Florence and the Machine: Never Let Me Go Meaning
Song Released: 2011
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Never Let Me Go Lyrics
Fractured moonlight on the sea
Reflections still look the same to me,
As before I went under.
And it's peaceful in the deep,
Cathedral where you cannot breathe,
No need to pray, no need to speak
Now I am...
anonymous Sep 20th, 9:46pm report
The ocean as a metaphor for God's love is a very fitting interpretation for this song for a couple of reasons. Consider the words of Ephesians 3:17-19:
17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
You can see that the vastness of the ocean is a good visual metaphor for what Paul is describing here with regard to the breadth, length, height and depth of God's love.
Also, the idea of drowning in the flood, of dying, is very clever and fitting if viewed in terms of a Christian metaphor. Christ calls us to die to ourselves so that we may live to God, as illustrated by the following verses:
Luke 9:23-24 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Romans 6:2-4 ...How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
One could also draw a parallel to baptism, the immersion in water. The whole tone of the song is also very uplifting, peaceful and hymnlike, lending itself to that interpretation.
anonymous Sep 22nd, 2014 9:02am report
When I listen to this song, I immediately think of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. The ocean, the idea of relief, the pressions. In the movie, the female character jumps into the San Francisco's bay because she thinks she's going mad.
The title can also be a reference to one of the movie's quotes : « Don't le me go ».
anonymous Aug 15th, 2014 8:58pm report
I read a quote online that this song writer loves to use old hymns to write her lyrics. So I found this site http://www.hymnary.org/text/the_mercy_of_god_is_an_ocean_divine. There are a lot of old hymns about oceans. Are you guys sure that there isn't a tone of Christian symbolism in this song? Maybe the ocean is a symbol for mercy? Among all the other great layers of meanings already discussed.
anonymous Aug 15th, 2014 8:46pm report
That's what I like about this song. It seems to have layers of meanings. Literally it does appear to be a kind of suicide if it's not taken as a song or poem. But poetically, it has these great words like deliver me, and devotion rushing out of me. Then there is the title, Never let me go.
I like the mermaid images, but then there is also this deliverance from some type of guilt or pressure. Just ask this question that no one has addressed. As lyrics, what does the ocean symbolize. If we don't take it literally. What is really delivering her? What is this big, cool, thing that take her far away from her problems and gives her a new angle on everyone?
I like that there are several songs about water in her album. I truly love all of them. Amazing work.
anonymous Jul 24th, 2014 7:01pm report
You have this one were she sinks, then what the water gave me, so could be she found something good at the bottom then swimming song where she surfaces and his free. Her trio of water songs has to connect!
anonymous May 25th, 2014 5:15pm report
Oh, and I think this music is a continuation of What the Water Gave Me. First she sinks, than she accepts it.
anonymous May 25th, 2014 5:14pm report
I think it's about accepting the difficulties, but not in a good way. Her life is so hard, and she was trying to be over it, but she couldn't. So, she was already sinking, and know she accepted she's under the sea. She doesn't wanna fight anymore, so much that she finds peace inside these problems. "Never let me go" means that the problems will never let her go, they'll be always around. She says the pressure is hard to take, and not caring is the only way to escape. She gave herself to the hell her life became, that's why she says she is a sinner, however she gets cracks of heaven, because she found peace in this hell.
anonymous Mar 9th, 2014 3:00am report
Guys it's about her drowning/dying and instead of cowarding away she accepts it and the lyrics instead of giving up I give in
anonymous Jan 16th, 2014 1:41pm report
I connect it with a movie-Never Let Me Go...
anonymous Nov 22nd, 2013 11:13am report
For me this song is about someone whose going through difficult times and finds God. And the relationship with God is strengthened because of the difficult time.
anonymous Nov 13th, 2013 11:43am report
this song is not about any of this lol its about finding a love so strong and just giving yourself completely to that person...she seems like she never experience true love prob bc she put up walls but than she found someone to break those walls(found somewhere to rest my head) (never knew such devotion) so she found a love she didnt think she was worthy or capable of...he deals with her walls he deal with her flaws and her crap(crushes of heaven for a sinner like me) I think the video part where she is in water is showing her being like cleansed of all the pain and hurt that kept her form love and her just giving in to the love she now has with this guy.
anonymous Sep 4th, 2013 9:47pm report
The mermaid intrepatation is closest....the movie is loosely based on Atlantis, no need to speak, because they were telepathic in Atlantis, and didn't need to talk with language the way we do.
anonymous Aug 29th, 2013 8:29am report
I thought it may have been a tribute to the re-release of "Titanic" movie - 2010?. It describes well the horrors of the sinking; and what the passengers probably went through. They are now at peace.
anonymous Jun 11th, 2013 6:32pm report
She thought she found something peaceful or that she was free but she says reflection still looks the same to me she's saying her pain and her shame is still there as before she went under saying that her pain hasn't left.Then when she say's that its peacful in the deep she's saying she thinks that being dead is better and more peaceful.Then she found a place to rest her head AKA her pain .When she say's never let me go is either a silent call for help or a warning for her love not to let her go.Then the choice is hard to make seems the only way she can escape the pain.
anonymous Apr 15th, 2013 4:41pm report
I thought this song was about Virginia Woolf...and the fact that she drowned herself after writing her husband a last letter.
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