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Adele: Rolling in the Deep Meaning

Song Released: 2010

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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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    Mar 24th, 2012 3:22pm report

    It's about a failed relationship that, in the end, the person facing this failed relationship, that the man that played in this failed romance will be sorry for what he did: break up with her (also known as Adele.)

    Please excuse the "Failed relationship"s, I couldn't think of anything else.

    -Hermione "Ginny" Chase


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    Mar 10th, 2012 3:22am report

    Rolling In The Deep by "Adele"

    This isn't actually a song interpretation. It is a DREAM interpretation. I dreamt this song was about a woman in my town named Tara. The explosion of "media communications technology" turned her life into a "rolling news" format situation on various music websites. Kind of like the CNN effect, only on the internet, and much more interactive and "fun" because anyone & everyone was invited to play along. This could not and would not have occurred unless someone had the "rights" to produce, publish & exploit Tara. Who possesses the rights to make a private citizen's comments "public"? A spouse? Adele? Someone in the middle? (Or in Tara's case ALL of the above?) Should that be considered legal? If we were to stay home and watch CNN all day, we would not be out & about spending money, which obviously would have a very negative effect on our economy. But if we stay home & fight a completely contrived "war" on our computers, we are all "contributing", hence making money for BOTH the big media conglomerates and whoever is "into" marketing our words (perhaps a spouse or another Loved one). Transplant the Hollywood effect & mentality onto a "regular" neighborhood of people... What kind of people cause & delight in the denigration of a human being? How can they glorify genuine human suffering? Simply to make money? To help Adele? To make Tara famous when she never asked to be? To exploit & ruin a perfectly great human in order to create laughs and gather a wide audience? Do these types of shitheels ever accept responsibility? What happens when their actions produce tragic consequences? Do they even care that they caused someone incredibly significant distress as they "played her to the beat"? Who makes the rules for what is considered to be our society's "morality"? CEOs? Is this all part of our country's vast capitalistic conspiracy? How does the media have free-license to publish this woman's words without her knowledge? Did her (soon-to-be-ex) husband give them permission unbeknownst to her? When she questions her (soon-to-be-ex) husband, he tells her she is "crazy" for these thoughts. Would anybody else ever question the legitimacy of this war against Tara? The media's representation of this situation seems as if it should be hilarious for Tara. How could they possibly think that this was fun for her? This isn't just a media war. This is Tara's life. She was sent to treatment for three months for excessive blogging & because she was ABUSED on-line. Now she is getting divorced while major artists win Grammys singing about the torment Tara has endured. She was raked over the coals because her husband and friends hired a team to egg her on in cyberspace. Now when they are confronted all they do is lie. What is the "rightness" and purpose to this? Do these brutes have a sound strategy and defined goals or are they just guessing their asses off? How come nobody will ever acknowledge the mysterious plot? Why are SO many people such evil bastards? How does the media think Tara should feel? "Good"? They created a war out of her life and churned complete destruction for the benefit of mass entertainment and profit. Oh and did I mention that Tara is blind? Do the participants comprehend the nature and consequences of an all encompassing "War on Tara"? Yes, I know they are fully able to virtually compare and contrast the shittiness done to Tara, to a wider context of universal injustices precipitated worldwide in the name of "Love". They are definitely able to relate all of Tara's hardship to music. Groovy man. Why must people be so attached to watching perfectly kind people suffer? Why must the media cause anguish for giggles and dough? Sensitivity to human suffering should be how we bond with each other and to whacked out foreign countries. If there is a constant editorialized media representation of "The War on Tara" or her divorce or her lack of "privacy" or her perceived "breakdown" or their fabrication of her "addiction" -- when a private citizen's setbacks and tragedies are promoted with the same guidelines as those used by producers to market programs such as Weeds or Modern Family -- something is incredibly wrong with our society. It is blatantly destructive and warped. The incredible hubris the U.S. media establishment displays & conceals in order to secure economic stability in the music & media industries at the expense of innocent blind people, should awaken the American public and cause them to intervene! Our country is Rolling In The Deepest of Shit. IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP, AMERICA.

