interpretation. the pink moon is, according to farmers, the april moon, the moon of renewal. suggesting reincarnation.
    note that the song repeats, but has an interlude part with the piano after the first half. you begin living and knowing that death is going to catch up with you no matter what. then you realize and accept death (the pink pink pink part) and the piano is your time inbetween lives and then birth. And you realize that everything is really the same in the end.

    I think :)
    fromthemorningon July 13, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis song doesn't depress me at all
    makes me feel free and without worry. we're all gonna die and theres nothing we can do about it. embrace it
    alexandraqwertyon January 03, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyeah, i've heard some different stories on it, like one said he took an extra one to get to sleep, and overdosed, another said he got the bottles mixed up and thought he was taking his sleeping pills and o.d.'ed. and i think the "waste of life" comment mean it was a waste that he died, and wasn't meant to be negative. i agree, nick was one of the greatest songwriters to ever live
    deliriumtriggeron May 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn the Dark Ages, a pink moon was considered omnious and somewhat apocolyptic. I think it's hilarious that they were playing this in the VW commercial with all the kids in the car-- "Pink moon gonna get you all"= drive VW, then die. Nick Drake songs sound so mellow and peaceful, so the advertising agency didn't bother looking more into the lyrics--to see if it was actually a positive song (which it isn't).
    tigerlily83on July 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, I've read the Nick Drake biography and everyone around him, his friends and family all agreed that right before he died he was just starting to get happy again. He was really optimistic about Pink Moon and that was a first because he had always been so negative about everything. So friends and family and even fans have a good reason to believe his death was an accident. After reading about his life it's hard to imagine he'd kill himself. From the view I've read I feel that as long as he was making music he would have no reason to kill himself. Everything else in the world could have brought him down but he loved making music and was planning on making it for many, many years to come. But as for what 'fugazifathead' said, this song isn't just about a moon. A lot of Nick's songs had references to depression and death and people barely noticed after his death. He was depressed... that's the sort of stuff musicians write about when they're depressed. This isn't just a song about a moon on a beautiful night. Trust me.
    Title_Trackon March 30, 2003   Link

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