"Old Stone" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
He chased me through the rain
Honey, I'm going your way, I don't think so
You can chase me through the rain
And scream my name, a childish game
But I love to be young

And honey, I was never gonna change
And honey, you are never gonna change
But you love, don't you love it that way

Old stone
Ten thousand years and you're still on your own
Don't you love
Don't you love me that way

And if you swear that you're alright
I'm not gonna try and change your mind
?Cause the same night I dream that I lose you
I'll fall in love

Oh honey, don't let me walk away from this
If I'm trying to fuck up my own life
Then until I figure out why
I think it's best you keep your distance
Lest I fall in love

Old stone
Ten thousand years and you're still on your own
Don't you love
Don't you love me that way

He chased me through the rain
Honey, I'm going your way, I don't think so
You can chase me through the rain
And scream my name, a childish game
But I love to be young



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"Old Stone" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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    General CommentAbout running from a relationship because you want to be young and free and don't want to open yourself up to hurt.
    missmeon August 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI cant believe this doesnt have many comments.
    i love this song.
    i agree with missme's meaning. she doesnt want him to leave because she know she will miss him but she's scared of being hearbroken and doesnt wanna risk it.
    beautiful.
    darkleexxxon January 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite song on her album. I definitely agree with it being about a conflict of interests. She wants to be with him, but doesn't want to get hurt and grow old too quickly.
    Prisoner.I.Wason January 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics i've heard have... "Don't you love, Don't you love me that way." the double meaning, like the whole song, talks about a star-crossed love.

    this isn't her wanting to be free of a relationship. maybe intellectually, sure. she knows it's childish to think that things might work. but the word "but" in the final line is where she doesn't care. she's in love.

    varon February 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLove this. Would be interested in what people have to say about it though.
    ohdemylittlebeebon June 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a girl who has split up with her guy. But he's still kind of pursuing her. She doesn't believe that he really can be what she needs him to be, and she's worried if they stay together she'll fall in deeper but he'll never change. She's torn because she still likes him and likes the fact he's chasing her (A childish game,/ But I love to be young) but she knows it's not the right thing.

    incoherentloveon July 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think its about two people who love each other, but aren't willing to change for that.

    "He chased me through the rain, Honey,
    Im going your way, I dont think so."
    I think that means that yes, he loves her, and he wants to be with her, but in the end he wont actually be with her.

    "Old stone, ten thousand years and youre still on your own
    Dont you love, dont you love, me that way?"
    She realizes if you dont compromise you'll never be completely happy with who your with.

    kmouseon August 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a girl who's already in a relationship with a boy she loves but she's really confused because she's falling for another guy- something she never expected to happen.. 'Oh Honey, don't let me walk away from this, if I'm trying to fuck up my own life and until I figure out why I think it's best to keep your distance lest I fall in love...

    The first verse says he chased her at first but she knows he won't stay with her or it won't be anything more than a childish love even if she leaves her relationship now. By saying it's childish, she acknowledging that it's wrong but 'i love to be young' says that she can't help it..


    Amzon July 21, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationAt a wild guess, this was not what Laura Marling was thinking of when she wrote this song, and I doubt that there are many others that think this, but to me, this song encapsules asexuality, or at least my own thoughts and feelings as an asexual.

    "'Honey I'm going your way' / I don't think so"
    Allusion to the phrase "I don't bend that way", asexuality is kind of seen as an invisible persuasion, so people just assume one is straight/gay.

    "Honey I was never gonna change"
    Asexuality is not (necessarily) a fluid thing, or a 'phase'.

    "ten thousand years and your still on your own / don't you love me (/it) that way?"
    it = Is solitude the life you choose for yourself?
    me = romance is still possible within asexuality, but as an asexual I would not ever want a sexual relationship - I could fall in love, but I will not love 'you' that way.

    "if you swear that you're alright / I'm not gonna try and change your mind"
    A sort of repetition that asexuality is not a phase/statement/choice - you can't just change your mind about it.

    "Don't let me walk away from this / if I'm trying to fuck up my own life / and until I figure out why / I think it's best you keep your distance / lest I fall in love."
    The idea of a platonic relationship of sorts makes me feel this way: overthinking something like that (which I, at least, would definitely do!) would ruin it because no sane conclusion where something can work out happily, for example if the other person is sexual, would be thought out, because I would always feel like I am holding that person back or whatever.
    ie. "Don't let me back out of this before it has started, but at the same time it is best not to start at all, because I can't "figure out why" it would work and I don't want to come to depend on you too much and then ruin what we have."



    Like I say, just my thoughts whenever I hear the song.
    acetopheron September 16, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI always interpreted the first line as "he tasted me through the rain"... but I suppose the lyrics given here are more accurate (in a way). However, I do think my interpretation is possible as well (as it always captured part of the power of the song for me). I am not sure why this song affects me so much (and I don't seem to agree with any of the comments here), but Laura's voice is so haunting. And so are the lyrics... "cause the same night i dream that i'll lose you, i'll fall in love..." so beautiful.
    moonandmoonon January 22, 2012   Link

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