Let’s face it: 2011 belonged to the one and only Adele. As the year comes to a close, we thought we’d revisit her hit album 21 and deCODE one of her most stellar songs “Set Fire To The Rain”. We know it’s about a relationship coming to an end, but we wanted to sit down and really take a look at the lyrics. Here’s what we came up with:
I let it fall, my heart
And as it fell, you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me
? Symbolizes the beginning of Adele’s relationship. She was in a dark place, and then his love saved her.
My hands, they were strong, but my knees were far too weak
To stand in your arms without falling to your feet
? She still has her independence, but started to become weak and submissive around her lover.
But there’s a side to you that I never knew, never knew
All the things you’d say, they were never true, never true
And the games you’d play, you would always win, always win
? She figures out that he has a dark side. He lies to her and plays games with her.
But I set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name
? The rain signifies their relationship: falling to the ground. Adele’s strength is the fire. The rain/fire symbolism seems impossible; how can one set fire to the rain? But Adele rose above, like the fire, despite her sadness.
When laying with you I could stay there
Close my eyes, feel you here forever
You and me together, nothing is better
? She is remembering the good times of the relationship. She knows it’s over, but still has fond memories of their time together, like anybody in a serious relationship.
What a deep song! Do you think it means something else? Let us know in the comments.