What Kind of Man
Florence + the Machine Lyrics


I was on a heavy tip
Try'na cross a canyon with a broken limb
You were on the other side, like always
Wondering what to do with life

I'd already had a sip
So I'd reasoned I was drunk enough to deal with it
You were on the other side, like always
You could never make you mine
And with one kiss
You inspired a fire of devotion that lasts for twenty years
What kind of man loves like this?

To let me dangle at a cruel angle
Oh, my feet don't touch the floor
Sometimes you're half in and then you're half out
But you never close the door

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

You're a holy fool, all coloured blue
Red feet upon the floor
You do such damage, how do you manage?
Trying to crawl in back for more

And with one kiss
You inspired a fire of devotion that lasts for twenty years
What kind of man loves like this?

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

But I can't beat ya, cause I'm still with ya
"Oh mercy," I implore ("Oh mercy," I implore)
How do you do it? I think I'm through it
Then I'm back against the wall

What kind of man loves like this? What kind of man?

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JOHN HILL, THOMAS HULL, FLORENCE WELCH

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Carlos J

"i heard you talking in your sleep last night
-What where you doing?
i as just uh, i was just watching.
you seemed sad.
why didint you wake me up?
auuuuhhhh i didint wanna intervene
seemed like you were suffering somehwhere else
i didint think it was my place to drag you out of there.
i just let you be
-so you just let me suffer?
-so you think people who suffer together would be more connected than people who are content?
yeah.
i do
i suppose if you've been through something, something catastrophic if you've been through like a stOrm or an earthquake together or something horrendous, you'
yes.
-it would bring you closer together ?
-what if they're creating the disaster within themselves ?
and theres this big storm all around us but its call because we're in the middle of it



Left Coaster

Such a powerful artist. Ughh, she gives me shivers!
The life-changing last catastrophic relationship. Addicted to the lust, uncertainty, abandonment and chaos of it all. Over and over again, repeating itself. Hidden beneath the illusion of physical pleasure is dependency. The sub-conscious creates and re-enacts old wounds in an attempt to resolve the original conflict. Sacrificing self to the alter of anger, pain, deceit and insanity, because its all she has ever known. Projecting the blame and cause for the destruction on to men to avoid the harsh reality that she is justifying using each of them to further destruct by pretending it is `love`.
Only way out of the storm and pain is through it...but she is nowhere near out, this is only the first realization of a problem and pattern. As her dreams begin surfacing, coming to terms with her broken self is a process of awakening. No man can save her or love her better, only she can. You can`t take a Tylenol or get another fix of pleasure to dull the pain when you`re bleeding to death. And you can`t get a man or `his love` to heal you if don`t even know you are wounded in the first place.
Unfortunately, this is only the calm before the real storm which will be the journey within. Through her painful bleeding wounds, screams and terror inside the mind, soul and flesh, she will come to real acceptance, healing and change...but not until she first completely breaks apart.
So she is outside in a moving car with one of her boyfriends which represents her current mind set, talking about the dream that is arising in her.
The rain, the lightening. The fingers to mouth. Lust is consuming her.
The fighting with the men in the living room is her raw and real emotional conflict inside and the bedroom scenes of the house is her way of coping and distracting herself.
Underground, in the basement of her sub-consciousness, on a dirty mattress of filth shame, represents her process and what she is avoiding. What she must do. She has to face each and every painful experience that contributed to wounding her. And deeper than that still, naked, alone and striped down, in her dungeon, she must embrace herself.
The older matriarchal women baptizing, washing her clean, represent that she will be born from the waters of this storm into the next level of womanhood. But this is only her dream...This has not even begun. It's only a glimpse.
Then, as if it could not get any more of a mind-melt, she represents two women in two different era`s of time meaning this is symbolic of not just her story, but it represents us. Women. Our odyssey.



drum b

"What Kind Of Man"

I was on a heavy tip
Tryna cross a canyon with a broken limb
You were on the other side
Like always, wondering what to do with life
I'd already had a sip
So I'd reasoned I was drunk enough to deal with it
You were on the other side
Like always, you could never make your mind

And with one kiss
You inspired a fire of devotion
That lasted for twenty years
What kind of man loves like this?

To let me dangle at a cruel angle
Oh my feet don't touch the floor
Sometimes you're half in and then you're half out
But you never close the door

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

You're a holy fool all colored blue
Red feet upon the floor
You do such damage, how do you manage
Tryna crawling back for more?

And with one kiss
You inspired a fire of devotion
That lasted for twenty years
What kind of man loves like this?

