I like Florence's energetic anthems, but one song has me concerned. Her song, What the Water Gave Us, with its big chorus and vague lyrics are obviously meant to make it a popular piece and I must admit its catchy-ness has me hooked too. But even though I like the song's sound, I am always uneasy when I listen to it, because I am afraid that Florence Welch may be glamorizing suicide. If she is, I don't think it's intentional, but that still doesn't mean that it's not a problem. Here are the lyrics to the song:
This is not the first time that Florence Welch has had trouble with her lyrics' interpretations. Her fun song on her first album, "Kiss with a Fist," with its violent imagery had some feminists up in arms, because unless one knows what Welch's interpretation of the song is, one is going to assume that it is promoting domestic violence. (Welch maintains that that was not her intent, but that the violent words are about an intense relationship, but not a physically abusive one.) I am not going to stop listening to either songs, but I do think that Welch should be a little more careful when composing the lyrics to go with her music.