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Hello

Posted in Music on 29/01/2016 by Bitsofki

hello.png Hello, how are you?

I’m good and Adele is back! Her third studio album 25 was released late last year, after 3 years of silence since her James Bond tune “Skyfall”. As can be expected, a single was released prior to the release of the album and it was aptly titled “Hello”.

It’s the source of the “Hello” challenge, which I barely participated in: the challenge requires you to text the song lyrics to a friend until they figure out that you’re just messing with them.

Exhibit A

I unfortunately own a Symbian phone and can’t take a screenshot of my own hello challenge but you get the idea, yeah? Doing (barely) and seeing the hello challenge made me think about the lyrics and I conclude that Adele is full of shit. Or at least that song is full of shit.

First, here are the full song lyrics:

Hello, it’s me, I was wondering
If after all these years you’d like to meet to go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal, yeah
But I ain’t done much healing

Hello, can you hear me?
I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There’s such a difference between us
And a million miles

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

Hello, how are you?
It’s so typical of me to talk about myself, I’m sorry
I hope that you’re well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened?

It’s no secret
That the both of us are running out of time

So 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

Ooh, anymore
Ooh, anymore
Ooh, anymore
Anymore…

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

Read the lyrics, watch the video and here’s the shit.

This song initially sounds like someone trying to apologise for hurting a former flame/ paramour/ lover/ partner, choose the word you like, but it’s not. Not really. It’s actually about Adele’s own damn conscience and feelings.

The subject of heartbreak has probably not been raised for some time and, “after all these years” she wants to know if you’d like “to meet to go over everything“? Linguistically, this strikes me as a form of hedging. Furthermore she doesn’t really want to meet because she wants to go over everything but because even after all this time has passed she “ain’t done much healing“. How and why is this your problem? *sigh* Especially since she’s the one that broke your heart.

Adele then proceeds to go on about California dreaming (a shoutout to Mamas and The Papas song?) and the days of your youth. Why is this part of the apology? I don’t get it: is she calling to apologise or reminisce?  We then move into the chorus, where Adele calls out the distance again, as she’s on “the other side“, and says she’s beeen blowing up your phone, calling you “a thousand times”. She wants to apologise for her actions and breaking your heart but “you never seem to be home” so “it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore“. This is where she is supposed to stop but nope. Clearly your silence is not acceptable so she tries another approach.

She asks after you, apologises for being self-centered, then hits you with a low jab asking if you made “it out of that town where nothing ever happened?” Shade much? Lady Macbeth would totally dig it, she did say “Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t“. Of course, I’m just going with the spicy interpretation: she could genuinely care if you got out of that shithole of a town. If you didn’t, I see why you’re running out of time but I don’t really know why you’re both running out of time.

Adele sounds kind of sad that her apology is not making it through because “it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore“. How is this kind of apology really for you? Really?

Why doesn’t she just leave you alone if you’re not receptive to this apology? Why does she keep blowing up your phone? This apology is for her, not you: She’s apologising to soothe her conscience. Sometimes, it really is too late to say “I’m sorry”, whether you try or not because people just don’t give a fuck anymore.

Credits

Adele Image: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/adele-new-song-hello-video-sparks-gushing-response-from-fans-on-twitter-a6705351.html

Challenge Image: https://www.today.ng/entertainment/37267/omotola-ekeindes-son-captain-e-punks-her-with-viral-hello-challenge

Lyrics: http://www.directlyrics.com/adele-hello-lyrics.html

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