Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can't carry it with you if you want to survive

Florence + the Machine - Dog Days Are Over lyrics meaning


Playing into the song’s previous Biblical reference; the bridge of “Dog Days (Are Over)” deals with the idea that you can’t take your belongings or love with you to the 'other side'.

Bearing in mind Florence’s explanation that the song is about running with your eyes shut, the bridge could indicate a sense of elevation – removing the central character from the love and loss of everyday life and thus transcending to a higher state of being. Similarly, if the song is about a violent relationship, the female character is being urged to forget about her love and leave.

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