Spectrum
Florence + the Machine Lyrics


When we first came here
We were cold and we were clear
With no colors on our skin
We were light and paper-thin

And when we first came here
We were cold and we were clear
With no colors on our skin
'Till you let the spectrum in
Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

And when we come for you
We dressed up all in blue
With the ocean in our arms
Kissing eyes and kissing palms

When it's time to pray
We dressed up all in gray
With metal on our tongues
And silver in our lungs

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we'll never be afraid again

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we'll never be afraid again

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we'll never be afraid again

And when we come back we'll be dressed in black
And you'll scream our names aloud
And we won't eat and we won't sleep
We'll drag bodies from their graves

So say my name
And every color illuminates
And we are shining
And we'll never be afraid again
Say my name
As every color illuminates

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we'll never be afraid again

Say my name
And every color illuminates
We are shining
And we'll never be afraid again

Say my name
We are shining
Say my name
Say my name
And we will never be afraid again

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Florence Leontine Mary Welch, Paul Richard Epworth

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Dade Murphy

SO! I just figured out the meaning of this song, and it's about Recovery & Jesus. This is without a doubt the most powerful & meaningful song i've ever heard. Maya Jane Coles does an absolutely breathtaking job on the remix as per usual & Florence+The Machine's voice resonates sending chills down my spine. Check it out--

(Verse 1)
"When we first came here
We were cold and we were clear
With no colors in our skin
We were light and paper thin
And when we first came here
we were cold and we were clear
With no colors in our skin
'Til we let the spectrum in"

*Interpretation: Addiction will make you look & feel transparent, "clear", fragile, and weak / "cold". "We were clear" means see-through, or (again) transparent, and does not represent clarity. Colors here represent life or lack thereof as they normally do throughout music and religion. Once we as addicts began to understand that were existing, and not living, did we begin to “let the spectrum in”*

(Chorus) 
Say my name
As every color illuminates
We are shining
And we will never be afraid again

*Interpretation: This ties it all together. When you have finally had your fill, you will call upon the Lord and your "moment of clarity" will be discovered. Those of us who have "seen the light" behind the guise of Addiction know this is real, and we will never be afraid again, of anything, for any reason. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13) *

(Verse 2)
And when we come for you
We'll be dressed up all in blue
With the ocean in our arms
Kiss your eyes and kiss your palms
And when it's time to pray
We'll be dressed up all in grey
With metal on our tongues
And silver in our lungs

*Interpretation: The most important verse of the song. The first 2 lines detail how the Light of God will initially present itself to you when you are ready for Recovery. In Roman Catholicism, the color Blue symbolizes the sky or heaven, where heralds proclaimed Jesus' birth. In Roman Catholic tradition, it symbolizes Mary, who is known as "the Queen of Heaven." It also symbolizes the waters of Genesis 1, the beginning of a new creation. It is increasingly used for Advent in Protestant churches to distinguish this season from Lent. This is important because Advent is symbolized as the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. “He” can be substituted for oneself in this sense. The next two lines, “With the oceans in our arms, kiss your eyes and kiss your palms” is deeply symbolic of the newfound freedom that comes with your moment of clarity. Oceans, vast and blue, are commonly associated and symbolic of the meaning of freedom. Whereas before an addict, you were constantly at the behest of an overwhelming power, seemingly unbreakable. Kiss your eyes and kiss your palms means that your vision of the world will be cleansed & sanctified; The palm is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life. “When it’s time to pray, we’ll be dressed up all in gray” Gray is the color of ashes, and therefore a biblical symbol of mourning and repentance. We mourn because we have laid to rest our demons and that part of us has finally died, a new person will be resurrected, and we repent for the sins we have committed during our addiction. “With metal on our tongues and silver in our lungs”- Metal and Silver and White are used interchangeably in Catholicism. They are meant to symbolize purity, holiness, and virtue, as well as respect and reverence. Therefore, “metal on our tongue” would mean we now are able to purely speak as we were initially before our addiction; our real self has broken through. And Silver in our lungs would mean we have finally made the last stride and allowed the light of god to shine into our soul allowing for all of this to happen..*

** FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED(Romans 10:13) **



All comments from YouTube:

Brenda Williams

I'm always afraid of someone taking down this awesome song and forever lose it!

felixg3

just let me know and I'll send you the file then ;)

J God

When a remix is better than the original...

spinelle

Everytime I hear this I think of that Breaking Bad episode where Whalter White tells the guys to "Say My Name". Finally he says "Heisenberg". Epic

xristos papastergiou

this remix MUST be released on Spotify ...!!!!

Sultuxes

"Hawaii Five-0" brought me here.

Octavio Guzman

eargasm........

Fragiskos Dane

Hawaii 5-O only!!!!

Ryan Hernandez

Love the remix, just wish it was backing a more dreamy vocal, this one is a bit too high pitched, it kinda distracting

Douglas Bernaiche

This is the BEST version EVER!!! LOVE IT!!

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