"Alpha Shallows" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
He could fall and she could weep
But as holy are her feet and hard with mention
But dear they may not speak
We fell tight when there is tension and their eyes could make us weak

And his heart was full of fire at the man he had become
And his soul was seldom higher with the falsities of fun
He could embrace sweet desire as in moments as they pass
But he feared it ever more, when he saw it didn't last

We walk up Holland avenue
and watch the rich as they consume
Their product made our hearts exude emptiness unrivalled by
The hunger that I could control
And he'd pray up to his God that he might save his soul

But the grey in this city is too much to bear
The grey in this city is too much to bear
And I believe you are meant to be seen but not to be understood

And I want to be held those eyes
I want to be held those eyes

You'll work your thumbs till they're sore
And you'll work my heart till it's raw
and you'll call and you'll call but you'll never be told
and I'll fall and I'll fall and I'll fall
and I'll fall and I'll fall and I'll fall

We are basic lies
We are basic lies

It's going to be pretty tough when you leave
You'll help to take a little part of me
To make sure you don't treat yourself mean
And I want to see all that you'll see

And we are basic lies
And we are basic lies


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"Alpha Shallows" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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    General CommentOfficial lyrics from lauramarling.com:

    He could fall and shake and weep,
    By his holy are my feet,
    And heart with mention the dear that may not speak,
    We feel tight when there is tension,
    And our eyes can make us weep.

    And his heart was full of fire,
    At the man he had become,
    And his soul was seldom higher,
    With the falsities of fun,
    Could embrace sweet desires in moments as they pass,
    but He feared ever more, he saw it didn't last.

    We walk up Holland Avenue,
    And watch the rich as they consume,
    That product made our hearts exude,
    an emptiness unrivalled by,
    The hunger that I could control,
    He'd pray up to his God that he might save their soul.

    The grey in this city is too much to bear,
    The grey in this city is too much to bear,
    And I believe we are meant to be seen,
    And not to be understood.

    And I want to be held by those arms,
    I want to be held by those arms.

    You'll work your thumbs `till they're sore,
    And you'll work my heart until it's raw,
    And you'll call and you'll call but you'll never be told.
    And I'll fall and I'll fall and I'll fall,
    And I'll fall and I'll fall and I'll fall.

    We are basic light, we are basic light.
    Chatizon June 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think it's "i want to be held by those ARMS", not eyes.
    amazing song, my favourite off the new album.
    merrilyon March 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch an unbelievably great sound, esp the first half.

    Amazing how much she grew since "Alas"
    Mwasa254on March 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe last two lines are
    we are basic LIGHT
    we are basic LIGHT
    if it was lies it would totally change the meaning of the whole song
    hoonoseon July 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy opinion is that the man in the song is troubled by himself and by the world around him and he's trying to find the meaning to his life, while trying to save the rest of the world. A very difficult task when your own faith is shaken raw each morning and each emotion feels like its only a passing phase. The women keeps the mans spirit up. She believes that maybe what he was doing is the answer, to not understand "the rich as they consume" because it is not part of him but to continue in his toils to try and save them. And not be too hard on his self because he has a good heart.
    My biggest problem is i always believe the songs about a personal experience the writter had but Laura says thats most of the time not the case in plenty of her interviews and some come from stories...
    soundandfuryon October 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'And I believe you are meant to be seen but not to be UNDERSTOOD.'

    comedancingon January 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is so much going on in this song. I'm not sure where to begin. Some of it seems so straightforward, and other parts are more elusive, and I'm not sure how all the pieces fit together.
    BlackSwanningon January 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBRAVE NEW WORLD.
    AlecsPenon June 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo you think she wrote it based off of the novel? didn't mean for this to be two posts but I suppose the effect's a little more dramatic now. It fits entirely in my opinion and justifies the title...
    the lyrics can be interpreted to support Lenina's perspective, but deals most heavily with Max and John + such...
    what do you all think?
    AlecsPenon June 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjohn darnielle's alpha couple songs? "alpha negative," "alpha rats nest," etc. that's what i though of. beautiful anyway. i think the twist she puts on the last lines is lovely - even if the official lyrics are "basic light," there's a nice light/lies/life ambiguity there.
    in1929on December 20, 2010   Link

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