"Devil's Spoke" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
I might be a part of this
Ripple on water from a lonesome drip
A fallen tree that witness me
I'm alone, him and me.

And then life it's self can not aspire
To have someone be so admired
I threw creation to my king
With the silence broken by a whispered wind.

All of this can be broken
All of this can be broken
Hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground.

And root to root and tip to tip
I look at him my country gip
Let it up I own his fears
But someone brought you close to tears.

Many trains and many miles
Like you to me on this sunny isle
And what of which you wish to speak
Have you come here to rescue me?

All of this can be broken
All of this can be broken
Hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground.

But the love of your life
Lives but lies no more
And where she lay a flower grows.

The arms are fed and the babes have wed
And the backs have bled, keeping her in tow.

But I am your keeper
And I hold your face away from light
I am yours till they come
I am yours till they come.

Eye to eye
Nose to nose
Ripping off each others clothes
In a most peculiar way.

Eye to eye
Nose to nose
Ripping off each others clothes
In a most peculiar way


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"Devil's Spoke" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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    General CommentIt seems like Laura is really advancing as a songwriter. A few months ago, I wouldn't have believed that it was possible for her to mature any more...she was already so mature before. I can't imagine what she'll be like in a couple years.

    This is an amazing song and it's a completely different sound than Alas, I Cannot Swim.
    Tatterdemalion44on February 04, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI hate this website. The lyrics are always wrong. Do they have deaf people posting them or something? I mean, some of it doesn't even make sense. It's country gyp. As in in gypsy. Which is understandable seeing as how they are homophones, but 'Many trains and many miles Like you to me on this sunny isle' is supposed to be link you. Not like you. I could go on, but I won't. I'm just saying. Anyone reading these lyrics is enjoying a song that a. doesn't make sense. and b. doesn't exist. It's disrespectful to the artist.
    rachel28on January 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI MAY have found the meaning.. But I may be entirely wrong! Please correct me if you can.

    I think that she has some part to play be it big or small in the death of this man's wife. 'Hold your Devil By his spoke and spin him to the ground' is her constantly trying to cope with her guilt.
    but she sees him and loves his so much and so passionately that she tries to hide her feelings of guilt and just go on loving him.
    'I threw creation to my king,
    A silence broken by a whispered wind'- She got herself pregnant to keep her hold on him thus bringing a bit more excitment into her 'silent' life.
    'And the backs have bled,
    keeping her in tow.'- She's saying that she had to work so hard so he'd love her and forget about his previous wife.
    'But I am your keeper and I hold your face away from light'- shes saying that she looks after him and consoles him for the death of his wife.
    'I am yours til they come' Is her worry about being found out and taken away

    RabbitHeart94on April 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionLovely :)
    jullynon January 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis beautiful song is all about her sensing sorry for him in the relationship, as before, he was lonely and forlorn (a fallen tree that witnessed me and, ripple on water from a lonesome drip) and so he came to her, having passionate feelings towards her, she couldn’t deny his affections as she felt so blameworthy for his pain(Let it up I own his fears
    But someone brought you close to tears.) She passed the time, delaying for him to fall in love with another or for him to leave her (But I am your keeper and I hold your face away from light, I am yours until they come) He never did, and this made her unhappy (But the love of your life, lives but lies no more, and where she lay a flower grows. ), this means, that 'the flower' is a beautiful memory, she is reminiscing back to when she was happy, before she knew him. But then latterly, it all came together and they ended up together, a love assembled. She was like his guardian angel, his protector, she protected him from reality and the truth, but when she confessed they were in harmony because of it?
    (Eye to eye
    Nose to nose
    ripping off eachothers clothes
    in the most perculiar way. )

    the chorus, (All of this can be broken
    All of this can be broken
    Hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground.) is when laura is talking how the relationship will end ultimately, and how it will 'break' [apart], and the last line, is a pun, as speak of the devil! is a phrase where an irrelevant topic is brought up in day to day conversations, so an abrupt change in feeling is what she is talking about here. what i have deduced from the last line is that she is, in simpler words, saying, control the uncontrollable, deny your affections. but she discovers she is wrong at the end verse of the song.

    beautiful beautiful song :)
    RoseanneFinnon July 17, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionAlso, I think it's "interred" not "in tow", but I could be mistaken. There's a lot going on at that point in the song.
    Tatterdemalion44on February 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentnah it is "in tow". theres a couple of words here and there that are wrong but its pretty close.

    AMAZING song! Loving the Mumford & Sons influence! I agree with Tatterdemalion44, just when you think shes as mature as she is going to get...she matures some more! I mean shes only like what 18? 19? WOW!
    carrrrrrlon February 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI am your keeper not I am keeper :) oh, it's a lovely song!
    kaaakeon March 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo i hear a fake irish accent? i dunno, for some reason it annoys me, haha. no, i love laura though. this album is great.
    pimpmylizon April 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSoooo anyone care to explain the meaning of this song? Because I am very confused.

    So, here's my interpretation:

    Laura Marling is water and water is life. She wants to become one with nature and so she tears off her clothes to experience an industrial-free life ... to live her life as something pleasing to nature. Yes. That's what I believe. Yes.
    thepinataon June 02, 2010   Link

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