Everything You Ever Wanted to Know And More About “Lungs”

Florence + The Machine’s 2009 debut album was titled “Lungs.” The title is derived from the song Between Two Lungs, but there are mentions of lungs, breathing, drowning, gasping, and things like that in many of the songs on the album. This is my favorite album. Ever. I love every single song; this album contains an extremely diverse selection of songs that somehow all manage to fit perfectly together. This blog post is going to be dedicated to explaining the many different editions of this fantastic album, their perks, and the horror that is trying to organize them properly.

First, let’s begin with the cover. There are two versions of the cover. This one is the one you’ll have seen on any physical edition of the album:

Lungs (Large)

This cover is used for the regular edition and all of the deluxe editions excluding the box-set. However, if you bought the album online, you’ll have seen this cover, or some variation of it (some versions, such as iTunes’, are the same cover, but the coloring is a little more or less saturated)

Lungs

This version is a larger photo, showing more of Florence and her dress, as well as having a bluer hue. I include both of these cover photos and information about them because finding a really high quality version of either (particularly the first one) can be extremely frustrating; however thanks to Coverlandia, most of her album and single covers are now available in very good quality. I personally bounce back and forth between which album cover I like more.

Now, let’s begin. The thing about Lungs is that there are 13 tracks on the album, but there are a LOT of different editions of this album. There’s a regular edition, a 2-disc deluxe edition (which is even MORE deluxe in certain countries), a 4-disc box set edition, a 2-disc re-release of the album called Between Two Lungs, and finally, an American deluxe edition which features tracks from all of the previous editions as well as some material that hadn’t yet been released on any edition of the album.

The thing is, all of these different versions of the album (excluding the last one, which compiles bits and pieces from all of them), have entirely different bonus material, and keeping it all organized in a nightmare. I still haven’t found a logical way of doing it without having a GIGANTIC list of B-Sides and bonus material that doesn’t feel like it flows in any really cohesive way. But let’s discuss the different versions of the album, shall we?

As I said, we have the album itself, which never alters: 13 tracks.

Lungs

Lungs

1 Dog Days Are Over
2 Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
3 I’m Not Calling You A Liar
4 Howl
5 Kiss With A Fist
6 Girl With One Eye [The Ludes cover]
7 Drumming Song
8 Between Two Lungs
9 Cosmic Love
10 My Boy Builds Coffins
11 Hurricane Drunk
12 Blinding
13 You’ve Got the Love [Candi Staton cover]

You’ve Got the Love is considered a “bonus track,” but there is no edition of the album that doesn’t include it. Before the release of the album, the songs Kiss With A Fist and Dog Days Are Over were released as singles (the latter being released as “Dog Days”). A cover of Cold War Kids’ Hospital Beds was recorded as the B-Side for the Kiss With A Fist single, and a cover of Candi Staton’s You Got the Love was recorded as the B-Side for Dog Days (note: the song was also titled “You” Got the Love, as opposed to “You’ve” Got the Love, on the Dog Days single). The song gained so much popularity that it was included on the album as a “bonus track,” and eventually became it’s own single. It is important to note, however, that the single version of You’ve Got the Love features entirely newly recorded vocals, and in my opinion the single version is much better than the album version. It is, unfortunately, extremely hard to find, and I still haven’t been to find any way to get ahold of the single version without purchasing the actual CD single, since nothing else, not even any digitial releases, include the single version of You’ve Got the Love.

Girl With One Eye was written by Matt Alchin of The Ludes. Incidentally, Florence was dating a member of the Ludes, and he had to cancel a date with Florence to build a coffin for the cover of the band’s EP, which prompted Florence to write My Boy Builds Coffins. One more note on the original release: the US version of the album is an enhanced CD that links to a bonus content area of Florence’s website with downloads of three live performances: Between Two Lungs, Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), and Dog Days Are Over. I personally like this performance of Rabbit Heart because it’s the only time I’ve ever heard Florence sing the high notes in the chorus.


UPDATE 1/22/2016: Since I posted this, the instrumental versions of most of the songs from Lungs have been leaked to the internet via a disc that was supposedly promotional. This was fun for me particularly because an instrumental version of Howl was used in a car commercial in the U.S. and I had a hell of a time trying to find that commercial just to hear it again (spoiler alert: I didn’t find it), but luckily the instrumental is now available. Curiously, the instrumentals for Girl With One Eye, Blinding, and You’ve Got the Love don’t appear on the leaked instrumental album, presumably because if it was in fact a promo CD, it wouldn’t have had enough space to hold all of the songs. This is the fan-made album artwork that happened to be on the one I downloaded forever ago, and I liked it so much that I just keep it whenever I include the instrumentals in my library:

