"The Captain and the Hourglass" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
You kick the blow, now you gotta kick the guy
You sat alone under billowing sky
If I feel god judging me,
Well I fell into the water, now I'm free.

My friends don't really get me, think I'm the only one
Well I sold my soul to Jesus and since then I've had no fun
Behind every tree is a cutting machine and a kite fallen from grace
Inside every man is a heart of sand you can see it in his face.
He'll tick tick tick tick tick tick tick away.
Another second lost with every fallen grain.
He'll tick tick tick tick tick tick tick away.
Another second lost with every fallen grain.

The wind and I, we speak the same, but he don't hear so well.
You're gonna have to curse him well you're gonna have to yell.
The sky and I, we've had our fights and I'm coming down to rain,
If the rain come round and it don't come out, then I'll never have to speak again,
I can tick tick tick tick tick tick tick away.
Another second lost with every fallen grain.
Can tick tick tick tick tick tick tick away.
Another second lost with every fallen grain.

The captains got his boots on and he's heading out the door,
Leaving his lady alone thinkin' "he don't love me no more"
He's done with all this bullshit, he's going back to war,
If heaven is as heaven does then this is hell for sure
And he'll tick tick tick tick tick tick tick away.
Another second lost with every fallen grain.
He'll tick tick tick tick tick tick tick away.
Another second lost with every fallen grain.

You kick the blow, now you gotta kick the guy
You sat alone under billowing sky*
If I feel god judging me,
Well I fell into the water, now I'm free


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"The Captain and the Hourglass" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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    General CommentPersonally, I think this song is about her disillusionment from Christianity. If I'm not mistaken, she went to church on her own until she was 12 or 13, then became a Buddhist, and now is an Agnostic.

    I think that the line "I fell into the water and now I'm free" is referring to the idea that some religious people don't worry about committing sins because they know they'll be forgiven by God (hence, they're free from responsibility or guilt).
    damienfan09on January 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYou kick the blow, now you've gotta kick the car.
    You sat alone under billowing sky
    If I feel God judging me,
    Well I fell into the water, now I’m free

    ^ is she talking about how she converted to Christianity? And any other person has to feel the effects of wrong-doings, where as she "falls into the water" (of her faith) and she can be forgiven??
    doodle81on June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOn one hand, i think it's about how Christianity affects different people. For some, it's a form of escape, while for others it only creates problems.
    "Well i sold my soul to Jesus and since then i've had no fun"

    However, it also suggests that we live every minute like its' our last. Rather than allowing other people to judge us, we should just follow our own mind.
    ?
    rebeccalilyon August 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Song Book says

    "You kicked the blow, now you've got to kick the guy
    You sat alone, under bellowing sky

    If I feel God judging me, I fell into the water
    And now I'm free"

    The rest is accurate. I think the first line is referring to defence then attack because the song is about a captain weary of experience or something. Bellowing - windy and noisy makes more sense than billowing.
    fieldnorthon November 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"You kicked the blow, now you've got to kick the GUY"
    comedancingon January 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI would agree with damienfan09 since she seems to being comparing "the guy" to a drug habit. And when you refer to selling your soul to something its usually a negative connotation.
    BT009on April 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti love laura marling
    she truly is gifted
    zzoeEon June 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti love laura marling
    she truly is gifted
    zzoeEon June 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI wondered what people thought this verse in particular meant:

    "The captains got his boots on and he’s heading out the door,
    Leaving his lady alone thinkin' "He don’t love me no more."
    He’s done with all this bullshit,
    He’s going back to war,
    If Heaven is as Heaven does,
    then this is Hell for sure...
    And he’ll tick tick tick tick tick tick tick away.
    Another second lost with every fallen grain."

    siobhan x
    ambersweeton July 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti'm mostly with rebeccalily way up there.

    the song is about wasting life in escapism

    i think
    "If Heaven is as Heaven does,
    then this is Hell for sure..."

    is saying that even if you believe in a perfect afterlife, it doesn't change the fact that this life is still full of terrible things, and that we might as well face it and live life as it is.
    stainon July 26, 2009   Link

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