Laura Marling | Devil’s Resting Place (Video)
The best lyricists have always had at least one dance with the devil, whether it’s Bob Dylan’s “You Gotta Serve Somebody”, The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil”, Timber Timbre’s “Demon Host”, or Laura Marling’s wonderful “Devil’s Resting Place”, off her most recent release “Once I Was An Eagle”. It’s part of the music tradition that includes John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and the anonymous, ominous black spiritual/Appalachian song, “Oh Death”. Marling has a new video for her song, created by directors Fred Scott and Nick Davies. It opens with a rustle of wind, a woman in Victorian dress rushing through the woods, expressionistic dancing, and a darkly dressed man. The dusky, hypnotic lyrics roll out slowly like nimbostratus: “When you come to call on me that’s why my eyes are glazed / I’ve been with the devil in the devil’s resting place / I am loathed to say that I have been to stay / I’ve been with the devil in the devil’s resting place.” Marling’s incantation song has less in common with the songs above than it does with the old blues tradition, like the beckoning of Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues” — showing us Marling’s tapped into the same thing that got Skip James’ woman. You can follow Marling at facebook and twitter. You can purchase her record via her official website. — David D. Robbins Jr.