Lungs (Fan-Made)


Singles

Kiss With A Fist

This album has a lot of singles, and all of them are fantastic. The first, as I mentioned, was Kiss With A Fist, which was included on the soundtrack to the film Jennifer’s Body. Kiss With A Fist is probably the only song on the album that doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest. Florence herself has commented that she hadn’t quite found her sound yet when she recorded this song, and it wasn’t until Dog Days Are Over was written that she really found her sound as a musician. The second single, as also already mentioned, was Dog Days Are Over. This song is still Florence’s most recognizable song: it was featured in the trailer for the film Eat, Pray, Love, and after she performed the song live on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, it skyrocketed on the digital charts, which prompted Florence’s label to re-release Dog Days Are Over as the album’s sixth single, along with a new music video for the song. It is to-date Florence’s most successful single.

Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up)

However, backing the train up, the third single to be released was Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). This song was apparently written because Florence’s label wanted her to write a “happier” song. And in fact, if you’ve heard any of Florence’s older songs, she has written some extremely dark songs. This is not, however, a bad thing. This is one of those instances where a label asks for something, gets exactly the opposite of what they want, and it ends up marketing well and the artist still gets to be themselves: Rabbit Heart is backed by an infectiously joyful melody, a hip-hop infused dance beat, and bright pianos, but the lyrics are quite dark in their way. On a side-note, I personally have interpreted one of the common themes of Lungs to be abusive relationships: Kiss With A Fist, Heavy In Your Arms, Rabbit Heart, Dog Days Are Over, Howl, Girl With One Eye, all of these songs are filled with imagery of a hungry kind of love that is riddled with problems, regrets, and abuse. I suspect however, it’s just that I personally choose to identify with the songs in this way. As I’ve said, one of the remarkable aspects of Lungs is it’s versatility.

Drumming Song

The fourth single is a juggernaut calling Drumming Song. This song is probably the most insanely infectious song on the album, and certainly one of my favorite singles, though choosing a favorite is hard. This is another song that draws from a lot of hip-hop influences: the drum beat upon which the song is built is directly inspired by the beat to Lil Mama’s 2007 single Lip Gloss. This is one of the album’s songs that is filled to the brim with sexual energy: between this song and Howl, we already have a great soundtrack to an orgy. Toss in her 2011 followup album’s song Bedroom Hymns, and we can just assume Florence does all of her best writing in the sack.

The fifth single is You’ve Got the Love, which we’ve already discussed. Remember: single version. Completely new vocal track. The music video features Florence dancing around on a giant crescent moon amongst a party of lovers, with confetti flying through the air. She’s also decked out in a skin-tight bodysuit that would probably do some very powerful things to me if I were straight. At the 2010 BRIT awards, Florence performed a live version of the song, featuring verses added by rapper Dizzee Rascal, and this was released as the next single from the album.

The sixth single was planned to be Hurricane Drunk, and in fact, there is a music video for Hurricane Drunk (which I myself uploaded to YouTube but it can’t be viewed in the US due to copyright restrictions) which, as was the case with You’ve Got the Love, features all-new vocals from Florence, though the “single version” of Hurricane Drunk has NEVER been officially released. Your only chance of getting it would be to rip the audio from the music video. Around the time that Hurricane Drunk was planned as the album’s sixth single, Florence performed Dog Days Are Over on the VMA’s, and it’s surge in popularity prompted the re-release of the single.

Addicted to Love

The seventh and final single to be released from the album was Cosmic Love, though Florence’s cover of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love, which was featured as a B-Side on the You’ve Got the Love physical single, was released as a promotional single. A remix of Dog Days Are Over by Yeasayer was also released as a promotional single.

A Lot of Love, A Lot Of Blood

A Lot of Love. A Lot of Blood

Three months prior to the release of Lungs, a vinyl-only EP was released exclusively in the US, titled A Lot of Blood. A Lot of Blood. Side 1 contains the album’s first two singles, Dog Days Are Over and Kiss With A Fist; side B contains the two single’s respective B-Sides, You’ve Got the Love and Hospital Beds, as well as a remix of Dog Days Are Over by Optimo (Espacio).

