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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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    Angeliskate
    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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    This songs meaning can be directly related to the meaning of edgar allen poes "the raven", it's all based on the fact that the human mind has a tendency to with it weigh it's self down with regrets and over thinking, as so this song is written but this talks about getting rid of these regrets, and continuing life, though at the end, they let the regrets swollow them, no happy endings here :(
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    "regrets collect like old friends" means that negative emotions from our past (even if was yesterday) tend to cling to the human heart. To be human is to reflect. When we do that too much with the dark stuff, "all the gouls comne out to play. " that means I have to decide what is really, really vital to me. That's what "i like to keep my issues strong," means to me. Change is universally difficult. When we're ready to give up, we have to persist. That's when we have to cling to the purpose we defined for ourselves. Typically, it's those hours when "it's always darkest before the dawn. " and "shake it out," that's just total encouragement to take whatever hurts and micro insults stuck to me through the day, and shake 'em off. I imagine it's like I start every day fresh. Like I'm clean and whole. And then the petty, vain, insulting, negative, demeaning crap (whether it's for me or someone else) just get's stuck on me. So by the time my day is done, I'm like an old winter blanket covered with lint, dust, stains, and residue around me. "shake it out" means take that stuff and shake it like winter's blanket in spring's fresh air. It means, "get that crap off of you before it takes root in your soul. "
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