This song was inspired by an event that took place when she was 10. Her father took her for a walk to a church on a hill outside Eversley, where they lived at the time. He told her that when he reached the end of his days he wanted her to bring him to this place again, before he died. The photo at the bottom of this page is of St. Mary's Eversley Church, which is possibly the church involved.

GOODBYE ENGLAND, COVERED IN SNOW

Laura Marling

You were so smart then in your jacket and coat
My softest red scarf was warming your throat
Winter was on us at the end of my nose
But I never love England
More than when covered in snow

But a friend of mine says it's good to hear
That you believe in love even if said in fear
well I'll hold you there brother and set you straight
I only believe true love is frail
And willing to break

I will come back here, bring me back when I'm old
I want to lay here forever in the cold.
I might be cold but I'm just skin and bones
And I never love England
More than when covered in snow

I wrote my name in your book, only god knows why
And I bet you that he cracked a smile
And I'm clearing all the crap out of my room
trying desperately to figure out
What it is that makes me blue
and I wrote a big letter to you
And it's 22 pages front and back
But it's too good to be used
and I tried to be a girl who likes to be used
+I'm too good for that
There's a mind under this hat and I
Called them all and told them i've got to move

I'm on my own, it's too hard
I'm on my own, it's too hard

Feel like running, feel like running
run it off.
And we will keep you, we will keep you little one
Safe from harm, like an extra arm
You are part of us.

You were so smart then in your jacket and coat
and my softest red scarf was warming your throat
Winter will leave us; left the end of my nose
So goodbye old England 'till next years snow

St. Mary's Eversley Church



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