Things Behind The Sun: when Nick Drake warned about manipulative minds

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Have you ever dealt with people who, after a simple conversation, leave you emptied and drained of all energy? Or oddly depressed, in a bad mood, unhappy without a particular reason?

I am not talking about ordinary and normal situations, such as when we get angry or we clash with someone because of different opinions. I refer to something much more visceral and deep. Something that goes beyond your rational sensations, more related to psychological influence. It is a figure quite recognized by modern psychological theories: they are called energy vampires.

Nothing to do with mysterious supernatural forces or with horror monsters. The energy vampire is rather a particular psychological condition exerted by a manipulative and parasitic mind towards another weaker individual, aimed to steal vital energy.

It’s a relatively young concept, but the surprising thing is that Nick Drake was talking about it already in a 1972 song, Things Behind The Sun, extracted from his last album Pink Moon. A symphony of dreamlike images and sounds where Nick warned us, dispensing good advices.

Please beware of them that stare
They’ll only smile to see you while
Your time away

Look around you find the ground
Is not so far from where you are
But not too wise
For down below they never grow
They’re always tired and charms are hired
From out of their eyes
Never surprise.

Don’t be shy you learn to fly
And see the sun when day is done
If only you see
Just what you are beneath a star

An invitation addressed to himself but also to us listeners, a sort of testament that shows us how to be happier, to fly over people’s envy and to avoid the wrong choices that they would like to impose on us. Drake refers to “them“, meaning all those who prefer to live on the shadow, the energy vampires that we all have to pay attention to.

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Dario Giardi loves music, photography and writing. He is the author of “Trip among the notes. The Secrets of Musical Theory and Harmony”. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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