Adele said she would never sing To Be Loved live (Picture: Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
Adele’s 30 has everybody in their feelings, but one song has fans tearing up more than most.
To Be Loved is being praised as an album standout, with the second-last song on the tracklist and longest song on 30 coming in at 6 minutes 44 seconds of pure emotion.
One of the most vocally difficult songs sung by Adele to date, the lyrics begin: ‘I built a house for love to grow/ I was so young that it was hard to know/ I’m as lost now as I was back then/ Always make a mess of everything.’
Like a lot of 30, To Be Loved is about Adele’s divorce from husband Simon Konecki, and the effect it had on their nine-year-old Angelo.
Specifically, the lyrics are a letter to Angelo over the turmoil Adele had over her choice to ‘lose’ what she had, as per the chorus: ‘To be loved and love at the highest count/ Means to lose all the things I can’t live without/ Let it be known that I will choose to lose/ It’s a sacrifice but I can’t live a lie/ Let it be known, let it be known that I tried.’
Of the lyrics, Adele told Zane Lowe: ‘My intentions were always right, it just took me a while to get there, you know, dismantling my own life and my kid’s life.’
The 33-year-old added that she thinks she will perform the song to her son in two decades’ time, saying: ‘When I was writing it and singing it, I just envisioned Angelo being in his 30s. I guess I’ll sing it to him then.’
However, despite already being a fan favourite, don’t expect Adele to perform it on tour.
She said: ‘I don’t think I’ll do it live. I can’t even listen to it, so no. I have to leave the room, I get really upset, I get really choked up.’
In fact, post-writing, Adele has only sang To Be Loved three times max, including the recording of the song.
Other songs on the album, including the lead single Easy On Me, are dedicated to Angelo, while My Little Love features voice notes of the young boy talking to his mum as she explains why she feels ‘confused’.
Meanwhile, the track Woman Like Me is a ‘diss track’ aimed at an ex who she dated after her split from Konecki but before she began dating Rich Paul, who has become complacent in their relationship.
Adele told Rolling Stone: ‘Even though I’m directing all the things I’m saying at someone else, they’re also things I’ve learned on this journey. The storyline of what I’m saying, I wouldn’t have been able to write before because it was something that I was experiencing myself.’
30 is out now.
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