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‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ Best Lyric Quotes

So here I am, back again with a new ‘Best Lyric Quotes’ post, this time with the enchanting Florence + the Machine. I picked this album first, not only ‘cause it’s the last one out, but also because I think it is immensely gorgeous. So let’s get to it already!


1. Ship to Wreck

“Did I drink too much? Am I losing touch?
Did I build a ship to wreck?”

“Good God, under starless skies
We are lost”

“Don’t touch the sleeping pills, they mess with my head”

“I can’t help but pull the earth around me to make my bed”


2. What Kind of Man

“You were on the other side, like always
Wondering what to do with life”

“I’d already had a sip
So I’d reasoned I was drunk enough to deal with it”

“Sometimes you’re half in and then you’re half out
But you never close the door”

“You do such damage, how do you manage?
To have me crawling back for more”

“I think I’m through it
Then I’m back against the wall
What kind of man loves like this?”


3. How Big How Blue How Beautiful

“Tell me you see it too
We opened our eyes and it’s changing the view
Oh, what are we gonna do?
We opened the door now, it’s all coming through”

“So much time on the other side
Waiting for you to wake up
Maybe I’ll see you in another life
If this one wasn’t enough“


4. Queen of Peace

“Oh, what is it worth
When all that’s left is hurt?”

“Like the stars chase the sun
Over the glowing hill, I will conquer
Blood is running deep
Some things never sleep”

“Suddenly I’m overcome
Dissolving like the setting sun
Like a boat into oblivion
Cause you’re driving me away”

“Always does her best to please
But is it any use?
Somebody’s gotta lose”

“And my love is no good
Against the fortress that it made of you”

“To give yourself over to another body
That’s all you want really
To be out of your own and consumed by another
To swim inside the skin of your lover
Not to have to breathe, not to have to think
But you can’t live on love; salt water’s no drink”


5. Various Storms & Saints

“But you took your toll on me
So I gave myself over willingly
You got a hold on me”

“Don’t make the mountain your enemy
Get out, get up there instead”

“You saw the stars out in front of you
Too tempting not to touch
But even though it shocked you
Something’s electric in your blood”

“Outside the world seems a violent place
But you had to have him, and so you did
Some things you let go in order to live”

“You sing it out loud, ‘who made us this way?’
I know you’re bleeding, but you’ll be okay
Hold on to your heart, you’ll keep it safe
Hold on to your heart, don’t give it away”

“You don’t need no edge to cling from
Your heart is there, it’s in your hands”

“I know it seems like forever
I know it seems like an age
But one day this will be over
I swear it’s not so far away”

Hold on to your heart…


6. Delilah

“Cause I’m gonna be free and I’m gonna be fine”

“Too fast for freedom
Sometimes it all falls down
These chains never leave me
I keep dragging them around”

“Strung up, strung out for your love
Hanging, hung up, it’s so rough
I’m wrung and ringing out
Why can’t you let me know?”


7. Long & Lost

“Without your love, I’ll be
So long and lost, are you missing me?”

“Is it too late to come on home?
Can the city forgive? I hear its sad song”

“You wonder why it is that I came home
I figured out where I belong”


8. Caught

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do
To try and keep from calling you
Well, can my dreams keep coming true?
How can they?
Cause when I sleep, I never dream of you”

“As if the dream of you, it sleeps too
But it never slips away
It just gains its strength and digs its hooks
To drag me through the day”

“I can’t keep calm, I can’t keep still
Pulled apart against my will”

“it’s hard to see it when you’re in it
Cause I went blind for you”


9. Third Eye

“Look up
Don’t make a shadow of yourself
Always shutting out the light”

“You don’t have to be a ghost
Here amongst the living
You are flesh and blood
And you deserve to be loved
And you deserve what you are given“

But your pain is a tribute
The only thing you let hold you”

“I am the same, I’m the same
I’m trying to change“


10. St. Jude

“Another battle never won
And each side is a loser
So who cares who fired the gun?”

“And I’m learning, so I’m leaving
And even though I’m grieving
I’m trying to find the meaning
Let loss reveal it”

“Maybe I’ve always been more comfortable in chaos”


11. Mother

“Can you protect me from what I want?
The love that I let in left me so lost”

“No use wishing on the water
It grants you no relief”

“Make me a big tall tree
So I can shed my leaves and let it blow through me”

“Make me a big grey cloud
So I can rain on you things I can’t say out loud”

“Make me a bird of prey
So I can rise above this, let it fall away”

“Make me a song so sweet
Heaven trembles, fallen at our feet”


12. Hiding

“Tell me I will be released
Not sure I can deal with this
Up all night again this week
Breaking things that I should keep”

“I know that you’re hiding
I know there’s a part of you that I just cannot reach
You don’t have to let me in
Just know that I’m still here
I’m ready for you whenever, whenever you need”

“it’s your pride
That’s keeping us still so far apart
But if you give a little, so will I”

“I’m still here…”


13. Make Up Your Mind

“Every time I try to bring it down
You always turn my hand around”

“Let me live or let me love you”

“While you’ve been saving your neck
I’ve been breaking mine for you”

“Is it best to sip it slowly
Or drink it down in one?”

“Make up your mind
Before I make it up for you”


14. Which Witch

“I’m miles away, he’s on my mind
I’m getting tired of crawling all the way”

“Been in the dark since the day we met
Fire, help me to forget”

“And it’s an old scar
Trying to bleach it out”


15. Pure Feeling

“Staring out the window
I could see into the soul of every passer by
So many lives
So many pairs of eyes”

“Our bodies moving in the dark
It takes the pain from me
And then I am in love
With everyone I see
I keep on moving in the spaces where you used to be”


16. Conductor

“If I write a song about you
Does that make you mine?”

“The notes were flying up
Higher and higher
But they never reach the top”

“I am the orchestra
The conductor too
My heart is a concert hall
And I filled it with you”


17. As Far As I Could Get

“Because I am unloved
I went as far as I could get”

“I went as far as I could get
And I’m not far enough yet”

“I went as far as I could get
Cause if I am unloved, I have unloved too”

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You were on the other side
Like always, wondering what to do with life
I already had a sip
So I’d reasoned I was drunk enough to deal with it

To let me dangle at a cruel angle
Oh my feet don’t touch the floor
Sometimes you’re half in and then you’re half out
But never close the door

But I can’t beat you
Cause I’m still with you
Oh mercy I implore
How do you do it
I think I’m through it
Then I’m back against the wall

What kind of man loves like this
What kind of man?

Florence + The Machine - What Kind Of Man

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