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

But I can't beat you
Cause I'm still with you
Oh mercy I implore
How do you do it?
I think I'm through it
Then I'm back against the wall

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?



Is



laneylynn88

She condemns her partner "what kind of man who loves like this" which caused her to lose her soul. His love was soul-crushing.

She felt calm knowing they were surrounded by the storms. Male dancers personify the many persons/dark sides of her lover she didn't fall for. Despite of the amount of pain he had caused her, his kiss, his true self kept drawing her back to the calm for years.

She constantly had to suffer trying to connect and get closer to her lover, to feel calm around the storm. She couldn't fathom why there was a need for both lovers to suffer in order to connect. That made her go "what kind of man" who loves like this?!!

This created disasters within the relationship, ergo the car crash, leaving her crawl out of the "death" of the relationship.




Maryam Ziyan Ahmed

I was on a heavy tip
Try'na cross a canyon with a broken limb
You were on the other side, like always
Wondering what to do with life

I'd already had a sip
So I'd reasoned I was drunk enough to deal with it
You were on the other side, like always
You could never make you mine

And with one kiss
You inspired a fire of devotion that lasts for twenty years
What kind of man loves like this?

To let me dangle at a cruel angle
Oh, my feet don't touch the floor
Sometimes you're half in and then you're half out
But you never close the door

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

You're a holy fool, all coloured blue
Red feet upon the floor
You do such damage, how do you manage?
Trying to crawl in back for more

And with one kiss
You inspired a fire of devotion that lasts for twenty years
What kind of man loves like this?

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?
What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

But I can't beat ya, cause I'm still with ya
"Oh mercy, " I implore ("Oh mercy, " I implore)
How do you do it? I think I'm through it
Then I'm back against the wall

What kind of man loves like this? What kind of man?



wtfarockfish

Ok, I've watched this video three times and read the lyric sheet over, I think I'm ready to offer my analysis: 

The main theme this song deals with is being trapped in an abusive relationship with someone who constantly pulls you in and then pushes you away. They never cut the cord and set you free, but also are never truly there for you. You know something isn't right, but every time you try to escape, they seduce you anew.

Knowing this, the video slowly starts to make sense. It begins by introducing the idea of a partner that would prefer to let Florence suffer alone than wake her up and free her. The storm is a metaphor for their relationship. Trouble is lurking on the horizon, but when Florence is with her partner she is in the eye of the storm; she can't feel it, but she knows something is wrong. 

The dance with the group of men represents the different states of her partner's personality and emotions. They repeatedly try to seduce her and then they push her away and ignore her. When she tries to break free and escape, the man she loves appears again and reels her back in. This pattern repeats itself several times.

The car crash is also a metaphor for their love. Everything appears to be fine, but she can sense something is wrong. Only when it finally crashes can she drag herself free of the wreck (her relationship).

As for the water scene, I'm not completely sure. Perhaps a rebirth? 



All comments from YouTube:

Vevo UK

Absolutely stunning from @FlorenceMachineVEVO! We've made this an official @Vevo UK MUST SEE! 

f0rmaggi0

This video is moving. It pulls my pants down and taunts me.

f0rmaggi0

@Ankit Mn Hah yes, Vevo loves itself very much doesn't it?
 

HighOnAmmo

@John Tolentino You're a sad person. Get a real job.

John Tolentino

yea I agree with that; My friends band gets over 700 new likes per day and they use the site InstaPhamous. COM

Annette Hasnas

I can't blame them! Definitely deserves it's place!

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Natalie Alves

Florence's words:“For that video, we were thinking about ideas of purgatory and Dante’s Inferno. Because I was in this purgatory with this man. That push and pull thing where you are just stuck and you’re like, ‘Why do we keep doing this to each other? It’s an aggressive song, but I can see my own part in the whole process. I was just as crazy as he was. People think the men in the video represent my ex-boyfriends, but they really represent a lot of different forces that weren’t working for me.”

Natalie Alves

@Morris Buschmeier yeah, she's a model to me 😍

Mary Paniscus

It’s ok to just blame him and not be an example of a forgiving self blaming woman when men virtually never do the same public self blame. The relative lack of verbal and written self blame from men is an undeniable metric of the motives influencing their private actions. If they can’t blame themselves please don’t publicly blame yourself for other women to rapidly emulate in their highly trained in desire to be agreeable. I bet you’re just fine when no one’s fucking with your head.

It's what You make it

Sometimes you have to really, truly HATE THE FUCK OUTTA SOMEONE to be able to LOVE YOURSELF, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! LOL, JK, it's not for everyone.

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