Deluxe Versions/Re-Releases

Lungs (Deluxe Edition)

Lungs: Deluxe Edition

Disc 1
(standard 13-song tracklisting found on the regular edition)

Disc 2

1 Bird Song Intro
2 Bird Song
3 Dog Days Are Over (Demo)
4 Falling
5 Hardest of Hearts
6 Ghosts (Demo)
7 Girl With One Eye (Bayou Percussion Version) [The Ludes cover]
8 Swimming [bonus track on the Australian deluxe edition]

The deluxe version includes entirely new songs, some demos of old songs, and one alternate version. Bird Song is split into two parts: the first song is a minute and a half intro to the song. Any editions of the album that include Bird Song without it’s intro is just Bird Song. The two parts of the song have never been combined into one track. Another fun trivia fact: apparently the demo version of Dog Days Are Over was recorded in a closet, with Florence and Isabella Summers (Florence’s musical partner who plays piano on tour on helped write a lot of the songs) banging on the walls of the closet for percussion.

“Ghosts” is a demo version of the song that would ultimately be referred to as “I’m Not Calling You A Liar” on the final version of the album. There are some slight lyrical differences between Ghosts and I’m Not Calling You A Liar, though in the tracklisting for every EP/live album released after Lungs, the song has been referred to as Ghosts; only on the tracklisting for Lungs is it called I’m Not Calling You A Liar.

On the Austrlian version of the deluxe edition is the first appearance of my favorite Florence song, which was also the first Florence song I heard: Swimming. The deluxe edition of the album on iTunes featured Swimming as a 14th track for pre-orders in the US store, and in the UK store, it’s featured as the 21st track, in exactly the same order as the Australian deluxe version of the album.

Lungs (Special Edition Box Set)

Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition

Disc 1
(standard 13-song tracklisting found on the regular edition)

Disc 2: Live At Abbey Road
1 Between Two Lungs
2 Kiss With A Fist
3 Hurricane Drunk
4 Cosmic Love
5 Oh! Darling [The Beatles cover]
6 Dog Days Are Over
7 Drumming Song
8 You’ve Got the Love [Candi Staton cover]
9 Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Disc 3: Remixes, Covers & Rarities
1 Halo (Radio 1’s Live Loung) [Beyoncé cover]
2 Hurricane Drunk (Acoustic Version)
3 You’ve Got the Love (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Remix) [Candi Staton cover]
4 Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) [P.E.S.T. Remix]
5 Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
6 Flakes [Mystery Jets cover]
7 An Offering (Rabbit Heart Demo)
8 You’ve Got the Love (Fraser T. Smith’s Remix) [Candi Staton cover]
9 Cosmic Love (Acoustic Version)
10 Are You Hurting The One You Love? [B-Side from Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) single]
11 Swimming

Disc 4 (DVD): Live from Rivoli Ballroom

As far as standard releases go, this was the first physical edition of the album in the UK to include Swimming, and is the only release to include Florence’s Mystery Jets cover, Flakes, the demo version of Rabbit Heart, or the studio acoustic versions of Hurricane Drunk and Cosmic Love.  Are You Hurting the One You Love? however, is a B-Side from the Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) single, and the DVD includes 11 performances live from the Rivoli Ballroom, 4 live acoustic performances, and four music videos (the music video included for Dog Days Are Over is the original video, filmed in the woods with a handheld camera, since the second music video for the song wouldn’t be filmed until the re-release in 2010). It also includes a really nifty book with photos you can’t find anywhere else, an essay on Lungs by author David Vann, and more stuff from Florence’s personal notebook that inspired her during the writing of Lungs (I luckily managed to run across a gallery of scans of the entire booklet on a fan site!). I would like to get my hands on the box set one of these days, but as of now it has become somewhat expensive and hard to find.


UPDATE 1/22/2016: Just a note, the titles of these discs are different on the box art from the actual discs themselves. Disc 2 is called “Live From Abbey Road,” and Disc 3 is “Rarities, B Sides, Cover Versions & Remixes.”


Lungs Deluxe Edition Chest

There is another “box set” of the album that isn’t really a box set, just a very elaborately packaged deluxe version of the album. It has the exact same tracklisting as the deluxe version (no Swimming, remember that was only for Australia), and comes in a leather box with a Lungs-shaped mirror, sheepskin front panel, disc-envelopes with close-ups of the album artwork, some hand-drawn artwork by Florence, basically it’s just an insanely well-made collector’s item. And it’s also extremely expensive. You can still get it in her official webstore though.

