LYRIC

[Verse 1]
I believe in you
And in our hearts we know the truth
And I believe in love
And the darker it gets, the more I do
Try and fill us with your hate and we will shine a light
And the days will become endless
And never, and never turn to night
And never, and never turn to night

[Chorus]
Then it's just too much
I cannot get you close enough
A hundred arms, a hundred years
You can always find me here
And, Lord, don't let me break this
Let me hold it lightly
Give me arms to pray with
Instead of ones that hold too tightly
[Verse 2]
We have no need to fight
We raise our voices and let our hearts take flight
Get higher than those planes can fly
Where the stars do not take sides

[Chorus]
Then it's just too much
I cannot get you close enough
A hundred arms, a hundred years
You can always find me here
And, Lord, don't let me break this
Let me hold it lightly
Give me arms to pray with
Instead of ones that hold too tightly

[Chorus]
And then it's just too much
The streets, they still run with blood
A hundred arms, a hundred years
You can always find me here
And, Lord, don't let me break this
Let me hold it lightly
Give me arms to pray with
Instead of ones that hold too tightly
[Verse 3]
I let him sleep and as he does
My held breath fills the room with love
Hurts in ways I can't describe
My heart bends and breaks so many, many times
And is born again with each sunrise
And is born again with each sunrise

[Interlude]
Funerals were held all over the city
The youth bleed in the square
And women raged as old men fumbled and cried
"We're sorry, we thought you didn't care, oh"
And how does it feel now you've scratched that itch?
How does it feel?
And pulled out all your stitches
Hubris is a bitch
A hundred arms, a hundred years
A hundred arms, a hundred years

[Chorus]
And then it's just too much
The streets, they still run with blood
A hundred arms, a hundred years
You can always find me here
And, Lord, don't let me break this
Let me hold it lightly
Give me arms to pray with
Instead of ones that hold too tightly, yeah

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About "100 Years"

“100 Years” is the eighth track from Florence + the Machine album, High As Hope. It was premiered live, just over two months before the album release, at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, UK on 5th May 2018.

The song describes a time in 2016 when multiple major world events were occurring, which felt overwhelming for Florence and rendered her feeling helpless.

It is the first song to prominently feature the harp since Ceremonials.

100 Years Track info

Additional Production Brett Shaw
Keyboards Doveman
Guitar Josh Tillman
Horn Arranger Kamasi Washington
String Arranger Sally Herbert
Strings Contractor Isobel Griffiths
Cello Kelsey Lu
Tuba Owen Slade
Trombone Ed Tarrant
Baritone Saxophone Dave Bishop
Mastering Engineer John Davis (Mastering Engineer)
Mixing Engineer Tom Elmhirst
Bass Clarinet Anthony Pike
Flute Karen Jones
Drums Emile Haynie
Double Bass Mary Scully
Bass Trombone Roger Argente
Percussion Frank Ricotti
Piano Florence Welch
Vocals Florence Welch
Synthesizer Emile Haynie
Background Vocals Nathan Willett
Recording Engineer Tom Bailey
Tenor Saxophone Kamasi Washington
French Horn Richard Berry
Assistant Mixing Engineer Brandon Bost
Assistant Recording Engineer John Prestage
Harp Tom Moth
Violin Richard George
Viola Louisa Fuller

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