"Night Terror" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
I woke up and he was screaming, I'd left him dreaming
I roll over and shake him tightly and whisper
If they want you, oh, they're gonna have to fight me
Oh, fight me

I woke up on a bench on Shepherd's Bush Green
Oh, a candle at my chest and a hand on his knee
I got up it was dark, there's no one in the park at this hour
How do I keep finding myself here?
Oh, fight me

If I look back and he is screaming, I'd left him dreaming
The dangers fade
And I'll run back and shake him tightly and scream
If they want him, oh, they're gonna have to fight me
Oh, fight me

But if I wake up on a bench on Shepherd's Bush Green
Oh, a candle at my chest and a hand on his knee
I'll roll over and hold him tightly and scream
If you want him, oh, you're gonna have to fight me
Oh, fight me

Don't fight me


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"Night Terror" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThe thing that separates a night terror from a nightmare is that the person experiencing it rarely had any memory of the episode. To an outside observer, they may appear awake, but they are not responsive to the outside world. So, even if Laura is shaking the afflicted person, they won't wake up.

    Interestingly, adults who suffer from night terrors have a history of depression. They also have an "inhibition of aggression, self-directed anger, passivity, anxiety, impaired memory and the ability to ignore pain." (thank you, wikipedia)

    It gives you a bit more insight into the song's protagonists, doesn't it?
    Tatterdemalion44on September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentah, i mean 'my manic and i', 'night terror', and also plus 'ghosts', when she talks about breakdowns, as being about the same person.
    theribenakidon January 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf the line is "don't fight me" it's because he's fighting the air against the demons of his dreams and she's in the way in her efforts to calm him.
    Does this guy have to be a lover?
    It sounds like the sort of protection someone could have towards a child, perhaps a kid brother?
    AngeleyedOmeletteon August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. umm im pretty sure 'Shepursburgh Scree' is sheperds bush green. it's a place in london.
    thecitynoiseon November 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHahaha, yep it is. lol
    missmeon December 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song
    the video is really scary though


    why haven't they changed it to Sheperds bush green yet lol.
    MyBloodBeatsDarkon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is without a doubt the best on her album. It's amazing someone who is younger than me can write such beautiful lyrics.
    SpaceMuffinon March 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the most beautiful songs i have heard in a while.
    everything about it is beautiful, such an amazing talent
    calliopeon June 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot quite sure what it's about but there is definitely a dark, almost harrowing aspect to the music and lyrics and it's pretty easy to fill in the blanks with your imagination. easily the best on her album.
    iwearshirtson July 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis is an amazing song.
    lilymariex3on December 13, 2008   Link

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