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Florence + The Machine — No Light, No Light
Album: Ceremonials
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Total ratings: 1585









Released: 2011
Length: 4:31
Plays (last 30 days): 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, you're my heart

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, no light, tell me what you want me to say

Through the crowds 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

You want a revelation, you wanna get right
But, it's a conversation, I just can't help tonight
You want a revelation, some kind of resolution
You want a revelation

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, no light, tell me what you want me to say

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 sing it to a crowd
But it's so hard, my love, to say it to you out loud

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, no light, tell me what you want me to say

You want a revelation, you wanna 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 wanna 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
Comments (170)add comment
 fredriley wrote:

Can a guy ever be 'overblown'? (ahem)

I vote for Eddie Vedder. 
 hippiechick wrote:
I like her, but I wish she had more range besides "loud"
 

I like her, and I wish my speakers had a setting beyond "loud" for this song.
 janac13 wrote:
I have no rational reason for this feeling but Florence always reminds me of Janis Joplin. They don't sound like each other but something...
 

I think Grace Slick would be a closer comparison.
Music to be a vampire to. Go Flo!
 (anonymous) wrote:



I love Florence's lungs, honey...  she sounds great...


 
 

I see what you did there 
Who would want to live next door to Florence.
I have no rational reason for this feeling but Florence always reminds me of Janis Joplin. They don't sound like each other but something...
I suspect that she writes her lyrics in all caps. 
I love this song.  All of it grabs me.
 BillG wrote:

This is a common complaint about Florence, but it doesn't hold up. She has quite a bit of dynamic range in her voice -- much more than most singers, actually. 
 
I've been slowly liking F&TM more each time you play them, and the last minute of this one, with the great low end made me go 7 to 8 today (and another great segue to CCR's "Run Through the Jungle!"  Long Live RP!!
Not my taste but boy, does she has lungs and does she can use them!
 hippiechick wrote:
I like her, but I wish she had more range besides "loud"
 
This is a common complaint about Florence, but it doesn't hold up. She has quite a bit of dynamic range in her voice -- much more than most singers, actually. 
 milleronic wrote:
WHY DOES SHE SING IN ALL CAPS??

 
Hmmm, I'd rather listen to Florence in all caps than that 239 lb redhead from Hannityland.
 fredriley wrote:
Flo is loud and in yer face, right enough, but she's a truly passionate woman who expresses that passion forcefully in her singing. I would be truly afraid to be a lover of hers - the emotion and commitment must be full-on 24/7. Only lovers with resilience and stamina need apply ;-)

 
fred, I dunno.  Lots of NA feminists would cut your nuts off for that kind of comment.  Just sayin'.  
 NorthernLad wrote:

Because she can't choose what stays and what fades away

 
{#Roflol}
Lot of haters for a song with a high average score.  Distinctive voices seem to wear that here e.g. Kate Bush, Natalie Merchant etc.

Good tune.  For me it's nearly up to the level of the brilliant first album.
 milleronic wrote:
WHY DOES SHE SING IN ALL CAPS??

 
Because she can't choose what stays and what fades away
Love this tune 
love this woman
Please just stop the machine...
 
Can't stand this song. Zero
 dwhayslett wrote:

Resistance is futile.

 
All your base are belong to us.
Flo is loud and in yer face, right enough, but she's a truly passionate woman who expresses that passion forcefully in her singing. I would be truly afraid to be a lover of hers - the emotion and commitment must be full-on 24/7. Only lovers with resilience and stamina need apply ;-)
She has an interesting voice and that is attractive ( different, ah, a change ! ) but the problem is that all her songs are similar and I#m quickly getting tired of it ... 
 jagdriver wrote:
Florence – never change.

 
FYT.

(kind of annoying and presumptuous, yes?)
Ok - it's official I simply cannot listen to this anymore.  It's become SO tiresome and annoying....  {#No}
 milleronic wrote:
WHY DOES SHE SING IN ALL CAPS??

 
That's one of the funniest comments I have read recently {#Laughing}
 stargazer1 wrote:
This is painful. Can we have a PSD button for iTunes? or a Windows app?

 
Don't forget a PSD for the mobile app, too.
She is beautiful, her music is beautiful...love this song. Something in it thrills me. {#Music}
 jagdriver wrote:
Florence – STFU, already!

 
Resistance is futile.
Florence – STFU, already!
Boring lyrics, boring music.
This is a blurred memory of a night with almost too much to drink and a conversation that I don't understand and will never win.

