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Florence and the Machine: Never Let Me Go Meaning

Tagged: Suicide [suggest]

Song Released: 2011


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Looking out from underneath,
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...

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    anonymous
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    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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    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd, 2013 2:07pm report


    I can't help but hear religious overtones to it.

    Perhaps that's just my interpretation, but still, I find it comforting.

    And the ending of the song is just magical. I can't stop listening it.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 12th, 2012 12:05pm report


    Literally, it could be about suicide. But what's the point of listening to music just to find a LITERAL meaning?? A song comes from your own interpretation. It could be about baptism, being lost in emotion, etc. So no, I think you're the "dumbass" because you're telling others that their personal interpretation of a lyric is wrong. Lyrics are meant to have several meanings to fit several different people.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 19th, 2012 11:45pm report


    This is about the little mermaid people! ( The first version) If you watch the video, you'll see florence outside a glass door watching a man. I believe the glass door separates land and the ocean. She watches the man as he plays on arcade machines. I believe this is the prince and the mermaid sees what fun she can have on land. When the wet socks are shown, I believe that's her walking on land for the first time. The cleaner woman is definitely the sea witch, who cast the spell on her. She makes the water run down her face as a warning that she better hurry. As she enters the ice rink, the place the prince lives, she dances and he seems to fall for her too. As they dance throughout the video, the sea witch comes back to watch. If you look closely when the two are enbracing, you see that Flo is turning into foam already. The man finally lets her go and doesn't fa in love with her as planned. I love it when she looks at the sea witch like "ahh. You got me." She then turns into sea foam and dirty water again. The man isn't seen again and probably left before Flo mermaid started to die. The sea witch throws back on her hood because her work is done. She's the cleaner because she's the keeper of the ocean

    If its not about this then it's definatly about a suicide



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    anonymous
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    Nov 2nd, 2012 11:09pm report


    It's about drowning herself because she's done something that she can never forgive herself for and thinks that drowning herself will rid of her sins. Don't tell me I'm wrong because Flo said so herself.



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    tinkerbell
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    Oct 28th, 2012 10:32am report


    The way I interpret it is that this song and the video is something of a recreation of "The Little Mermaid" not the soft Disney version but of the first versions.

    In the story, the little mermaid looks up to the world above her and falls in love with the prince. She eventually gets the sea witch to cast a spell on her to turn her human and walk on land to be with the prince. She is supposed to get the prince to fall in love with her, or else she will die. The prince never does and leaves her for someone else, and then the mermaid dies turning into sea foam.

    In the music video, when the girl was walking out of the rink, she was dripping water, perhaps proving she has just had the spell cast on her. The ice rink may represent the land the prince lives in. While the two dance for a while and share an intimate moment, he eventually leaves her. She starts to turn into foam even when she was dancing with the prince, but it pours out after he leaves her.

    The moral of that story is not to sacrifice everything you have for one person who may not even like you back.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 21st, 2012 9:47pm report


    LOL It's incredible how almost everyone is wrong about the lyrics.

    But first, anyone who read the fairy tale "THE LITTLE MERMAID" knows how to interpretate the song. So for those who don't understand or didn't read the tale, I will post my interpretation here.

    Let's interpretate correctly:

    "Looking up from underneath
    Fractured moonlight on the sea
    Reflections still look the same to me
    As before I went under"

    The fairy tale of the little mermaid starts just like this. Sirenette (in this case Flo) is a mermaid who lives in the bottom of the ocean, the underneath. When the Little Mermaid's turns 15 she can swim to the world outside the ocean, the land. When she ventures to the surface, sees a ship with a handsome prince, and falls in love with him from a distance.
    A great storm hits and the Little Mermaid saves the prince from nearly drowning. She delivers him unconscious to the shore near a temple. The prince never sees the Little Mermaid.
    The moonlight fractured on the sea would represent the love, and the ocean, the prince. The moonlight is fractured if you see under the water. So the mermaid cannot feels completely the love of the prince because love between mermaid and man is not possible.
    Reflections look the same to her because even that her love is not possible, she still wants him and it doesn't make difference if it's out or under the water, the love looks the same to her.
    "As before I went under" it's about the interaction between she and the prince. Summarizing this part it's how the mermaid sees the prince. When she saved him in the rocks, she fell in love and moonlight was clear. But when she goes under, the love is not complete, the moonlight is fractured, but even under the water, the love is the same to her.

