In an interview with Mark Butler of FMV Magazine, Marling explained that the lines "I am from Salinas, where the women go forever" is an indirect reference to a friend's girlfriend who died when their baby was just a year old. "She was an amazing woman,” Marling said, "this tall, beautiful woman. And it has no relevance to the song really, but when I was writing it I was thinking about this idea of the heroic mother."

Salinas was written after Marling read a biography of John Steinbeck written by his third wife, Elaine. This is a book I cannot find anywhere, and anyone knowing anything about it is encouraged to Contact Pixel 51.

SALINAS

Laura Marling


I am from Salinas
Where the women go forever
And they never ever stop to ask why
My mother was a saviour
Of six foot of bad behaviour
Long blonde curly hair down to her thigh
O my mother
O my friends
Ask the angels
Will I ever see heaven again?

Late into the evening
They would take each other screaming
Looking darkly to the back of her eyes
A careless beast was bleating
That the air behind was breathing
That they musn't ever look up to the sky
There no answers
There are found
Ask the angels
Am I heaven bound?

Mmmm put it down to me
I, who speak awkwardly
Any word if it is heard is not intended to be
Not for him, not for her
and not for them and not for me
O and that gun will turn
before the sun starts to burn
Understand

Mmmm when the clouds roll in
And we start paying for our sins
With a gun in my hand
And my son at my shoulder
Believe I will run
Before that boy gets older
O when that gun will turn
Befor the sun starts to burn
Understand
O when that gun will turn
Before the sun starts to burn
Understand

I am from Salinas
Where the women go forever
And they never ever stop to ask why
My mother she's a saviour
Of six foot of bad behaviour
Long blonde curly hair down to her thigh
O my mother
O My friends
Ask the angels
Will I ever see heaven again?
Will I ever see heaven again?
Will I ever see heaven again?

Punish them all for they speak too much
Hate the world what it did to us
Will I ever see heaven again? Will I ever see heaven again?

    repeat last verse