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Posting on Instagram yesterday (April 16) to announce the song, singer Florence Welch revealed that ‘Light of Love’ was originally supposed to feature on her last record, 2018’s ‘High As Hope‘, but it failed to make the final cut.
“‘Light of Love’ is an unreleased song from High as Hope, it never made it to the record, but I thought I would release it at midnight tonight, as a little token of my love,” she wrote.
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‘Light of Love’ is an unreleased song from High as Hope, it never made it to the record, but I thought I would release it at midnight tonight, as a little token of my love. And to raise awareness for the Intensive Care Society, (Link in bio) which provides care and support for the incredible doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals on the front line of this crisis. I will be donating all of my income from this song to the Intensive Care Society. I love and miss you all so much. With you in spirit from South London lockdown Xx 💗 xX
Welch said she’s also releasing the song to raise awareness for the Intensive Care Society, which provides care and support for doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. The singer will be donating all income from this song to the organisation.
“I love and miss you all so much. With you in spirit from South London lockdown,” wrote Welch.
She added: “The song is about the world coming at you so fast and you feel like you won’t survive it, but in actually bearing witness to the world as it is, it’s really the only place you can be of service. I found so many ways to numb myself out, to hide from the world, and although waking up from that was painful, it’s never been more important not to look away, to keep an open heart even if it hurts, and to find ways to keep showing up for the people that need you. Even from a distance.”
Last month, Welch shared a collective poem about solidarity and support through quarantine, made from comments submitted by fans.
“Please write one line you would like to add to a ‘Collective Poem’ and I will try and piece it together,” she wrote in her original call-out to fans. “If you are feeling afraid, anxious or isolated I send you so much love. I am feeling the same. But creativity is a small blessing.”
As the UK remains in lockdown, recent weeks have seen many gigs, tours and festivals cancelled across the world to prevent the spread of coronavirus – with Glastonbury 2020 among the main events to be pulled.
A huge selection of artists have since taken online to host virtual gigs to music fans while much of the world is in quarantine or self-isolation.