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]"
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.