Soothing

Album: Semper Femina (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Marling is addressing a former lover who she refuses to allow back into her life.

    Oh, my hopeless wanderer
    You can't come in
    You don't live here anymore
    Go, some creepy conjurer
    Who touched the rim
    Whose hands are in the door


    Hands up those of you who spotted the reference to Marcus Mumford, whom Marling once dated. The "Hopeless Wanderer" in the song's opening line is also the title of a Mumford & Sons song.
  • Marling likens her refusal of her former lover to repelling some kind of supernatural intruder. "Yeah, it's like an incantation," she told Q Magazine. "I read Yeats' book about his wife channeling an entity and I was feeling that vibe."

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