No other artist quite has a way with words like Adele does. A single line can bring us to tears (Hello, it’s me…) or sum up all the scattered thoughts, mixed emotions, and memories rolling around in our brains. She just gets us. It goes without saying that her songs are drenched in wisdom about love and relationships that we should all take notes on. So what can Adele teach us with her magical lyrics? Let’s take a look at some of the greats:
1. Set Fire to the Rain – I’ll never forget how this song was playing in my car when I arrived to my internship the morning I found out my ex was cheating on me. And I’ll never forget seeing my now-fiancé walking across the parking lot and hearing “The One is right in front of you, Kylee. Get over it already.” We wouldn’t even go on our first date for 5 more months, but it always stuck with me. Sometimes, you just have to “set fire to the rain” – which makes no sense yet all the sense in the world if you think about it. Getting over your first real love seems nearly impossible, just like setting rain on fire. You think it can’t be done. You think you’ll never love anyone that much again, but you know you have to rip the band-aid off and stand up for yourself, because love should never be a game.
Cause 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
2. Someone Like You – When Adele wrote Someone Like You, I can’t help but think she really meant “I’ll find a love that was intense like ours, but in a way that’s actually healthy.” Too wordy for a song obviously, but that’s the way I’ve always taken it. Despite how you feel at the time, there’s no point in wasting any second of your life on someone who isn’t good for you. Keep the memories, keep the lessons they taught you, remember the good and bad, but keep moving forward.
Nothing compares, no worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes, they were memories made
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?