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Song Released: 2010


Cosmic Love Lyrics

A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes

I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind



The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out

You left me in the dark

No dawn, no day, I'm always...

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    anonymous
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    Jan 16th, 2011 1:40pm report


    i think this song is about love, obviously. that a girl falls in love with a boy and she is blinded by that love. she is so consumed by the love that she is in the dark "the stars, the moon, they have all been blown out you left me in the dark" and is scared because she doesnt believe he feels the same way. So she decides to leave the relationship "i took the stars from my eyes, then i made a map, i knew that somehow i would find my way back" but in doing so she realizes that the boy she fell for is also deeply in love with her so they lose themselves in eachother. "i heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too, so i stayed in the darkness with you"

    Hope this helps!



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    anonymous
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    May 4th, 2013 5:58pm report


    My interpretation is a little bit different. In my version, she fell in love with someone. The two were deeply connected, until a sudden event took him away, hence, "the stars, the moon, they have all been blown out. You left me in the dark."

    When the song then says, "no dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight", she seems stuck in time because she can't get over losing him. In the next part, when she says she could hear his heartbeat, she is in denial from losing him, then starts to look for him. When it stops, she is so heartbroken that she turns to the darkness for comfort. Then the chorus come around, and she is once again reminded of her loss.

    When she mentions "taking the stars and making a map", she finally got over losing him, then tried to get back to her old self. But she became doubtful when she thought what if he came back. "You were in the darkness", she then found him, and all the painful memories came back, making her happy that she was whole again.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 17th, 2012 11:20pm report


    Here's the version I love the most from Florence and the Machine. This version .... is hauntingly beautiful and it makes me cry:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gMq3hRLDD0&feature=share&list=PLfz_44elSUw-ZP0xV9JtyPk4XHc-KYqss



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    Native_Indian
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    Jun 4th, 2012 6:43pm report


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    I think it is possible she is channeling. Sometimes in song, you hear the word "love" and you think this is between people, but sometimes it is the relationship of humans with an entity, such as a government that is oppressive.

    The love represents love for ones homeland, country and flag, yet the government occupying it, is sometimes difficult to love. If a government is doing wrongly, cosmic loyalty, cosmic love results. People adapt to its oppressive tentacle, deception or techniques.

    The star falls from the heart of this oppressive government. "A star can fall" from the sky over a country as well, and for the poetic license in song and in lyric, this is acceptable.



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    Native_Indian
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    May 28th, 2012 5:43am report


    I think it is possible she is channeling. Sometimes in song, you hear the work "love" and you think this is between people, but sometimes it is the relationship of humans with an entity, such as a government that is oppressive.

    The star falls from the heart of this oppressive government. "A star can fall" from the sky over a country as well, and for the poetic license in song and in lyric, this is acceptable.

    It lands in the eyes (blinding those who are obedient to the oppressive government). The employees working for the oppressive government do things they would not otherwise do, for payment and employment.

    Thus while being blind they learn of its darkness and blend with it too.

    They adapt to "it." They become like the darkness.

    They adopt the dogma of oppressive/subversive governments. This happens world wide irregardless of faith or religion. They become captives of that government working for it, and doing its bidding.

    "I stayed in the darkness with you."

    They are in Cosmic love with it. It pays for their needs, and they are dependent on it.

    As Florence may have well experienced what some call a "depression," this could as easily have been an "oppression."

    She could have witnessed the oppression and subversion of a relative, a cherished aunt and uncle who were married but who were filed a lien against and whose property was seized.

    As she had grown up cherishing their love and their visits, it left an impression when their marriage was shattered or destroyed by this government encroachment against their lives. All their happiness left, and she longed for it as a child. Adored it as an adolescent.

    She could have also witnessed a father or sibling, or even in passing on the street, saw a neighbor or complete stranger being pushed out and their furniture moved and the lady/children of the family, crying and sobbing. The man at odds with what to do, how to care for his family.