Between Two Lungs

Re-Release: Between Two Lungs

Disc 1
(standard 13-song tracklisting from the regular edition)

Disc 2

1 Heavy In Your Arms [from Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack]
2 You’ve Got the Dirtee Love [live performance from the 2010 BRIT Awards, featuring Dizzee Rascal]
3 Hurricane Drunk (The Horrors Remix)
4 Strangeness & Charm (Live from Hammersmith Apollo)
5 Swimming (Live from Hammersmith Apollo)
6 Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix)

Live Performances from the Roundhouse at iTunes Festival 2010:

7 Drumming Song
8 Girl With One Eye [The Ludes cover]
9 Hurricane Drunk
10 Dog Days Are Over
11 My Boy Builds Coffins
12 Hosptial Beds [Cold Wars Kids cover]

In 2010, Florence contributed a song to the soundtrack to the third film in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse, called Heavy In Your Arms. This was released as the tenth and final single from Lungs, and was included on Lungs’ 2010 re-release, called Between Two Lungs. Between Two Lungs featured a second disc with entirely newly released material: two singles, Heavy In Your Arms and You’ve Got the Dirtee Love, two new remixes, two live performances from the Hammersmith Apollo (one of which, Strangeness & Charm, was an entirely new song that had never been released before and rarely been performed, and would be included on Florence’s second album), and finally, six live performances from the Roundhouse at the iTunes Festival 2010. There had been an EP released featuring six songs from this performance, but with the exception of Drumming Song and Girl With One Eye, all of the performances had never before been released (Drumming Song and Girl With One Eye, while still the same performances, have are extended a bit and include more of Florence chatting with her band-mates and tuning of some instruments. Not much difference, but still, it is technically a newly released recording).

Heavy In Your Arms

The “demo” version of Heavy In Your Arms

There’s actually another version of Heavy In Your Arms floating around, but it’s gone mostly unnoticed. This version is probably a demo of the song that was either leaked and mislabeled by file-sharers, or released by accident in place of the final version. The demo differs from the final version in that the first chorus features different vocals, Florence belts out the chorus instead of singing the low refrain, and there are some subtle differences in the instrumental track, including some sound effects that were either diminished or completely removed in the final version. If you want to go hunting for this version, the best thing you can do is look for the Eclipse soundtrack on the internet. While the final version of Heavy In Your Arms is included on any official release of the Eclipse soundtrack (meaning, any release that you purchase legally), rifling through illicit versions the soundtrack or just searching for the song itself  might yield the mislabeled demo version of Heavy In Your Arms. The most distinctive difference between the demo and the final version are the first-chorus vocals, which are not the same vocals used in the second chorus, but a completely unique vocal that was cut from the final version of the song.

And so, we have one more release to cover. All of the previous releases of Lungs after the original featured bonus material that was not included on any other physical version (Swimming being the exception, but remember it was only included in the Australian deluxe version and so would be new to anyone living elsewhere), and the final release of Lungs was released in concurrence with an EP called Lungs: The B-Sides available only in the US, and it compiled B-Sides from every version of Lungs released, and also featured some B-Sides that hadn’t yet been released on any version of the album but had been released on single EPs.

Lungs (Deluxe Edition)

Lungs: Deluxe Edition (US Version)

Disc 1
(standard 13-song tracklisting from the regular edition)

Lungs: The B-Sides

Disc 2: Lungs – The B-Sides

1 Swimming [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set]
2 Heavy In Your Arms [from Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack & Between Two Lungs]
3 Ghosts (Demo) [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
4 You’ve Got the Dirtee Love (Live at 2010 BRIT Awards) [Candi Staton cover, from Between Two Lungs]
5 Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix) [from Between Two Lungs]
6 Falling [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
7 Are You Hurting the One You Love? [from Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) single & Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
8 Addicted to Love [Robert Palmer cover, from You’ve Got the Love single]
9 Bird Song [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
10 Hospital Beds [Cold War Kids cover, from Kiss With A Fist single]
11 Hardest of Hearts [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]

This is the final version of Lungs, and the second disc of B-Sides contains a bit of everything, though it doesn’t contain everything, and to someone who likes to have every recording released by an artist collected, it can be a little aggravating, particularly because my favorite version of Lungs is the 21-song deluxe edition, and this new EP cut out Bird Song Intro, the Dog Days Are Over demo, the alternate version of Girl With One Eye, and left out plenty of other live performances, remixes, and B-Sides. While amongst all of the editions, this one is probably the most desirable because it contains the broadest scope of material, I personally didn’t keep it organized this way for too long. Also, two whom it may concern, the version of Bird Song featured on this edition of Lungs is SLIGHTLY different from the original, in that a fraction of a second of guitar reverberation from the intro is cut from the beginning, so that the song opens just on Florence’s vocals.

B-Sides

I have compiled a list of every B-Side Florence has released, excluding remixes from the CD singles. I don’t include remixes in my B-Sides because when you add every remix ever officially released into a collection of B-Sides it usually makes the list extremely bloated, and this list is already quite lengthy at it is. When I compile B-Sides, I have them formatted with studio tracks first, then soundtrack contributions, then live performances. Since two of Florence’s songs that have been featured on soundtracks have been album tracks/singles, the only one that gets formatted in the soundtrack category is her cover of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away, which was featured on the tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly.

