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One of These Things First

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Song Lyric Sunday’s theme this week is First. I found some good ones, including this one. I hadn’t heard it before, but I’ve heard Nick Drake before. Nicholas Rodney Drake was born on 6/19/48, in Rangoon, Burma, and died on 11/25/74, at the age of 26, in the home he shared with his parents in Warwickshire, UK. He died of an overdose of prescribed anti-depressants. You are not going to believe me when I tell you I did not realize that he died 44 years ago today when I chose this song. ::cue eerie music::

I like the minimal lyrics that are open to interpretation.  Metaphor?  Reincarnation?  Perhaps if he’d been different it would have worked out (with a lover)(life)?  Up to you to decide.  In light of his life ending way too soon, it takes on some measure of consideration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRQO2B0JSuM

I could have been a sailor, could have been a cook
A real live lover, could have been a book.
I could have been a signpost, could have been a clock
As simple as a kettle, steady as a rock.
I could be
Here and now
I would be, I should be
But how?
I could have been
One of these things first
I could have been
One of these things first.

I could have been your pillar, could have been your door
I could have stayed beside you, could have stayed for more.
Could have been your statue, could have been your friend,
A whole long lifetime could have been the end.
I could be yours so true
I would be, I should be through and through
I could have been
One of these things first
I could have been
One of these things first.

I could have been a whistle, could have been a flute
A real live giver, could have been a boot.
I could have been a signpost, could have been a clock
As simple as a kettle, steady as a rock.
I could be even here
I would be, I should be so near
I could have been
One of these things first
I could have been
One of these things first.

Songwriters: Nick Drake

One of These Things First lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Song Lyric Sunday — first

10 thoughts on “One of These Things First

    1. he was a very sensitive soul from what i gather, and the life of celebrity and crowds was not for him. it hurt getting his music out there for others, which in turn, couldn’t have helped with his feelings in regards to the dilemma of it

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