Meaning of Hello by Adele & Song Story

The British singer Adele is not one of the prolific musicians who churn out several records every year. After releasing the first album, she worked on the second for over two years. Work on the third disc dragged on for an even longer period. In addition, for more than three years, the performer did not please fans with new compositions at all.

The story of the creation of the song Hello Adele

October 23, 2015 was a real holiday for her fans. Adele presented a new song Hello, which in the first days set several records in terms of the number of views and downloads. But about the achievements of the track later, but first let’s talk about the history of creation and the main idea of ​​the work.

Hello was co-written by Greg Kerstin, who helped Adele deal with a prolonged creative crisis. She later recalled:

This song was an incredible breakthrough for me as a songwriter, because before that I had been progressing quite slowly. And after I worked on it with Greg Kurstin, I felt that all this literally poured out of me. I started humming, a little stupidly, “Hello, it’s me,” and I immediately liked that verse and knew that this would be the first thing I would come back with.

SiriusXM, Beats Radio, October 2015

Greg composed the parts of most instruments, with the exception of drums, and also acted as a producer on the track.

Meaning of Hello by Adele

For the first time, listeners learned about Adele’s new track during a commercial break on the British show X Factor, when part of the composition sounded. Hello officially premiered on October 23 as part of Nick Grimshaw’s show on BBC Radio 1. In a conversation with the presenter, the singer spoke about what the Hello song is about:

I felt that we were all moving on, and she [песня] not about past relationships, not about love relationships – it’s about my relationship with everyone I love. It’s not that we quarreled. It’s just that we all live our own lives, and I felt the need to write this song for all of them to hear because I don’t keep in touch with them.

BBC Radio 1

Adele also clarified the core idea of ​​Hello in other interviews:

This song is about hurting someone’s feelings, but it’s also about trying to keep in touch with yourself, which can be a bit difficult sometimes. It’s about longing for my other side. When I’m away, I really, really miss home life. What I feel when I am outside of England is… desperation. I can’t breathe anywhere else.

I’m so attached to my whole life here. I have come to the conclusion that I am missing out on a lot. So Hello is about wanting to be at home and wanting to keep in touch with everyone I’ve ever hurt, including myself, and apologize for that.


Release and achievements

Recorded in a London studio, the song was released digitally as the first single from the forthcoming 25 album. In the first three days, the British and Americans downloaded the song more than six hundred thousand times.

Video Hello by Adele

The music video for the song Hello was directed by Javier Dolan, who described the video as follows:

[Клип] very unoriginal. The text has the words, “Hi, it’s me,” and then you see someone answer the phone. I’m not very good at making super concept videos. I just thought it would be nice to film her walking around the house, making a phone call, and then ending up in the woods, maybe with some flashbacks.

Within a day after the presentation of the clip on the Vevo website, the video was watched by almost twenty-eight million users, which became an absolute record. It should also be noted such achievements as 1.6 million views per hour and crossing the 100,000th mark in the shortest time in the history of the portal.

Interesting Facts

  • American actor Tristan Wilds starred in the video with Adele.
  • Many saw in the lyrics of the song and the video clip a reference to the famous composition of the same name by Lionel Richie. He himself joked about this on Instagram, asking: “Hi Adele, are you looking for me?”

Hello by Adele 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 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

Hello by Adele Lyrics Alternative

Hello! It’s me
I wonder after all these years you wouldn’t want to meet
To discuss everything
They say that time is supposed to heal, but it didn’t heal me very much.
Hello, can you hear me?
I’m in California reminiscing about how we used to be
In your young and free years
I already forgot what it’s like when the world is not at your feet
There is a huge difference between us
And a million miles

hello from the other side
I called probably a thousand times
To tell you that I’m sorry for everything I’ve done
But when I call, you’re always out of the house
hello from another world
At least I can say that I tried
Tell you I’m sorry about your broken heart
But it doesn’t make sense, it obviously doesn’t torment you anymore

Hi, how are you?
I talk about myself all the time, I’m sorry
I hope you all are well
Were you able to escape from that town where nothing ever happened?
It’s no secret that we both
Time is running out

Song quote

I immediately knew that this would be the first thing everyone would hear, and that she would open my album.

Adele, Rolling Stone

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