"Little Love Caster" as written by and Laura Beatrice Marling....
Yes I am
Yes I am a master
I have you, bad man
Little love
Little love caster
Palm of my hand

I wish that I had
I wish that I had have told you then
Where my kindness ends

I would take you home
I would take you home and then
Our love spell will end

You are new to me
You are new to me
I can't seem to say
"I'd like you to stay"

Yes I am
Yes I am a master
I have you, bad man
Little love
Little love caster

They might know you best
They might know you best
And love you most

I would take you home
I would take you home and then
I would be your ghost

I saw a lady dance yesterday
She was easily swayed
I cannot be tossed
And turned in this way
I'm not your tiny dancer

I can't seem to say
"I'd like you to stay"

I see a lady dance yesterday
She is easily swayed
I cannot be tossed
And turned in this way
I'm not a tiny dancer

I can't seem to say
"I'd like you to stay"

I can't seem to say
"I'd like you to stay"


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"Little Love Caster" as written by Laura Beatrice Marling

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    General CommentI always flit between which is my favourite Laura Marling song - but this one is definitely up there.

    It follows as a sort of hangover from "Master Hunter" - with all its F-You-I-will-survive style sentiments, but with a dark twist, a vow never to let anyone in.

    Now we see the reality of this unfold. A deep mistrust of anyone who tries to come near: "I have you bad man, little love caster". The narrator presupposes malicious intent and plays them at their own game "I wish that I had have told you then where my kindness ends".

    Unlike 'Master Hunter', or her earlier song 'I was an Eagle' in which she states "I will not be a victim of romance … or any man who could get his dirty little hands on me", there is no sense of triumph in Little Love Caster, just an eerie sadness. As though she *has* in fact fallen victim to romance by denying herself the possibility of true affection. And what's more, she is hurting people in the process.

    In some of her live versions she changes the line to "I would breathe you in and be your ghost", which I much prefer. I like to read it as "I'd get too close and then become a shadow of my former self." Although it could possibly just mean, I'd steal some shallow affection and then leave, and haunt you with the memory of me. But I think that sounds a bit cocky.
    nothatoriginalon December 26, 2013   Link

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