Thanks Wes Anderson for putting this song in your movie! I first heard today’s featured song in The Royal Tenembaums which has one of the finest, but non-standard soundtracks I have heard. That reminds me…I must review this movie in ‘Friday’s-Finest‘.
Fly by Nick Drake is a very tender song about missed opportunities and yearning for the opportunity to get to know someone. This song reminds me of two ‘reflection‘ posts I have written, respectively: The Last Words and Mornington. The former exposes ‘Grace’ and the latter is a solemn poem of yearning.
Drake writes in Fly:
“Please give me a second grace, Please give me a second face” contrasted with his comprehension that it’s over – “But she won’t need to cry, For it’s really too hard for to fly“. In his third line he wrote: “And the sea she will sigh but she’ll never deny.”
If you’ll permit me to tether this with my Mornington lines:
“I prefer to revisit one of our earliest performances / than have another day like the one I had yesterday‘ and ‘I was fairly dismissed by you by the quay / in that jumpy district after the third bottle of wine. And regarding the sea: The crooked rocks, waves lapping my legs / Must be Mornington, feels like the beach / you popped in to say ‘hi’, your echo drew me here / To await the ferry to cast me out.
Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He did not find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work gradually achieved wider notice and recognition. His reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. There is no known video footage of the adult Drake; he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood.
Drake ended his studies at Cambridge nine months before graduation and in late 1969 moved to London. His father remembered, “writing him long letters, pointing out the disadvantages of going away from Cambridge … a degree was a safety net, if you manage to get a degree, at least you have something to fall back on; his reply to that was that a safety net was the one thing he did not want.“
I can’t help but relay here one of the messages I read in the youtube comments from Zed Cecelja about Fly:
‘Had this beautiful song played at my daughters funeral as I carried her out. Rest in peace my beautiful Stephanie. Love you always, forget you never‘.