No Light, No Light

by Florence + The Machine

Duration:
4:34
Released:
Oct 28, 2011
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Lyrics for No Light, No Light by Florence + The Machine:

Verse 1
You are the hole in my head
You are the space in my bed
You are the silence in between
What I thought and what I said
You are the night-time fear
You are the morning when it's clear
When it's over, you're the start
You're my head and you're my heart

Chorus
No light, no light
In your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day
You can't choose what stays and what fades away
And I'd do anything to make you stay
No light, no light
Tell me what you want me to say

Verse 2
Through the crowd I was crying out and
In your place there were a thousand other faces
I was disappearing in plain sight
Heaven help me, I need to make it right

Pre-Chorus
You want a revelation
You want to get right
But it's a conversation
I just can't have tonight
You want a revelation
Some kind of resolution
You want a revelation

Chorus
No light, no light
In your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day
You can't choose what stays and what fades away
And I'd do anything to make you stay
No light, no light
Tell me what you want me to say

Bridge
Would you leave me
If I told you what I've done?
And would you leave me
If I told you what I've become?
Because it's so easy
To say it to a crowd
But it's so hard, my love
To say it to you out loud

Chorus
No light, no light
In your bright blue eyes
I never knew daylight could be so violent
A revelation in the light of day
You can't choose what stays and what fades away
And I'd do anything to make you stay
No light, no light
Tell me what you want me to say

Outro
You want a revelation
You want to get right
But it's a conversation
I just can't have tonight
You want a revelation
Some kind of resolution
You want a revelation

You want a revelation
You want to get right
But it's a conversation
I just can't have tonight
You want a revelation
Some kind of resolution
Tell me what you want me to say

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Song Facts

The second single from Ceremonials, “No Light, No Light” was the first song that Florence Welch wrote for the album. She penned the intro on her tour bus at four in the morning, whilst driving to Amsterdam. Florence explained to MTV News:

We had gone out for [Machine member] Rob [Ackroyd]’s birthday to an all-night restaurant in Brussels called Midnights. We went to this funny restaurant and then got on the tour bus and everyone was a bit drunk and it was like, ‘Yeah, let’s write a song. And we recorded the sound of the bus moving, a real drone-y bass sound, and that’s the intro, and then the tour bus arrived in Amsterdam [and we were saying], 'Let’s go toast this song! We will find a bar that will serve us drinks at 7 in the morning! Come!’ So we trotted off into Amsterdam and managed to find a sports bar that would only serve us Midori. It was bright-green drinks and me and [Machine member] Isa [Summers] kind of looking like crazy old ladies."

Florence told NME:

Most of my influences have been male singers and the people I grew up watching perform were all these garage punk bands who went to Camberwell Art College with male singers who were almost trying to exorcise the audience. So when I write songs like ‘No Light, No Light’, I’m thinking about the rhythm and the chant and the aggression rather than the melodic mellifluousness of it."

Time magazine named this as the 2011 Song Of The Year, with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” as the runner-up. The magazine explained:

“No Light, No Light” could be the sound of a religious revival. Florence Welch’s rich voice has never sounded better than on this track; her fervent, even rapturous, lamentations about her partner’s lost love resonate like requests for salvation made by a faltering believer with arms raised to the sky. “Heaven help me, I need to make it right” she wails, but gets no reply. Replete with harps and a tribal drum beat, “No Light, No Light” operates as a plea for salvation that will soon have you running to your deity of choice.

Directed by Icelandic duo Arni & Kinski, the music video sees Florence Welch being chased by a man in black body paint, who we see pinning a voodoo doll. The religious and racial imagery of the clip prompted heated chatter on the net with some accusing it of containing satanic and White Supremacist imagery.

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