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Adele: Rolling in the Deep Meaning

Song Released: 2010

Rolling in the Deep Lyrics

There's a fire starting in my heart,
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out of the dark

Finally, I can see you crystal clear.
Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your shit bare.
See how I leave, with every piece of you


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    Apr 25th, 2011 4:26am report

    *There's a fire starting in my heart
    Reaching a fever pitch, it's bringing me out the dark
    Finally I can see you crystal clear
    Go 'head and sell me out and I'll lay your shit bare*
    To me, this means that she was in a "dark" place, filled with sadness. But, now that time is passing, she is becoming more and more angry and replacing the darkness (sadness) is a fire (anger). With the sadness gone she can see him for who he really is (crystal clear). By "sell me out" I think she means that she feels like he basically betrayed her trust by hurting her and now she is ready to be honest about who he really is (lay your shit/ship bare).

    *See how I leave with every piece of you
    Don't underestimate the things that I will do*
    She is leaving but, not letting him get the best of her and in her mind she knows that in the future he will regret this and realize that when she left he lost more then he thought he would.

    *The scars of your love remind me of us
    They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
    The scars of your love they leave me breathless
    I can't help feeling*
    She is still carrying the memories (scars) of their love with her and they leave her feeling a sense of defeat because she knows that they could have been great.

    *We could have had it all
    (You're gonna wish you, never met me)
    Rolling in the deep
    (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
    You had my heart inside of your hands
    And you played it
    To the beat*
    This means, to me, that, she knows that they could have had it all and that when he realizes it, as well, he is going to wish he never met her and end up, ultimately, drowning in his own tears of sorrow and pain(rolling in the deep). He had her heart, knew it (you had my heart inside of your hands), and didn't care. "Played it to the beat" is a beautiful way of saying that he played her. Like, he was holding her heart in his hands, felt the beat but, just treated it like background music in his little game.

    *Baby I have no story to be told,
    But I've heard one of you and I'm gonna make your head burn.
    Think of me in the depths of your despair.
    Making a home down there, as mine sure won't be shared.*
    She has nothing to hide or be ashamed of because she did nothing wrong (no story to be told). He, however has a lot to be ashamed of ( heard one of you) and she is going to make sure he remembers that HE was the one that caused the heartbreak and did the wrong in the relationship (make your head burn). Once he realizes this and starts feeling the pain, she wants him to hurt more by remembering her (think of me in the depths of your despair). She also doesn't want him to feel better (make a home down there ("down there" being the depths of his despair)) and when he comes back to her, she wont take him back (as mine wont be shared).

    *Throw yourself through every open door (Whoa)
    Count your blessings to find what look for (Whoa-uh)
    Turn my sorrow into treasured gold (Whoa)
    And pay me back in kind- You reap just what you sow.*
    Now that they are over, he is most likely going to turn into a "man whore" and sleep with any girl who will sleep with him (throw yourself through every open door) but, that is not what will make him happy. What she gave him is what would have, in the end, made him happy and he should count his blessings if he ever finds it again. (count your blessings to find what look for). The pain that he will ultimately feel over losing her will be her pay back in the end and will make up for all the sorrow and anger she is currently feeling. (turn my sorrow into treasured gold and pay me back in kind-you reap just what you sow).

    Such a beautiful song, filled with anger and sadness. A true masterpiece!


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    Mar 3rd, 2011 3:23pm report

    I think rolling in the deep is an expression of deep love. She may have thought he was the one but instead he was playing with her love, her heart. She thought they had a chance at a deeper love a true love that would last. Hence you could have be rolling in the deep. The glasses may be symbolic of a shallow love,their love could never get beyond a glass of water when compared the depth of an ocean of love.


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    Mar 2nd, 2011 3:09am report

    This song is about sorrow of love and anger about realizing that it's over and realizing this lover was playing with your emotions "played me to the beat".. but rejoicing in the fact that now he is suffering in the depths of himelf "rolling in the deep" "you're gonna wish you never had met me" because he will be haunted by that decision and for that he did to you while you are moving on "see how I'll leave with every piece of you". Now if only the two of you could have been on the same page all along "we could have had it all".

    At least, that's how I hear it.


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    Apr 8th, 4:56pm report

    When someone dumps you, instead of wallowing in depression, just put your feelings into a blues song. That will probably bring some relief. I guess this was what Adele was up to - expressing her feelings about someone. Also, if it becomes a hit and you make a lot of money, that too can be nice and I expect she had that on her mind also.

