"Remain Nameless" as written by and Isabella Janet Florentina Summers Florence Leontine Mary Welch....
I was born in a big gray cloud
Screaming out a love song
All the broken chords and unnamed cries
What a place to come from

I wish to remain nameless
And live without shame
'Cause what's in a name, Oh
I still remain the same

You can call it what you want
You can call me anything you want
You can call us what you want
You can call me anything you want

Everybody lets you down
In this brief hole of a town
What a difference of the rushing out
Tell me what you're running from

I know everybody lets you down
I'll do the same
But know I'll always be around
This can remain the same

Call me when you need me
Call me anything you want
Darling, believe me
Nothing I haven't done before

Call me when you need me, call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Darling, believe me, darling, believe me
Darling, believe me, darling believe me

Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me

Darling, believe me
Darling, believe me
Darling, believe me
Darling, believe me

Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me

Darling, believe me
Darling, believe me
Darling, believe me
Darling, believe me

Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me

Darling, believe me, darling believe me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me
Call me when you need me


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"Remain Nameless" as written by Isabella Janet Florentina Summers Florence Leontine Mary Welch

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  • +9
    My Interpretation I don't know if anyone understand my interpretation, but i would like to share it.
    To me this song means (my) coming out.

    I was born in a big grey cloud
    Screaming out a love song
    All the broken chords and unnamed cries
    What a place to come from

    - It seems to me that this is the period in 'the closet' a very unhappy (grey cloud) place. screaming out a love song, all the broken chords and unnamed cries refers to all of the confusing thoughts i've had.

    I wish to remain nameless
    And live without shame
    'Cause what's in a name, oh
    I still remain the same

    This refers to the point where i'am now. I just want to be me. And not me, the bisexual. Cause what's in a name, I still remain the same (What's the point whether i would be straight or gay, it's still the same person)

    The rest of the song are people who are supportive, where you can count on.
    analyston October 30, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis is the most beautiful song about God, light, universal spirit I have ever heard. I believe this song is about the spirit that breaths life into this planet not needing to be boxed into one religion or one view point. That no matter what we call he, she, it, they there is something bigger out there. This verse speaks of the start of creation.

    "I was born in a big grey cloud
    Screaming out a love song
    All the broken chords and unnamed cries
    What a place to come from"

    This next verse speaks of the universe's "God's" desire not to be associated with any one religion or way of thinking. How many times have people done terrible things in the name of God? God no longer wants to be associated with pain and suffering. "Whats in a name? I still remain the same"

    "I wish to remain nameless
    And live without shame
    'Cause what's in a name, oh
    I still remain the same"

    The following verse explains the Universe "God's" confusion with our obsession with the afterlife. Instead of being in the present moment in the here and now, so many belief systems focus on a "heaven or afterlife" God wants us to enjoy the world he/she/it created. Not rush out back to where we came from.

    "Everybody lets you down
    In this brief, hole of a town
    All the different souls rushing out
    Tell me what you're running from"

    This next verse is about coming to grips with the fact that there is pain and suffering on this planet. That doesn't mean that something bigger doesn't exist, it's just a part of life.

    "I know everybody lets you down
    And I'll do the same
    But know I'll always be around
    This can remain the same"

    The hope comes with the following repeated verse.

    "Call me when you need me
    Call me when you need me
    Darling believe me
    Darling believe me"

    Expressing that no matter what you believe in or don't believe in there is a bigger force out there in the universe and if ever we need to, all we have to do is call out.

    So, so beautiful.



    gigglemore24on November 05, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI analyzed this song for about a week and I came to a conclusion that both above write-ups are correct. It is yet another lyrical masterpiece by Florence that is not limited to a single meaning. Bravo.
    TheChronicRon November 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionmy new favorite florence song
    james20njon November 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "I was born in a big grey cloud
    Screaming out a love song
    All the broken chords and unnamed cries
    What a place to come from"

    Two people in the throes of passion made life, made florence. But their love was in a big grey cloud, I'm guessing it was either forbidden or very turbulent. These have always haunted her.



