Adele: Chasing Pavements Meaning
Song Released: 2008
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Chasing Pavements Lyrics
Don't need to think it over,
If I'm wrong I am right,
Don't need to look no further,
This ain't lust,
I hope this is love but,
If i tell the world,
I'll never say enough,
Cause it was not said to you,
anonymous Sep 24th, 2011 9:42pm report
Chasing pavements is about trying to figure out whether he really likes you or if it's just gonna be a waste of time and get nowhere
"I've made up my mind, don't need to think It over, if Im wrong, I am right, don't need to look no further: this ain't lust, I know this is love." means that she's 100% sure that what she feels for this guy is love.
"but If I tell the world, I'll never say enough, cause it was not said to you, and that's exactly what I need to do, if I end up with you." she's means that there's no point in telling the whole world how she feels, because as long as he doesn't know, they can't get anywhere in their relationship.
"should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements? Even if it leads nowhere" means that she's contemplating whether or not this relationship is going to be real, or if she should just give up.
"Would It be a waste? Even if I knew my place? Should I leave it there?" she's trying to decide whether shes wasting her time, even though she knows in her heart the answer.
"I build myself up, and fly around in circles, waiting as my heart drops, and my back begins to tingle. Finally, could this be it?" she's saying that she thinks it's might be going nowhere (fly around in circles) but is still anticipating him to ask her out (could this be it?"
anonymous Jan 20th, 2011 1:26pm report
A girl loves this boy, who she is close to and is maybe her friend, but she is scared to tell him in case it ruins her friendship, so she is confused on whether to take the risk and tell him she loves him, or to just keep quiet about it.
By taking the other option keeping quiet(chasing pavements) isn't going to lead nowhere, change how she feels. Pavements will never change and neither will her feelings.
So we will never know, if the girl plucked up the courage to tell him or not.
anonymous Dec 27th, 2017 12:14pm report
The song was inspired by an incident Adele had with a former boyfriend of six months. After learning he had cheated on her, she went to the bar he was at and punched him in the face. After being thrown out, Adele walked down the street alone and thought to herself, "What is it you're chasing? You're chasing an empty pavement." She sang and recorded it on her mobile phone and arranged the chords when she got home. "Chasing Pavements" is written in the key of C minor. (wiki)
~ I guess we are not friends anymore, goodbye
This song is about bf/gf not about friends or something!
anonymous Dec 27th, 2017 12:58pm report
Some pavements lead to nowhere some lead to great places, and it's hard to get back to the same pavement again, if you've walked to far away, whatever risk she is thinking of taking for love, she is comparing it to pavements because it could lead somewhere great, or nowhere, but if she takes the risk, she can't go back on it.
anonymous Dec 27th, 2017 12:55pm report
It's a question song, where the singer is asking a question and is unsure of how to handle a situation, Adele is maybe in love with a friend or in an unhappy relationship or maybe not in love at all and is wondering whether she should persuit looking for true love, or feeling she has for someone, or stay as she is now, happy/ decently happy, or persuit her love knowing it could lead nowhere and ruin a friendship and a relationship and she couldn't go back to the way it was before. So if she takes the risk, she couldn't ever go back and she is singing about how she is unsure if she should take the risk. That's my opinion but it might not be right, as I don't know exactly what Adele was thinking but I hope you found it useful :))))
anonymous Dec 26th, 2017 12:32pm report
For me this song means "should I settle for a love that won't last instead of waiting for the right one for example(chasing pavements for me means to keep walking on the path away from the wrong person and keep waiting) It also means that with this said should give up on love and stay single forever.I think this song has a different impact on a particular individual with a particular circumstance and past experience.
anonymous Sep 29th, 2017 9:14pm report
This song simply means that she is deeply in love with a construction worker. However, it is not socially acceptable to stalk people, so she has to chase his work life. This song computes her frustrations on having to chase unpaved, (or in the process of being paved) sidewalks.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2017 4:13pm report
I see that this song isn't just about relationships ......it has a moral meaning about dreams what ever they are ....Adele is talking about that moment of hesitation when someone is not sure of his success in achieving his goal(s) even it was a relationship or a dream of being a footballer ..
I think I'm in the same moment right now!!! I don't know wether it's gonna be a waste if I failed or no :'(
anonymous Aug 28th, 2016 8:12pm report
She love the guy bt she is not sure dat da guy flt da same....so she is doing interpersonal skill"should i give up or should i kpn chasing pvment" nd she knwz excly dat it may hppn leads no whre
anonymous May 19th, 2015 5:42pm report
This song is about unrequited love. She is in love with someone who doesn't love her that much. So, she is asking herself if she is going to pursue her feelings for him. Even though, She knows that what they have might not lead anywhere.
anonymous Oct 22nd, 2014 10:33pm report
Adele is trying to say that she really loves this person however the other person doesn't love her back so she's trying to figure out if she should keep on chasing him hoping that maybe eventually he'll realize that he loves her.She is choosing whether to keep going for him or choosing to forget about him.
anonymous Jan 28th, 2014 1:30pm report
There is not a doubt she cares for this person deeply probably loved or loves them. She stopped putting effort in because it was pointless to "chase pavement". It just got tiring and time is passing by with no change. You can hear the weariness in her voice when she sings.
anonymous Jan 4th, 2014 1:40pm report
In my personal opinion, she is in love with a married man and she would want to continue this because she loves doesn't give her a definitive future as the guy is married or will she give it up, and does the line "should I give up or I just keep on chasing pavement..."
anonymous Dec 1st, 2013 12:44pm report
Should she give dreaming of being with the person she wants or should she "just keep chasing pavements"? She wants him but she can no longer chase pavement it gets her no where.
anonymous Nov 12th, 2013 11:08pm report
She's really loves this someone but unsure if they feel the same. She's never expressed her feelings to him. Perhaps she can't for whatever reason. Maybe she's scared he doesn't feel the same way. Either way she's getting tired of chasing pavement it's pointless. It's an awful feeling and I can relate. Being the one feeling like this is not a happy feeling.
anonymous Jun 30th, 2013 6:10pm report
Should she tell him or let go would it be worth it. Does she really want to hear the response if his feelings for her are not the same. Like unrequited love. She's going to tell him because whatever the outcome she will know her direction after. Does she proceed to keep on loving him or does she let go once and for all. Either way she needs to stop chasing pavement life is to short.
jesusjessie May 11th, 2013 5:53am report
My english is not very good ..
But i just interpret it by my own feeling to the song...
I watched the MV.
Does the song means not to play an active roll, to chase the boy she know she's really love, as it has mentioned:This ain't lust, i know this is love.
The MV seems telling when the girl keep cool and not very care for the guy. He chase her. But when she was active, he escape ...
Is this the song chasing pavement about???
This is not a sad interpretation right????
I just feel that.,..because it is my story..
I don't know if Adele wrote with this feeling
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