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"Sky Full of Song" is a song by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine from their fourth studio album, High as Hope (2018). It was written and produced by Florence Welch, Emile Haynie and Thomas Bartlett. The song was released on 12 April 2018 as a 7-inch single for Record Store Day.[1]

"Sky Full of Song"
Single by Florence and the Machine
from the album High as Hope
Released12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
LabelVirgin EMI
  • Emile Haynie
  • Florence Welch
  • Thomas Bartlett
Florence and the Machine singles chronology
"Stand by Me"
"Sky Full of Song"
Music video
"Sky Full of Song" on YouTube



Sky Full of Song was inspired by Welch performing on stage. She opened up that she feels an otherworldly sense of being. However, at the same time she feels a sense of loneliness once she starts performing on stage. At times she doesn't know how to enjoy herself and so lets the song take over her being. According to the rollingstone magazine Welch made a statement, that “Sky Full of Song” came to her “fully formed.” She said, “Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down. [...] There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling.” [2]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of High as Hope.[3]

Recording and management


  • Florence Welch – vocals, composition, production, percussion
  • Emile Haynie – composition, production, synths, drums, recording
  • Thomas Bartlett – composition, additional production, bass, keyboards
  • Greg Leiszpedal steel guitar
  • Rob Ackroyd – guitars
  • Tom Monger – harp
  • Jasper Randall – vocal contractor
  • Angela Parrish – backing vocals
  • Leslie Stevens – backing vocals
  • Brett Shaw – recording
  • Morgan Stratton – additional recording
  • Michael Harris – additional recording
  • Zachary Zajdel – engineering assistance
  • Christopher Cerullo – engineering assistance
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing
  • John Davis – mastering


Chart (2018) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 87
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 48
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[7] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 81
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 9


  1. ^ "See Florence and the Machine's Vibrant New 'Sky Full of Song' Video". Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ "See Florence and the Machine's Vibrant New 'Sky Full of Song' Video". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ High as Hope (Media notes). Florence and the Machine. Virgin EMI Records / Republic Records. 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #469". auspOp. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ " – Florence %2B the Machine – Sky Full of Song" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Florence + the Machine Chart History". Billboard.