This song (written from the perspective of one of penelope's maidservants?) is the beginning of the album and is also the beginning the album's eponymous last track
(I SPEAK BECAUSE I CAN). The "sunny isle" is Ithaca.

Laura Marling 'Devils Spoke' from Ben Magahy on Vimeo.

DEVIL'S SPOKE

LAURA MARLING


That I might be a part of this
Ripple on water from a lonesome drip
A fallen tree that witnessed me
I'm alone. him and me.

And that life itself could not aspire
To have someone be so admired
I threw creation to my kin
With a silence broken by a whispered wind

All of this can be broken
All of this can be broken
Hold your devil by his spoke
and spin him to the ground

And root to root and tip to tip
I look at him my country gyp
Leathered up by all his fears
But someone brought you close to tears

Many trains and many miles
Brought you to me on this sunny isle
and what of which you wish to speak
have you come here to rescue me?

All of this can be broken
All of this can be broken
Hold your devil by his spoke
and spin him to the ground

But the love of your life lives but lies no more
and where she lay your flower grows
The arms that fed, and the babes that wed
The backs that bled keeping her in tow

But I am your keeper
and I hold your face away from light
I am yours, 'till they come
I am yours, 'till they come
Eye to eye, nose to nose
ripping off each others clothes in a most peculiar way
Eye to eye, nose to nose
ripping off each others clothes in a most peculiar way

Corrine Koslo and Phillipa Domville in the Stratford-on-Avon production of THE PENELOPIAD



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