I’m gonna be free and I’m gonna be fine: Florence + the Machine’s “Delilah”

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I’m gonna be free and I’m gonna be fine
Maybe not tonight

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

I saw Florence + the Machine at my first Bonnaroo, saw Florence stomp and jump and twirl her way across that stage in a sheer black dress and bare feet. It was post-Lungs, pre-Ceremonials, and that’s always been the Flo that is nearest and dearest to my heart. There’s an energy in that first album, like blood rushing through your veins, that can’t stop won’t stop feeling, digging your nails into your thighs just to remind yourself that you are still grounded in a physical body; it’s exhausting but it is exhilarating, at first. The songs from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful have a different kind of fire; here it comes from anger, not exultation and celebration. But– well, does it make me a terrible person to want it all? I’ve been waiting for a song that melded the two, angry and celebratory, something to twirl to as you shout the lyrics.

“Delilah” is that song. It’s angry, make no mistake. There’s still the anger that you hear in “What Kind of Man” and “Ship to Wreck,” but the sound, those almost glittery pop-vibes, is much more reminiscent of “Cosmic Love” or “You’ve Got the Love.” I’m trying to keep this brief because there will be a full review of the album when it is released but this is the song I was waiting for; I should’ve known Flo would deliver.

It’s a different kind of danger
And their bells are ringing out
And I’m calling for my mother
As I pull the pillars down

It’s a different kind of danger
And my feet are spinning ’round
Never knew I was a dancer
Until Delilah showed me how

About Kenzie

Kenzie was born in Ohio and never left. She is really bad at not crying but thankfully really good at applying (and re-applying) eyeliner.

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