    Oh, and of course, congratulations Adele.


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    Feb 24th, 2012 2:11pm report

    "rolling in the deep" means, to my view, consuming pain and sadness which almost kill her but she now is aware of and tries to overcome it buy moaning and forgetting her "lost" lover.


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    Feb 21st, 2012 2:29pm report

    She fell deeply in love with him while he remained aboard a "ship" riding over the waves of emotion, just playing with love to the beat of her poor heart. The anger she feels realizing that is pulling her back up out of the depression from the loss. She knows that one day "HIS ship will be bare," and because no one else will love him as she did HIS head will burn with depression and anger towards himself. Her lament is that if he had only been willing to give of himself they "could have had it all."


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    Feb 15th, 2012 2:17pm report

    I agree with number 1.


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    Feb 14th, 2012 2:41pm report

    Rolling in the Deep means that you've figured out what happened to a past relationship in the sense of reviewing and evaluating the many possibilities it could have been but it is not now. It ponders on the negative consequences of the person who caused the break, but also indirectly feels relieved that such a relatioship is over, but also because without the break the song probably would not have been written. So from the present point of view (that is the time when the song was conceived)it is thanking him for the trouble.


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    Feb 12th, 2012 2:43pm report

    "rolling in the deep" is an english expression for have each other's back.
    Adele wrote this in about 10 minutes with a bottle of vodka at her side the morning after a bad break-up.


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    Feb 12th, 2012 2:37pm report

    I have heard the saying rolling in clover, which means you are happy and very prosperous, so I assumed she meant rolling in deep clover. But I suppose that only she could explain what it really meant to her when she wrote it.


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    Feb 7th, 2012 2:09pm report

    Imagine the guy just got arrested and he is sitting in the police car handcuffed.

    He tried to blackmail Adele with a sex tape.
    She walks up the car and starts singing to him.
    *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*
    *See how I leave with every piece of you
    Don't underestimate the things that I will do

    He thought she would be scared and pay him not to expose her, well big suprise! Man what a fool he was he tried to play her and ssteal her money what a stupid stupid thing to do. Just think of all the money and fame she is going to have. She loved him, she would have shared everything with him. "they could have had it all" instead of the where is he now. well he is "rolling in the deep" sh**

    *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.*
    You thought you could blackmail me, but you are the one that has a story to be ashamed of, and when I get through with you everyone is going to know the truth.

    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

    Just try to run and try to find someone else that will believe you (not going to happen now cause you are Rolling in the deep. Me well I am going to take the hurt that you caused me and turn it into gold ( a hit song) I did nothing wrong so I get the good stuff and you what do you get "deep sh**"


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    Jan 23rd, 2012 1:04pm report

    Watch the video and you will figure out what this song is all about. It's about REVENGE! And using mythology and voodoo to ruin this man's life! Beautiful song, beautiful voice, but believe it or not, this song is VERY sinister. As she looks up at the greek arts in 2 clips. You will see the god who got revenged by Hera, the wife of Zeus who vowed to revenge her husband and his kids he had from Leto. Sound crazy? Yup it does! Why do these singers do this? Anyway, the dust you see whippin up? Voodoo people!


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    Dec 13th, 2011 12:12pm report

    I think that this song is wonderfull and it´s mostly about expresing your self about love like if some one you love leaves you you´ll exprecions will be almost like Adele because your very angry,and sad .that is just what happend to me and now i feel all terible.


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    Nov 27th, 2011 11:00pm report

    Ok people want to know what I think? No? Oh well. Just kidding:). I think Rolling in the Deep is about a girl. And she was truly in love with a man that terribly let her down. Now she's totally pissed. Don't underestimate the things I will do?? Omg!! Totally pissed off at him. So basically this whole story (song) is about how hurt she feels.

    Thanks for reading:)


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    Nov 26th, 2011 11:17pm report

    I think the phrase "rolling in the deep" means they are down to all the serious stuff in the relationship. The real truth.


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    Nov 22nd, 2011 11:22pm report

    I think that the women found out that her husband was cheating and kicked him out of the house, she is going to make him pay for breaking her heart and she is empowered by her anger

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