Rage in Her Machine.

Ran into an old favorite on my iPod this morning, Florence + the Machine’s “Kiss with a Fist”. What at first seems to be a ditty about domestic violence is actually a tune about a couple “pushing each other to psychological extremes”. Florence explains it best:

“‘Kiss with a Fist’ is NOT a song about domestic violence. It is about two people pushing each other to psychological extremes because they are fighting but they still love each other. The song is not about one person being attacked, or any actual physical violence, there are no victims in this song. Sometimes the love two people have for each other is a destructive force. But they can’t have it any other way, because it’s what holds them together, they enjoy the drama and pushing each other’s buttons. The only way to express these extreme emotions is with extreme imagery, all of which is fantasism and nothing in the song is based on reality. Leona Lewis‘s ‘Bleeding Love‘ isn’t actually about her bleeding and this song isn’t actually about punching someone in the mouth.”

 i.

You hit me once
I hit you back
You gave a kick
I gave a slap
You smashed a plate
over my head
then I set fire to our bed

You hit me once
I hit you back
You gave a kick
I gave a slap
You smashed a plate
over my head
then I set fire to our bed

My black eye casts no shadow
Your red eye sees no pain
Your slaps don’t stick
Your kicks don’t hit
So we remain the same
Blood sticks and
sweat drips
Break the lock if it don’t fit
A kick in the teeth is good for some
A kiss with a fist is better than none
A-woah a kiss with a fist is better than none

Broke your jaw once before spilt your blood upon the floor
You broke my leg in return
Sit back and watch the bed burn
Well love sticks sweat drips
Break the lock if it don’t fit
A kick in the teeth is good for some
A kiss with a fist is better than none
A-woah a kiss with a fist is better than none

You hit me once
I hit you back
You gave a kick
I gave a slap
You smashed a plate over my head
then I set fire to our bed

You hit me once
I hit you back
You gave a kick
I gave a slap
You smashed a plate over my head
then I set fire to our bed

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