    I wish to remain nameless
    and live without shame
    Cause what's in a name, oh
    I still remain the same

    In 'small brief towns', everybody knows everybody by name. So her wishing to remain nameless is a tact to hide the identity of coming from this town. She's met another damaged individual and doesn't want him to trace her by name back to the chaotic world of her town.



    You can call it what you want
    You can call me anything you want
    You can call us what you want
    You can call me anything you want

    Let's do a give and take, this relationship can work for us both but there's no need for labels. A fling, a companionship, something more, it can be whatever you want it to be just don't label it with a name.



    "Everybody lets you down
    In this brief? hole of a town
    What a difference of the rushing out
    Tell me what you're running from"

    Everybody let's you down in this place, but now that we've rushed out and we're free of labels tell me what you ran from and I'll reciprocate.




    "I know everybody lets you down
    And I'll do the same
    But know I'll always be around
    This can remain the same"

    I'm no saint. I'll let you down if you're looking for a defined labeled relationship. But you can count on me to be around to continue whatever it is we have. Whatever it is we're doing.



    Call me when you need me
    Call me anything you want
    Darling believe me
    Nothing I haven't done before

    Exactly as the lyrics imply, call me when you need me and I'll always be there. But be warned, this is not new to me for a reason.

    Very beautiful song, right up there with Seven Devils as my favorites off this album. Florence has this way of surprising people even in a concept album as well thought out as this.
    osageon December 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf this was a classroom I'd be the kid who knew the answer but would smugly keep quiet :)
    I think I've got this figured out, but I can't write a whole novel here like others did.
    Song's about a call girl, escort, whatever you might call it.

    "All the broken chords and unnamed cries"
    "I wish to remain nameless and live without shame" - these women often change their "stage names"
    "'Cause what's in a name, I remain the same"
    "You can call it what you want, you can call me what you want"
    "Everybody lets you down, and I'll do the same"
    "Darling believe me, nothing I haven't done before"
    "Call me when you need me"
    savianon February 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis sounds to me like a description of a fallen angel/demon. It was "born in a big grey cloud, screaming out a love song..." brought into existence to worship God, taking part in the music that is described as taking place continually in heaven. Now, cast out of heaven, it masquerades as a spirit guide, or... call it what you want. It's there when you need it, if summoning is your thing. It certainly fits with the themes of other songs on Ceremonials.
    verytiredon March 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is such a great example of Florence's lyrics having simple and profound meanings at the same time.

    I take this song in it's most simplest meaning, considering that the music is so representative of our most basic emotional/sexual needs.

    She is basically saying she doesn't care what anyone wants to label this affair as, she just wants to make it clear of what it is not. Also, she doesn't want to put a label on the relationship either ("remain nameless") because it would only lead to dissappointment/confusion/expectations.

    The relationship is "born from a big gray cloud, screaming out a love song" the cloud is emotional trauma from past experience from both people (a likely cuplrit of the individuals ending up in this circumstance) and "screaming out a love song" represents that they are romantics. later, in the lyrics, she sings "I know everybody lets you down, I'll do the same" again a reminder of being let down in past relationships and that if the other person expects a commitment, she will do the same.

    "Call me when you need me
    Call me anything you want
    Darling, believe me
    Nothing I haven't done before

    Call me when you need me, call me when you need me
    Call me when you need me
    Darling, believe me, darling, believe me
    Darling, believe me, darling believe me"

    Is just reinforcing her affirmation that she will be there, and there aren't any strings attached.

    "call me anything you want" is basically stating to the other person that they have free reign to make sense of it however they feel they need to.

    I think it is a really simple concept, however it is very complex when you think of it in the context of our social norms. I think relationships would start off better from honest one night stands than they would from all of the bullshit and lying that occurs when everyone is trying so hard to get somebody to like them. The first step would be to learn how to emotionally respond to the word "no", but I digress.

    Emwonon April 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation My first interpretation when listening that kinda becomes my second interpretation by the end of writing it. lol
    Hope you have fun reading it and like it.

