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When We Were Young
Song

When We Were Young

Adele
Album:
25

Song Meaning and Background of When We Were Young by Adele


It examines the anxiety of growing older and losing one's youth, inspired by the idea of running into old friends at a party.


In an interview with Sirius XM, Adele said the song "was based on us being older, and being at a party at this house, and seeing everyone that you've ever fallen out with, everyone that you've ever loved, everyone that you've never loved".


Lyrics of When We Were Young by Adele


Everybody loves the things you do

From the way you talk to the way you move

Everybody here is watching you

'Cause you feel like home

You're like a dream come true

 

But if by chance you're here alone

Can I have a moment before I go?

'Cause I've been by myself all night long

Hoping you're someone I used to know

 

You look like a movie

You sound like a song

My God, this reminds me

Of when we were young

 

Let me photograph you in this light

In case it is the last time

That we might be exactly like we were

Before we realized

We were sad of getting old

It made us restless

It was just like a movie

It was just like a song

 

I was so scared to face my fears

Nobody told me that you'd be here

And I swear you moved overseas

That's what you said, when you left me

 

You still look like a movie

You still sound like a song

My God, this reminds me

Of when we were young

 

Let me photograph you in this light

In case it is the last time

That we might be exactly like we were

Before we realized

We were sad of getting old

It made us restless

It was just like a movie

It was just like a song

 

When we were young

When we were young

When we were young

When we were young

 

It's hard to admit that

Everything just takes me back

To when you were there

To when you were there

And a part of me keeps holding on

Just in case it hasn't gone

I guess I still care

Do you still care?

 

It was just like a movie

It was just like a song

My God, this reminds me

Of when we were young

 

When we were young

When we were young

When we were young

When we were young

 

Let me photograph you in this light

In case it is the last time

That we might be exactly like we were

Before we realized

We were sad of getting old

It made us restless

Oh I'm so mad I'm getting old

It makes me reckless

It was just like a movie

It was just like a song

When we were young

Release Date

2015

Songwriter/s

Adele Adkins, Tobias Jesso Jr.

Producer/s

Ariel Rechtshaid

Label/s

XL

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