THE VALLEY

Laura Marling

Kim Hillyard writing in Best Fits, 8 March 2017:

Poised to explore femininity and female relationships in each of the album’s songs, she realised halfway through writing The Valley, the first song written for the album, that she had naturally started writing as if she was a man rather than a woman with masculine characteristics. "It was a lightbulb," she says. "I was like, this sounds like a man going to rescue a woman. At first I thought, yes, OK. Sometimes you do reflect yourself as fantasy in a song. But then I was like, no. This is not me turning around fantasy. This is me…this is me."

The song was inspired by Marling seeing a close female friend mourn the death of her father. "Watching her mourning and being quite isolated and the beauty of that," she explains. "And I qualified that initial stance as me wanting to embrace someone in a masculine way. To be able to give her that security."

I know she stayed in town last night
Didn't get in touch
I know she has my number right
She can't face seeing us

She sings in the valley in the morning
Many a morning I have woke
Longing to ask her what she's mourning
Course I know it can't be spoke

Perhaps she's had too much of love
Can be a sickly thing
That's why she mourns the morning dew
And the newness that it brings

She sings in the valley in the morning
Many a morning I have woke
Longing to ask her what she's mourning
Of course I know it can't be spoke

I love you in the morning
I love you in the day
I'd love you in the evening
If only she would stay

We love beauty 'cause it needs us to
It needs our brittle glaze
And innocence reminds us to
Cover our drooling gaze

She's down there in the valley
I know she wanders there
She's down there in the valley
I can see her golden hair

I love you in the morning
My angel of the west
I love you in the evening
And I will do my very best

I'll do my very best