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According to the I Speak Because I Can Songfacts, in this song Marling gazes back into Greek mythology as she steps into the skin of Penelope patiently awaiting the return of her husband Odysseus from his travels.

laura-chanelling liz frazer-like delicate anger in her voice;beautiful..

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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

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can Lyrics


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  • This speaks to me because it can. One of my favorites!
  • epic
  • I like the melodies of this song. I like everything about this song, to be honest.
  • I used to be so kind.
  • That video and the way she stares at the camera...
  • epic ending
  • Ok, so try this little experiment: load up amazon.com's MP3 Downloads in two browser sessions. Get to Regina Spektor in one and Laura Marling in the other. The first song for Regina (for me, anyway) was My Dear Acquaintance. Laura's was Sophia. Click the preview button on one of them, then quickly do so for the second. Listen to the two voices side-by-side. First of all, it is kind of amazing that the song snippets do not clash with each other in fact it was hard for me to remember which song was being sung by which gal. Second, there are similarities to their voices - they have similar pitches for example. Laura's dialectic accent is differentiable from Regina's, understandable since one is from England and the other born in Russia. But, at the end of the day, I agree with "sucky" James Blunt down there - these two could be confused for each other. Whew, glad I got that off my chest!
  • No wonder it sort of sounds like a female version of Mumford & Sons - it has Marcus doing the backup. Now it makes sense.
  • Probably one of my favourite songs. Ever. [2]
  • she writes what my heart cannot.

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