Florence on 'Lungs' Part Three
Fri 3 Jul, 2009
My Boy Builds Coffins
This was a song we wrote as a band – most of the others were written by me with one other person. It’s very literal. My boyfriend at the time, who was in The Ludes, was going to build a coffin for the cover of their EP, so he couldn’t take me to the cinema.
This was written in about 10 minutes as well. I’d never had my heart broken before, and when I did I realised how delicious it can be, how intoxicating. You suddenly realise that all the little things you cared about don’t matter. You don’t care about anything. You think, I’m going to drink myself to death.’ And then you bump into them and they’re with another girl. You’ve been waiting for the worst to happen, and then when it does – you’re free. Nothing matters. All the wind is taken out of you, but then all of a sudden you’re like ‘I’m going out! And nothing can stop me, nothing can hurt me any more! I’m invincible, because you’ve hurt me so much.’
You’ve Got The Love
As a kid, going to clubs and raves, this song made me feel love. At Bestival last year we were top of the bill on that stage, so we were thinking of n amazing cover we could do, and I thought of Candy Staton. Even in rehearsals, playing it was just the most euphoric feeling. Then playing it live and seeing everyone’s arms in the air, and the faces – it was the best feeling ever! I was dressed as a genie sea-monster, and I remember looking at my guitarist as we played the first chords, and then there was the reaction and it was like tearing ourselves open and just exploding on the crowd, and then they all did it back. It’s a feeling you couldn’t express. I’m really excited that now in our live shows I’m going to be playing one of my favourite songs ever, loads.
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