Speaking to Q magazine, Florence Welch said despite her own natural conflicted and irreverent mindset, she attempted to put some positive messages on Ceremonials, "because I knew there would be kids listening." She continued: "Like putting something in there that wasn't just for me, like 'Heartlines' and 'Spectrum,' they're really earnest, saying don't be afraid of who you are and follow your heart. I get scared of being earnest. Like a lot of British people, I prefer sarcasm and irreverence. So those grand statements were hard for me. Wearing my heart on my sleeve. Very frightening."
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."