Forgive me Hera,
I cannot stay.
He cut out my tongue,
There is nothing to save.

Love me, oh Lord. He threw me away,
He laughed at my sins, in his arms I must stay.

He wrote, I'm broke.
Please send for me.
But I am broken too,
And spoken for.
Do not, tempt me.

Her skin is white
And I'm light as the Sun,
So holy light shines, on the things, you have done.

So I asked him,
How he became this man?
How did he learn,
To hold fruit in his hands?

And where is the lamb that gave you your name?
He had to leave though I begged him to stay.

Left me alone, when I needed the light.
Fell to my knees and I wept for my life.

If he had of stayed, you might understand.
If he had of stayed, you never would've taken my hand.

He wrote,
I am low.
Please send for me.
But I am broken too,
And spoken for.
Do not tempt me.

And where is the lamb, that gave you your name?
He had to leave, though I begged him to stay.

Begged him to stay, in my cold wooden grip.
Begged him to stay, by the light of this ship.

Me fighting him,
Fighting light,
Fighting dawn.
And the waves came,
And stole him,
And took him to war.

He wrote,
I'm broke.
Please send for me.
But I am broken too,
And spoken for.
Do not tempt me.

Forgive me, Hera, I cannot stay.
He cut out my tongue, there is nothing to save.
Love me, oh Lord. He threw me away.
He laughed at my sins, in his arms I must stay.

We write.
That's all right.
I miss his smell.

We speak,
When spoken to.
That suits us well.
That suits us well

That suits me well.


Lyrics submitted by stowawaygirl, edited by Mellow_Harsher, abadonnas

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  • +3
    General CommentSo haunting, so beautiful.

    How is someone so young writing these songs!?! She is incredibly talented!
    Mwasa254on March 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "Forgive me Hera" not "here"

    "Inspired by wartime love letters that Laura read in a newspaper, ‘What He Wrote’ seems to detail the forbidden love of writing to a man other than your husband — she appeals to the Greek goddess Hera, goddess of women and marriage, for forgiveness for speaking to this man when she’s “spoken for.” The whole song, just vocals and guitar, trembles in its waltz rhythm, but the most effecting line has to be the unqualified frankness of, “I miss his smell.”
    -NME

    This song is beautiful <3
    Jezabelleon March 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love how her songs can have multiple meanings.

    "but I'm broken too"
    Can be "I'm broken too", "I'm broke in two" or "I'm broke into" depending on the verse.
    Tatterdemalion44on April 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionForgive me Hera,
    I cannot stay.
    He cut out my tongue,
    There is nothing to save.

    Love me, oh Lord. He threw me away,
    He laughed at my sins, in his arms I must stay.

    He wrote, I'm broke.
    Please send for me.
    But I am broken too,
    And spoken for.
    Do not, tempt me.

    Her skin is white
    And I'm light as the Sun,
    So holy light shines, on the things, you have done.

    So I asked him,
    How he became this man?
    How did he learn,
    To hold fruit in his hands?

    And where is the lamb that gave you your name?
    He had to leave though I begged him to stay.

    Left me alone, when I needed the light.
    Fell to my knees and I wept for my life.

    If he had of stayed, you might understand.
    If he had of stayed, you never would've taken my hand.

    He wrote,
    I am low.
    Please send for me.
    But I am broken too,
    And spoken for.
    Do not tempt me.

    And where is the lamb, that gave you your name?
    He had to leave, though I begged him to stay.

    Begged him to stay, in my cold wooden grip.
    Begged him to stay, by the light of this ship.

    Me fighting him,
    Fighting light,
    Fighting dawn.
    And the waves came,
    And stole him,
    And took him to war.

    He wrote,
    I'm broke.
    Please send for me.
    But I am broken too,
    And spoken for.
    Do not tempt me.

    Forgive me, Hera, I cannot stay.
    He cut out my tongue, there is nothing to save.
    Love me, oh Lord. He threw me away.
    He laughed at my sins, in his arms I must stay.

    We write.
    That's all right.
    I miss his smell.

    We speak,
    When spoken to.
    That suits us well.
    That suits us well

    That suits me well.

    ~Lyrics copied from the "I Speak Because I Can" Album Lyrics pamphlet that came with the CD
    Jarpadon September 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's I'M LOW, not I'M LOVE.
    and also, i think t's cold wooden GRIP, not RIB.

    elliellielliellieon November 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen referring to "Hera", she is begging the Greek goddess of marriage and women for forgiveness due to the fact she can no longer stay with her husband who is at war as the song represents a wife writing a letter to a husband during World War II.
    Jarpadon September 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI found a poem that I think might have something to do with the meaning of this poem.
    waxingwaning.com/node/…

    It's called Hera's boat and it's a pagan poem.
    Hera is a woman that has been cheated on by all her husbands and this song seems to be from the point of view of one of the women that had been with one of Hera's husbands.
    elliellielliellieon December 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's called 'What He Wrote'

    And yeah it's about the Greek Goddess Hera, but I think even that has a deeper meaning.
    mattgill1992on March 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is "What He Wrote"

    i didn't see it on the song list and was about to submit lyrics for it
    so good thing i came across this lol
    xxcristalenaon March 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably my favourite song on the album. So, so, so beautiful.

    "He wrote, I'm low, please send for me,
    But I'm broken too, and spoken for, do not tempt me."
    Ladyblue82on June 20, 2010   Link

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