The song Flicker and Fail is based on this lyric originally penned by Laura Marling's father.


Says you've been sleeping lonely spending nights under the stars,
Giovanna, we're all lonely we don't always show our scars,
It's my heart, and my burden I wouldn't ever bring you down like that,
my heart, and my burden I wouldn't ever bring you down with me.

When with age my body is spent,
against my will I must relent,
but in my heart where love still beats,
I'm always thinking of you,
Im a prisoner, in this chair confined to younger faces,
My memories are not with them but off in distant places.

Looking back that's all I'll do,
Looking back that's all I'll do
Looking back that's all I'll ever do.

Oh Giovanna, I love you still,
Oh Giovanna in a bar on a Tuscan hill,
I'm lonely man now, spending nights under the stars,
Oh Giovanna those nights, are always ours.

FLICKER AND FAIL

Laura Marling

Took a bus to meet me
In a bar in the Tuscan hills
A sight I'd never seen
I believe in God still
But he wouldn't be able to stop me
If I feel like running away
Wouldn't be able to stop me
If I didn't want to stay

And the rain fell on the houses
And on the (late swing trees)
It fell its fiercest on the skulls of
The willing we deceive
They put money in their hearts
And God where their mouth is
They put money in their hearts
And God

Said he'd been sleeping lonely
Spending nights under the stars
Little darling we're all lonely
We don't all show our scars
It's my heart and my burden
I would never bring you down like that
My heart My burden
I would never bring you down with me

And the rain fell on the towers
And on the (late swing trees)
And it hammered and it raged on us
Unwillingly

The believers were forewarned
And they ran into the storm
And watched the earth's light
Flicker and fail
Watched the earth's light
Flicker and fail
Flicker and fail

They put money in their hearts
And God where their mouth is
They put money in their hearts
And God where their mouth is
And God