"Failure" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
He used to be a singer in a rock and roll band
He would write the songs and I'd tremble at his hand but oh la la
He lost my word to get the girl
And his songs were pathetic
And hes a failure now

He used to be the life and soul of everyone around
You'd never catch him looking up I'd never see him down
But oh la la
He couldn't raise a smile
No not for a while
And he's a failure now.

Don't cry child
You've got so much more to live for
Don't cry child
You've got something I would die for
And if it comes to the rain
Just be glad you'll smile again
Because so many don't and so many go unnamed

People push right pass me shouting their disclaims
A preacher pushes me a side and asks to wash my sins I said no la la
If he made me in his image then he's a failure too.

I used to need a couple people keep my head down
Now I need a whole lot more to keep me on the ground.
But oh la la
I gave up something and I gave it up for nothing and I'm a failure now.

Don't cry child
You've got so much more to live for
Don't cry child
You've got something I would die for
And if it comes to the rain just be glad you'll smile again
Because so many don't and so many go un named


Lyrics submitted by georgeda

"Failure" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Failure song meanings
Add your thoughts

14 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so pretty... I find myself singing the chorus all the time.
    The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory. Just telling a little story about two people.
    mrguy753on March 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have no idea if it's supposed to be Pete Doherty, but I think (if my memory is correct) she used to be quite influenced by him, there was a reference to it somewhere... In candle light there's the libertines vinyl playing on his shelf, but there was some other lyrical reference more specific to doherty, it's bugging me now...
    contrary_maryon June 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe references Pete Doherty in I Know You!!!

    And where did the indie individual go?
    I've been looking back and I simply don't know
    And I think he left us with the corporate decision
    To make Topshop a logo
    And put Doherty in prison
    Doherty200on June 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always thought this song was a bit about growing up and changing.
    When she was young she idolized a guy but then realized who he really was and moved on. And then the second bit about God, she used to be a Christian but now she's agnostic. I read this interview with her somewhere where she talked about how kids who are really religious miss out on some of the aspects of childhood, which is what she's referring to when she says "don't cry child, you've got something I would die for." Also, "I used to need a couple people keep my head down/now I need a whole lot more to keep me on the ground" could possible be referring to her choosing not to kneel down before God anymore in church.
    damienfan09on January 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song!
    lilymariex3on January 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kind of feel that this is just about how we all fuck things up sometimes and, to some extent, we're all failures, but it's okay.

    "Don't cry child, you've got so much for to live for" = Move on, it's not the end of the world?
    "Don't cry child, you've got something I would die for" = There's something good about every person?
    The whole smile again, so many don't is like... you will fade away, if you don't move past your mistakes and let the positives about you shine- people won't notice you kind of thing, maybe?

    I agree with the person further up who said it could be to do with growing up. I think to some extent, moving on from previous mistakes is part of growing up, and you realise things as you grow up like, your hero isn't perfect either.
    YouCantHelpIton January 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI heard somewhere that she did write this song about pete doherty when she was 14
    ihatemelon123on August 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Don't cry child, you've got something I would die for" , i think this might be about the whole innocence and joy of being a child that is lost when you grow up
    biamjon January 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about Pete Doherty.

    I love this part:
    don't cry child, you've got so much more to live for
    don't cry child, you've got something i would die for
    and if it comes to the rain, just be glad you'll smile again
    'cause so many don't
    and so many go unamed

    Plottoberryon February 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song is clearly about Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale -- Laura Marling's previous romantic interest and band, respectively.
    jamzoon June 27, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain