P J HARVEY
WHITE CHALK

THE DEVIL (Harvey)
DEAR DARKNESS (Harvey)
GROW GROW GROW (Harvey)
WHEN UNDER ETHER (Harvey)
WHITE CHALK (Harvey)
BROKEN HARP (Harvey)
SILENCE (Harvey)
TO TALK TO YOU (Harvey)
THE PIANO (Harvey)
BEFORE DEPARTURE (Harvey)
THE MOUNTAIN (Harvey)
























THE DEVIL

As soon as I'm left alone
The devil wanders into my soul
And I pretend to myself
And I pretend to myself

I go out to the old milestone
Insanely expecting you to come there knowing
That I wait for you there
That I wait for you there

Come
Come
Come here at once
Come
Come
On a night with no moon

Because

All of my being is now in pining
All of my being is now in pining

What formly cheered me now seems insignificant
Insignificant












DEAR DARKNESS

Dear darkness
Dear darkness
Won't you cover, cover me again

Dear darkness
Dear
I've been your friend for many years

Won't you do this for me?
Dearest darkness
And cover me from the sun under the
Words typing
The words are tighening around my throat and, and

Around the throat of the one I love
The timing, the typing, the tightening
Around the throat of the one I love
The timing, the typing, the tightening

Dear Darkness
Dear Darkness
Now it's your time to look after us
Cos we've kept your clothes
We kept your business
when everyone else was having good luck

So now it's your time
Time to pay
To pay me and the one I love
With the wordly goods you've stashed away
With all the things you took from us












GROW GROW GROW

I sowed a seed
Underneath the oak tree
I trod it in
With my boots, I trampled it down

Grow grow grow

I sowed a rose
Underneath the oak grove
With my boots on the ground
Into the earth I trampled it down

Grow grow grow

Teach me how to grow
Teach me how to grow

Teach me mummy
How to grow
How to catch someone's fancy
Underneath the twisted oak grove












WHEN UNDER ETHER

The ceiling is moving
Moving in time
Like a conveyor belt
Above my eyes

When under ether
The mind comes alive
But conscious of nothing
But the will to survive

I lay on the bed
Waist down, undressed
Look up at the ceiling
Feeling happiness

Human kindness

The woman beside me
Is holding my hand
I point at the ceiling
She smiles so kind

Somethings inside me
Unborn and unblessed
Disappears in the ether
This world to the next

Disappears in the ether
One world to the next

Human kindness












WHITE CHALK

White chalk hills are all I've known
White chalk hills will rot my bones
White chalk sticking to my shoes
White chalk playing as a child with you

White chalk sap against time
White chalk cutting down the sea at Lyme
I walk the valley by the surf
On a path cut fifteen hundred years ago

And I know
These chalk hills will rot my bones

Dorset's cliffs meet at the sea
Where I walked our unborn child in me
White chalk coarse scattered land
Scratch my palms, there's blood on my hands












BROKEN HARP

Please don't reproach me for
For how empty my life has become

I don't know what really happened
I watched your disappointment at being misunderstood

I forgive you

Oh something metal tearing my stomach out
If you think ill of me

Can you
Can you forgive me?
Forgive me
Can you
Can you forgive me?
Too

I tried to learn your language but fell asleep half undressed
Unrecognisable to myself












SILENCE

All those places where I recall
The memories that gripped me
And pinned me down

I go to these places
Intending to think
And think of nothing but anticipate

Somehow expect you'll find me there
That by some miracle, you'd be aware

I'd risen this morning determined to break
Spare my longing, not to think
I freed myself from my family
I freed myself from work
I freed myself, I freed myself and remained alone

And in my thinking
I'd steal you away
Though you never wanted me
Anyway

Silence












TO TALK TO YOU

Oh Grandmother
How I miss you
Under the earth
Wish I was with you

To talk to you
To talk to you

I found somebody
Tried to give myself to
Many times
I wanted to talk to you

If i lay on the earth
Could you hear me there?

Oh Grandmother
I'm so lonely
All my life

If i lay on the earth
Could you hear?

If I lay
Mary












THE PIANO

Hit her with a hammer
Teeth smashed in
Red tongues twitching
Look inside a skeleton

My fingers sting
Where I feel your fingers have been
Ghostly fingers
Moving my limbs

Oh god I miss you
Oh god I miss you
Oh god I miss you

Daddy's in the corner
Rattling his keys
Mummy's in the doorway
Trying to leave

Nobody's listening
Nobody's listening
Nobody's listening
Nobody's listening

Oh god I miss you
Oh god I miss you
Oh god I miss you












BEFORE DEPARTURE

Farewell my friends
Farewell my dear one
If I was rude
Forgive my weakness

Goodbye my friends
Goodbye to evening parties
Remember me
In the spring

To work for your bread
Soon you must leave
Remember your families
And work for your children

I don't need much
And the older I become
I realise
My friendships

Will carry me over
Any course of distance
Any cause of sorrow
Friends that last

Will dance one more time
With me
I don't need hurt
This I need












THE MOUNTAIN

Above the mountain
The mountain
An eagle
Is flying

High above the mountain
An eagle calling down
To the soldier who falters
The soldier on the ground

By the mountain
I feel nothing
For in my own heart
Every tree is broken

The first tree will not be blossom
The second will not grow
The third is almost fallen
Since you betrayed me so

Since you...

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