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Dog Days are Over

Dog Days are Over

Dog Days are Over

Florence & The Machine “Dog Days are Over”

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 a drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming so you better run

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 loving behind you
Can’t carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses
‘Cause here they come

And I never wanted anything from you
Except everything you had
And what was left after that too, oh.

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses
‘Cause here they come

Run fast for your mother and 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

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses
‘Cause here they come

The dog days are over
The dog days are gone
Can you hear the horses
‘Cause here they come

The dog day are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Interpretation:

“The song is about the suicidal death of florence’s grandmother who killed herself after the death of her grandfather.  The term dog days or dog star is a reference to the slow, stagnant, uneventful and fairly calm days during mid summer months when nothing extravagant occurs because of extreme heat.  Happiness hit her like a train … refers to the substance/alcohol abuse incurred by her grandmother after the death of her husband and unwillingness to accept it.  The chorus is taken from the perspective of Florence herself who has come to realization that life will never be the same for her as she has witnessed the demise/suicide of her own grandmother.  Happiness hit her like a bullet … is reference to the literal act of her grandmother killing herself and how Florence believed that her grandmother should have known better than to kill herself. ”

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