Breaking Down (3:49)

Cover of Ceremonials

From Ceremonials and 1 other release

The Breaking Down Songfacts says: Florence Welch, the frontwoman and primary contributor to Florence and the Machine, wrote much of her debut album, Lungs, about breaking up with her long term boyfriend, Stuart Hammond. The pair later patched things up and got back together but they eventually spilt up again. “Breaking Down”, which evokes both mental fragility and childhood fears was inspired by the ending of their relationship for a second time.


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  • allefg

    "Can you see it coming now?" oh, yes, especially when I hear this song. I think I'm breaking down again.

    22 Sep 5:23am Reply
  • jeffreeh

    Sounds like an oldschool soul record, nice surprise!

    12 Sep 11:50pm Reply
  • MysticShit

    It sounds like something i've heard before but i can't quite place it.

    7 Jul 1:46pm Reply
  • scisz_to

    a bit similar to The Everlasting - Manic Street Preachers

    24 Feb 4:15pm Reply
  • Raphaelgerm

    this song, clearly, talks about depression, and the breaking downs that you have in this disease

    3 Feb 3:08am Reply
  • Jane_Wyman


    1 Feb 10:15pm Reply
  • Spaceman_moon

    I love it I love it I love it!

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • macychick

    oh man I love this song, can't help singing along whenever I hear it

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pimki1980

    Oh, I think I'm breaking down again ♥

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AverageFallacy

    This used to be my least favorite on Ceremonials, but it managed to creep its way into my top 5. Definitely infectious.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • XDRory

    Florence, please make more songs that make me feel the way this song does. Emotionally, it's probably the strongest song on the album. My song [2]

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • u_go_na

    ♥♥♫ ♥ ♫♥♥♥♫ ♥ ♫♥♥ I like the video for this song....nostaglia.... reminds me of The Beatles and Liverpool where my mum is from ♥♥♫ ♥ ♫♥♥♥♫ ♥ ♫♥♥

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Eeli2008

    I think it's a good change-up, which makes you ready for another climax in the bottom half of the album. And it's a fine song itself.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sinsinatti

    It`s a kind of magic

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • burning-desire


    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • XDRory

    @justmatornot That makes no sense whatsoever. [2] It's a beautiful song. One of her best. So shhhh.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • telcontar7

    @justmatornot That makes no sense whatsoever.

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • victortanaka

    My ex-girlfriend loves Florence a lot, and because of her, I started to like her too. I fell in love especially with this song and I have been listening to it every day. But yesterday we broke up with my girl forever... and every time I listen to this, I'll remember her.

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • justmatornot

    @strom-z the real thing is that this is not her best song at all, and it's because it trows a fake power in our faces, but it doesn't work because we know this is weak, her layered choirs and the drums are useless in this...her accoustic versions of this are much better, i believe that Florence was scared to put this song in a harp solo song mostly because it would totaly break her "one- big-churchial-ceremonial-mood" album...anyway still this is great and otherwordly.

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Deardeadfriend

    I've heard this melody in another song before. It's not the first time that I get this feeling when listening to Florence + The Machine.

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
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