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Lungs: B-Sides

1 Bird Song Intro [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
2 Bird Song [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
3 Dog Days Are Over (Demo) [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
4 Falling [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
5 Hardest of Hearts [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
6 Ghosts (Demo) [from Lungs: Deluxe Editon]
7 Girl With One Eye (Bayou Percussion Version) [from Lungs: Deluxe Edition]
8 Hurricane Drunk (Acoustic Version) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition
9 Flakes [Mystery Jets cover,  from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
10 An Offering (Rabbit Heart Demo) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
11 Cosmic Love (Acoustic Version) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
12 Are You Hurting the One You Love? [from Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) single & Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
13 Swimming [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
14 Heavy In Your Arms [from Twilight Saga: Eclipse & Between Two Lungs]
15 You’ve Got the Love (Single Version) [Candi Staton cover, from You’ve Got the Love single]
16 Addicted to Love [Robert Palmer cover, from You’ve Got the Love single]
17 Hospital Beds [Cold War Kids cover, from Kiss With A Fist Single]
18 Falling (Demo) [from Drumming Song single]
19 Dog Days Are Over (Acoustic Version) [from Drumming Song single]
20 My Boy Builds Coffins (Acoustic Version) [from Drumming Song vinyl single]
21 Drumming Song (Acoustic Version) [from Drumming Song single]
22 Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) [Acoustic Version] {from Drumming Song single}
23 Not Fade Away [Buddy Holly cover, from Rave On Buddy Holly]
24 You’ve Got the Love (Strings Version) [Live From Union Chapel/Little Noise Sessions from Dog Days Are Over single]
25 Halo (Radio 1’s Live Lounge) [live at Radio 1, from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
26 You’ve Got the Dirtee Love [Candi Station cover, live performance from 2010 BRIT Award, from Between Two Lungs]
27 Strangeness & Charm (Live From Hammersmith Apollo) [from Between Two Lungs]
28 Swimming (Live From Hammersmith Apollo) [from Between Two Lungs]
29 Between Two Lungs (Live At Abbey Road) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
30 Kiss With A Fist (Live At Abbey Road) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
31 Hurricane Drunk (Live At Abbey Road) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
32 Cosmic Love (Live At Abbey Road) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
33 Oh! Darling (Live At Abbey Road) [The Beatles cover, from Lungs: Deluxe Box Edition]
34 Dog Days Are Over (Live At Abbey Road) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
35 Drumming Song (Live At Abbey Road) [from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
36 You’ve Got the Love (Live At Abbey Road) [Candi Station cover, from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition]
37 Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) [Live At Abbey Road] {from Lungs: Deluxe Box Set Edition}
38 Drumming Song (Live From iTunes Festival ’10) [from Between Two Lungs]
39 Girl With One Eye (Live From iTunes Festival ’10) [from Between Two Lungs]
40 Hurricane Drunk (Live From iTunes Festival ’10) [from Between Two Lungs]
41 Dog Days Are Over (Live From iTunes Festival ’10) [from Between Two Lungs]
42 My Boy Builds Coffins (Live From iTunes Festival ’10) [from Between Two Lungs]
43 Hospital Beds (Live From iTunes Festival ’10) [Cold War Kids cover, from Between Two Lungs]

What’s missing/notes: So the first thing you should know is that some of these tracks are going to be extremely difficult or entirely impossible to find. For instance, I didn’t include the single version of Hurricane Drunk because it’s never been released, though it does exist. The only thing here that I question ever being able to really find an audio file of is the acoustic version of My Boy Builds Coffins, because it was only released on vinyl. There are ways to get audio from a vinyl, but it’s rare to find the audio from one on the internet. I’ve never even heard the acoustic version of My Boy Builds Coffins. You’re also going to have a hell of a time locating the single version of You’ve Got the Love searching the internet, I personally have had no luck, although the easiest remedy to the situation is to buy the CD single. I don’t imagine it would be terribly expensive, it was available in Florence’s webstore until a few months ago when they liquidated a lot of their Lungs merchandise to make room for merchandise for the new album. Also, all of the acoustic versions that weren’t featured on the Deluxe Box Set Edition were featured on the different editions of the Drumming Single: My Boy Builds Coffins on vinyl, Drumming Song and Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) on the digital EP, and Dog Days Are Over on the CD single.

It should be noted that there is one B-Side conspicuously missing from any and all of these lists: Florence’s cover of Beirut’s Postcards From Italy. It is supposedly a B-Side from the Kiss With A Fist single, but I can’t find any evidence to suggest that this is the case (meaning that I’ve never seen a digital EP or any official release of Kiss With A Fist that has this song in it’s tracklisting. I haven’t even found a blog or website that chronicles the song as being part of the tracklisting). It’s a good cover, and I include it in my list of Florence’s demos.

