Chorus Swimming by Florence and the Machine

She can’t be in love with this person anymore.

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Sinking like a siren that can't swim any more Swimming by Florence and the Machine

Sirens were the original mermaids — they are sea nymphs who were part human and would enchant sailors with their songs and beauty.

Florence is feeling powerless, like a mermaid who can’t swim.

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I was sinking, but now I'm sunk
I was drinking, and now I'm drunk
Swimming by Florence and the Machine

She reached what Malcolm Gladwell might call “a tipping point.”

When it comes to drinking, this is a pretty relatable feeling.

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Sat on the bottom of the ocean
A stern and stubborn rock
Swimming by Florence and the Machine

She remained in the depths of a depression, comparing herself to a heavy object on the ocean floor.

In contrast, here are some beautiful coral, also on the ocean floor:

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And deeper into the drink Swimming by Florence and the Machine

She sings about feeling physically down — i.e., sinking — but seems to actually be describing her sinking emotional state. If there was alcohol involved, this makes sense on both levels. Alcohol is a depressant, and also can impair motor skills, causing someone not to swim as well.

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Your songs remind me of swimming
Which I forgot when I started to sink
Swimming by Florence and the Machine

Florence uses the metaphor of swimming to describe perhaps how being with someone she loved made her feel serene and at peace, like this sea turtle in the ocean. She forgot that feeling when she pushed him/her away.

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And in the spring I shed my skin
And it blows away with the changing wind
Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) by Florence and the Machine

Comparing herself to a snake, shedding its skin, Florence feels like she is shedding a layer of herself.

It would be gross to link to an image of a snake losing its skin. Instead, here’s a nice snakeskin Ferragamo bag, relevant because it was made with shedded skin:

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Midas is king and he holds me so tight
And turns me to gold in the sunlight
Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) by Florence and the Machine

Fame and the spotlight turns Florence into gold. This is seemingly a gift, but in fact, is also death. She alludes to how King Midas killed those whom he loved by turning them into gold.

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The waters turn from blue to red
As towards the sky I offer it
Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) by Florence and the Machine

Florence feels like she is sacrificing herself and compares this to an image of her blood being sacrificed into water, changing its color and offering herself up to higher ups — literally, the sky; figuratively, the Man.

This also lies in to about whatever to take the red or blue pill. She has created a new reality for herself by embracing her new found fame, thereby muddying the waters.

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Here I am, a rabbit-hearted girl Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) by Florence and the Machine

She is innocent and defenseless, like this adorable bunny:

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