Things Behind the Sun

Nick Drake

About Things Behind the Sun

Things Behind the Sun is a 2001 film directed by Allison Anders and starring Kim Dickens and Gabriel Mann. Its title is taken from a song by Nick Drake. It was released to television by Showtime and given a limited theatrical release.


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Please beware of them that stare
They'll only smile to see you while
Your time away
And once you've seen what they have been
To win the earth just won't seem worth
Your night or your day
Who'll hear what I say.
Look around you find the ground
Is not so far from where you are
But not too wise
For down below they never grow
They're always tired and charms are hired
From out of their eyes
Never surprise.

Take your time and you'll be fine
And say a prayer for people there
Who live on the floor
And if you see what's meant to be
Don't name the day or try to say
It happened before.

Don't be shy you learn to fly
And see the sun when day is done
If only you see
Just what you are beneath a star
That came to stay one rainy day
In autumn for free
Yes, be what you'll be.
Please beware of them that stare
They'll only smile to see you while
Your time away
And once you've seen what they have been
To win the earth just won't seem worth
Your night or your day
Who'll hear what I say.

Open up the broken cup
Let goodly sin and sunshine in
Yes that's today.
And open wide the hymns you hide
You find renown while people frown
At things that you say
But say what you'll say
About the farmers and the fun
And the things behind the sun
And the people around your head
Who say everything's been said
And the movement in your brain
Sends you out into the rain.

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Nick Drake

Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his gentle guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and a student at the University of Cambridge, and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release. Drake's reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. more »

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Written by: NICK DRAKE


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13 facts about this song

"Things Behind the Sun" is a track penned by English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.
The song was featured on Drake's third and final studio album, "Pink Moon," which was released in 1972.
"Things Behind the Sun" belongs to the genre of folk rock and it represents the unique style Nick had adopted in his music career.
Solo Performance
The complete album "Pink Moon," including "Things Behind the Sun," was recorded with only Nick Drake playing his guitar and singing, shifting from his previous albums which included other instruments as well.
The song was recorded in Sound Techniques, London, a studio that many other famous singers and bands of that era used, including Jethro Tull, The Who, and John Martyn.
"Things Behind The Sun" maintains an ambiguous lyrical content that invites interpretation, a hallmark of Drake's songwriting. The song possibly dwells on themes of enlightenment, struggle, and the indifference of the universe.
Featuring in Films
This song has also been featured in a few movies such as "Remember Me" (2010) and "Séraphine" (2008), thus redefining the relevance of Drake's music to contemporary audiences.
The song has been covered by multiple artists over the years, including Paul Weller and Brad Mehldau, showcasing its enduring appeal.
“Things Behind The Sun” along with Drake's other work, continues to inspire musicians today, with artists such as R.E.M. and Robert Smith of The Cure declaring him as an influence.
Posthumous Popularity
Unfortunately, like much of Nick Drake's work, "Things Behind The Sun" did not gain the recognition it deserved during his lifetime. However, it has since received wide acclaim and is enjoyed by listeners worldwide.
The song frequently receives high reviews from critics and fans. Rolling Stone magazine described it as one of the standout tracks on the Pink Moon album.
Despite the simplicity of the song structure, Drake played a complex guitar part on the song, and his unique tuning usage on it remains a popular topic among guitar enthusiastic.
Dark Period
"Things Behind The Sun" was written during a particularly turbulent time in Drake's life, and many believe the album carries a reflection of his struggles with depression.

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