There are also two live EP’s, one called iTunes Festival: London 2010, the other called iTunes Live From SoHo, and they both include acoustic performances, but in an effort to keep this list from becoming too insanely lengthy and to keep things well organized, I keep them all on their respective EPs and don’t include them in the list of B-Sides. There was a 2008 iTunes Festival EP that was apparently on iTunes briefly, and it had live performances of Donkey Kosh, Hospital Beds, and My Boy Builds Coffins, but the only place I can find any of these performances are on YouTube. In 2011, Florence released a live album exclusively on the US iTunes store called Live At The Wiltern, which was released as an album and as a film, but at this point both of them have been taken down for some reason.


UPDATE 1/22/2016: Organizing the B-Sides from Lungs has been the bane of my existence for years. It’s just plain difficult to know what to include where and in what order. For the last few years I’ve preferred to just make Lungs one long, 52-track album, because between the deluxe editions, if you put them in order by disc, there are no overlapping tracks. The way I like to do it now, though, is to have the “iTunes Deluxe” version of Lungs, being the 21-track version that begins with Dog Days Are Over and ends with Swimming. Then I have the Abbey Road songs grouped together as their own “Live From Abbey Road” album. After all this time I’ve still never been able to find audio for the acoustic version of My Boy Builds Coffins. I assume it’s a studio quality acoustic recording the same as the other five, but I’ve never heard it. Frankly I want to just buy the vinyl and find out for myself. There are also Little Noise Sessions recordings of Blinding and Hurricane Drunk, though the Hurricane Drunk recording is only available in the UK and I CANNOT find it online. I also now have the iTunes Festival 2008 recordings of Donkey Kosh, My Boy Builds Coffins, and Hospital Beds listed under B-Sides, as well a bootleg live performance of Howl from the same Hammersmith Apollo show featured on the Between Two Lungs re-release, a live performance from Jools Holland of Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me (recorded in 2009 but released on an album in 2012), and the Dragon Age II arrangement of I’m Not Calling You A Liar. Here’s a screenshot below if you need a guide to organizing them the way I do:

Lungs


Cosmic Love

Remixes

There are a ton of remixes of songs from Lungs, featured in various places. The deluxe box set edition of the album, and the Between Two Lungs re-release feature some remixes, as well as most of the single EP’s, and there are some great remixes that have never been on any official releases. One of the most notable is a remix of You’ve Got the Love by the XX. A remix of I’m Not Calling You A Liar was featured as the ending credits theme in the game Dragon Age II, featuring orchestral arrangements from the game’s composer, Inon Zur. This remix has never been officially released on any version of the Dragon Age II soundtrack or any of Florence’s releases; there has to be a high-quality mp3 of it somewhere on the internet but for the most part the one’s I’ve been able to find are either low-quality, or YouTube-to-mp3 conversions.

Demos

There is one more element of Lungs to tackle: demos. There are quite a lot of them, and finding them can be somewhat time consuming. I personally was given a ton of links from a YouTube user who collects rare Florence tracks, although some of them don’t work anymore because they must have been removed, but if you torrent a bit you should be able to find these, and if all else fails, you can do the unthinkable (to an audiophile) and convert YouTube videos to mp3’s.

Dog Days Are Over

Demos

1 Donkey Kosh
2 My Best Dress
3 Coffin Song [an early version of My Boy Builds Coffins]
4 Bird Song [an early version of Bird Song, sang a capella]
5 Throwing Bricks
6 Ye Old Hope
7 Swimming Song [an early version of Swimming]
8 Girl With One Eye [demo version]
9 Between Two Lungs [demo version]
10 Tear Out My Tongue [a studio version of Ye Olde Hope]
11 Don’t Tell Me [an early version of I’m Not Calling You A Liar]

(tracks 12-15 from Florrible + Misrabella’s EP “Someone Spilt Snakebite On My Espadrille”)

12 Little Donkey [Florrible + Misrabella’s take on Donkey Kosh]
13 Halloween
14 Small Hands
15 Filthy Fingers [Florrible + Misrabella’s take on Girl With One Eye]

16 Galaxy of the Lost [Lightspeed Champion cover]
17 Can’t Speak French [Girls Aloud cover]
18 I’m Not Calling You A Liar [another early version of I’m Not Calling You A Liar, performed with accompaniment by ukulele]
19 Postcards From Italy [Beirut cover]
20 Bricks [studio version of Throwing Bricks]

What’s missing: There is a muffled snippet of a song called Paper Massacre floating around that’s about a minute long, but it’s incomplete and terrible quality.


