Adele’s 25: Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Lyrics:

Just the guitar, okay cool

This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
Mmm
You told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I’d be your last love everlasting you and me
Mmm
That was what you told me

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free-ee

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

I was too strong you were trembling
You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Mmm
Baby I’m still rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn’t keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm
Mmm there’s only one way down

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free-ee, oh

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

If you’re ready, if you’re ready
If you’re ready, I am ready
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
We both know we ain’t kids no more
No, we ain’t kids no more

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

Thoughts:
I really like this song. It’s one of my favorites from the album (easily ahead of Hello). It has a feeling different from any other Adele song – it actually sounds like a Taylor Swift song, partially because it shares the same producer from one of her tracks – but in a really good, catchy way. It’s probably the most radio friendly, but that’s not a fault of the song, it actually makes me like it more.
The part I’ve emphasized is something of a motif throughout the album and I think it’s part of the conceit/facade of the whole thing. The title and chorus boldly implore this guy to send his love to his new lover, as if Adele is completely done and over this guy. But when she says the lines in bold, it feels a little bit like she’s still holding on. She hasn’t let go; she still needs to declare her actions and feelings to prove that she’s really moved on. Popgenius.com describes the song as passive-aggressive and I think that’s true. She wants to be at the place where she’s given it up, but she’s not all the way there yet. In fact, as we progress through the album we’ll see it’s a long way until she does get there.
I don’t think this song requires a lot more deep analysis (it’s a great listen so you should certainly check it out). Those are my thoughts on track 2 from 25.
Grade: B+
Though this song is one of my favorites because of its catchyness and general deviance from a standard Adele track, I actually don’t think it’s one of the top ones objectively. I just really like it a lot.
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