Time has told me
You're a rare, rare find
A troubled cure
For a troubled mind

And time has told me
Not to ask for more
Someday our ocean
Will find its shore

So I'll leave the ways that are making me be
What I really don't want to be
Leave the ways that are making me love
What I really don't want to love

Time has told me
You came with the dawn
A soul with no footprint
A rose with no thorn

Your tears they tell me
There's really no way
Of ending your troubles
With things you can say

And time will tell you
To stay by my side
To keep on trying
'Til there's no more to hide

So leave the ways that are making you be
What you really don't want to be
Leave the ways that are making you love
What you really don't want to love

Time has told me
You're a rare, rare find
A troubled cure
For a troubled mind

And time has told me
Not to ask for more
So someday our ocean
Will find its shore


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  • +3
    General Comment

    Yes, I know what you mean Julian, but to be honest, in the first place I'm soooo happy that I know about him! (does that sounds a little bit selfish?)

    I don't have a lot of experience with love, but I have some kind of idea in my head about what my real love should be (I mean, more abstract, not about his appearance or even certain characteristics, but, just, the feeling that this person should have, the kind of "air" or something, don't know how to explain it very well). And that ideal person (as far as I know I'm straight, but for that it even doesn't matter if this person is male or female) would be very well descripted by this song.

    I just love it "a troubled cure, for a troubled mind" "a soul with no footprints, a rose with no thorns"

    And the lines: "So I`ll leave the ways that are making me be What I really don't want to be Leave the ways that are making me love What I really don't want to love." mean, in the way I hear it, that with the going of the time, and just listening to the flow of nature and the flow of our own heart and way in life, we will come closer and closer to ourselves. All the more we will get rid of all this faking : "keep on trying, till there's no more to hide" and just find ourselves and our own way...

    I'm not very good in explaining what this song says te me, but it sure is one of my favorite "soothing-songs".

    Makes me so fell in love with Nick Drake !

    PutTheLightsOnon July 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Memory

    I love these lyrics. They speak so much to me right now. They perfectly describe my situation with a certain someone who to my is a rare rare find. I hope that....

    Ah, I'll just 'leave the ways as they are'. I know 'one day our ocean will find its shore'.

    stardust13on January 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    A number of Nick Drake's beautiful songs--this one included--seem to be about a person he hopes will save him from himself and his depression. ("A troubled cure for a troubled mind.")

    PHRon November 23, 2023   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    I think this song is about his inter-personal conflict. There is a side of Nick Drake which has learnt from his experiences and has no desire for fame. But there is his another side, which is very much interested in fame , popularity and is frustrated because he is not famous. So, this song is basically a conversation between the two sides of him: the experienced side trying to explain his other side that he should not ask for anything in exchange of his work. Someday he will get all what he deserves.

    Time has told me You're a rare rare find A troubled cure For a troubled mind. :In this stanza, the experienced side is trying to explain that you are someone extraordinary, and somewhat mentally confused(or disturbed) (as he was depressed most of his life)

    And time has told me Not to ask for more Someday our ocean Will find its shore.: Here its telling that he should not ask for more, he has got enough and will get what he deserves in due time.

    So I`ll leave the ways that are making me be What I really don't want to be Leave the ways that are making me love What I really don't want to love.: In this stanza, the experienced side is telling to bring some change in himself, the things that are distracting his mind and making him go in wrong direction(fame rather than music)

    tjoshion June 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Such a sweet, simple song.

    suclid003on May 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    such a relaxing song, so mellow with its lyrics. simple and to the point. leave the ways that are making you love that you really don't want to and come back to me.

    shelby_nubon May 30, 2007   Link
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    Yes, he sure does sing about himself often but like Shakespeareans Macbeth, etc., it too is about them but again reflects on us or reflects us.

    It as he already knows, as the saying goes: "Time will tell...". Time has told him. I wish there was a way getting all his songs but only one with vocals (only instrumental) and then one without instrumental (only vocals).

    The tone and instrumentals of his songs alone explains and says so much.

    RyanTBon July 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Wow man. Wish more people knew about this guy.

    julian333on July 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I read somewhere that the lyrics to this song are supposedly "proof" that Drake was gay. Especially the line "I'll leave the ways that are making me love, what I really don't want to love")...

    It's possible judging from his conspicuous lack of relationships, but he could just as easily be referring to drugs, or to the compulsion to express his feelings via song-writing. Anyone who knows his story knows that he was a heavy pot-smoker, among other things and (ironically for a musician) he abhorred playing live and promoting his records.

    Lantaon June 24, 2010   Link
  • -2
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    I think these are amazing lyrics from one of the most underated artist ever

    Kid_Aon April 04, 2003   Link

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