Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 2, 2011
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Florence and the Machine gives a personal acoustic show to teen with cancer at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, after the teen missed her show the previous night due to illness (youtube.com)

“Today we were privileged to witness the clear joy of a room full of teenagers singing with Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd from Florence and The Machine who came to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House to give a private concert to a teen who missed her concert last night due to her illness. The room was full; full of joy and warmth and love and life and singing. Thank you, Florence!”

“Hospice Austin’s 15-year-old patient had long planned to go see Florence and the Machine with her BFF at the Austin 360 amphitheater; she was bitterly disappointed when her health prevented her from attending. So Florence came to her at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House. Thank you, Florence, for your loving kindness, and for making our patient’s day.”


I first heard the song watching this video, which (though it should be cheesy) still gets me.

Florence + the Machine: Dog Days are Over {Live}

Everyone knows this song, by now. Whether you like it or not, or more likely loved-it and now are fast-getting-sick-of-it (me). So, seeing/hearing this live version—a breath of fresh air into the overplayed song that I nevertheless love. Enjoy:


More versions:


So hot: and glad she didn’t fallll.

Hometown crowd:

So many versions!


On Letterman: Weird ending, great version overall.

I like her barefoot, makes me less nervous for her running about!



~ Okay, that should be enough versions and then some. Posted a bunch ’cause the first one I listened to, couldn’t refind, so kept looking! Still not sick of the song, thankfully, after listening to all these.


The Official, with 20 million views and (quickly) counting: and still my fave version:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


11 Responses to “Happiness!”

  1. Kate Bartolotta says:

    It’s totally overplayed but every time I hear it I turn it up and dance and sing. Can’t help it! Happiness does hit me like a train on the track sometimes!

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  9. Kristin says:

    I love Flo and I love Elephant Journal! Thanks for the post!

  10. Marsha says:

    Words can't describe how awesome Florence + the Machine are!! Seeing Flo in concert was AMAZING!! I NEVER tire of their music.