"Before Departure" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Farewell, my friends
Farewell, my dear ones
If I was rude
Forgive my weakness

Goodbye, my friends
Goodbye to evening parties
Remember me
In the spring

To work for your bread
Soon you must leave
Remember your families
And work for your children

I don't need much
And the older I become
I realize
My friendships

Will carry me over
In a course of distance
In a cause of sorrow
Friends that last

Will dance one more time
With me
I don't need much
But this I need


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"Before Departure" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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    General CommentFucking amazing song.One could say that the meaning behind the lines is quite obvious.I guess that's true.But personally I don't see this as a tragic song of loss or so..I see it more as an intentional choise of solitude and withdraw.Although there will always be around people who care for you,there are times that you just need to fade away....away from everything and everyone.
    cosmic_gullon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentohhh my... this song makes me cry... its truly devine.
    i agree with you cosmic_gull. it feels/sounds like she needs to withdraw from everything.
    but its so wonderful....
    Imaginaryboyon November 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti can't help but remember the times when I was trying to withdraw from everything that surrounds me...I was so down then and weak.
    bear_hug20on March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love how at the point where her 'friendships will carry...' the music gets such a hopeful untertone with the extra piano bit, i just thought that was so effective and moving
    hanginginthewireon February 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIsn't it someone's last words before death perhaps...?
    missmeon February 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are "any course of distance, any cause of sorrow" not "On a course of distance, you're a cause of sorrow".

    I think it's simply about Polly leaving America and going back to England.
    the_boatmanon July 01, 2009   Link

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