    Before the next part, let's see what happens to the mermaid:
    "The grandmother of the mermaid explains that humans have a much shorter lifespan than merfolks' 300 years, but humans have an eternal soul that lives on in Heaven. The Little Mermaid eventually visits the Sea Witch, who sells her a potion that gives her legs in exchange for her tongue (as the Little Mermaid has the most intoxicating voice in the world). The Sea Witch warns, however, that once she becomes a human, she will never be able to return to the sea. Drinking the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her, yet when she recovers she will have two beautiful legs, and will be able to dance like no human has ever ddanced before. However, it will constantly feel like she is walking on sharp swords hard enough to make her bleed. In addition, she will only get a soul if she finds true love's kiss and if the prince loves her and marries her, for then a part of his soul will flow into her. Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries another woman, the Little Mermaid will die brokenhearted and disintegrate into sea foam."
    That's why in the video, each step releases water from her foot, it's painful. And that's why she is skiding, because if she cannot walk because of the pain, she can skid to ease the pain. However she cannot tell the prince she loves him 'cause she is mute.

    Next part:
    "And it's peaceful in the deep,
    Cathedral where you cannot breathe,
    No need to pray, no need to speak
    Now I am under."

    Now she is with the prince and the prince is attracted to her beauty. And she dance every night to the prince despite the pain. And when she cries, the prince thinks it's emotional, but it's not, it's pain.
    But it's peaceful stay with him, in the deep. She cannot breathe because it's not her enviroment to live. And don't need to pray or speak, because she is mute. So anything bad that could happen from saying things to him, don't occur. But she can't prays to her love comes reality too. Now she's in love deeply with the prince.

    "And it's breaking over me,
    A thousand miles down to the sea bed,
    Found the place to rest my head."

    It's breaking over her, because what she's doing it's a sin, it's bad. The pain and the consequences of the love is breaking over her. And it's far far away from the surface, she is really deeply in love. And she now can rest in peace, because she found her passion, her other side of the orange.

    "Never let me go, never let me go,
    never let me go, never let me go"

    It's her appealing. If he goes to love another girl she dies, so she is appeling for his love.

    "And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
    And all this devotion was rushing out of me,
    And the crashes are heaven, for a sinner like me,
    The arms of the ocean deliver me."

    And the prince is carrying her, he is answering to her love. And she can devote to him now that she can stay with him.
    The price of the love is being paid. She feels the love is a heaven even she's a sinner feeling the ultimate sorrow.
    She believes the prince it's part of her destiny and now that she found her destiny she can rest and love him peacefully.

    "Though the pressure's hard to take,
    It's the only way I can escape,
    It seems a heavy choice to make,
    Now I am under all."

    The pressure represents her pain, because she cries when she dance to him, so it's very hard to resist, but it's the only way she can be with him. The choice of giving your life by his love it's crucial. So she choose to drink the potion to be with the prince. And now she is in love with him.

    Repeating that it's breaking over her and bla bla...

    The chorus again...

    And now another part of the tale: the prince's father orders him to marry the neighbour king's daughter, but he refuses because she wants the mermaid. But when he sees the princess, he thinks it's the woman that rescued him from the drowning. So he loves her and the wedding is announced. The she sings:

    "And it's over,
    And I'm going under,
    But I'm not giving up!
    I'm just giving in."

    It's over! She thinks of all that she has given up and of all the pain she has suffered. Her love by the man is not corresponded. And now she is going to die. But she don't give up because in the story, her sisters brings a knife to her, as if she slays the prince and put her feet under his blood, she will become a mermaid again, and live her life. But she cannot bring herself to kill the prince lying with her bride, so she'll just give in to the ocean, to the peace, to the heaven.

    "Oh, slipping underneath.
    Oh, so cold, but so sweet."

    She is just getting back to the ocean, to the underneath, to her home. The death it's cold, but it's pleasurable.

    "In the arms of the ocean, so sweet and so cold,
    And all this devotion I never knew at all,
    And the crashes are Heaven, for a sinner released,
    And the arms of the ocean,
    Deliver me."

    Now that the prince turned away, after all that sweetness to her but cold for betraying her, she can't know that devotion of the not-corresponding love. She though she would marry but her devotion just faded out.
    Now she's a sinner going to heaven. And as dawn breaks she throws herself into the sea. Her body dissolves into sea foam. She redempted her true love but in vain.
    So in the video she dissolves and the man don't care.