UPDATE 1/22/2016: Since making this article I’ve discovered one more demo, an alternate version of My Boy Builds Coffins which features the same electric guitar riffs from Coffin Song, but with newly recorded vocals and backing music, as well as a heavy drum line added to the song. It’s a lot darker, and I prefer this demo to the original Coffin Song. Also for the record, I titled it Coffin Song because if you find the full recording of the original demo, you can hear Florence mutter “Coffin Song,” right before she sings. I also have the alternate version of Heavy In Your Arms listed under my demos, as well as two live performances of Bird Song and Pearls and Roses (a slightly different arrangement of Florence’s verse from Ashok’s song Under the Thumb). Here’s a screenshot of what my Demo album looks like in iTunes:

Demos


Other places you can find Florence

Florrible + Misrabella

Florence Welch and her longtime calloborator Isabella Summers have, as a band, undergone many name changes. They first performed together as Florrible + Misrabella, and then changed their names to Florence Robot + Isabella Machine, which became Florence Robot Is A Machine, and finally they settled on Florence + The Machine. Isa is still an active member of the band and co-wrote many of the songs on Lungs. At some point in their evolution as a band, Florrible + Misrabella released an EP called Someone Spilt Snakebite On My Espadrille, but only four of the songs from the EP have ever made their way onto the internet.  Here’s the full tracklisting and album art.

Ashok & Team Perfect

Ashok

In 2007 Florence became backup vocalist for a jazz band called Ashok with Devonte Hynes of Lightspeed Champion. Their album, Plans, features lyrics and vocals from Florence, and even an early version of Kiss With A Fist called Happy Slap. Florence eventually left the band, feeling that it wasn’t the right place for her, but she and Dev Hynes collaborated again for a project called Team Perfect, and released an EP called Team Perfect Presents Green Day’s Nimrod, in which the duo recorded covers of eight Green Day songs from their 1997 album Nimrod.

In conclusion…

Florence Lungs

Lungs Deluxe Booklet Scan

As far as Lungs is concerned, that’s basically everything. Florence’s second album is called Ceremonials, and at this point there haven’t been many B-Sides released, aside from those that were included on the deluxe version of the album (the UK version of which has more material). So far I haven’t really listened too intently to Ceremonials, both because it’s an imposing album filled with 5-minute long sound orgies, and because the sound is extremely different from Lungs, and I don’t know whether to say it’s more cohesive or less broad, but I guess it’s both. I enjoy that Lungs is all over the place, it makes it a treasure trove. Florence is fantastic and she’s my favorite musician, and Ceremonials (particularly Bedroom Hymns) has been great from what I’ve heard of it so far, but I have such a hard time adapting to change, even when it’s change from Florence, who has never, I repeat, never recorded a song I didn’t like. There are no rejects, I enjoy everything she has ever done, I enjoy every officially released song, most covers, and all of her demos. She’s just an extremely creative person and I hope that this will help anyone who is looking to experience more of Florence’s music and to have a better understanding of the somewhat confusing journey through the Lungs era. Four re-releases is a lot for any artist, but at least every edition has it’s own perks, gives a deeper understanding of Lungs, shows Florence to be deeply creative, as well as her collaborative producers, and adds depth to a modern indie masterpiece.


UPDATE 1/22/2016: This post has probably received more comments than any other on my blog, and I’m glad to know it’s helped at least a few people navigate the sometimes murky waters of Florence rarities and B-Sides. I’ve ammassed some pretty cool official and fan-made artwork over the years, so I thought I’d post some of it here. The last three are more colorful / saturated versions of the standard artwork and Between Two Lungs. Thanks for reading, and enjoy!


Dog Days Are Over (Original Cover)Rabbit Heart (Digital Cover)You've Got the Love

DemosLive

Abbey RoadAbbey RoadAbbey RoadLungs (Instrumentals)Lungs Green SaturatedLungs Blue SaturatedBetween Two Lungs Saturated

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13 thoughts on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know And More About “Lungs”

  1. Wow, this was an amazing uh, review 😀 It was very interesting. How did you find all that information? I read all of it. Do you like the song Donkey Kosh/Little Donkey? That’s my favourite. And I also like Bedroom Hymns

    • Well I just happened to have all of this information about the album, so I thought I’d make a detailed post like this so that people could find whatever info they needed, and then I’m not just lugging it all around in my brain without it being of use to anyone. I learned all of this stuff gradually by researching Florence, downloading her B-Sides, sites like Wikipedia were helpful, I’m sure some interviews found their way in there, and especially YouTube, where you can find almost anything she’s done, including some really early live performances.

