I'm a fly, I'll die tomorrow
So give me all you've got
I so believe, I so believe
I'm a fly, I'll die tomorrow
So give me all you've got

And out here in this foreign place
I have let you down
I've fallen for a foreign face
And I've fallen to the ground

I've gone in blinding, scorching sun
And fallen to my knees
And I've forgotten what I believed
And I so believe, I so believe
In the good in all of us.



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    My InterpretationThe song reminds me of the Fall of Icarus* in greek mythology.

    "I'm a fly, I'll die tomorrow / So give me all you've got" -> As Icarus was an escaped prisoner, he would have been killed as soon as he landed on King Minos' ground. Death was waiting for him, so he decided to give his all during the flight. "I so believe, I so believe" indicates a sense of invincibility.

    "And out here in this foreign place
    I have let you down
    I've fallen for a foreign face
    And I've fallen to the ground"

    Flying in a wide, unknown sky, Icarus fell for "a foreign face" (the face of the sun) and, as a result, fell to the ground. And by falling down, he let is father down, too, for he didn't listen to his warnings.

    "I've gone in blinding, scorching sun
    And fallen to my knees"

    The sun blinded Icarus to the dangers of flying, scorched his wings, and brought him to his knees. "And I've forgotten what I believed" -> When falling down, Icarus is brought back to reality; "And I so believe, I so believe / In the good in all of us" might be his final realization before death.

    It's a sad story but I don't think it's a sad song. Though the person is falling/dying, he or she comes to realize there is still good in the world. Laura Marling always make happy things seem sad and sad things happy. It's one of her greatest strengths in my opinion.

    * Brief summary: "In order to escape king Minos' labyrinth, Daedalus crafted gigantic wings by connecting branches of osier together with wax. He taught his son Icarus how to fly, but told him to keep away from the sun because the heat would make the wax melt, destroying the wings. Although he was warned, Icarus got so excited by the thrill of flying and carried away by the amazing feeling of freedom that he started flying high to salute the sun, diving low to the sea, and then up high again. His father Daedalus was trying in vain to make young Icarus to understand that his behavior was dangerous, and Icarus soon saw his wings melting. Icarus fell into the sea and drowned." (source: greekmyths-greekmythology.com/myth-of-daedalus-and-icarus/)
    distantfigureon February 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, I believe it has a lot of depth.
    One of my favourite Marling songs.
    comedancingon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentamazing song. talking about pretending to be something she's not when she can't really deny the feeling that are surfacing from her other alias. beatiful.
    SilasParkeron July 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite laura marling song
    sux4uuon March 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti have no idea what this song is about, but it's beautiful.
    mandycandy123on April 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDoes anybody know the guitar chords for this song? I can't find them anywhere.
    Lornehon April 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about enjoying a foreign face....wanting cake and wanting to eat it too. N---I---C---E one. I don't think HE does in the song. I think IT dies. Ah, give it time...a few weeks.
    itsmyyeartoshineon April 12, 2012   Link

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