"I read some letters published in a newspaper, wartime letters, from World War II. It was between a man and a woman, a man who had gone away to fight, and it only had the woman's letters. They never found the man's letters, and it was all about how the last time that they had seen each other, she had been so upset that she was, like, rigid with anger, and I started to think about his letters."
      ------  Laura Marling

WHAT HE WROTE

Laura Marling

forgive me Hera
i cannot stay
he cut out my tongue
there's nothing to save
love me o lord
he threw me away
he laughed at my sins
in his arms i must stay

he wrote i'm broke
please send for me
i am broken too
and spoken for
do not tempt me

her skin is white
and i'm light as the sun
so holy light shines
on the things you have done
so i asked him how he became this man
how did he learn to hold fruit in his hands

and where is the lamb that gave you your name
he had to leave tho i begged him to stay
left me alone when I needed the light
fell to my knees; I wept for my life
if he had of stayed you might understand
if he had of stayed you never would have taken my hand

he wrote
I am low
please send for me
but i'm broken too
and spoken for
do not tempt me

and where is the lamb that gave you your name
he had to leave tho i begged him to stay
begged him to stay in my cold wooden grip
begged him to stay by the light of this ship
and me fighting him fighting light fighting dawn
the waves came and stole him and took him to war

he wrote
I'm broke
please send for me
but i'm broken too
and spoken for
do not tempt me

forgive me Hera
i cannot stay
he cut out my tongue
there's nothing to save
love me o lord
he threw me away
he laughed at my sins
in his arms i must stay

we write
that's all right
i miss his smell
and we speak
when spoken to
and that suits us well

we write
that's all right
but i miss his smell
and i speak
when spoken to
as that suits me well
that suits me well.