Unheard Nick Drake song ‘Reckless Jane’ appears online – listen

The cult songwriter's collaboration with folk singer Beverley Martyn was written just months before his death in 1974

An unheard Nick Drake song has been posted online, almost 40 years after the cult songwriter’s death. Scroll down to listen to the track now.

‘Restless Jane’ is a collaboration with folk singer Beverley Martyn that was left unfinished because “it brought up so much pain” for the ex-wife of ‘Solid Air’ musician John Martyn.

The track was written and recorded in Martyn’s home in Hastings in early 1974, making it one of the final songs Drake wrote before dying of an overdose of antidepressants in November that year, aged 26.


“I couldn’t even think about the song for so long,” Martyn told The Independent. “Nick is in my life at all times. Never a day goes by that I don’t think of him, of something funny he said.”

The track is set to feature on the singer’s upcoming album ‘The Turtle And The Phoenix’, released on April 22. “The song came out of a bit of fun,” said Martyn. “We tried to think of all the things we could rhyme with Jane, but ‘hear her laughing like a drain‘ didn’t make the cut!”

Last month saw the release of a limited-edition vinyl boxset of Drake’s second album, 1970’s ‘Bryter Later’, with a reissue of his debut ‘Five Leaves Left’ expected later this year. Meanwhile, a tribute concert staged by Drake’s producer Joe Boyd, Way To Blue – The Legacy Of Nick Drake, took place in London last night (April 2), featuring Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Paul Smith of Maximo Park and others.