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Florence & The Machine – Shake It Out lyrics

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn

And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around

All of his questions, such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with the devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah
And it's hard to dance with the devil on your back

And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It's a fine romance but it's left me so undone
It's always darkest before the dawn

Oh woah, oh woah...

And I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't
So here's to drinks in the dark at the end of my rope
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope
It's a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I'm gonna let it happen to me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah



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    This song, in my opinion, means to shake off the things holding you back, your 'devils' so to speak. Give yourself a second chance. Build yourself a new heart, be a better you. And the 'horse' that she is referring to isn't a literal horse, it's more like all the baggage she's been carrying around. Have you ever tried to drag a horse around? First of all, they can be really stubborn sometimes and second, they weigh a ton. Anyway, my favorite line in this song is "it's always darkest before the dawn. " because it holds so much truth. If you get anything out of this song, it's that one line alone. Give yourself a second chance. Things may seem bad now but the best is yet to come. After all, it's always darkest before the dawn.
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    This song is about a persons inner demons, you're damned if you bring them to light by the people around you but it's also the only way to move forward in life.
    'looking for heaven, for the devil in me.
    Well what the hell I'm gonna let it happen to me\'.
    Represents this moment of cutting out the graceless heart, burying the horse and shaking the devil off your back. Of deciding that the future is worth more than saving face or pretending that everything is okay. For me personally it perfectly encapsulates how I feel (i should say felt but I'm still dealing) about all my regrets, mistakes and miseries of the past.
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    Thalia
    The pound of flesh and cutting out one's graceless heart is also an allusion to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. In the play, a moneylender gives his rival a loan on the condition that, should he default, the payment shall be a pound of flesh. When the man indeed defaults on the payment, the moneylender demands the pound of flesh to come from his rival's heart, which would ensure the man's death. This, when someone wants a pound of flesh, they want more from you than you can ever possibly give. In this case, the singer seems to indicate that she is her own worst enemy.
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    The first line is wrong, it's not 'regrets collect. ' it's 'three girls collect. ' she's referring to greek mythology where the three girls are actually the three fates, the deciders of your death, life, everything. The songs meaning is all about how you cannot scrutinize over every mistake and blunder your committed, it's not about religion or satan, it's about the conscience of a person and how you should just forgive and forget, we are human and we aren't capable of living a perfect life.
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    Crap piles up on us over the course of our lives, and carrying this stuff on our shoulders all the time makes us ache, physically and spiritually. Our souls need to be free now and then, so we must take a break from lugging that stuff around. God knows we aren't perfect, and we'll likely accumulate more crap over time. I am sure that it will always be with us, but I'm also sure that the need to really live and be free is stronger. So now and then we must shake it off, set it aside for a bit, forgive ourselves, if you will, so that we can fully experience being alive!
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