    And that's it. I hope you guys now understand the true interpretation of the lyrics and of the video. If you still do not understand, read the tale, it's beautiful.
    =)



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    anonymous
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    Aug 4th, 2012 8:00pm report


    this also could be about love

    they say a womans heart is like an ocean???



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    anonymous
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    Aug 4th, 2012 8:52am report


    I think this is about depression and its overwhelming grasp it has on one person, dragging someone under.

    how anything good rushes and flows out from you and once at the lowest point it feels like the oceans all around you on its bed, its pressure, the dark times feeling like crashes of waves in a storm sometimes feeling good.

    Once in the darkest place you make the choice you cannot escape then submit and lay your head to rest and accept.

    How depression is not just one intense period but it hitting you over time and time again. Depression is not something that happens once that it can feel like it will never let you go



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    anonymous
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    Aug 4th, 2012 8:38am report


    I think this is about depression or the overwhelming emotions one can feel about anything intense.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 31st, 2012 7:42pm report


    I think this song is about suicide, and how she is escaping a world that she didn't want to be a part of, and a finding a place where her body and soul can rest. The deep" to me sounds like heaven, and the "arms of the ocean carry me" sounds like the act of dying.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2012 7:46am report


    I think this song is ambiguous so each person can feel what they want or need to feel. To me, is about love. When I listened to it I understood the same as it was explained by Anonymus, April 29th, and just because that is what I want to understand.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 2012 7:59am report


    It is about a woman who has committed lots of bad things (sinner) and thinks her life is useless. So she kills herself in hope forgiveness. Agree?



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    anonymous
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    Jun 4th, 2012 6:59pm report


    I see the 'ocean' in this song as a metaphor for depression and the song is about the conflict that goes on in the head of someone contemplating suicide.

    "Reflections still look the same to me,
    As before I went under."

    After getting 'drowned' by the depression she still see's herself as worthless and not worth saving.

    "And it's peaceful in the deep,
    Cathedral where you cannot breathe,
    No need to pray, no need to speak
    Now I am under."

    In taking her life she doesn't want people to mourn her death as she will have found peace.

    "Never let me go, never let me go.
    Never let me go, never let me go."

    There is something in her life that still gives her a tiny spark and prevents her taking that final step. Family or Loved One etc. It's that spark that keeps her alive and she doesn't want that to Let her go.

    "And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
    And all this devotion was rushing out of me,
    And the crashes are heaven, for a sinner like me,
    The arms of the ocean deliver me."

    The Depression carries her away from the good things and her love of life disappears. The crashes are the thoughts of suicide that will let her escape the depression and deliver her to peace (heaven).

    "Though the pressure's hard to take,
    It's the only way I can escape,
    It seems a heavy choice to make,
    Now I am under."

    In spite of the illogicality and finality of it, it feels like the suicide is the only way to escape.

    "And it's breaking over me,
    A thousand miles down to the sea bed,
    Found the place to rest my head."

    The depression may be overpowering the spark that keeps her from harming herself and the thought of escape becomes uncontrollable.

    "And it's over,
    And I'm going under,
    But I'm not giving up!
    I'm just giving in."

    She's not giving up on life, she's just giving into the depression.

    "Oh, slipping underneath.
    Oh, so cold, but so sweet."

    The thought of ending her life is cold and unfathomable, but yet the peace she will obtain will still be sweet.

    "Never let me go, never let me go.
    Never let me go, never let me go.

    Deliver me.

    Never let me go, never let me go.
    Never let me go, never let me go.

    Deliver me.

    Never let me go, never let me go.
    Never let me go, never let me go.

    Never let me go, never let me go.
    Never let me go, never let me go.

    And it's over,
    And I'm goin' under,
    But I'm not givin' up!
    I'm just givin' in.

    Oh, slipping underneath.
    Oh, so cold, but so sweet"

    The last contrasting lyrics sum up the immense confusion going through the head of someone suffering depression. They are torn between finding peace in death or living.



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    anonymous
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    May 16th, 2012 5:21am report


    For me personally, the song is about the emotions (toward the person) so strong that it is impossible to fight, doesn't matter it hey are wrong or right. So the ocean is that person, who is so important and all consuming to her, that she compares him with Ocean. She may understand that being with him is wrong, that's why its equal to drowning but she's giving in, because she cant do otherwise.






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