"Drumming Song" as written by Florence Leontine Mary Welch, James Ellis Ford and Crispin Macmichael Sandys Hunt....
There's a drumming noise inside my head
That starts when you're around
I swear that you could hear it
It makes such an all mighty sound

There's a drumming noise inside my head
That throws me to the ground
I swear that you should hear it
It makes such an all mighty sound

Louder than sirens
Louder than bells
Sweeter than heaven
And hotter than hell

I ran to a tower where the church bells chime
I hoped that they would clear my mind
They left a ringing in my ear
But that drum's still beating loud and clear

Louder than sirens
Louder than bells
Sweeter than heaven
And hotter than hell

Louder than sirens
Louder than bells
Sweeter than heaven
And hotter than hell

Louder than sirens
Louder than bells
Sweeter than heaven
And hotter than hell

As I move my feet towards your body
I can hear this beat it fills my head up
And gets louder and louder
It fills my head up and gets louder and louder

I run to the river and dive straight in
I pray that the water will drown out the din
But as the water fills my mouth
It couldn't wash the echoes out
But as the water fills my mouth
It couldn't wash the echoes out

I swallow the sound and it swallows me whole
'Til there's nothing left inside my soul
I'm as empty as that beating drum
But the sound has just begun

As I move my feet towards your body
I can hear this beat it fills my head up
And gets louder and louder
It fills my head up and gets louder and louder

There's a drumming noise inside my head
That starts when you're around
I swear that you could hear it
It makes such an all mighty sound

There's a drumming noise inside my head
That starts when you're around
I swear that you could hear it
It makes such an all mighty sound

Louder than sirens
Louder than bells
Sweeter than heaven
And hotter than hell

Louder than sirens
Louder than bells
Sweeter than heaven
And hotter than hell

As I move my feet towards your body
I can hear this beat it fills my head up
And gets louder and louder
It fills my head up and gets louder and louder


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"Drumming Song" as written by Florence Welch Crispin Hunt

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  • +12
    My InterpretationThere�s a drumming noise inside my head
    That starts when you�re around

    The Drumming noise to me, is her thoughts and feelings, collated into one mass, the drumming noise. It's basically desire, but more than just sexual, it's emotional as well. It's the sickening feeling you get when you see someone you utterly adore.


    I ran to a tower where the church bells chime
    I hoped that they would clear my mind
    They left a ringing in my ear
    But that drum�s beating loud and clear

    There are references to the church, and religion in this song. To me, that's about repressed emotions and urges, the side of love that's held back, and not allowed free. She goes to the church, to religion, trying to 'clear her mind', in an effort to get rid of the drumming sound, the church bells do leave an impression in her head, but the drumming noise is still there despite that.

    Louder than sirens
    Louder than bells
    Sweeter than heaven
    And hotter than hell

    This means her desire is far larger and louder than anything else she could ever hear, nothing could match it. 'Sweeter than Heaven, and hotter than hell', ties into religion again, this would be better than heaven, but possibly more sinful than hell?

    I run to the river and dive straight in
    I pray that the water will drown out the din
    But as the water fills my mouth
    it couldn�t wash the echoes out

    She either tries to cleanse herself in the river, or drown herself, whichever interpretation you prefer. But despite that, the echoes of the desire is still there, no matter what she does.

    I swallow the sound and it swallows me whole
    Till there�s nothing left inside my soul
    As empty as that beating drum
    But the sound has just begun

    Eventually she gives herself up to the noise, to the desire, till it's eroded everything else away, and she's just shell. The obsession had destroyed her life and herself, but it still continues. Despite everything.

    That's my interpretation anyway, I like this song :)
    HoliHallowon November 21, 2009   Link
  • +8
    General CommentReminds me of the Master off Doctor Who.
    antioxidanton October 03, 2010   Link
  • +6
    General CommentIt's all about that unbearable, painful and sexual desire just to be close to someone. Let's boil it down to the nitty gritty - It's about fucking.
    tommyhaychon October 22, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General Commentthe drumming is obviously her heart beat.
    it gets louder and faster as she moves her feat closer to him.
    she's excited.
    she goes to the river to try and cleanse herself afterwards because she sins,
    but she can't forget about it.
    she still wants more.

    sex.
    monopolyb1on January 20, 2010   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationI would disagree with the view that this song is about lust, I believe very strongly that this song was written about the all consuming nature of love, and the attempt to retain an individual personhood, when not only the natural inclination of love is towards a unification, but ultimately that one can only truly claim love is through complete subjugation to it.
    But what this song explores and exposes is that love, is by no means, a kind master. Ultimately it is a monstrous creature that takes little regard towards ones own wishes and desires. The images and language seems to be drawn from religious descriptions of Divine Love. But, as most of the religious prophets and enlightens have noted, the "true" God is that of Love, and those who do service and live in love's survice ultimately worship and do service to it, not matter what the name or form it has taken.
    Sparrow07on November 15, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentWhenever I hear this song I actually think it's about murder. I figured the pounding could be the sound you hear when your heart is beating so fast it almost feels like a pulse in your head. I thought she was afraid of what she'd done, afraid she'd get caught for it.

    "Louder than sirens" - could be police sirens.
    "And hotter than hell" - could be a reference to where she could end up, in some people's belief.

    And with the whole "As I move my feet towards your body", body makes it sound so lifeless, almost like her feet are approaching its place on the floor.

    Then I took it that she felt remorse for what she'd done. She couldn't live with the guilt and, ultimately, the noise, so she attempted to drown herself:
    "I run to the river and dive straight in
    I pray that the water will drown out the din
    But as the water fills my mouth
    It couldn't wash the echoes out".

    Yeah, that's just my (rather morbid) take on it, haha. But I see what you guys are saying too. :)
    MayaMooon January 11, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentJust watched the video for this... Florence is like some kind of epic unstoppable wafty force, and this is such a perfect perfect song.
    polkadot.peekabooon August 06, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's about The Master on Doctor Who.
    DoctorWhoAndParamoreon December 16, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentVote Saxon
    cyberchondriacon January 01, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationUmm... I'm pretty sure the drums are referring more to the feeling of lust than love, thus the lyrics about moving towards his body and "hotter than hell", and the attempts at religious ceremony to erase them (but it doesn't work)
    ecapeon October 22, 2009   Link

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