"The Desperate Kingdom of Love" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Oh love, you were a sickly child
And how the wind knocked you down
Put on your spurs, swagger around
In the desperate kingdom of love

Holy water cannot help you now
Your mysterious eyes cannot help you
Selling your reason will not bring you through
The desperate kingdom of love

There's another who looks from behind your eyes
I learn from you how to hide
From the desperate kingdom of love

At the end of this burning world
You'll stand proud, face upheld
And I'll follow you, into Heaven or Hell
And I'll become, as a girl
In the desperate kingdom of love


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"The Desperate Kingdom of Love" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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    General CommentWow, I love this song. It has such a sad, desparate feel to it, but I think it feels more hopeful by the end when she says that she'll become 'as a girl, in the desperate kingdom of love'. It seems to me that she is able to see love in a less cynical way and more in the way a young child sees love, pure and stuff.

    Hmmm. I really don't seem to have much of an idea though. I'd love to hear other people's opinions on this beautiful song...
    Paperdaisieson June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe power to transform to overcome the immense sorrow from loss of love.
    truleighon December 29, 2013   Link

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