    Write a poem and make it just as tragic as you feel, then put it to some music. One trick that really works great is to put it to an upbeat, jolly rhythm. So your audience doesn't get depressed; rather, they feel elevated, happy, but also they feel the deep sad vibes, in a way they can deal with very easily - dancing and grooving to the song.

    It looks like Adele broke up with somebody and felt really bad about it. That much is clear, but some of the words are a little mysterious. I wouldn't worry about 'em much. "Played it to the beat" for instance. Maybe it means this guy followed a kind of script like "love 'em and leave 'em" and he followed that script to the letter, timed it right on schedule, left her right at the very point the in-vogue procedure says to. Or, maybe it's some Soho slang or something. Or, maybe Adele put some other words there and changed them to sanitize the lyrics. Maybe she needed something to rhyme with "deep" and couldn't think of anything good. In other words maybe it doesn't mean anything.

    Instead of agonizing over Adele's words, I recommend you write your own songs and worry about the words in those.


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    Mar 8th, 2016 3:57pm report

    Perhaps I heard something that was supposed to be subliminal. The third or fourth version of the line says "You played it with a BEATING". This means to me that she's angry that he beat her up. Doesn't that make it more understandable?


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    Jan 27th, 2016 1:45pm report

    The phrase "rolling in the deep" itself means having a complete and trusted partner, someone who always has your back, etc - It is the "we could have had it all" they could have had if he hadn't been a bastard she got rid of. (per Rolling Stone interview with Adele)

    The description in ! above for this line is seriously wrong, and should be fixed.


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    Dec 15th, 2015 12:58am report

    It's about depression.


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    Nov 11th, 2015 11:22am report

    Shes really mad at him but will not ever forgive him for playing with her heart...jahsgsfa


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    May 27th, 2015 5:20pm report

    Thanks everyone you really helped I was very confused at first. Well now that I know what it means I think it means that a guy is playing with her emotions. But what does the title "rolling in the deep" mean?


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    May 27th, 2015 5:14pm report

    I think it means that a guy was playing with her feelings and then dumped her..

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    Jul 26th, 2014 7:12am report

    'There's a fire starting in my heart, reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark.' - Fire represents anger, fever pitch represents the hottest point of the fire, making her even more angry, and it brings her out of this sad place, known as the dark, where she was left confused as to what this man had done to her.

    'Finally I can see you crystal clear, go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your shit bare.' - she can see this man's true colours and flaws. She becomes sick and tired of him manipulating her and cheating on her with other people, so asks him to try and play his typical sociopathic game with the vain hope of winning as she will have her revenge in the end.

    'See how I leave with every piece of you, don't underestimate the things that I'll do.' - She's saying 'I am leaving you forever and I will also drain every single satisfaction you took out of playing with my mind and lying to me. And don't you dare think that my revenge is all a lie.'

    'The scars of your love remind me of us, they keep me thinking that we almost had it all.' - She says 'You were perfectly capable of giving us this perfect relationship. However you just chose not to, for whatever sinister reasons you had.'

    'The scars of your love they leave me breathless, I can't help feeling.' - Everytime she looks back on their togetherness, she gets emotional.

    'Rolling in the deep' - I think she means everything that was going to be good about the relationship just went down the drain, into the depths of all the bad stuff he did.

    'You had my heart inside of your hands, but you played it to the beat.' - She left her heart open for this man, who she thought she could trust, but he took it in his own hands and indulged in his own sociopathic games with it, IE manipulating her.

    'Baby I have no story to be told, but I've heard one on you and I'm gonna make your head burn.' - She says that she isn't the main person who is in the wrong, it's actually him who did the dirt and she will expose all his deception and flaws for all that.

    'Think of me in the depths of your despair, and make a home down there as mine sure won't be shared.' - She's saying - 'When you're alone, and you've given up every hope of getting back with me, remember me leaving and then you'll realise that you're the one in the wrong, not me. And now that you don't have me anymore, all that misery and pain that I once felt is all yours and there is no chance you will get back together with me.'

    'Throw your soul through every open door' - She says 'Try dating all the other girls out there.'

    'Count your blessings to find what you look for' - When he sees the amount of girlfriends he's had, he'll find that her sacrifice won't match them.

    'Turn my sorrow into treasured gold' - She says 'Everytime you feel the misery and despair that I once felt, I will treasure the moment.'

    'Pay me back in kind and reap just what you sow.' - She says 'You'll get what's coming to you anyway, so prepare yourself because you will never be bailed out.'


