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Poetry Friday: Shake It Out

Another in the ongoing installment of songs as poetry is this one from Florence & The Machine. As usual, I've included just part of the lyrics and cut the song-like conventions, which in this case includes the title bit. So watch the video and enjoy!
Shake It Out
Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play
And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn

And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around
And our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it's always darkest before the dawn

I have to admit that I first heard this done on Smash by Katherine McPhee, and given my love of that show and singer, I prefer that version, though this is certainly a better video. I'm also back on a Smash kick since The Kid and I are headed to New York tomorrow so that she can attend a Broadway class with the theme of the show and led by one of the ensemble cast members. Very cool! Anyway, for real poems look to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Violet Nesdoly.

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Debra said...

I really love this song. It's a great get-out-of-a-bad-mood song, and since I am grumpy this morning, it's good to get it stuck in my head. :-)

Bridget Magee said...

Great song - thanks for reminding us that songs are poetry. I'm a huge *Smash* fan, also! So glad they are starting a new season. Happy Friday! =)

Carmela Martino said...

I didn't know this song. Thanks for introducing me to it. Have fun in New York!

Violet N. said...

Not only are the lyrics poetic, but the video images add another layer of metaphor. Thanks for this interesting post.

Joanna said...

Great lyrics! How did your daughter's Broadway class go?

molly wetta said...

I love F+tM! One of the best concerts I've ever seen. Her lyrics really are amazing!