Adele (singer)

British singer

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE (born 5 May 1988), better known simply as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter.

Adele, in 2021
Never mind, I'll find someone like you,
I wish nothing but the best for you, too.
Don't forget me, I beg.
I remember you said,
"Sometimes it lasts in love,
But sometimes it hurts instead." ~
Someone Like You


  • I'm mortified to have to pay 50%! [While] I use the NHS, I can't use public transport any more. Trains are always late, most state schools are shit, and I've gotta give you, like, four million quid – are you having a laugh? When I got my tax bill in from [the album] 19, I was ready to go and buy a gun and randomly open fire.
  • I love seeing Lady Gaga’s boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry’s boobs and bum. Love it. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears.
  • I don't really need to stand out, there's room for everyone. Although I haven't built a niche yet, I'm just writing love songs.

Song lyrics


All songs written by Adele, except as noted

19 (2008)

  • Should I give up,
    Or should I just keep chasing pavements?
    Even if it leads nowhere,
    Or would it be a waste?
    Even if I knew my place should I leave it there?
    Should I give up,
    Or should I just keep chasing pavements?
    Even if it leads nowhere.
  • You say it's all in my head
    And the things I think just don't make sense
    So where you been then? Don't go all coy
    Don't turn it round on me like it's my fault
    See I can see that look in your eyes
    The one that shoots me each and every time.
    You grace me with your cold shoulder
    Whenever you look at me I wish I was her.
    You shower me with words made of knives
    Whenever you look at me I wish I was her.
  • You said I'm stubborn and I never give in.
    I think you're stubborn 'cept you're always softening.
    You say I'm selfish, I agree with you on that.
    I think you're giving out way too much in fact.
    I say we've only known each other one year;
    You say I've known you longer my dear.
    You like to be so close, I like to be alone.
    I like to sit on chairs and you prefer the floor.
    Walking with each other, think we'll never match at all, but we do.
    But we do, but we do, but we do.
  • Round my hometown,
    Memories are fresh.
    Round my hometown,
    Ooh the people I've met
    Are the wonders of my world.
  • I like it in the city when the air is so thick and opaque
    I love to see everybody in short skirts, shorts and shades
    I like it in the city when two worlds collide
    You get the people and the government
    Everybody taking different sides.
    • Hometown Glory.

21 (2011)

  • There’s a fire starting in my heart
    Reaching a fever pitch,
    It’s bringing me out the dark
    Finally I can see you crystal clear
    Go head and sell me out
    And I'll lay your ship bare.

    See how I leave with every piece of you[[
    Don’t underestimate the things that I will do.

  • The scars of your love remind me of us
    They keep me thinking that we almost had it all.
    The scars of your love they leave me breathless.
    I can’t help feeling
    We could have had it all.
    Rolling in the deep.
    You had my heart inside of your hand
    And you played it
    To the beat.
  • Bless your soul, you've got you're head in the clouds,
    You made a fool out of you,
    And, boy, she's bringing you down,
    She made your heart melt,
    But you're cold to the core,
    Now rumour has it she ain't got your love anymore.
  • I can't keep up with your turning tables
    Under your thumb, I can't breathe.

    I won't let you close enough to hurt me, no.
    I won't ask you, you to just desert me.
    I can't give you, what you think you gave me.
    It's time to say goodbye to turning tables.

  • But I set fire to the rain,
    Watched it pour as I touched your face,
    Well it burnt while I cried,
    Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name!
    I set fire to the rain
    And I threw us into the flames
    Well it felt like something died
    Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time!
  • Never mind, I'll find someone like you,
    I wish nothing but the best for you, too.
    Don't forget me, I beg.
    I remember you said,
    "Sometimes it lasts in love,
    But sometimes it hurts instead."

25 (2015)

  • Hello from the other side,
    I must've called a thousand times
    To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done,
    But when I call, you never seem to be home.
    Hello from the outside.
    At least, I can say that I've tried
    To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart,
    But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore.
  • Send my love to your new lover,
    Treat her better.
    We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts.
    We both know we ain't kids no more.
  • Let me photograph you in this light
    In case it is the last time that we might
    Be exactly like we were before we realised
    We were sad of getting old, it made us restless.
    It was just like a movie,
    It was just like a song.
  • If you're not the one for me,
    Then how come I can bring you to your knees?
    If you're not the one for me,
    Why do I hate the idea of being free?
    And if I'm not the one for you,
    You've gotta stop holding me the way you do.
    Oh honey, if I’m not the one for you,
    Why have we been through what we have been through?
  • If you're gonna let me down, let me down gently.
    Don't pretend that you don't want me.
    Our love ain't water under the bridge.
    • Water Under the Bridge
  • I can't love you in the dark,
    It feels like we're oceans apart.
    There is so much space between us,
    Baby, we're already defeated.
    Ah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah, everything changed me.
  • I only wanted to have fun
    Learning to fly, learning to run.
    I let my heart decide the way
    When I was young
    Deep down, I must have always known
    That this would be inevitable
    To earn my stripes, I'd have to pay
    And bare my soul.
  • If this is my last night with you,
    Hold me like I'm more than just a friend.
    Give me a memory I can use,
    Take me by the hand while we do
    What lovers do.
    It matters how this ends
    'Cause what if I never love again?

30 (2021)

  • There ain't no gold in this river
    That I've been washin' my hands in forever.
    I know there is hope in these waters,
    But I can't bring myself to swim
    When I am drowning in this silence,
    Baby, let me in.

    Go easy on me, baby.
    I was still a child.
    Didn't get the chance to
    Feel the world around me.
    I had no time to choose what I chose to do,
    So go easy on me.

  • Oh, my God, I can't believe it.
    Out of all the people in the world,
    What is the likelihood of jumping
    Out of my life and into your arms?
    Maybe, baby, I'm just losing my mind,
    'Cause this is trouble, but it feels right.
    Teetering on the edge of Heaven and Hell
    Is a battle that I cannot fight.

About Adele

  • The distance in form, intention, mood and expression between Schubert's songs for voice and piano and those of, say, Adele, is remarkably small.
    • Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall's Story of Music. Episode 3, BBC, February 2014.
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