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Song Released: 2011

Seven Devils Lyrics

Holy water cannot help you now
A thousand armies couldn't keep me out
I don't want your money
I don't want your crown
See I have to tell you
You're a ...

Holy water cannot help you now
See I've come to burn your kingdom...


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    Feb 12th, 2:23am report

    I don't know the actual meaning, but is the soundtrack on a chapter of TV serie "revenge" and it's amazing how it fits the situation.


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    Oct 5th, 2013 10:28am report

    Do at something to all of these interpretations, i have to say that i heard somewhere that this song was made for several different Tv shows/films


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    Sep 20th, 2013 9:19pm report

    It has to do with Doctor Who. The devils are his seven companions in a specific episode and how he turned them into weapons. It also refers to an episode where he knows that he will die before the day ends. Apparently She's a big Doctor Who fan.


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    Aug 3rd, 2013 8:13pm report

    i think its about 1.) it's about the evil or madness a man can have and when she said "she burn you kindom down" is meaning that it will destory everything you have 2.)it about you sins and evil a man can do. in both terms when she sang she "smoke you out" it means that it can follow you where you ever you go and you can't run away from it and holy water can't save you now it means either you've gone to far or that the deed was so evil nothing can wash it away. and basically when she say "she is dead in the mourning and is dead before the day is done means she either commited suside or she is planning to do it or people know what happened and is rioting up.


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    Apr 9th, 2013 4:12pm report

    In the Lost Book of Mary Magdalen says this in chapter 8....
    Chapter 8:

    . . . it.

    10) And desire said, I did not see you descending, but now I see you ascending. Why do you lie since you belong to me?

    11) The soul answered and said, I saw you. You did not see me nor recognize me. I served you as a garment and you did not know me.

    12) When it said this, it (the soul) went away rejoicing greatly.

    13) Again it came to the third power, which is called ignorance.

    14) The power questioned the soul, saying, Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound. But you are bound; do not judge!

    15) And the soul said, Why do you judge me, although I have not judged?

    16) I was bound, though I have not bound.

    17) I was not recognized. But I have recognized that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly things and the heavenly.

    18) When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms.

    19) The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.

    20) They asked the soul, Whence do you come slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?

    21) The soul answered and said, What binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome,

    22) and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died.

    23) In a aeon I was released from a world, and in a Type from a type, and from the fetter of oblivion which is transient.

    24) From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence.


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    Apr 9th, 2013 4:23pm report

    I meant man made religion cannot help us, it's up to each one of us to embrace LOVE inside of us and resist the evil...then we will no longer be dead, we will come alive.


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    Apr 9th, 2013 4:10pm report

    In my understanding it's about The ENEMY in our own minds that takes on 7 forms of evil. It is saying that man made religions(holy water) help us and armies(religion) cannot keep him out. 7 Devils all around us and inside of our house is like saying they are inside of our minds and our thoughts create them to manifest in our lives. All of our love will be exorcised(we be made weak to see how strong our love really is)
    They can keep me alive til i tear the walls
    til i slave your hearts and take your souls mean we give these devils the power by feeding them with fear, anger, revenge, selfishness, pride and it steals our souls. And then it's asking, can it be undone?


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    Mar 16th, 2013 3:01am report

    I think Seven Devils is about a relationship/love (of any kind, not just romantic) that is killing the girl. "All your love will be exorcised" is her about to get rid of the source of her pain. "We will find all your saints to be canonized" the addictions/vices/faults of the other person will become hers or she'll start recognizing them, because once she's taken her revenge or gotten rid of the other person, she'll become a devil herself. I think that's why the last stanzas changed from "seven devils a all around ME" to "seven devils all around YOU" and from "They were there when I woke up this morning" to "I was dead when I woke up this morning". She's done things that "cannot be undone" and now she's a devil, she's dead in her soul and she knows it; she just waiting for the rest of her to follow. "I was dead when I woke up this morning; I'll be dead before the day is done."