You need not be a jerk to wind up in conversations that get louder and more confusing. You will not win and there is no way out...

Life-? Marriage-? Both-?   Yes.
 fredriley wrote:

Can a guy ever be 'overblown'? (ahem)

 
{#Lol}
This is painful. Can we have a PSD button for iTunes? or a Windows app?


 k_trout wrote:
great voice, rhythm section sounds the same in each song
she needs a new producer 
 
Both of her studio albums list five or six producers (four of them on both albums); I guess they all favor a similar sound.  I don't remember seeing one album with that many different producers, though that seems to be a popular trend these days.

Burn it down, FLO....
 jagdriver wrote:
Sheesh.... STFU, already!

(And twice in one day!)

 
No "STFU", but twice a day is becoming my limit.
 Hannio wrote:

It seems like a lot more than that, eh?  She basically has one song, with minor variations.

 
Like Sade.


 k_trout wrote:
great voice, cacophony section sounds the same in each song
she needs a new producer 
 
FYT








Sheesh.... STFU, already!

(And twice in one day!)
Yeah Florence!  She can really move a song along!
Florence has got the pipes! Solid voice, good music. What's not to like?

Thanks for playing F+TM. More please. Thanks. 
 gillespp wrote:

I'm with you 100%.

 
Right!
 milleronic wrote:
WHY DOES SHE SING IN ALL CAPS??

 
I'm guessing because she's a passionate, red-headed woman.  {#Yell}
great voice, rhythm section sounds the same in each song
she needs a new producer 
Odd,  young Robert Plant gets 8's for his banshee wail and Flo gets a drubbing.
They've both got good heads of hair, y'know. 
4 + 4 - 2 = 6 for some reason
This was exactly what I needed this morning. Totally energised me and made me feel like I can take on the world :)
 TJS wrote:
I'm still not sure why there is so much hate directed at F+TM.  She's got an amazing voice, the melody is fantastic, the lyrics are fantastic, The music is fantastic and her compositions have a completely unique sound.  I love her.

 
I'm with you 100%.
 Poacher wrote:
Overblown and in your face. But that's enough about me. . . I hope Florence tours near me soon so I can feel the power of her lungs first hand. 

 
Can a guy ever be 'overblown'? (ahem)
Bumping from a 7 to an 8. I enjoy the song even after hearing it so often ( I have the CD).
Yeller and the machine...
 Kbeeper wrote:
brings a shiver down my spine... great song{#Dancingbanana}

 
I agree!  All the negative comments on a song that ROCKS!!
 Hannio wrote:

It seems like a lot more than that, eh?  She basically has one song, with minor variations.

 
For artists I don't care for, this often seems like the case. 
 jared_w wrote:
I think Bill likes this song.  But the counter says its only been played 3 times in the past 30 days - really?!

 
It seems like a lot more than that, eh?  She basically has one song, with minor variations.
brings a shiver down my spine... great song{#Dancingbanana}
I think Bill likes this song.  But the counter says its only been played 3 times in the past 30 days - really?!
Double Ditto!!!! 

pvcnote wrote:

Ditto !!!

 


WHY DOES SHE SING IN ALL CAPS??
 kojiroh wrote:
I wish Winamp had a PSD button...
 
PTS?
FLORENCE & the gods!
Amazing production!

EVERYBODY IN MY CHURCH LOVES THIS SONG!!!!
 

Such an artist

Love her stuff, man! Just love her stuff

Parb  


Overblown and in your face. But that's enough about me. . . I hope Florence tours near me soon so I can feel the power of her lungs first hand. 
All right already!! Sheesh.
Wow!
You cant choose what stays and what fades away.  Darn right.
I really do like this song. Nevertheless, I find it necessary to post this: There's no need to shout!
 
 
This is a nice refreshing blast of new music after the overplayed Zep I just had to sit through.
This is a fantastic song and I love all things Florence, her voice, her lyrics, her presentation and of course, the way she looks. I don't understand all the hate here for her, but we all have different tastes and that's cool with me. I'm just glad that RP likes her and plays her often. Thanks.
Cool song but every song from this album just reminds me to listen to the superior first album.  This one for instance is good but when My boy builds coffins the power of this song suddenly seems limp by comparison.
I wish Winamp had a PSD button...
I'm still not sure why there is so much hate directed at F+TM.  She's got an amazing voice, the melody is fantastic, the lyrics are fantastic, The music is fantastic and her compositions have a completely unique sound.  I love her.
Ahhh,  this is my alarm going off, reminding me to play some other music I've bookmarked.
This band and this album have broken awesome new ground.  I love it!
Stop, exit, Pandora.
 vanmas wrote:
Go away!!!
This is really awful!
Screaming machine...

