Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left - 1969
The photograph, by Keith Morris, used for the front of the album depicts Nick gazing out a window from his Hampstead flat. The play between the light and the dark sets the mood for the music: the whole thing is not cast in shadow, though certainly parts of it are. It also serves as a visual metaphor for the bleakness and the exuberance heard contrasting in Nick Drake’s guitar work and vocals.
The title might be a reference to the old Rizla
cigarette papers packet – which used to contain a printed note near the end saying 'only five leaves left'. A closer look on the table seems to show
an ashtray and 'tobacco' ....