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Florence & The Machine – Dog Days Are Over lyrics

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 her 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, run 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 done
Can you hear the horses?
'Cause here they come

Run fast for your mother, run 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

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



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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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    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.
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    UnregisteredJun 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm
    The end is coming, so let go of everything. The four horse men of the apocalypse. But only the end of the world as we know it, the only way to survive is to find out what love really is, let go of pain, and the things you long for, let go of the ones you love and the things you love, and do it for them, because you love them. Run. And don't be held back by anything. It's for you.
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    MissNMay 6, 2011 at 10:50 am
    This song is biblical, but in a non-religious creative sense. Someone earlier mentioned dystopia, and yes, to a point you're correct. This song is about the obliteration of "sin" in Sodom and Gomorrah. First, Dog Days in ancient Egypt, were considered cursed, and also periods of ritualistic sacrifice to the "gods" to appease natural disaster. With this, Sodom and Gomorrah were noted in the Bible for significant sexual deviance and more notably, Idol worship. God tells Lot, before the destruction of the city, "I'm going to allow you and your family safe passage, because this place is going down. DO NOT look back, and don't doubt that you'll be punished if you do." The "Her" is Lot's wife, who very much loved her city. As they flee, she looks back with longing on a place she didn't want to leave, because she loved it too much. God kept his promise and transformed her in to a pillar of salt.
    The horses represent the Bible, and it's promise that God would send horses as a sign of warning to the end of days-Riders would lead these horses in and Hell would follow them over earth.
    Songwriters use Biblical reference, obscure or otherwise, to create great music. The Killers also did this with one of their most famous songs, U2 as well. It makes for some good writing, ironically.
  • r
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    russianpointe233Apr 25, 2011 at 4:22 am
    I don't know. When I hear the song and see the video, I see escaping from a society that is collapsing in on itself. I have a strange, macabre fascination with dystopian worlds, so maybe I'm predisposed to thinking that way, but the lyrics fit. Happiness hit her like a train on a track--for people who like that genre of literature (think Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury or Anthem by Ayn Rand), these societies always have a false illusion of happiness, so the happiness could be the realization of how false it is. And when the protagonist in these novels run away from the society, they have to leave behind everything they have, which usually isn't very much, but it means a lot.
    There are a few mistakes in the lyrics. One verse says "leave all your love and your longing behind" but another says "leave all your love and your loving behind." I believe it's longing.

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