i can’t even put to words yet what this is doing to my brain.

Various Storms and Saints by Florence and the Machine

And the air was full

Of various storms and saints

Praying in the street

As the banks began to break

And I’m in the throes of it

Somewhere in the belly of the beast

But you took your toll on me

So I gave myself over willingly

You got a hold on me

And I don’t know how I don’t just stand outside and scream

I am teaching myself how to be free
The monument of a memory

You tear it down in your head

Don’t make the mountain your enemy

Get out, get up there instead

You saw the stars out in front of you

Too tempting not to touch

But even though it shocked you

Something’s electric in your blood
And people just untie themselves

Uncurling lifelines

If you could just forgive yourself
But still you stumble, feet give way

Outside the world seems a violent place

But you had to have him, and so you did

Some things you let go in order to live

While all around you, the buildings sway

You sing it out loud, “who made us this way?”

I know you’re bleeding, but you’ll be okay

Hold on to your heart, you’ll keep it safe

Hold on to your heart, don’t give it away
You’ll find a rooftop to sing from

Or find a hallway to dance

You don’t need no edge to cling from

Your heart is there, it’s in your hands

I know it seems like forever

I know it seems like an age

But one day this will be over

I swear it’s not so far away
And people just untie themselves

Uncurling lifelines

If you could just forgive yourself
But still you stumble, feet give way

Outside the world seems a violent place

But you had to have him, and so you did

Some things you let go in order to live

While all around you, the buildings sway

You sing it out loud, “who made us this way?”

I know you’re bleeding, but you’ll be okay

Hold on to your heart, you’ll keep it safe

Hold on to your heart

7 thoughts on “Visceral Reactions

      1. “What Kind of Man,” “Third Eye,” and “Which Witch” are basically on loop around here. Though “Heartlines” from Ceremonials is still my #1 song for my spiritual life.

  1. When I got her new album, I was so confused. My brain was trying to process the songs, until I got to “Various Storms and Saints.” And I was just blown away. I’ve been listening to that song CONSTANTLY and I STILL get the chills. It’s incredible. (And the album is incredible).

    “Long and Lost,” “Ship to Wreck,” and “Which Witch” are also seriously giving me feelings.

      1. YES! When I first heard the album, I was just simply overwhelmed with the glorious feeling of “How did she translate my soul and blood and bones into song?” That was cray, in the best kind of way. Her “Lungs” album is also excellent – it has its own strange, wandering magic!

        I’ve heard from someone on WordPress (I think it was Camilla Laurentine) that Florence + the Machine was the patron saint of godspouses / devotional workers. Totally agree.

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