Florence and the Machine: Seven Devils Meaning
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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...
anonymous Aug 27th, 8:59pm report
It sounds like she is getting revenge on someone.
"Holy water cannot help you now
Thousand armies couldn't keep me out
I don't want your money
I don't want your crown
See I've come to burn your kingdom down"
Someone has done something to her and now there is nothing they can do to stop her from getting back at them.
"For what has been done
Cannot be undone
In the evil's heart
In the evil's soul"
They have already done something and they can't take it back and now she is out for revenge.
I saw in another interpretation that is sounds like revenge and after listening to it again a couple times and seeing the lyrics this is what is sounds like to me also. Hope this helps :)
anonymous Jul 23rd, 7:06pm report
For those looking at it from a universe perspective just know this much.
Devils can't cast out devils in the name of Jesus. Therefore, Jesus is not evil. Hence, Christianity is holy and real because you can cast out a demon in the name of Jesus Christ..
I pray that those who read this will have their spiritual eyes opened in the name of Jesus Christ.
If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
anonymous Jul 7th, 7:53pm report
Jesus it's just a song. Cool though.
anonymous Jul 5th, 7:45pm report
I take this as a direct challenge to Christianity/Catholocism in the way that the Seven Devils are what religion uses to control you(Seven deadly sins). We are all manifested by these same "Seven Devils" but only the Church offers a path to overcome. Florence is wiser and stronger than all of that in her infinite grasp of the universe and the powers at play and is leading the charge. Biblical imagery like that of "thousand armies" cannot keep Truths most ardent warrior out. Some of Gods own greatest creations(rivers and lakes) won't be able to save them from this onslaught. A nod to the materialistic irony of this organized religion, she states she doesn't want all their riches or their Gods crown just to make them no longer exist so we can all see the truth. Only thing missing here is a flood and an Ark.
With triumph comes all effects of Christianity being removed("All of your love will be exorcised"), as if a demon itself and we'll be freed from the fear of the devils and the Churches control. Only then will all of their "sayings"(The Gospels)be realized by the world as hate and evil which is the paradox to Love and Good.
Shes playing Devils Advocate and saying Christianity is actually evil and she's gonna smoke it out. Fear the Florence! Such a powerful piece! Instant favorite.
anonymous May 8th, 5:00pm report
"Seven Devils" is a story of an uncontrollable and incomprehensible anger in a desperate attempt to convey Florence's own helplessness to her emotions. The seven devils refer to the biblical account of St. Mary Magdalene, who, as a prostitute, was possessed by seven devils that left her without her freedom or desire to do good. Only after Jesus exorsiced these demons was Mary Magdalene able to regain her self control and express thankfulness to her Savior, becoming a saint after her death due to her good works. Florence expresses this anger and uncontrollable drive to destroy in the form of the story of Mary Magdalene and the Seven Devils. However, unlike St. Magdalene, Florence does not overcome her demons, but succumbs to them, saying she will "be dead before the day is done," perhaps succumbing helplessly and happily now that she has been avenged.
anonymous May 4th, 5:36pm report
It is righteous destruction to the point of utterly annihilating one's existence. To kill is not enough; every last bastion of one's influence and achievement shall be completely obliterated. This is the only way to begin to move beyond the evil one has done, and the only way to restore balance. The seven devils are from the Bible, being the seven demons that plagued Mary Magdalene. We are told her affliction was so severe it was entirely debilitating, in effect destroying her life and identity. Only exorcism by the Messiah restored her humanity. In context, nothing short of define intervention can keep the punishment of ultimate torment from eradicating your being. I bring it now.
anonymous Feb 12th, 2014 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
darkevee1030 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.
In the Lost Book of Mary Magdalen says this in chapter 8....
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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.
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?
anonymous 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."
anonymous 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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