In 2009 English folk band Noah and the Whale released The First Days of Spring
, a concept album based on main man Charlie Fink's relationship and break-up with Marling. Some of the tracks on I Speak Because I Can
appear to have been influenced by the affair, though not to the same extent as The First Days of Spring
, and Marling veils her emotions more. This track's couplet, "It's hard to accept yourself as someone you don't desire / As someone you don't want to be," backed by members of Noah and the Whale as well as Mumford & Sons, shows an uneasy sense of self in the wake of events.