"Cosmic Love" as written by Florence Leontine Mary Welch and Isabella Janet Florentina Summers....
A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart


Lyrics submitted by KatherineKissMe

"Cosmic Love" as written by Isabella Janet Florentina Summers Florence Leontine Mary Welch

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  • +48
    My InterpretationAbsolutely rip-roaring, mind-blowing song! Her voice is absolutely captivating...now I know why she called the album 'Lungs' - she's certainly got a good pair on her!

    IMO the song it's about a woman who falls in, apparently, unrequited love with a man. She feels so consumed and overwhelmed by this emotion - blinded by the intensity of it - that she is literally in the dark; totally lost, confused, scared, cannot see the wood for the trees, and also in agony because she believes that he doesn't feel the same way. She decides she has to remove herself from his influence, yet in doing so she finds out that he is in fact in love with her too, so they lose themselves in each other ("Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too, So I stayed in the darkness with you").

    What I especially like about this song is how the chorus is ambiguous enough to be able to be interpreted, convincingly, as both negative and positive emotions; respectively, prior to the middle eight and after it. The first two choruses her supposed unrequited love for him is impacting on her negatively, but in the ones following his revelation in the middle eight she is still consumed by her love for him but now, because their feeling is mutual, the power of the love that they share is powerful enough to destroy cosmic bodies. His love has blown her away.

    Such an intense song, perfection.
    almaperdidaon June 24, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis. Song. ...Simply the most beautiful and powerful song I have heard in my thirty-one year obsession and love affair with music. The rage, the madness, the grief that Florence is able to bring through is just devastating. It has the cadence of a hawk trapped inside the cage built for a canary, such is the raw emotion that blasts out from the speakers. I don't think any other vocalist in the whole world could pull this song off. It's so big, so epic, so primal, so all consuming, it would be very easy for the voice to become lost amid the enormity of the music, but Florence grabs the music by the balls and just rips out the most heartwrenching tears and violent beauty. The song makes me want to get on the floor, pound my fists and scream at the top of my lungs and hurl violent tears into the sky, such is the depth of emotion in just four short minutes.

    This is musical perfection...and yes- please for the love of everything sacred in this world...DO NOT ASSOCIATE THIS SONG WITH ANY OF STEPHENIE MEYER'S GARBAGE. This song reaches so much further than teenybopper bullshit. This song is art in its highest form. "Twilight" "New Moon" and all those other books and movies are not even in the same realm as art.
    mikeygoestohollywoodon May 12, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General Commentsong of the year.
    gazelleon June 11, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHonestly I don't think this song is so much about being in love as it is about being in love unhappily.
    I heard this the first time on the radio, and the radiowoman said that the singer wrote this song while she was living with her boyfriend.
    To me, it's more about staying with someone even though you don't really want to, but you can't leave him/her for any number of reasons.

    "I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map
    And knew that somehow I could find my way back
    Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
    So I stayed in the darkness with you"

    Maybe it means that she stayed with him, but had a backup plan if some day she couldn't take it no more. :)
    Just my interpretation. Definetely think there's some sort of dark/corrupting vibe to the song. Absolutely beautiful! One of the most touching songs I've ever heard.

    Human-beefon August 31, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is an absoutely amazing song, and the first time I heard it I thought "Oh God, please don't ever let it become famous so we don't have people relating it to Twilight and New Moon."

    What an absolutely mediocre companion to an amazing song. Very powerful.
    daveydavesonon December 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've watched a live version of this on youtube and even though its poor quality it gives me goosebumps every time,
    Absolutely Amazing Song.
    Absolutely Amazing Voice.
    An Absolutely Amazing Woman!
    PgTipson April 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHaunting and Beautiful. I agree with daveydaveson. This song is too great to be compared with that mass mediocre fad.

    I also agree that there are dark underlying themes. From the very beginning of the song when she admits she fell in love, it isn't a happy go-lucky love. It has her screaming, and she loses something critical (eyesight to represent something very important). The story begins and ends in darkness, and she seems to be allured by her new world as well as afraid ("No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight" <- she's trying to describe her surreal situation) While she plans ways to maybe get away from that confusing love (creating the map)-at least in the world of the song- she never does. There's something magnetic that keeps her there.
    That's what I gleaned from it.
    PardonYouon January 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    MemoryI don't know what this song means to Florence, but to me it has brought back the experience and feelings as I sat next to my father while he was dying, and the many feelings I have now that he is gone. I feel that I have begun to make a map to recovery from my grief during the past six weeks, but sometimes, I want to stay with him, in the darkness of his passing and my belief that his presence is still with me somehow.
    Vestaon May 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationHauntingly beautiful.

    To me, this song is about a woman who has fallen quickly and passionately in love with a man when she wasn't expecting it. He is a man plagued by something, haunted by his past perhaps. She was trying to help him out of the dark part of himself, but in doing so she fell victim to the darkness as well. Possibly a drug problem, depression, or even a terminal illness.
    tambellinaon August 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI also believe this song is about unrequited love that is, returned in the end, but I don't think love is being potrayed in a positive manner. Darkness symbolizes loss, sadness, confusion, ignorance, etc., none of which are ideal states of being. The fact that all light providing entities are blown out enhances this fact. In the end when they are both in the darkness, I see it as they are both so consumed and infatuated with each other that they lose touch with the life and light around them. They love in desperation and obsession. Love, in this case, seems like an unhealthy need, one that steals them away from other positives in their life. But a song/poem can be read in a myriad of ways. This song like most others can have many meanings.
    DeathRaceron July 08, 2011   Link

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