    Also, she could have been the child of a family so mistreated. Whose family was up in alarm at the deceptiveness of government employees (even in Imperialist Great Britain, bad things are done in the name of the crown, in the name of inflation and monetary supply - to the government). Governments during times of war, try to seize property with "adjustment fraud." This is so that they can have collateral to borrow against, when they are borrowed up to their limit already in trying to finance expensive war machines.

    As there is much media manipulation, and governments still do attack others for being critical of it, she wrote a song, that disguises her regard for oppressive governments. And sings of it, in a Spirit that is free in expression. And thus evades prosecution or retaliation from governments which are still very dishonest in ways, degenerate in others. Oppressive.

    I commend her for this Spirit, is a victorious sound to my soul.

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    Native_Indian
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    May 28th, 2012 5:38am report


    I think it is possible she is channeling. Sometimes in song, you hear the work "love" and you think this is between people, but sometimes it is the relationship of humans with an entity, such as a government that is oppressive.

    The star falls from the heart of this oppressive government. "A star can fall" from the sky over a country as well, and for the poetic license in song and in lyric, this is acceptable.

    It lands in the eyes (blinding those who are obedient to the oppressive government). The employees working for the oppressive government do things they would not otherwise do, for payment and employment.

    Thus while being blind they learn of its darkness and blend with it too.

    They adapt to "it." They become like the darkness.

    They adopt the dogma of oppressive/subversive governments. This happens world wide irregardless of faith or religion. They become captives of that government working for it, and doing its bidding.

    "I stayed in the darkness with you."

    They are in Cosmic love with it. It pays for their needs, and they are dependent on it.

    As Florence may have well experienced what some call a "depression," this could as easily have been an "oppression."

    She could have witnessed the oppression and subversion of a relative, a cherished aunt and uncle who were married but who were filed a lien against and whose property was seized.

    As she had grown up cherishing their love and their visits, it left an impression when their marriage was shattered or destroyed by this government encroachment against their lives. All their happiness left, and she longed for it as a child. Adored it as an adolescent.

    She could have also witnessed a father or sibling, or even in passing on the street, saw a neighbor or complete stranger being pushed out and their furniture moved and the lady/children of the family, crying and sobbing. The man at odds with what to do, how to care for his family.

    Also, she could have been the child of a family so mistreated. Whose family was up in alarm at the deceptiveness of government employees (even in Imperialist Great Britain, bad things are done in the name of the crown, in the name of inflation and monetary supply - to the government).


    As there is much media manipulation, and governments still do attack others for being critical of it, she wrote a song, that disguises her regard for oppressive governments. And sings of it, in a Spirit that is free in expression. And thus evades prosecution or retaliation from governments which are still very dishonest in ways, degenerate in others. Oppressive. Subversive of public trust.

    I commend her for this Spirit, is a victorious sound to my soul.

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    anonymous
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    May 10th, 2012 5:53pm report


    i think it is a sad love story too, she is certain of her blinding love for him.

    but she finds glimpses of his 'love' for her in: "i can hear your heartbeat, i tried to find the sound"
    when she tries to make sure of it as in 'find it', he changes, or turns cold.. or so it seems, i assumed that from "but then, it stopped."
    so she might have given up a little to the depressing feeling of the longing: "and i was in the darkness... so darkness i became." *she seems to give up by going back to being herself until...
    when she hears his heartbeat the second time, she becomes clear that he also has affections for her, so she decides to live with this 'maybe painful' love >"you were in the darkness too, so, i stayed in the darkness with you."

    "no dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight" i think here she indicates to the fluctuating state that she's in, where she is obsessed with the love but uncertain of his love..



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    anonymous
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    Feb 6th, 2012 2:51pm report


    I think that it is about a girl who falls in love and then gets dumped. When she is dumped she is blinded by love and trys to get the boy back. Then she is left behind his heart hense "left in the shadows of your heart" or forgotten. Then he ends up wanting her again and goes in the darkness with her. She takes the stars from her eyes and stays in the dark, stays with him.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 27th, 2011 11:14am report


    I think its about a quest to find God/Truth/Spirtuality. Classic tale of searching everywhere for something that was under her nose the entire time.

