Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It's always darkest before the dawn

And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around

Our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out,
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out,
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa

'Cause I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart
'Cause I like to keep my issues strong
It's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out,
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out,
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa

I tried to dance with the devil on your back
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It's a final mess but it's left me so empty
It's always darkest before the dawn
(Oh whoa, oh whoa)

And I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't
So here's to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope
It's a shot in the dark and right at my throat
'Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, for the devil in me
Well what the hell I'm gonna let it happen to me

[Repeat: x2]
Shake it out, shake it out,
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out,
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa



Lyrics submitted by Pencileye, edited by mad about the boy, spiderpig4, Baru, almaasi, mrgonzalez, neubian, chelseajay, cactuar, Peachre, shaycraft2810

"Shake It Out" as written by Paul Epworth Florence Welch

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +11
    General Comment:It just happened to me several days ago when I almost broke up and heard this song in How I met your mother, perfect song for interpretation of this situation of having difficulty getting rid of memory and past.

    "It's always darkest before the dawn"--- it takes lots of internal painful struggle against the beautiful memories and lovely moments that are to be ceased. This indeterminaiton is the darkest and most torturing. The dawn is supposed to be the moment when you make up your mind to get over with it and let it go.

    Ironically I decided to let it go and called it to an end, but he proposed that he would like to give it another try and make more effort, which he never did in the past.

    This may be a positive ending, but I came to this question: Does it always have to be a goodbye that turns the situation around and make people change?
    Aquaflowon July 05, 2012   Link
  • +6
    Lyric Correction:I dunno if I'm the only one, but i don't hear "Impaired" in this line:

    "It's a fine romance but it's left me so impaired,
    It's always darkest before the dawn"

    I hear "It's a fine romance but it's left me so UNDONE,
    It's always darkest before the dawn".


    Anyone else?
    BrandonEcholson October 10, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General Comment:I agree that "It's a fine romance but it's left me so impaired" should be "It's a fine romance but it's left me so undone"

    I also think that in "Cause looking for heaven found a devil in me
    Looking for heaven found a devil in me"

    The second time she says haven instead of heaven. As in a safe haven.

    Anyway, this song is amazing. Clearly about your bast failures and bad memories affecting you today. Stop dragging them around and shake them out!
    liquidus4on October 19, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:so, besides saying what a stunning song this is, i think this song is more about a change and a celebration of life.

    eelyloveon October 03, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation:I believe its about her being so overwhelmed and burdened by a relationship she has just decided to "shake it out"; become free and start fresh. She knows that its going to be hard and will hurt her but she realizes that in order for things to get better she has to take a leap of faith.
    Kergirlon February 13, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:This song gives me chills... So amazing <3
    And I hear '...a shot in the dark Aimed right at my throat...'
    Great song
    lionheartedgirl334on September 21, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Yep, it's "A shot in the dark aimed right at my throat".

    Great song.
    vandalismon September 23, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I belive this song is about moving on from your sorrow or maybe just the past.

    Like the sentence says: "It's always darkest before the dawn"

    Before the suns comes up and gives your life light it may be or has been the darkest.
    iannesofieon October 04, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:This song emotionally moves me, and brings me to the brink of tears. It reminds me of my deep personal struggle and how hard it is to move on from the pain of the past, but in the end through all the darkness you find new light. the only lyric I hear differently is instead of ' found a devil in me' I hear ' from the devil in me' like you're looking for Heaven from a state of hell or pain.
    BoyPrincess32on October 16, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:This is my favorite Florence quote about this song:

    "So this song was kind of like, 'Shake yourself out of it, things will be OK,' " she continued. "[Because] sometimes I have to write songs for myself, reminding me to let it go. But then, the end refrain of 'What the hell' is really important as well, because you'll dance with the devil again at some point, and maybe it will be fun. I've heard he does a really good foxtrot."

    I love her :)
    llscienceon October 26, 2011   Link

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