WRITING: What Adele is really saying

This is one of the most depressing songs written in the past 20 years. Not depressing because of it’s meaning or tone — it’s depressing that some record company executive thought it was a worthy thing to share a 13-year-old girls’ psychotic obsession with the world, as if we haven’t all dated this creepy chick at one time or another. I link the song here for clarification. I have translated the true meaning below, feel free to sing along:

“Someone Like You”

I heard that you’re settled down

That you found a girl and you’re married now.

I heard that your dreams came true.

Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?

Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the lie.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited

But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.

I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded

That for me it isn’t over

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you

I wish nothing but the best for you too

Don’t forget me, I beg

“I’ll remember”, you said,

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,

Yeah.

You know how the time flies

Only yesterday it was the time of our lives

We were born and raised

In a summer haze

Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited

But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.

I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded

That for me it isn’t over, yeah.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you

I wish nothing but the best for you too

Don’t forget me, I beg

“I’ll remember”, you said,

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.

Nothing compares

No worries or cares

Regrets and mistakes

They are memories made.

Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you

I wish nothing but the best for you too

Don’t forget me, I beg

“I’ll remember”, you said,

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you

I wish nothing but the best for you too

Don’t forget me, I beg

“I’ll remember”, you said,

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.

Translated

You’re gone and you’re having fun

And you’re not alone crying and calling everyone.

Why aren’t you bitter and pining for me?

Carving my name in your arm like I said you’d be?

I guess I should go outside.

Don’t need to be here, ’cause you won’t come back to me cryin’.

It’s prob’ly a safe bet that if you call for my booty

Even if it’s 3AM and you’re drunk and you’re bleary.

You’ll find me waiting at the door in a neglige and ready

‘Cause I’m that sad and desperate.

Don’t worry, I won’t judge you

Even if you get married we can bang too.

‘Cause I’ll always be here

Thinking of you with sobby tears

Some chicks demand real love, but some just get obsessed.

Some chicks demand real love, but some just get obsessed.

Yeah.

Your wife caught me in your tree

I was spyin’ you and she called the police.

When they tazed me down

In my wedding gown

I wet myself and writhed all around

Now your restraining order is a joke, I can’t abide it.

And I’m off to kill the judge for daring just to write it.

Then we can be together, there’s no real need to fight it.

My psychosis goes deeper.

In my shrine I light a candle for you.

And submerge it in chicken blood too.

If I just make the right sacrifice

In no time I’ll be your wife

Sometimes you know your in love
but sometimes voodoo can help

I’m outside your house

unbuttoning my blouse

Your neighbors all stare

but I couldn’t care

I’ll strip myself nude but
damn it, the cops are here again

When I get out, I’m coming for you

With a tranq gun and lots of rope too

You’ll be in my cellar in chains

‘Til you learn to love me the same

Sometimes you fall in love but
sometimes you get convinced

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2 comments so far

  1. Blue « Smokebear on

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  2. Peter Drake on

    YES!!!!!!!


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