In the way back of 2017 the Lumineers released Sleep on the Floor, Angela, Cleopatra, and Ophelia. They connected and tell a bigger story. It’s the story of youth, innocence, choices, options, grief, loss, acceptance and facing the truth. The music and lyrics themselves stand by themselves but paired with their music videos when viewed in the intended order tells the story.
Sleep on the Floor
The majority of us believe we are intended for greatness, or at least great things when we are starry eyed and in our youth. We live fiercely, love passionately and feel in extremes. The mistakes we make as young adults harden us to the world. Sleep on the Floor tells this story from the perspective of a young girl who has just suffered a loss and impulsively goes on the run with a young man and they elope. The story follows their road-trip and their story.
With age comes maturity and wisdom. Angela shows the impulse of her escaping in her night dress. The video follows her drive that night, and shows things like her tattoo on her arm a sign of a yonger Angla which she lost somewhere along the way to suburbia and responsilities. Her dance in the parking lot, of freedom, of joy you can feel as he escapade culminates and winds down.
It starts coming together with Cleopatra. Cleopatra picks up Angela in her yellow taxi cab, then takes the couple from the first video on a ride, then picks up her son and they share a meal, talking, laughing and being in each others’ compays. Cleopatra drives her son home and embraces him, he is met by his father at the door and choices made and paths not taken shows her going into the house with her family. She gets back into her yellow cab and turns on the vacant light for another fair.
The last in the series is Ophelia which is a story about The Lumineers who became famous very quickly. The video shows the Wesley Schultz going outside and dancing in the rain similar to Don in the 1952 movie then playing in traffic. You could extend both the title of the song and the music video being an allegory for fame.