What does Anything Could Happen mean?

Ellie Goulding: Anything Could Happen Meaning

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Anything Could Happen Lyrics

Stripped to the waist
We fall into the river
Cover your eyes
So you don't know the secret
I've been trying to hide
We held our breath
To see our names are written
On the wreck of '86
That was the year
I knew the panic was over


  1. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2020 !⃝

    what is the meaning of on the wreck of 86 her first line stripped to the waist we fall into the river these lines which subject mentioned I don't understand these two Lines"I knew the panic was over and second line "After the war we said fight together "
    What is the meaning of these sentences

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 18th 2019 !⃝

    I can not figure it out. My son played this song before he committed suicide. I will neber know what it ment for him

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2017 !⃝

    if you read the bible you'll know this song is about fallen angels, the devil. gross

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 7th 2015 !⃝

    I just commented but after seeing the video I wanted to say that the video seems to be about a car wreck that her boyfriend was in. So it could be about that or just about a break-up.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 7th 2015 !⃝

    I feel like no one really knows what this song is about since everyone has vastly different opinions. I assumed it's about a relationship at first but I'm not sure.

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 10th 2013 !⃝

    In my view, this is Ellie Goulding's "My Generation". It can take your breath when you grow up to notice that the year of your birth is marked by such events as Chernobyl or Challenger. And someone who has taken classes in politics (as Ellie Goulding has done) must know about the panic in the early Eighties when many people were afraid of a thermonuclear exchange between the superpowers. But soon after the mentioned disasters this panic was over when the USA and the USSR started peace talks and especially when the Soviet block started to crumble. Some augurs expected everlasting peace on earth, all humans coming together to fight for democracy and human rights (e.g. Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man). And what did we get instead of this? Civil war in Yugoslavia, 9-11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan etc. So the darkness of war did not subside, it grew, and politicians kept telling us that we still needed these dark military instruments. Nowadays we are stripped to the waist by courtesy of the new media (let alone NSA & Co.), and if anyone wants not to know our secrets, he has to cover his eyes. Does not teach us this that anything could happen, that our - positive and negative - expectations (on what level soever) are disappointed again and again? And this insight leaves its mark also on personal relationships from which we expect the absolute fulfillments of all our needs, knowing that we do not need each other absolutely. Why should we not feel, then, as if we were falling into a river, never with firm ground below our feets?

  7. lia.marie.37
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    Jun 24th 2013 !⃝

    it was because a train wreck in 1986

  8. anonymous
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    May 21st 2013 !⃝

    She was born on 1986 so........IDK

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 8th 2013 !⃝

    I think the song is about a couple who died in a car wreck in 86. They were surprised to be dead so quickly and realized life is so short and "anything could happen".

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 6th 2013 !⃝

    I feel like this is a spiritual/religious meaning, stripped to the waist we fall into the river is referencing baptism, cover your eyes so u dunt know the secret is clearly referencing the mystery of God and faith, we held our breath to see if our names are written sounds like referencing the book of life, perhaps this wreck refers to someone who passed away and now seeks their name in the book of life. And references to a war could be a apocalyptic war or armageddon where angels and humans alike must fight evil together.

  11. anonymous
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    Dec 30th 2012 !⃝

    Souls decided to be humans long ago. We were here during the times of Atlantis and lived in peace and harmony. However we never learned anything. We decided to forget who we are and invited wars and conflict to teach us lessons. But this cycle has ended and the dark angels we invited are going to leave. I would really like to know what the wreck of 86 is. I think some sort of decision was made then. Harmonic convergence happened in 87 to restore balance.

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 7th 2012 !⃝

    I think of fallen angels and Nephilim.

    Matthew 24:24

    Matthew 24:37

    Genesis 6

    Daniel 2:42

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2012 !⃝

    I think this means that the possibilities are endless. You just have to believe it will happen, and believe in yourself.

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