"Dear Darkness" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Dear darkness, dear darkness
Won't you cover, cover me again?
Dear darkness, dear
I've been your friend for many years

Won't you do this for me, dearest darkness?
And cover me from the sun
And though the words tightening
The words are tightening around my throat and, and

Around the throat of the one I love
Tightening, tightening, tightening
Around the throat of the one I love
Tightening, tightening, tightening

Dear darkness, dear darkness
Now it's your time to look after us
?Cause we kept your clothes, we kept your business
When everyone else was having good luck

So now it's your time, time to pay
To pay me and the one I love
With the worldly goods you stashed away
With all the things you took from us


Lyrics submitted by stentorian, edited by xaml

"Dear Darkness" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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  • +2
    General CommentI love how she breaks the cliches of sun/happiness, darkness/sadness
    yes, darkness can be an even more beautiful place, as when you are alone
    and you are safeguarded from the world
    simonhoyoson March 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningi think it has a few different meanings.. on one hand, it sounds like shes making a bargain with the devil/darkness. shes pleeing her faithfulness and friendship because her and her lover person are having struggles. seemingly financial struggles.

    but when i first hear it.. it feels like shes extremely depressed, wanting to be saved from misery. and darkness has been her friend for so long, which has burdened her.

    the words are tightening around my throat ~ its not easy to say, beg, ask, bargain.

    it feels so dire, beautiful, and melancholy. I really didnt like White Chalk. But i love this song.


    lemona9on January 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe's had a lot of bad luck and she's asking for some good luck now:

    "Now it's your time to look after us
    Cause we kept your clothes, we kept your business
    When everyone else was having good luck
    So now it's your time, time to pay
    To pay me and the one I love
    With the worldly goods you stashed away
    With all the things you took from us. "
    missmeon February 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song i so powerful... amazing words
    rachitekton September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song i so powerful... amazing words
    rachitekton September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it#s not the tightening the tightening.......but if you listen closely she is more likely saying the timing the typing the tightening......
    this is one of the best songs she has ever written.......
    teignmouthon November 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy impression is that this song is a sort of prayer...white chalk is such an amazing album.
    birba.mozzon October 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhite Chalk really is an amazing album. I want to cry everytime I hear it because it's so wonderful.
    jade_jade_jadeon November 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI'm prrrretty sure she's saying "we kept you in business" rather than "we kept your business." That's how it sounds to me, especially in live recordings.
    reblindon August 21, 2014   Link

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