Digging too Deeply: Adele’s Hello

March 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm (I Overanalyze Song Lyrics) (, )

This song is unavoidable. I literally can’t avoid it. I don’t listen to the radio, I cover my ears in public, and I have still heard this song. It’s seeped into my consciousness. It’s always there.

Although I always think it's going to be a cover song at first.

Although I always think it’s going to be a cover song at first.

So let’s analyze the hell out of what it means, shall we?

(I mean, shall me? Just me. I’m the only one here.)

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

Aw, poor Adele. She wants to get in touch with an old love interest, because the wounds are still raw, even after all these years. That’s sad, and kind of “please don’t call me anymore, Adele, seriously, it’s been years.”

Um, Adele? That's not how phones work.

Um, Adele? That’s not how phones work.

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

So Adele is, like the Mamas and the Papas, California Dreamin’. That’s such a good song. But Adele is actually in California, so she’s dreaming about being young and free (she says), but then she stops making sense, because does anybody understand what she means by “before the world fell at our feet”? That makes it sound like the world was all like, “I love you guys!” and did all sorts of nice stuff for them. So why would they break up?

Also, how is there a million miles between Adele and this ex? The earth’s circumference is only 24,901 miles, so that’s not even physically possible, unless…..

And check me out with the geometry all up in here!

And check me out with the geometry all up in here!

Hello from the other side

Ha! I knew it! Adele’s dead! She’s dead and she’s calling from beyond the grave!

"The call is coming from INSIDE the graveyard!"

“The call is coming from INSIDE the graveyard!”

(And I know I said she was calling from California before, but California is clearly a metaphor for heaven. Duh.)

I must have 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

See, here, she goes on to say that she must have called “a thousand times.” The only people who do that are creepy stalkers or the dearly departed, who can’t get through to their loved ones from heaven! And Adele isn’t a creepy stalker, right? She’s not the sort of person who would keep calling someone who clearly doesn’t want to talk to her, right? So she’s clearly calling to apologize for her death, which broke her loved one’s heart.

"Look, I'm Adele. I don't need to resort to being a creepy stalker. People creepily stalk ME."

“Look, I’m Adele. I don’t need to resort to being a creepy stalker. People creepily stalk ME.”

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?

See, “that town where nothing ever happened” is totally a metaphor for “life on earth,” and Adele’s all like, “Jeez, when are you going to die too and we can hang out, it’s super great and you’ll love it, I swear.”

"That's right, honey, just go straight into the light."

“That’s right, honey, just go straight into the light.”

And it’s no secret that the both of us
Are running out of time

“I’m just calling to tell you that you have cancer and you’ll be seeing me soon.”

So hello from the other side (other side)
I must have 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.

Or, you know what? Adele, seriously, stop calling this poor person.

"Dammit, Adele, I've tried asking you nicely."

“Dammit, Adele, I’ve tried asking you nicely.”

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4 Comments

  1. Jamin said,

    Here’s one of those areas where we disagree: to me, “California” is obviously a metaphor for Hell, not Heaven. Aside from that, though, I’d say your analysis is spot on. She’s clearly dead.

    • lokifire said,

      Well, sure, during FIRE season.

  2. brikhaus said,

    So she’s dead? Or a stalker? Or a dead stalker? I’m afraid this song is too complex for me to comprehend it.

    • lokifire said,

      The important thing is YOUR child is too little to be singing it for a music festival next weekend.

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