“Hello” is About a Woman Trying to Reconnect (Video)

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Adele’s ‘Hello’ was the fastest music video to hit 1 billion views on YouTube. The song now has 2,974,930,689 (2.975 billion) views – since October 2015 – it has 17m likes also. “A song can mean different things to different people”, Adele says. For Adele, this song is about trying to reconnect with herself:

“When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12, I wanted to be 18. I always wanted to be older. I wanted to be shorter, too. I was 5’9”, but I wanted to be 5’7”. I always wanted to be someone else.” Now Adele doesn’t want to be anyone else. She is happy with who she is–a mother and one of the most successful singers and songwriters in the world. In the song “Hello,” Adele is saying hello to Adele.

Is it a song about Alex? Adele says it isn’t. When Adele was 18 years old, Alex was a photographer who was ten years older than her. He showed her photos of beautiful places, and she got interested in traveling. He talked about books, and she began reading fiction. He read poems to her, and she began writing poetry. Adele says, “He put me on the road I’m traveling on.”

Lyric

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 ya, 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 (other side)
I must’ve called a thousand times (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 (outside)
At least I can say that I’ve tried (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 (lows, lows, lows, lows), anymore
(Highs, highs, highs, highs)
Ooh (lows, lows, lows, lows), anymore
(Highs, highs, highs, highs)
Ooh (lows, lows, lows, lows), anymore
(Highs, highs, highs, highs)
Anymore (lows, lows, lows, lows)Hello from the other side (other side)
I must’ve called a thousand times (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 (outside)
At least I can say that I’ve tried (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

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Greg Kurstin / Adele Adkins
Hello lyrics © Emi April Music Inc., Kurstin Music, Melted Stone Publishing Ltd.