"I Speak Because I Can" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
My husband left me last night
Left me a poor and lonely wife
I cooked the meals and he got the life
And now I'm just out for the rest of my time
For me
For he
For my

I speak because I can
To anyone I trust enough to listen.
You speak because you can
To anyone who'll hear what you say.
I swear it was not my choice
I used to be so kind.

Never road my bike down to the sea
Never finished that letter I was writing.
Never got up and shared anything
For me
For he
For my

Oh graceful sleeper
Midnight dreamer
I'm flawed by your sound.
I'm flawed by your sound.

I swear it was not my choice.
To reach out for someone wise.
I used to be so kind.
I used to be so kind.

In the breaking of the morning you'll be dancing on the soft lawn
You'll be sinking at the anchor that stopped you from taking my gold
You'll be running up the highway singing "I'm the king the king of you all!"
When you look back to where you started I'll be there waving you on.

I never road my bike down to the sea
Never quite figured out what I believe
Never got up and shared anything
For me
For he
For my


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"I Speak Because I Can" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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  • +3
    My OpinionI know this song is supposed to be about Penelope singing to Odysseus, but I'm sensing a little Laura Marling singing to Charlie Fink. She does tend to draw comparisons between herself and strong, female characters, so it will make sense.
    Tatterdemalion44on May 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOne of my favourite songs from the flawless album....
    Her are what i think the lyrics are--but we could be hearing different versions.....
    Beautiful song none the less!



    My husband left me last night
    Left me a poor and lonely wife
    I cooked the meals and he got the life
    And now I'm just old for the rest of my time
    for me
    for he
    for my.

    I speak because I can
    to anyone I trust enough to listen.
    You speak because you can
    To anyone who'll hear what you say.
    I swear it was not my choice
    I used to be so kind.

    Never road my bike down to the sea
    Never finished that letter I was writing.
    Never got up and shared anything worthy
    for he
    for my.

    Oh graceful sleeper
    Midnight dreamer
    I'm flawed by your sound.
    I'm flawed by your sound.

    I swear it was not my choice.
    To reach out for someone wise.
    I used to be so kind.
    I used to be so kind.

    In the breaking of the morning we'll be dancing on the soft lawn
    When your shaking out the anger that stopped you from taking my call
    When your running up the highway singing "I'm the king the king of you all!"
    When you look back to where you started I'll be there waving you on.

    I never road my bike down to the sea
    Never quite figured out what I believe
    Never got up and shared anything worthy
    For he
    For my.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    NadiaHofon August 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWHY does no one actua;;y look at the band's website? The official lyrics are:

    My husband left me last night,
    Left me a poor and lonely wife,
    I cook the meals and he got the life,
    Now I'm just old for the rest of my time.
    For he, Oh he, oh my

    I speak because I can,
    To anyone I trust enough to listen,
    You speak because you can,
    To anyone who'll hear what you say,
    I swear it was not my choice,
    I used to be so kind.

    Never rode my bike down to the sea,
    Never f inished that letter I was writing,
    Never got up and said anything,
    Worthy, for he, for my.

    Graceful sleeper,
    You midnight dreamer,
    I'm f loored by your sound,
    I'm f loored by your sound.

    I swear it was not my choice,
    To reach out for someone wise,
    I used to be so kind,
    I used to be so kind.

    In the breaking of the morning we'll be dancing on my soft lawn.
    When you're shaking out the angerthat stops you from taking my call.
    When you're running up the highway,
    singing I'm the king, the king of you all.
    when you look back to where it started,
    I'll be there waving you on.

    Never rode my bike down to the sea,
    Never quite f igured out what I believe,
    Never got up and said anything,
    Worthy, for he, for my.
    oakslideson January 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is describing the mental state of Penelope at the fag end of her 20 years wait for Odysseus/Ulysses coming back from Trojan War. Probably during the times when Penelope has arranged for the contest for her suitors to string the bow of Odysseus (her patience has worn off/ she knows no one can string the bow except Odysseus) and win her as prize. Now she has met a stranger among her suitors, who is actually Odysseus in disguise/ disheveled from his adventures and somewhat fallen for him, thus the lines "I'm floored by your sound" but on the other hand she still feels for Odysseus "When you look back to where you started I'll be there waving you on." Marling uses this classic example of cognitive dissonance from ancient Greek mythology, showing the motifs are still analogous in present human life, probably touch us all at some point of life. One has to be really lucky in life to avoid this test of intention.
    sayakgon September 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song :)
    jullynon February 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it sounds like a woman who basically lived through her husband and therefore "Never got up and shared anything worthy". And now her husband has left her she regrets not doing all the things she wanted to do. and now she's dreaming of who she could be now she is free.

    I always feel like this song sums up everything i am scared of happening in my life
    twins27on November 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenther voice is amazing in this song.
    xxcristalenaon March 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout the story of Penelope and Ulysses.
    missmeon March 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry, I mean Penelope and Odysseus.
    missmeon March 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure its
    "I'm floored by your sound"
    makes more sense too.
    lilirozeon August 15, 2010   Link

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