The centrepiece of A Creature I Don't Know
, this slice of southern gothic mania finds Marling summoning the feminine divine Sophia
but instead is confronted by her inner Devil. The image of the beasts within human nature recurs throughout the album. She told NME
: "I put it in the middle because I wanted to swell up to that point and then it kind of dies down again. I was doing all the demos at home, and then I was at my parents house for the weekend and I dug out one of my dad's old Gibson electrics, and an old pedal. And I've never used an electric guitar, and I've never plugged in a pedal or whatever… but I put some electric on there, and I was like, 'Hmmmmmm. This could be fun!' And then by the time we came to recording it, (giggles) we had four electric guitars on there.
It was stupid. Amazing-stupid. The sound was like..my voice was getting dragged down or getting y'know.. enveloped
by drums and guitar. I thought that was more fitting for the lyrics to come through. It's a really simple song, and there's not much going on lyrically and there's not much going on melodically, but the sound. The sound was perfect."