"The Letter" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Put the pen
To the paper
Press the envelope
With my scent
Can't you see
In my handwriting
The curve of my g?
The longing

Oh

Who is left that
Writes these days?
You and me
We'll be different
Take the cap
Off your pen
Wet the envelope
Lick and lick it

Oh

I need you
The time is running out
Oh baby
Can't you hear me call?

It turns me on
To imagine
Your blue eyes
On my words
Your beautiful pen
Take the cap off
Give me a sign and I'd come running

Oh
It's you
I want you


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"The Letter" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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  • +1
    General Commentfairly self-explanatory. she feels very close to the addressed person in a pretty sexual way ("lick it, lick it"), and to keep up the closeness chooses to write him letters. there's a sense of intimacy in writing letters to people as opposed to using the telephone or computer, esp. since handwriting can reveal so much about a person's personality.
    xoxoxoon December 31, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is hot. The catchy riffs and music alone do it for me, and then theres the lyrics! PJ is a poet! I'm on par with xoxoxo, She uses 'the letter' as a metaphor for sexual activity in clever way! "Your beautiful pen...give me a sign" Fantastic!
    productofthe80son March 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHah only she could make writing a letter sound sexy...
    missmeon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpretty obviously agree with all above, 'the curve of my g'- genius
    hanginginthewireon June 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStationary has never been so sexy...
    productofthe80son July 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou think it might be about the sexual frustration felt in a long distance relationship, perhaps?
    hoydenon April 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe metaphore of writing a letter to express sexual matters
    abejitaspandexon November 20, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentShe's writing about letters with sexual undertones. People need to stop treating this website as a forum for half-baked doctoral dissertations about music.
    drmurphysjelloon October 07, 2007   Link
  • -3
    General CommentShe's writing about letters with sexual undertones. People need to stop treating this website as a forum for half-baked doctoral dissertations about music.
    drmurphysjelloon October 07, 2007   Link

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