-10!
 
Ditto !!!
Go away!!!
This is really awful!
Screaming machine...

-10!
I'm not sure why, but I really like her screaming is this song. Go figure.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Having seen Flo perform live (on Tv) on several occasions by now, I'm beginning to wonder whether she has a personal vendetta against notes. When 80% of her notes are off key- and I mean way off - and she continues to prance about the stage as though this is her intention - suspicions are going to be aroused.
 
Her voice doesn't sound off-key on these recordings, but I've never heard a live performance of hers. 
"Foghorn" Florence's pitch is not what bothers me about most of the songs I've heard from this band, it's her howling.
dont like her voice
Having seen Flo perform live (on Tv) on several occasions by now, I'm beginning to wonder whether she has a personal vendetta against notes. When 80% of her notes are off key- and I mean way off - and she continues to prance about the stage as though this is her intention - suspicions are going to be aroused.
 stunix wrote:
Flo does for singing what Jerry Lee Lewis did to the piano, what TheEdge does to the guitar, what Nicolas Cage does to acting and what the wife does with the old boy!  

Too heavy handed, lacking finesse, all the same and not very good.
  

Avante garde formulaic..and Stunix needs a girlfriend.
Nope.... Mute... Next?
 romeotuma wrote:

I agree...  this song rocks...

 
 
copy that...
I haven't looked cause I'm so turned off by Flo at this point..does she do anything that derives from this formula?
AGAIN ALREADY?   PSD
Flo does for singing what Jerry Lee Lewis did to the piano, what TheEdge does to the guitar, what Nicolas Cage does to acting and what the wife does with the old boy!  

Too heavy handed, lacking finesse, all the same and not very good.

Please stop playing this!


this is a very POWERFUL song.............just my opinion..............
and they called Springsteen histrionic. 

like Tori Amos on meth.

dreck. 
Awful!  Might as well be listening to Cher during an aerobics class.  All sounds the same from this machine - impassioned screeching.  RP get's it right 99% so guess they are allowed a mulligan.
This is exactly what I needed to hear right now.
Here's how good she is live:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GohXlv7bulM
I like that bass or keyboard bass line in the middle...
What a fargin' voice, go Florence, GO!

Love everything this girl does. 
 Jack_Jefferson wrote:
Florence Henderson
 
Kiss my grits.

Good Song, good photo in the cover of the cd
A simply astonishing album.
Everything off this sounds like an anthem, like they expect people to chant it at a live concert.
Florence Henderson
 coloradojohn wrote:
Some of her other songs are getting burned out over the radio waves, but hearing this one on RP made me dive in and revel in what she's got going on here...and it's some seriously passionate channeling of vocal talents!  She's got it all — although, I hope she will try some things withOUT all that marching-band-type pounding behind her sometime...
 



I'm kinda feeling rhe same vibe. She's riding high now and getting tons of airplay. That said, her voice is distinct and powerful. I like her despite that she might be classified as "pop" most of which normally repulses me.
Some of her other songs are getting burned out over the radio waves, but hearing this one on RP made me dive in and revel in what she's got going on here...and it's some seriously passionate channeling of vocal talents!  She's got it all — although, I hope she will try some things withOUT all that marching-band-type pounding behind her sometime...
Love it more every time I hear it...and you know you have found a great song when you're compelled to log in and rate it before it slips away... ;-)
Reminds me of early Arcade Fire. So much power!
 fredriley wrote:

5 1/2 hours seems like a decent interval to me for songs off a newly-released album. I'm pretty sure that other artists (U2, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, etc) appear far more frequently on the playlist, though I've not timed it (life's just not long enough) and I'm not complaining. I really don't think that you can seriously accuse RP of lacking variety - eclectic is its essence.

 
Commercial radio generally runs with a 2 to 4 hour rotation of playing the same song.  How mad would a person go listening to the same crap every 2-4 hours?  Oh, that's why we are all here and not listening to commercial radio.

