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Happiness, hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her, stuck still no turning back
She hid around corners and she hid under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with a drink
And washed it away, down the kitchen sink

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Run fast for your mother and fast for your father
Run for your children for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind you
Can't carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses
'Cause here they come

And I never wanted anything from you
Except everything you had
And what was left after that too. oh.

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that

The dog days are over
The dog days are gone
Can you hear the horses
'Cause here they come

Run fast for your mother and fast for your father
Run for your children for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind you
Can't carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are gone
Can you hear the horses
'Cause here they come

The dog days are over
The dog days are gone
The horses are coming
So you better run

The dog days are over
The dog days are gone
The horses are coming
So you better run



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  • k
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    Kelly0812Jul 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    Here's a more personal interpretation:
    I think this song is, as many have said, about the hard times ("dog days") being over, but I think the bits where she says "she hid under beds" and "run fast for..." and especially "you can't carry it with you if you want to survive," all kind of indicate, for me, a sense that the happiness was RESISTED at first, ("from it she fled")
    Obviously it came on very suddenly (with all the images of horses and bullets and trains), but have you ever been in a situation where happiness is beckoning to you, but because of everything in your past, and bad experiences and memories, and fear of the situation going south, you resist going forward into it? I definitely have, and that's why I love this song so much. Florence nailed it.
    I think she has fallen in love very quickly, and is afraid to get too far into it because of her past negative experiences, but, "you can't carry [those] with you if you want to survive."
    In fact, she's sort of accepted it already, as she says "from someone who should have known better" and "can you hear the horses? Because here they come."
    This song is like the moment the dawn breaks.
  • U
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    UnregisteredAug 31, 2012 at 11:30 am
    Well obviously it's about how when the dogs ruled the world, they were over turned and then the humans took over. The mark this momentous occasion, the let a tonne of horeses run free. Duh.
  • U
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    UnregisteredDec 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm
    The speaker finally realizes that life has so much more meaning to pointless and fruitless unrequited love. She finds that she is able to move on - as painful as it is - and she finds true happiness. She still experiences moments of pain, but she realizes escaping from her failed love before it further hurt her was the best thing she could do. And now she's running through the sunlight and leaving it all behind because it's a burden she can live without... And she's looking to the horizon with a smile on her face and a song in her heart.
  • U
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    UnregisteredMar 12, 2012 at 6:58 am
    The girl is afraid of change , except this time change is for the better , go back to your family and leave him .
  • U
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    UnregisteredDec 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    This song is about a young girl who was abused by 'someone who should know better than that'. At first, she tried to kill it with kisses, and hide from it, and drink to forget, but then had to take matters in to her own hands. The horses are coming to exact punishment on the abuser.

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