"Broad-Shouldered Beasts" as written by Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall, Edward James Milton Dwane, Benjamin Walter David Lovett and Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford....
Broad-shouldered beasts fill the sky
Manhattan beats at the night
But you are wrapped up in wire
Curled up in fright

So I took you to the city for the night
To dance under dizzy silver lights
But for a moment, you were wild
With abandon like a child, just a moment

But wasn't it you who said I was not free
And wasn't it you who said I needed peace
And now it's you who's floored by fear of it all

And it's alright
Take it out on me
And it's alright
Take it out on me

These apartment walls are paper thin
And no one is trying to listen in
What to hear our doubts
Hear our whispered shouts, they don't care

Wasn't it you who said I was not free
Wasn't it you who said I needed peace
And now it's you who's floored by fear of it all

And it's alright
Take it out on me
And it's alright
Take it out on me

But when you feel the world wrapping 'round your neck
Feel my hand 'round yours
And when you feel the world wrapping 'round your neck
Don't succumb

But it's alright
Take it out on me

And it's alright
Take it out on me
And it's alright
Take it out on me


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"Broad-Shouldered Beasts" as written by Edward James Milton Dwane Benjamin Walter David Lovett

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    General CommentSeriously no one has commented
    verndaddyon January 28, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis might just be my experience colouring my interpretation of the song but I think it's about someone struggling with anxiety and someone that loves them (romantically or not) trying to help them through it.

    Broad-shouldered beasts fill the sky
    Manhattan beats at the night
    But you are wrapped up in wire
    Curled up in fright

    The city is alive and open to explore and have fun in but the person with anxiety is frozen in place by fear.

    So I took you to the city for the night
    To dance under dizzy silver lights
    But for a moment, you were wild
    With abandon like a child, just a moment

    The person's loved one brought them into the city to try to help and try to help them feel alive and carefree again, and it works - sort of.

    But wasn't it you who said I was not free
    And wasn't it you who said I needed peace
    And now it's you who's floored by fear of it all

    They tried to be okay for the person that they love but it doesn't work that way and quickly they got over whelmed. Although they do need to feel free and have peace from their anxiety, a night of dancing doesn't help in the way that it would for someone not struggling with it which their loved one is just now understanding.

    And it's alright
    Take it out on me
    And it's alright
    Take it out on me

    Cut to present time where the person is having an anxiety/panic attack and the loved one is just trying to be there and lets the anxious person let out everything at them, now understanding how to help.

    These apartment walls are paper thin
    And no one is trying to listen in
    What to hear our doubts
    Hear our whispered shouts, they don't care

    They are afraid to talk and let out their fears to their loved one lbecause they fear that they will be overheard and judged. The loved one is trying to reason out the person's irrational fears that the anxiety causes.

    But when you feel the world wrapping 'round your neck
    Feel my hand 'round yours
    And when you feel the world wrapping 'round your neck
    Don't succumb

    In the middle of a panic/anxiety attack it can be extremely helpful to have someone that you are comfortable around to just be there as a grounding presence. The loved one is suggesting that when all the fear and all the doubts get too overwhelming to hold their hand and know that despite the words spiraling in their head, they are loved. Hold my hand and I'll help you fight your demons, hold my hand and we can fight together, just please don't give up.

    Can you tell that I really love this song? Anyways like I said I might be wrong or probably am but this is how I see the song. I do think that the loved one is probably a significant other and that an alternate meaning could be a couple fighting to stay together after kind of falling out of love.
    moolloryon November 22, 2016   Link

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