 




They were on Austin City Limits the other night.  I had never seen what the band looked like, only heard them (mostly here).  I predicted barefoot twirling....and I was right!
I really like Florence & The Machine and this song, but I have to agree, this is wayyyyy overboard.  Does anyone here have a direct line to Bill?  Something needs to be said about this.  If we're going to do Florence & The Machine let's hear some of their other stuff besides the usual trio of No Light, Cosmic Love, and What The Water Gave Me.
 fredriley wrote:

5 1/2 hours seems like a decent interval to me for songs off a newly-released album. I'm pretty sure that other artists (U2, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, etc) appear far more frequently on the playlist, though I've not timed it (life's just not long enough) and I'm not complaining. I really don't think that you can seriously accuse RP of lacking variety - eclectic is its essence.

Flo will be appearing at Nottingham soon, I think, though the chances of getting a ticket will be slim and she'll be in some massive corporate stadium where I'd need strong binos to see her on stage. I did see her on TV a while back, on the Jools Holland show, and she was terrific live.
 
It seems short to me. How about 1/day/artist and 5 days before repeating a song? Overplaying Florance just emphasizes that all her songs are (somewhat) the same.

I don't want to get tired of F&M. Other songs I absolutely never want to get tired of include Jeff Buckley's (or anybody's) Hallelujah or Debussy's 'Jardins sous la pluie'.

Bill, I know it makes your job harder, but that's why we love you.

Fredriley, there are instructions here on recording a stream for time shifting purposes. (I don't know why I'm mentioning this; as time shifters record and then discard after one listen ;). Even better, click on one of the purchase links above.


 willem wrote:
I listen almost every hour of the day to RP, also when I'm writing articles - I'm a journalist. But the abundance of Florence + The Machine-songs in the last weeks has made me doubt the independance of RP for the first time. A pity. For me. But also for RP.
 

I don't think it has to do with indpendence or any conspiracy you seem to be alluding to. I think they just like certain groups and play them a lot much to the detriment of us that do no like redundancy. Isn't that why none of us can stand Clear Channel, but oh well I just come here for the forum.
 agkagk wrote:
Ditto. The songs all sound the same to me. That's just fine one song at a time, but I wouldn't buy the album and listen to it all in one sitting.
 
That's exactly it! I was actually beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with me - "why don't I like Florence + The Machine"? (Sorry, it took me a while to catch on to this.) It's because all their songs sound the same! Big vocals, big drums, big big big. Can't they do anything else? 
 jhorton wrote:
Geezus, what freaking pipes this girl has got!
 
I have seen this band live and you are absolutely right and
a great song writer.  Her band is also wonderful, it was a
great show. 
 timmus wrote:
Man, it's been only... 339 minutes since the last Florence & The Machine song.  Radio Paradise is slipping!

In all fairness, I like this band, great song, but RP needs to pick up the variety a bit.
 
5 1/2 hours seems like a decent interval to me for songs off a newly-released album. I'm pretty sure that other artists (U2, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, etc) appear far more frequently on the playlist, though I've not timed it (life's just not long enough) and I'm not complaining. I really don't think that you can seriously accuse RP of lacking variety - eclectic is its essence.

Flo will be appearing at Nottingham soon, I think, though the chances of getting a ticket will be slim and she'll be in some massive corporate stadium where I'd need strong binos to see her on stage. I did see her on TV a while back, on the Jools Holland show, and she was terrific live.


I bought this CD and Lungs on the strength of what I've heard here. This CD is the one to have IMO. Way better than Lungs. a 7 for this song.
Man, it's been only... 339 minutes since the last Florence & The Machine song.  Radio Paradise is slipping!

In all fairness, I like this band, great song, but RP needs to pick up the variety a bit.
 toomanyollys wrote:
I know it's not an original criticism, but their songs really do all sound the same... yes, she has an incredible voice but it'd be nice to have a bit of variation from the big drums/plinky harp/loud thing.
 


Ditto. The songs all sound the same to me. That's just fine one song at a time, but I wouldn't buy the album and listen to it all in one sitting.

I listen almost every hour of the day to RP, also when I'm writing articles - I'm a journalist. But the abundance of Florence + The Machine-songs in the last weeks has made me doubt the independance of RP for the first time. A pity. For me. But also for RP.
 oldslabsides wrote:
Why is she YELLING AT ME!?
 

'cos u got "old slabs for sides" {#Lol}

 romeotuma wrote:


Yes, I am in my hotel room right now...  and everybody is demanding that I turn up the volume for this song...  the walls of my hotel room are shaking now....

 
 
Does RP get a commission for all the public airplay?