"Heartlines" as written by and Paul Epworth Florence Welch....
Oh the river, oh the river, it's running free
And oh the joy, oh the joy it brings to me
But I know it'll have to drown me
Before it can breathe easy

And I've seen it in the flights of birds
I've seen it in you the entrails of the animals
The blood running through, but in order to get to the heart
I think sometimes you'll have to cut through, but you can't

We will carry
We will carry you there

Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand
Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand
Keep it up, I know you can
Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand 'cause I am

On the sea, on the sea and land over land
Creeping and crawling like the sea over sand
Still I follow heartlines on your hand

This fantasy, this fallacy, this tumbling stone
Echoes of a city that's long overgrown
Your heart is the only place that I call home
Can I be returned, you can
You can, we can

Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand
Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand
Keep it up, I know you can
Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand

What a thing to do
Oh-woah-oh what a thing to choose
But know, in some way I'm there with you
Up against the wall on a Wednesday afternoon

Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand
Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand
Keep it up, I know you can
Just keep following
The heartlines on your hand
'Cause I am


Lyrics submitted by ValH1618

"Heartlines" as written by Florence Welch Paul Epworth

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  • +7
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. Pretty obvious meaning with the palmistry reference, 'just keep following the heart lines on your hand' - follow your destiny, do what you're meant to do and what has to be done for you to be happy. At least, that's the meaning I take from it.

    Florence is lovely as always.
    prophetessofdoomon October 20, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General Commentprophetessofdoom, yes, and find your destiny not by making a plan and executing it, as that would be following your headlines, but find your destiny by following your "heartlines," which are your passions and your loves.

    Heartlines drown you completely, unlike headlines, which would consider following your heart a bit reckless and dangerous.

    Florence say embrace the danger, and she suggests a mutual destination between herself and the person she's singing to, as "your heart is the only place that I call home."

    Maybe the passion "against the wall on a Wednesday afternoon" is one they once shared and one they may return to if they both follow their hearts.
    yhtrownuon October 23, 2011   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningMy fiance killed himself 2 years ago. Whenever I hear this song, it's what I imagine he would say to me if he could because it matches his personality. From the beginning talking about drowning in the river to find peace, to the part where it says, "What a thing to do, what a thing to choose, but know that in someway I'm there with you.. up against the wall on a Wednesday afternoon" matches what I went through personally. I found out that he was dead on a Wednesday. The only thing I found comfort in was this overwhelming feeling that he was there with me. The things he said to me leading up to his death were basically all pointing to the fact that he wanted me to keep going and loving, and he would always stay with me in some way. I always sort of wondered if Florence Welch didn't write this song from the perspective of someone who killed themselves, and then their soul lingered on to watch over their loved ones.
    OldBalanceon October 20, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Lyric Correctionlyrics aren't "just keep following the heartlines on your head"
    Heartlines are on your palm.
    correct lyrics: "just keep following the heartlines on your hand"
    DGAFMONSTER562on December 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsome of the things are clearer in the acoustic version. i think at the beginning she says "and i'll join in the joy it brings to me," instead of "and oh the joy, oh the joy...."

    and yeah with the Odyssey part she's saying "odyssey on odyssey, and land over land...."
    ganjacydeon December 06, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI went to see her live and she played this, beforehand I hadn't listened to it much but she said she wrote it when she was on tour and missed her family and friends. After the gig I listened to it properly, and it has a beautiful message. I think that it's telling you to follow your heart and live your dreams, but don't forget your loved ones who helped your dreams become reality.
    QueenNyxon December 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSuch an inspiring song. I listen to this when I feel hopeless because it gives me a sense of meaning, a sense that if I keep going the way I'm going (the right direction) and have patience with my path. Things are going to be alright and I can do it ! i love florence!
    kittycatkate101on May 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Your heart is the only place that I call home."

    That's beautiful.
    EnduringChillon June 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust like "cosmic love" and "never let me go" and "no light" this song is about being the other woman (mistress), but in this song she is ultimately telling him to do the right thing, and fulfill his destiny with his wife. But she will always love him, she will always be able to find him by following those heart lines on his hand. It was all just a fantasy that they would ever be together in the end... but things got rocky and now it's time to let go. She tells him to think about Wednesday's up against the wall. Wednesday's were probably the days they met to have sex and be together. So always parallels water and the ocean to being is his arms (arms of the ocean) so the river she talks about in the beginning of the song is the only place she feels free
    Theotherwomanon September 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was not at all sure about the first line after the chorus. If anyone thinks they know it, please tell me. =]

    This song is beautiful and probably my favorite from Ceremonials.
    ValH1618on October 20, 2011   Link

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