Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her stuck still no turning back
She hid around corners and she hid under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink
“Dog Days (Are Over)” is the second single lifted from Florence + the Machine’s debut album Lungs, released through Moshi Moshi Records on 24th November 2008 and again on 11th April 2010.
It was written by Florence Welch and Isabella Summers, and inspired by an art piece by Ugo Rondinone installed over the Waterloo Bridge, which Florence passed going to work every day.
Florence has explained that the song is written about:
“the feeling of euphoria running really fast with your eyes closed”
The rest is up to interpretation, though clear themes and references can be drawn from closer study.
The opening verse of “Dog Days (Are Over)” suggests a female character that needs to escape a cruel form of happiness. This verse has been compared to a domestically violent relationship, in which the female is happy but knows she must escape for her own health. The final two lines suggest she turns to alcohol for comfort.