      I DO like Donkey Kosh, it’s the very first song in my list of demos because it’s probably one of the oldest. Florence’s pre-Lungs lyrics were very dark and it’s really interesting to see the different styles she’s explored with her music and her lyrics, especially when you compare some of the extremely dark lyrics of the older songs like Tear Out My Tongue with the almost spiritual lyrics of the songs on Ceremonials. Bedroom Hymns is one of my favorites from Ceremonials as well. My all-time favorite Florence song is probably Howl or Swimming.

  2. Wow. I did not expect to stumble upon this when Googling reviews for Abnormally Attracted to Sin, but nevertheless I’m grateful. Seriously, I just knew there had to be a compendium for all of Florence’s and Tori’s b-sides out there, and I really appreciate you putting in the work to collect them all.
    Oh, and the rest of your blog looks like a really interesting read as well. You have good taste, sir.

    • Thank you so much! That totally makes my day, I’m glad to know the B-Side collections have helped someone, I just thought since I’ve spent years amassing this huge collection and organizing it that I may as well help other people so they don’t have to go through the trouble that I did. Although a great many B-Sides are virtually impossible to find through, shall we say, “legitimate” means, it’s really rewarding to scroll through an iTunes window and see it all there.

      • Well, I’m stuck buying CD’s. Which means buying the same albums over and over. I think this month, I’ll buy Ceremonials for the third time to get that limited edition Australian exclusive bonus disc.
        There must have been a print run of that Florrible + Misrabella EP somewhere…

      • I’m not sure if Florence and Isa were signed to a label when Florrible + Misrabella was printed, there is a logo on the packaging but I don’t know if it’s from a major label or if they had their own personal label and self-distributed. To this day no one has uploaded all of the audio files from the EP, so there’s still the great mystery of what awaits on that early work. As for Ceremonials, I honestly was very saddened by the album, it didn’t live up to my expectations at all. After Lungs, on which each track was it’s own story, and had it’s own unique sound, it was really disappointing to hear an album where nearly every song uses the same instruments and style. I jokingly refer to it as Florence’s “gospel album.” Though there are some highlights (Bedroom Hymns is definitely one of the best), the album on the whole was a pretty disappointment. I’ve still never even listened to the entire thing, just bits and pieces. I feel like Florence tried so hard to make the new album a euphoric explosion of music that she overshot the whole thing and didn’t dedicate enough time to really making each song unique. She opted for a cohesive album, rather than an album that exemplified her own unique perspective of so many different genres like Lungs. I hope that for her next album, she gets a little more experimental like in her early works and in Lungs, but I’m still a fan. At very least, I wish she would do some more of the Lungs songs in concert, she has literally not performed Howl or Swimming once since she began touring for Ceremonials.

      • Interesting, their Myspace page (if it’s actually theirs) has those four songs that are floating around the internet uploaded for streaming. Maybe the actual EP was just never released. Someone should ask Florence about it at one of her concerts (and demand that she release the full “Paper Massacre” demo).

        I actually quite enjoy each individual song off Ceremonials; it’s just a very hard album to listen to in sequence–hearing “Spectrum” right after “Heartlines” is downright painful. Good songs, probably shouldn’t have released them all together as a single album. Oh, and the Eg White and Isabella produced songs are two of the biggest teases in her catalogue.

  3. Hi there; great article! I was wondering whether you had the picture of Florence in higher quality that is in the last collage of photos you posted, the small one above the official album cover, with Florence’s head tilted differently instead. I have searched EVERYWHERE for it! Thanks.

    • Unfortunately the highest quality version of that photo I’ve ever found is from the collage in the box set of Lungs. I imagine they took a few alternate photos when they were deciding on cover choices and included one of them on that page, but I’ve never been able to find a high quality version of the one you’re talking about, I remember being really excited the first time I saw it. I would imagine the only way to get a genuine high quality version of it without having direct access to the photographers materials is to buy the box set edition of Lungs and try to get a good scan of that page. Thanks so much for reading!

  4. Please someone tell me where can i buy that deluxe box set edition?? I’m really having a hard time searching for it …Please hlep me 😥😰😥😢

    • You’ll have to import it from the UK. It’s available from individual sellers on Amazon and eBay, but it’s probably quite expensive if you want a brand new copy.

      • Thank you so much for your reply!
        Where can i buy that brand new one? Do you know any sites?
        I can’t even sleep because of this 😰
        And thank u again for such wonderful posting!!

      • Just go to Amazon and look for “new” listings, or search eBay for the deluxe box set and be sure to include “sealed” or “new” in the search terms. You’ll find one eventually, but it will probably be very expensive.

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