    "I was born in a big grey cloud
    Screaming out a love song
    All the broken chords and unnamed cries
    What a place to come from"

    From what seems like chaotic mess, two people find love and from all the commotion of their love and the act of conception, she is born. How crazy is it that through something as rare, messy, unpredictable, and potentially ugly as love, two people are brought together, and from seemingly nothing, create miraculous beauty, create life, create Florence? >_
    "I wish to remain nameless
    And live without shame
    'Cause what's in a name, oh
    I still remain the same"

    A name is something we use to hang our perceptions up on when make decisions about what we think we know about people. Don't name me. I don't want to be reduced to what you perceive me to be. My name is useless; were it anything else or nothing at all, I am me.

    "You can call it what you want
    You can call me anything you want
    You can call us what you want
    You can call me anything you want"

    Call it, me, us, really anything whatever you would like to. All the names are arbitrary and meaningless until meaning is given to them. Already she has said she does not want to be offered a meaning from any external source. (Perhaps one step farther, it, me, us, everything, we are all the same. All made from the same interchangeable atomic building blocks. Is there really a point in even making a distinction when all things are one?)

    "Everybody lets you down
    In this brief? hole of a town
    What a difference of the rushing out
    Tell me what you're running from"

    You can't please everyone. There has never been a person that could meet the expectations of everyone around them or even the expectations of only one other person... so duh.
    Compared to the what we perceive the eternity of a lifetime the infinite vastness of the universe, practically any segment of time, any particular location is a impossibly minuscule speck in the grander scheme of things. Your movement within our small speck is hardly moving at all. "Tell me what you're running from," (and perhaps we can work through it together because what ever are running from won't be far behind. Face it and let it be done.)

    "I know everybody lets you down
    And I'll do the same
    But know I'll always be around
    This can remain the same"

    Oh, and btw, heads up, just cuz I'm saying all this cool stuff and piercing into your soul n' junk, don't think I am perfect either. I will bring you disappointment just as those before me have, but because I love you I will be here. Under no conditions will that change.

    Call me when you need me
    Call me anything you want
    Darling believe me
    Nothing I haven't done before

    When you need me, call for me and call me whatever you want because I will be what you need when I arrive. BELIVE IT! ^_^ (Nothing I haven't done before - this could mean that what you need, I will bring to you as I have done in the past... or in the instance what what you ask she has not done in this life, surely when her form was not yet her own and her components were scattered throughout creation, she was a part of something animate or otherwise that either was what is needed, knew what was is need, performed what is needed, encountered what is needed... so basically in one form another, I carry an imprint of or literally contain a part if everything in existence. I'm leaning towards the second interpretation because the )

    I have a flexible perception of reality. To me, god is expressed as life, our consciousness all invisibly interconnected. If there is a god consciousness that is completely independently aware, it would still rely entirely on each organism, each consciousness available to draw experience from. This shared experience, whether it is embodied in a separate sentient consciousness or just embodied within the unconscious of every living thing, is what moves us collectively toward a better existence. Because to me god is this, every living thing and all things necessary to support life should be treated with respect and perserved from extinction or complete exhaustion so that this process is not diminished.

    So because god is everything and everything is god, this song can literally be about anything. The relationship between two people, the relationship between this collective consciousness and the consciousness of individual that might not always be in the position to see the bigger picture and feel calmed by knowing the method to the madness, or even the relationship between you and chair. Remember the chair has a history, has a past life as the components used before it was made and even holds the hopes, aspirations, intentions, and every random occurrence in the lives of the people. All this coming together to create a chair, that after looking at it like that, can you really say it does NOT want to be sat in? It wants to be there for you, easy your suffering, and free to fail sometimes when things go wrong or when it's no longer able to fulfill its duty, or when new super chairs come along. lol.

    So hah, all interpretations are correct! YAY ^_^ Such good songs from Florence, like alls the time, yeah!!?!?!? Yep

    TY
    enjojion November 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI adore all the different interpretations of this song!
    On my first listen, I felt that it was about someone having casual sex. There is no label on the relationship & no expectations as it's just easier that way. But they are willing to be 'anything you want'.
    I don't know, I just heard it as a slightly darker song...

    After reading the posts on here, I can totally see the interpretation of it being a spiritual song. What a masterpiece!
    theapple9on November 11, 2011   Link

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