NIGHT AFTER NIGHT

Marling

Darling I loved you
I longed to become you
And know what it is that you gave
We dance the sorrow
Forgive me tomorrow
I pray
Night after night
Day after day
Would you watch my body weaken
My mind drift away?

Dear lover forsaken
Our love is taken away
You were my speaker
My innocence keeper
I don't
Night after night
Day after day
Would you watch my body weaken
And my mind drift away?

Dear lover forgiven
My love is driven by rage
O I should just leave you
Instead of deceive you
But I don't
Night after night
Day after day
Would you watch my body weaken
And my mind drift away?

I count as no one
Hold nobody's ear
I showed you my hand once
And you hit me in fear
I don't stand for the devil
I don't whisper in ears
I stand on the mountains
And call people to hear

Sudden bursts of light
It's a fate foretold
It is knowing
It is knowing

He longs for the answers
As all of us must
He longs for the woman
Who will conquer his lust
He screams in the night
I scream in the day
I weep in the evening
And lie naked and pray

Night after night
Day after day
Night after night
Day after day
Would you watch my body weaken
And my mind drift away?

A tempting communion
It's a fate foretold
It is knowing
It is knowing
What it is that you're told



This song seems to be a note of explanation to an abandoned lover.

In NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, she voices skepticism about claims of eternal love, less directly, but more vividly than she did in GHOSTS. "It's not like I believe in everlasting love." Here's sometihng from the song MY MANIC AND I:

I'm sorry young man, I cannot be your friend.
I don't believe in a fairytale end
I don't keep my head up all of the time
I find it dull when my heart meets my mind
And I hardly know you, I think I can tell
These are the reasons I think that we're ill

She poses this question to the lover she has left:  "Would you watch my body weaken, my mind drift away?" And she is pretty sure about the answer.

LAURA MARLING / NIGHT AFTER NIGHT / McKITTRICK HOTEL from GEMSNYC on Vimeo.