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    Jan 15th, 2014 1:58am report

    Its about the devil taking revenge on God, after he was the music Angel and played music together, they used to live together, after he sinned fire consumed him from within and sent him to the dark. That's why he is so bitter and want to revenge by taking people to hell and he knows very well that it hurts god so bad. He is rolling in the deep of hell.


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    May 27th, 2013 5:13am report

    Basically, these lyrics are so poorly written that no one can make any sense of them. It is obvious that the writer has little skill in that the lines are unevenly weighted. This is nowhere more evident in the truncation of the line

    "There's a fire starting in my heart
    Reaching a fever pitch and it's bring me out the dark", which could have been written,

    More easily sang if written:

    "There is a fire that is starting in my heart
    reaching a fevered pitch it brings (pulls) me from the dark"

    There is simply no excuse for such a line as "it's bring me out the dark"

    'it's' is the contraction of 'it is', not the possessive form of 'it' (its), not that the possessive form would make much sense either.

    This is not artistic expression, just poor writing.

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    Feb 12th, 2013 2:26pm report

    Rolling in the Deep" is a nautical term used to denote the condition of utter hopelessness of a situation. Describes the rolling motion of small boats and ships resting on the bottom of the sea, it is a poetic version of Rolling in the Deep blue sea. Used to describe the condition where it is acceptable to suspend rescue efforts . "They just as well call off the search for them boys. That boat is Rolling in the Deep."

    In Adele's version, she is gonna screw that boy so bad he is gonna be rolling in the deep. simple yes


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    Sep 13th, 2012 9:13pm report

    I think the actual phrase "we could have had it all rolling in the deep" means if you were good to me and stuck it out...we would be rolling in MONEY together...now that i've made it :-)


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    Jun 28th, 2012 6:39am report

    Ok, heres my 2 cents:
    I believe the dancer in the white powder represents confusion. In the beginning there is a great contrast between the scene (white powder) and the individual (dancer in black). During the video, the dancer swirls the powder into the air, which loses the contrast of the dancer and she begins to fade into the scene. The confusion could represent the individual not being recognised as a unique person and more recognised as an image in a setting. She loses the power to express herself emotionally and no matter how hard she tries to regain that power, its lost and much like the light in the background, her power to express has dimmed and faded away. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the song in my opinion.
    The scene with the plates being thrown at the wall represents meaningless violence and a loss of purpose (which could connect with the dancer, since the dancer loses her purpose and meaning when she creates the confusion between the scene and herself with the powder). When the plates are smashed, they crumble into a mess on the floor. This is quite expressive of Adele's anger. She is throwing her anger and opinion (the plates) at the person through the song. All this is doing is hurting her, this is shown in the end of the song, when Adele can no longer put her opinion forward and she decrease herself using body language. This is the same action as the plates, after all the force has been transferred from the plate to the wall the plate shatters and falls to the ground in pieces.
    Puting this in for an assignment, wish me luck! :)

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    Jun 21st, 2012 6:40pm report

    Girlfriend is putting some voodoo on him...damning him to hell.


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    Jun 8th, 2012 6:27am report

    ‘But you played it with your beating’after reading the comments i went through the song lyrics again. i assume this phrase is the key to the meaning.he played her heart with HIS beating , not that he let it to be played in its own.she did her best in love that she did everything he wanted.i personally belive that y she is so pissed is because she eventually became a whole different thing just because of the love she had for him and it depicts that she sacrificed even being herself, and at the end she sees he has been playing her.
    'we could have had it all,Rolling in the deep.'i think this means that she expected a deep feeling from him. i just font find a good interpretation for the part' rolling in the deep' among the readers comments. i tried to cm out with something that explains it.doest enyone think that rolling is used to hint about the phisical intimacy they had? generally any relationship has more responsibility when sexual intimacy is involved. she says they could have had it being"deeply" in love not just the shallow feelin he had for her.
    obviously she is experiencing hatred after his betrayal.and i think she is planning to do something really big to him, could be even to kill him.not just killing , but making him suffer.(you're gonna wish you, never had met me (Tears are gonna fall rolling in the deep)"here rolling in the deep has another meaning which is sarcastic that he ll be suffering and will be in "hell", rolling in the DEEP.
    she wants him to pay her wth her precious love she gave to him, turning it to gold,the song is a strong depiction of a womans love that is betrayed and how poisonous it is then,the more she loved him the more she feels the pain and hatred.
    one of the best songs i ever heard:-)

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