Wild Fire

Album: Semper Femina (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • On "Wild Fire," Marling sings about a friend who keeps a "pen behind her ear" and constantly jots down her thoughts in a journal.

    The only part that I want to read
    Is about her time spent with me
    Wouldn't you like to know how you're seen?
    Are you getting away with who you're trying to be


    Q magazine asked Marling if she's hinting at her feelings about being in the public eye. "Well I guess I'm in a particularly unique position for that," she replied coyly. "But yeah, I mean that's such a normal unconscious human desire, I think."
  • Marling told MTV News the journal-keeping friend is "an exaggerated version of someone I know." She explained:

    "This exaggerated person is the kind of person that writes in a journal every day, who is present in her experience of the world and is always documenting it.

    It reminded me of a time where I thought I was really special. I feel like that's a wonderful time, especially for creative people, where you're completely oblivious to your complete non-specialness in the general scheme of the world. I'm just envious of that because that was a great time. [laughs]"

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