"New Romantic" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
I know I said I love you but I'm thinking I was wrong
I'm the first to admit that I'm still pretty young
And I never meant to hurt you when I wrote you ten love songs

That guy that I could never get, oh his girlfriend was pretty fit
And everyone who knew her loves her so
And I made you leave her for me and now I'm feeling pretty mean
But my mind has fucked me over more times than any man could ever know

Maybe I should give up, give in
Give up trying to be thin
Give up and turn into my mother
God knows I love her

And I'm sorry to whichever man should meet my sorry state
Watch my sturdy, lonesome gait and beware
I will never love a man 'cause love and pain go hand-in-hand
And I can't do it
Again

So we stayed up late one night to try and get our problems right
But I couldn't get into his head just what was going through my mind
Think he knew where I was going, he put Ryan Adams on
I think he thinks it makes me weak, but it only ever makes me strong

I've got this friend who sounds just like him
And he's the man I'd leave you for, the man that I just adore, like you
The same man, he turns to me, he said "I've got to tell you how I feel
If God could make a perfect girl, for me it would be you
And my God told me not to tell about how much do you love your fella?"
I don't know more everyday
Not in this new romantic way

I'll always be your first love
You'll always be my first love

But I'm sorry to whichever man should meet my sorry state
Watch my sturdy, lonesome gait and beware
I will never love a man 'cause love and pain go hand-in-hand
And I can't do it
Again

I will never love a man 'cause I could never hurt a man
Not in this new romantic way


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"New Romantic" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is about a fucked up girl that really just don't know what she wants.

    Story of my life.
    melancholyjenon November 28, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentShe was 17 when she wrote this. There's wisdom in these words.
    Deathsdoor99on February 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think 'New romantic' refers to how when we are children we are given the misconception that love and romance will just happen and it will be easy and wonderful, just like in fairy tales. However as she has grown up and experienced love in its true form for the first time ('You'll always be my first love') she realises that it is very tough and complicated which is all new to her because she was never aware of how hard it actually is. So she's seeing romance in a new light and she doensn't like the harsh reality of it, deciding she will 'never love again' because she does not want to hurt anybody in the unescapable way real love will.

    I love this song, and her!
    LucyJaneBirchon August 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is amazing. it practically sums up my last 6 months.

    tome it's about a girl who's having trouble with her boyfriend and knows its not going to work out:

    "So we stayed up late one night to try and get our problems right,
    But I couldn't get into his head just what was going through my mind."

    because they're just not getting each other like they maybe once did. And the girl has a friend who has told her he loves her...and she's scared because she's falling in love with him too.

    "I've got this friend who sounds just like him,
    Now he's the man I leave you for, the man that I just adore,
    Like you.
    The same man, he turns to me, he said "I've got to tell you how I feel,
    If God could make the perfect girl, for me it would be you,
    And my God told me not to tell about how much do you love your fella?"
    I don't know more everyday,
    Not in this new romantic way."

    But she's feeling bad because she told her boyfriend she loves him and would be with him forever and now she knows she'll leave him for this other guy and break her promise and break his heart

    "I'll always be your first love,
    You'll always be my first love."

    Its such a relevant song to my life recently. But I left and now I'm happy and I know I did the right thing. But damn if I'd known this song back then it would have had me in tears every time
    the cure for what?on September 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy ex-boyfriend was the guy in this.
    *sigh*

    I guess everyone goes through this.
    heart-breaking for all involved.
    littlesong89on May 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe's the same age as me, and generally seems to have gone through the same things i have
    but i could never write how i felt in such a generally beautiful way.

    she's rad.
    _neelyoharaon December 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard the same as BeginningToHope, but maybe we're both wrong.

    I think the 'new romantic' way is those modern day romances which don't work in the traditional way. I think she made the guy leave another girl for her, even though she likes the other girl, and now she's feeling guilty because she's started falling for another guy who's really similar to her boyfriend but she likes more now, and is considering leaving her boyfriend for.
    VortexOfLanguageon July 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song.
    Lost Cause 8on July 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it. Really good song
    jadey-louiseon August 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing.
    i've been told by my friends that it reminds them of me.
    and in my mind, it does slightly.
    the first verse reminds me of my ex boyfriend. it was the very reason we broke up.
    this song is amazing and is always going to be a favorite of mine.
    MissMollyLovesYouuuon August 26, 2007   Link

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