Strange face, with your eyes
So pale and sincere
Underneath you know well
You have nothing to fear
For the dreams that came to you when so young
Told of a life
Where spring is sprung

You would seem so frail
In the cold of the night
When the armies of emotion
Go out to fight
But while the earth sinks to its grave
You sail to the sky
On the crest of a wave

So forget this cruel world
Where I belong
I'll just sit and wait
And sing my song
And if one day you should see me in the crowd
Lend a hand and lift me
To your place in the cloud

Lyrics submitted by Sweet Blue Way, edited by smallwonderrobot

Cello Song Lyrics as written by Nick Drake


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    My InterpretationHe's singing to himself. He's the strange face in the first verse, looking at his own eyes. He knows he should have nothing to fear by life, but... at night, the armies of emotion come anyway (depression). He can't fight that wave. In the final verse, he withdraws into his music, hoping to be helped by someone's, anyone's, hand.

    This song makes me cry.
    smallwonderroboton June 04, 2013   Link

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