Nick Drake

Pink Moon

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Song Review by Thomas Ward

Pink Moon is arguably Nick Drake’s masterpiece, and the title track is one of his most beautiful, fully realised songs. Performed with just Drake’s haunting vocal and his ethereal acoustic guitar, the song sounds like a folk ballad, albeit a heavenly one. The lyrics are astonishing – “Saw it written and I saw it say/Pink moon is on its way” is the wonderful opening, and the repetition of the word “pink” in the chorus is hugely atmospheric, and positively inspired. One of Nick Drake’s prettiest melodies, “Pink Moon” is one of the artist’s great songs, and with a back catalogue as rich as Drake’s, that’s certainly saying something.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Pink Moon 1972 Hannibal Records 2:05
Fruit Tree 1986 Island 2:06
Heaven in a Wild Flower: An Exploration of Nick Drake 1986 Island 2:00
Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake 1994 Hannibal Records 2:03
As Seen on TV: Songs From Commercials 2001
Various Artists
UTV 2:02
Rykodisc 20th Anniversary 2004
Various Artists
Rykodisc 2:05
A Treasury 2004 Island 2:03
Cocktail Hour 2006
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Water Music Records 0:00
Digital Box Set 2010 Universal Music 2:03
No Image 2011
Original Soundtrack
Milan 2:04
Tuck Box 2013 Island / Universal 2:03
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Hip-O / Universal 2:04
70s Memories
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Universal 2:00
Chill Vibes 2020
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Universal 2:03
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Universal 2:03
Folk Essentials [Universal]
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Universal 2:03
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Universal 2:03
It's Coffee O'Clock
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Universal 2:03
No Image Milan 2:06
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Universal 2:00
Morning Commute Again
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Universal 2:00
Singer Songwriters
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Universal 2:03
Stargazing
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Universal 2:00
Weekend Chill 2020
Various Artists
Universal 2:03
Wine and Dine 2020: Wine Chill
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Universal 2:03
Work From Home Chill
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Universal 2:00