The ghost of Nick Drake E​.​P.

by Michael Rattray

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"Melody and magic. ‘The Ghost of Nick Drake’ from Michael Rattray’s forthcoming album release ‘Human Life’ sees the singer-songwriter push the envelope of his brand of blue pop. Melodic, melancholic and comic, there are nods to Belle and Sebastian in the lo-fi arrangement and confident simplicity of this well-crafted tune. A whisper of Black Eyed Dog makes this both haunting and lyrically tender".

Available 2nd Sept. Taken from the forthcoming album "Human life".

Official video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCUHNZpHzjw

"Got my troubled soul soothed on an autumn day
a peculiar stranger crossed my path today
he doesnt love no one its tragic he loves melody and magic
la di di da, la di da
I have been hanging out with the ghost of Nick Drake
we mutter and laugh out loud at all our mistakes
and as we watch misfortune take her last swipe
we're still singing, singing for our lives
La di di da, la di da

He whispers to me "I'm feeling down again"
Then sings me the sweetest tune from beginning to end

he doesnt love no one its tragic he loves melody and magic
la di di da, la di da

I have been hanging out with the ghost of Nick Drake
we mutter and laugh out loud at all our mistakes
and as we watch misfortune take her last swipe
we're still singing, singing for our lives
La di di da, la di da".

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released September 2, 2013

Painting of Nick Drake by David Hart. Used with the artist's kind permission. Please have a look at his wonderful collection.
www.saatchionline.com/davidhart

Written by Michael Rattray.

Performed by:

Drums: Mark McClymont
Double Bass: David Shaw
Cello: Pete Harvey
Violin: Fiona Ballantine
Guitars, vocals, string arrangements: Michael

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Track Name: The ghost of Nick Drake
"Got my troubled soul soothed on an autumn day
a peculiar stranger crossed my path today
he doesnt love no one its tragic he loves melody and magic
la di di da, la di da
I have been hanging out with the ghost of Nick Drake
we mutter and laugh out loud at all our mistakes
and as we watch misfortune take her last swipe
we're still singing, singing for our lives
La di di da, la di da

He whispers to me "I'm feeling down again"
Then sings me the sweetest tune from beginning to end

he doesnt love no one its tragic he loves melody and magic
la di di da, la di da

I have been hanging out with the ghost of Nick Drake
we mutter and laugh out loud at all our mistakes
and as we watch misfortune take her last swipe
we're still singing, singing for our lives
La di di da, la di da".
Track Name: I watch the sunrise (Close to you)
I watch the sunrise lighting the sky,
casting its shadow near.
And on this morning bright though it be,
I feel those shadows near me.

But you are always close to me
Following all my ways.
May I be always close to you
following all your ways, Lord.

I watch the sunlight shine through the clouds,
warming the earth below.
And at the mid-day, life seems to say
"I feel your brightness near me".

For you are always….

I watch the sunset fading away,
lighting the clouds with sleep.
And as the evening closes its eyes,
I feel your presence near me.
Track Name: Petticoat Government (Live at T-pot) Remastered
It's funny how your lies change with time, just keep your eyes on the road and drive, You've got a lot to explain with alcohol on your brain.
You come around here, looking for a feed, telling me I'm something that you need. You will never leave under my control deep down inside you know

At the end of the day, she's the one wearing the trousers
and what else can I say? My whole life's been spent
Living under Petticoat government
I'm living under Petticoat government

You expect me to go without, well, just get your dirty feet off my couch. You're just a lager lout. Stuck to the chair lazing about.
You've got me raging from my head down to my feet. I hope that's my lipstick mark upon the sheets. You will never leave under my control deep down inside you know

At the end of the day, she's the one wearing the trousers
and what else can I say? My whole life's been spent
Living under Petticoat government
I'm living under Petticoat government