"Various Storms & Saints" as written by Florence Leontine Mary Welch and Markus Dravs....
And the air was full
Of various storms and saints
Praying in the street
As the banks began to break
And I'm in the throes of it
Somewhere in the belly of the beast
But you took your toll on me
So I gave myself over willingly
Oh, you got a hold on me
I don't know how I don't just stand outside and scream
I am teaching myself how to be free

The monument of a memory
You tear it down in your head
Don't make the mountain your enemy
Get out, get up there instead
You saw the stars out in front of you
Too tempting not to touch
But even though it shocked you
Something's electric in your blood

And people just untie themselves
Uncurling lifelines
If you could just forgive yourself

But still you stumble, feet give way
Outside the world seems a violent place
But you had to have him, and so you did
Some things you let go in order to live
While all around you the buildings sway
You sing it out loud, who made us this way
I know you're bleeding, but you'll be okay
Hold on to your heart, you'll keep it safe
Hold on to your heart, don't give it away

You'll find a rooftop to sing from
Or find a hallway to dance
You don't need no edge to cling from
Your heart is there, it's in your hands
I know it seems like forever
I know it seems like an age
But one day this will be over
I swear it's not so far away

And people just untie themselves
Uncurling lifelines
If you could just forgive yourself

But still you stumble, feet give way
Outside the world seems a violent place
But you had to have him, and so you did
Some things you let go in order to live
While all around you the buildings sway
You sing it out loud, who made us this way
I know you're bleeding, but you'll be okay
Hold on to your heart, you'll keep it safe
Hold on to your heart


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"Various Storms & Saints" as written by Markus Dravs Florence Leontine Mary Welch

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  • +4
    General CommentI think she's singing to someone (possibly herself) who has had her heart broken and blames herself for falling for that person in the first place. She wanted a relationship with this man, but when it became toxic and eventually ended she felt broken. She can't forgive herself for the end of the relationship, regardless of whether or not it was her fault.

    In the chorus, Florence seems to be telling this person that, while she may have made a mistake and may be hurting, she needs to learn to forgive herself and move on. She may be talking to herself, trying to convince herself to let go of the guilt from a broken relationship.

    Her voice is amazing in this song, and I love the subtle arrangement. Great song on a truly great album.
    cosmiclove96on June 15, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIn the opening line, she refers to the air as being full of various storms and saints – ie, various disasters but at the same time, lots of blessings. She is caught in the middle of all this destruction, but jumps into a new relationship when it comes because it’s the light in the dark times. This guy has control over her in some way, and although she doesn’t really think it’s a good thing to be with him, she wants to be free. Perhaps open to the type of relationship that it is, despite knowing it isn’t good for her.

    “don’t make the mountain your enemy” = overcome challenges, don’t run away from them. She wants to overcome the part of herself that is holding her back. He was ‘too tempting not to touch’ so she just had to have him.

    Untying oneself is like becoming loose and free, making a clear lifeline. Letting go of the anxieties and forgiving yourself for your own wrongs. “Some things you let go in order to live”

    ‘Who made us this way’ is a reference to that society, telling people that they are meant to forget to feel, just push on and get over it. Avoid heartache by never giving your heart away. In the middle of that society there are people who need to break free and find places to really live.

    Overall, she’s in this horrible society and place but she wants to be happy with this guy, so she finds the silver lining and sneaks around even if necessary to get it.
    missindarknesson August 06, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very meaningful song about the process of breaking it off with someone (someone that she was too dependent on) and how hard and tumultuous the process is.

    She's in the process of working through a broken relationship (you took your toll on me, so I gave myself over willingly).

    The relationship has ended and she's not sure how to go on (people just untie themselves, uncurling lifelines). She's not sure how to separate her identity and life from his.

    She searches for meaning in this struggle ("sing it out loud, who made us this way") because she's having such a hard time breaking free.

    She's hurt, and she's bleeding. But she's telling herself that if she hangs in there, she'll be ok and find meaning in life again.She had to have this man and she's going to feel the consequences for a long time, but she's hoping that ultimately she'll be ok.
    stormyweatherson August 19, 2015   Link

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