We wanted to find love
We wanted success
Until nothing was enough
Until my middle name was excess

Somehow I lost touch
When you went out of sight
When you got lost into the city
Got lost into the night

I was in need of help
Heading to blackout
'Till someone told me "run on in honey
Before somebody blows your goddamn brains out"

You shoplifted as a child
I had a model's smile
You carried all my hopes
Until something broke inside
But now

We float
Take life as it comes
We float
Take life as it comes

So will we die of shock?
Die without a trial?
Die on Good Friday?
While holding each other tight

This is kind of about you
This is kind of about me
We just kinda lost our way
We were looking to be free
But one day

We'll float
Take life as it comes
We'll float
Take life as it comes

But one day
We'll float
Take life as it comes
But one day
We'll float
Take life as it comes
But one day


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    I like this song's message. Sometimes we try to do too much in life, or life gets to us in a way that leads to us acting in ways that are counter-productive. When this happens, we need to get our priorities back into perspective, and just "take life as it comes" instead of trying to force things. And when we finally do this, it is indeed like we are "floating" above the problems and above the tensions, finally.

    fluoxetineon January 09, 2005   Link
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    so many people come to new york city to find love, success, fame - and they end up getting lost in the endless amount of things to consume and options to choose from - excess. You come to NYC wanting one thing and end up wanting and taking so much more and always finding yourself wanting more. soon you're lost in it and you loose yourself trying to fulfill your wants/desires, chasing after all the many things, rather than taking life as it comes to you, as it flows.

    wildeweston May 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
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    I cannot believe noones commented, this song is beautiful..just great....Love it

    productofthe80son October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    yet, another awesome song from PJ Harvey I love the meaning as well

    Bambooon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    i love this song!

    amerilieon February 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    I love this song it has such a groove to it. I like "you shoplifted as a child I had a model smile" and then there's a break into the "WE floatttt" just a great overall vibe this song.

    cutebabydollon August 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    It's all about the moments. I love this song and it means a lot to me right now with things that I've been through recently.

    littlesong89on January 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
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    I think this is about heroin....he's gone off to score...she is waiting but freaks and goes out to score on her own....she is in a bad part of the city....she thinks about her life and her beauty wasted...her high hopes for him and their life together....and how he is her downfall....how he has always been a criminal....but when the drug hits....they can float and just accept the life they've chosen

    musicatokcon July 07, 2008   Link
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    'Until my middle name was excess'

    jade_jade_jadeon November 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
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    I've read somewhere that this is about her relationship with Nick Cave.

    He says this about his song Brompton Oratory:

    " ... But it's supposed to be where Christ, after the Resurrection, returns to his friends and shows himself to his disciples. I guess I was making a point in that song that some people have it lucky that people do return to them, and in my situation, it didn't seem like that was happening; in my ... in the relationship that I'm talking about within that song it doesn't seem like that was going to happen."

    So, the person who left him had done so about a month prior to the pentacost, which would have been Good Friday:

    "Die on Good Friday? While holding each other tight "

    the_boatmanon December 01, 2008   Link

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