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    Feb 26th, 2013 2:10pm report

    While I am a Christian person, I don't think that this song has very much to do with religion. Someone stated before that it seems more like she's out to get someone. And the more I listen to it, the more it sounds like she is after someone for hurting her.
    I think this song is about her revenge on someone who hurt her.


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    Jan 30th, 2013 1:05am report

    From my point of view, Florence's "Seven Devils" is mainly about revenge and vengeance in the afterlife. I picture it as a wandering spirit whose come "home" and all what's in it's mind is hatred towards the person in the song. In the beginning it states: "Holy water cannot help you now, A thousand armies couldn't keep me out, I don't want your money, I don't want your crown, see I have to burn your kingdom down...And no rivers and no lakes, can put the fire out, I'm gonna raise the stakes, I'm gonna smoke you out..." This whole section reveals how much hate it feels inside by using the words "fire, burn, stake, and smoke,". Fire, in this case, symbolizes fury and destruction.
    "I have to burn your kingdom down"- I must to destroy your home.
    "And no rivers and no lakes can, can put the fire out"- Nothing can stop the madness I feel inside.
    "I'm gonna raise the stakes, I'm gonna smoke you out"- (Stake: a wooden post in which people were tied up and burned to death as an old form of execution) I'm gonna put up the post and I will burn you.
    (I'm gonna try to make my response shorter, because I still have homework to do and it's late!)
    The most significant part of the song is it's refrain, it repeats:
    "Seven devils all around you, seven devils in my house, see they were there when I woke up this morning, I'll be dead before the day is gone"- Seven devils surround you, seven devils are in the house, they appeared this morning when I woke up, I'll will vanish before the day is gone
    (I apologize if I wasn't clear enough)


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    Jan 29th, 2013 1:12am report

    well i think that this song describes veru good harry potter especially 7b.in the other hand this is the soundruck of the beautiful creatures movie so it can have o connection with the movie.I AM TOTELLY IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG!!!!!!!! <3


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    Dec 26th, 2012 12:08pm report

    I really interpreted this song as an allegory for paranoia. The first part "Holy Water cannot help you now ... I've come to burn your kingdom down" is basically her determination to know what's going on behind her back. Because paranoid people can get really worried and interested in what her accomplices are doing when she's not around (I.E. Private conversations, texts, phone calls, etc...).

    The chorus, "Seven devils all around me/Seven devils in my house/ See they were there when I woke up this morning/I'll be dead before the day is done" Is basically the seven devils representing her paranoia, "they were there when I woke up this morning" is her saying that that's how she is and it's not something she does willingly. "I'll be dead before the day is done" this paranoia will eventually be the possibly literal death of her, or maybe not as far as that, just her infinite frustration and need to know will drive her crazy.

    The second part, "And now all your love will be exorcised/and we will find your saying to be paradox/its an even sum/its a melody/its a battle cry/its a symphony" Is her saying that she will eventually find out what goes on behind her back and uncover those she thought to be friends as liars and two-faced (we will find your saying to be paradox).

    This is probably not the case, but that's how I interpret it.


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    Dec 2nd, 2012 12:40pm report

    I think this song has to do with the Seven Deadly Sins. Florence always has a way of expressing her true feelings in her music, and this song seems to me that it tell of her regrets of her sins or something of the sort.
    Wouldn't suprise me if it were a message from God. I truly think Florence may be an angel!


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    Nov 26th, 2012 11:34pm report

    "Seven Devils" is about revenge- "holy water cant help you now, a thousand armies couldn't keep me out... see I've come to burn your kingdom down" She has her mind set and there is no changing it. She realized what she is doing and she knows she will be punished for it- "Seven devils all around you Seven devils in my house See they were there when I woke up this morning I'll be dead before the day is done". The seven devils are referring to the seven deadly sins. Then she wants to prove whoever she is seeking revenge from wrong and wants to wish them harm- "and now all of your love will be exorcised and we will find your sayings to be paradox". Then it talks about how the seven devils have control over her now and they will make her do things. At the end she realizes what she did was wrong and wants to undo it.


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    Nov 9th, 2012 11:08pm report

    It could be something from the Lord too... a warning that He has come and allowed the devils to surround. Sounds like the message is to the saints?

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