    Its a little far fetched, but that's where my mind took it.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 6th, 2011 8:10am report


    I think this song is about depression/emotional issue. I think she is talking about how she battled depression/emotional issue and got through it but then fell in love with someone who was also had depression/emotional issue and instead of leaving them and moving on she let herself be pulled down into the depression and destructive relationship.

    "A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes

    I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind" (The love she feels for this man blinds her and shes unable to see her way out of the relationship, she become blind to all the problems they both have)


    "And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat

    I tried to find the sound

    But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,

    So darkness I became" (I think in this verse shes trying to explain how shes trying to fix all her partners issues, but ultimatly is failing, trying to find the sound of his heartbeat would imply trying to help him open up and share, but it stopped because they have become so detached from eachother that she feels as if shes now in the deppression alone the chorus reflects this "Youve left me in the dark")

    The "stars in her eyes" shes refferng to means that she was blinded by denile about her emtional issue. She fights through her problems only to find that her partner is still there fighting his and instead of leaving she stays with him.

    "I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map" (shaking of her problems)

    "And knew that somehow I could find my way back" (get back to her old self)

    Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too (she found he was suffering from deppression aswell)

    So I stayed in the darkness with you (what shes bascially saying here is i can move on with out you but instead im going to stay her in pain with you-we will be in pain together).

    I think its about two partners battling their own individual emotional problems and becoming entwined in each others because its portrayed that way through the whole song. When people describe themselves as being depressed they often refer to it as darkness. And say that there moods are neither good nor bad just netural, this is reflected in the following line

    "No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight" (Stuck in one spot neither up or down)

    In the shadow of your heart (and finally i think that this line is implying that his problems are outshadowing hers, shes suffering too but quitly- suffering in silence. while her partners problems are so obvious hers are going unnoticed.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2011 7:10am report


    I think that it could be about how she is blinded by a love that wasn't the best it could be. Then he leaves her, but she can't really get over it, "You left me in the dark... In the shadow of your heart". Then she suddenly comes to terms with it, and she became the darkness she was living in.

    Then after she grows out of it, and is able to get out, she finds someone else, whether it's the first guy or not, and she realizes she can stay there with them.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 11th, 2011 7:37pm report


    I just lost my soul mate to sudden death. I think that is what this song means. That is what it means to me now.



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    anonymous
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    May 26th, 2011 5:15pm report


    I think this song is sort of like a one-way love song.

    She is clearly in love with someone so much that she is blinded. Like how another comment said "her longing for this person is so powerful it's as if it has impaired her senses. The couple are so caught up in how they feel about each other, they've lost touch with the rest of the world."
    But I only believe that this is true toward the end.
    I think the "heartbeat" she hears is the affection he shows towards her. She caught sight of this boy and now it's "left her blind". When she hears the heartbeat, she thinks he's in love with her but she goes out to try to make it happen and he backs off. Now shes sitting alone-helplessly in love-and he realizes that he IS in love with her. She hears that heartbeat again and they are BOTH oblivious to the world because of their love.

    Hope this helps! I honestly LOOOOOVE this song!!!



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    anonymous
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    May 16th, 2011 5:37pm report


    I've heard lots of interpretations which say that it's about resigning yourself to staying in an oppressive relationship. From the lyrics, I can see that possibility, but to me the song sounds much too upbeat and hopeful to mean that.

    I think, sort of like Howl, this song is about how love can overwhelm. In Howl, lust turned her into a beast; in Cosmic Love, I think that her longig for this person is so powerful it's as if it has impaired her senses. The couple are so caught up in how they feel about each other, they've lost touch with the rest of the world.

    It's about the really early stages in a relationship, where nothing is certain, but everything is so intense.



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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 2011 5:00pm report


    there isn't a happy ending. yes she is blinded by her love for him but every time she tries to leave he makes it seem like he loves her making her stay. however after that shes still stuck in the darkness in the shadow of his heart not with him but with only the idea of him loving her.




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