"Third Eye" as written by and Florence Leontine Mary Welch....
That original lifeline
Original lifeline
That original lifeline

Hey, look up
Don't make a shadow of yourself
Always shutting out the light
Caught in your own creation
Look up, look up
It tore you open
And oh, how much?

Cause there’s a hole where your heart lies
And I see can it with my third eye
And though my touch, it magnifies
You pull away, you don't know why

That original lifeline
Original lifeline
That original lifeline

Hey, look up
You don't have to be a ghost
Hidden amongst the living
You are flesh and blood
And you deserve to be loved
And you deserve what you are given
And oh, how much?

Cause there’s a hole where your heart lies
And I see can it with my third eye
And though my touch, it magnifies
You pull away, you don't know why

That original lifeline
Original lifeline
That original lifeline
Original lifeline

Cause there’s a hole where your heart lies
And I see can it with my third eye
And though my touch, it magnifies
You pull away, you don't know why

That original lifeline
Original lifeline
That original lifeline

Cause your pain is a tribute
The only thing you let hold you
Well now I'm a memento
Always there to remind you
But your pain is a tribute
The only thing you let hold you
Well now I'm a memento
Always there to remind you

I'm the same, I'm the same
I'm try'na change
I'm the same, I'm the same
I'm try'na change
I'm the same, I'm the same
I'm try'na change
I'm the same, I'm the same
I'm try'na change

Cause there’s a hole where your heart lies
And I see can it with my third eye
And though my touch, it magnifies
You pull away, you don't know why

That original lifeline
Original lifeline
That original lifeline

I'm the same, I'm the same
I'm try'na change


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"Third Eye" as written by Florence Leontine Mary Welch

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    General CommentThis song is everything. It's my favorite off of HBHBHB and my favorite by Florence period. I'm just gonna make points,and it's gonna be really disorganized,but I don't care:

    - I cried when I first listened to this song. I had been going through so much heartache and figurative punches to the face and worthlessness. I cannot describe the relief I felt from this.

    - The "original lifeline" she talks about seems like it could mean two things. It could be the man's heart that was 'originally' there,and it's what he depended on in dark times,or she could be referencing a lifeline in the context of palmistry. In that sense,the lifeline is a line on your palm that dictates how long someone will live,and maybe in the song,she means how long their relationship originally could have lasted had they not broken up before.

    - I'm heavily convinced that this song is referring back to Queen of Peace,where the man was in constant grief,but now he just has a hole in his heart since she left. In this song,she's trying to make him know that he deserves to be loved,more than she decided she was able to at the time,and she is that same person but is trying to change.

    - I love that after the "I'm the same,I'm trying to change" part,she belts it with all of her might during the last chorus,and you can hear her voice struggling to rise above the drums and the brass. I think that's intentional,like she's trying to drive home the point that she is truly trying for this man. It's like breaking the fourth wall of music,and it's unstoppable in its beauty.

    - The bridge is honest to god the best out of any ever to me. I like to hear it as,"Could you pay it as a tribute/The only thing you let hold you/Wear it now like a mantle/Always there to remind you/That your pain is a tribute/The only thing you (in general) let hold you/Wear it now like I meant to/I was there to remind you," because it feels so much more personal and contrite. She learns from her mistake and wants to really help him. Gosh. <3

    - The way the instruments,her voice,and the background vocals change is incredible. The way the second chorus has that,"Hooooooo" in the background,and the third one has that vocal that grows into almost a cry. The way the pre-chorus parts build with that one instrument,and it's sounds epic,like from a movie. I don't know what kind of kind of voice she sings with during the bridge,but it's heavenly and ethereal. The way she sings,"I'm the same,I'm the same,I'm trying to change," starting kind of timidly but becoming confident in her words and screaming it by the end. The way she sings those lines last at the end of the song differently. It's all amazing.

    - I think she says "And oh,how much" in a rhetorical manner,as in,"Look how much this grief tore you open/Look at how much you deserve as a person."

    This song is just everything someone could really need to hear. Thank you,Florence.
    Toonlink13on July 07, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn my opinion, that's a very spiritualist song right there, condensing important thoughts and advises regarding our life on this body. I'll go slowly:

    1) Original life line refers to the Line that bring us a vital supply, the original one. It can be interpreted as god, basic energy, but a vital and original one.

    2) Hey Look up brings directly connections to the divine, always interpreted as something from above.

    3) Then she advise not to make shadow of ourselves, being caught in our own creation, blocking the light. That's our resistance to be open to a spiritual view of our life, where were are educated to be thinking only in money, spending and material things. Ok, Florence may be rich, but that's not the meaning of our life

    4) And if you look up, it tears you up, and Oh How Much! (in fact, that's not a question mark, but an exclamation ) and again, if you look to the divine, or spiritual world, it opens you to a different points of view

    5) If you have a hole where your heart should be, that means you have no feelings, and she can see that by using her third eye, which is a kind of intuition that is connected to spiritualist thoughts. She can see that and the person she wants to advise pull her touch away, not knowing why.

    6) Then she invites us to reflect that we are humans, we are alive, we deserve love and whatever you are given you deserve it. Basically, she invites you to be happy. You are born for that.

    7) Cause your pain is a tribute, she reminds that we need to fight, and things do not come out so easy in our lives. In some lyrics I have found: Wear it now like a Mantle, But anyway, pain reminds us that it's the only thing that hold us. Life is not paradise.

    8) And finally, a vague but powerful sentence: I'm the same / I'm the same / I'm trying to change. Basically, our spirit remains the same. We can live multiple lives, but all the time, we need to try to change. To evolve. That's the whole concept behind spiritualistic view of life: throughout suffering some bad moments and life, feeling "the pain", we need trying to change, preferably to a better person, and your spirit goes on and on and on...

    That's my interpretation of her message
    ivanaldoon June 29, 2016   Link
  • 0
    Song FactWhen performing the song live she mentions she thought she was writing this song for someone else but she realizes she actually wrote it for herself.
    isisraineon March 12, 2017   Link

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