Marling told Mark Butler of FMV Magazine that Sophia was inspired by Robertson Davies' novel REBEL ANGELS:

...which is about God's female counterpart. In the book she was this nagging figure, God's guilt, basically, keeping him on his toes, and I thought that was absolutely brilliant. So it's an homage to Sophia, and to the idea of the feminine divine - which comes up in The Beast too. And it's kind of two fingers up, and meant to be funny.

Laura Marling 'Sophia' from Protein® TV on Vimeo.

SOPHIA

Laura Marling

O I have been wandering
where I have been pondering
where I've been lately
is no concern of yours
who's been touching my skin
who have I been letting
shy and tired, eyed am I today

I'm wounded by dust
all I have been wondering
where I have been pondering
where I've been lately
is no concern of yours
who's been touching my skin
who have I been letting
shy and tired, eyed am I today

Sometimes I sit, sometimes I stare
sometimes they look and sometimes I don't care
rarely I weep, sometimes I must
I'm wounded by dust

When the bell toll
when the bell gon' chime
you better call
for your woman up high
and when the bell tolls
for your last day
you'll be getting down
on your knees to pray
I'm a good woman and I never did say
whatever it was that you did that day
I'm not a woman that's goin to place blame
but you said that it was coming on judgement day

Now Sophia
I'm wounded by dust

When the bell toll,
when the bell gon' chime
you better call
for your woman up high
and when the bell tolls
for your last day,
you'll be getting down
on your knees to pray
I'm a good woman and I never did say
whatever it was that you did that day
I'm not a woman that's goin to place blame
but you said that it was coming on judgement day

Now Sophia
I'm wounded by dust
now Sophia



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