Northern Sky (3:45)

Cover of Bryter Layter

From Bryter Layter and 42 other releases

Northern Sky is a song from Nick Drake’s 1970 album Bryter Layter. The song, written in DADGDG tuning, features piano, organ and celesta, performed by former Velvet Underground member, John Cale.

In 2004, the NME described the song as the “greatest English love song of modern times”.The Dream Academy’s 1985 world-wide hit single Life in a Northern Town was inspired by and in tribute to “Northern Sky”. The song was included on the soundtracks to the romantic comedies, Serendipity (2000) and Fever Pitch (2005).


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I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons, knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree

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