Set Fire to the Rain

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I set fire to the rain, watched it pour as I touched your face. Well, it burned while I cried ‘caused I heard it screaming out your name.” –Adele, Set Fire to the Rain

It’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon when I’m sitting on my office desk. I’m preparing to go somewhere when the rain suddenly falls outside. Behind me is the window and I can feel the gloomy dark clouds are creeping behind me. Moreover, the thunder is also screaming. In this situation, I can only sit back and forget my plan to go outside the office for a while. That’s when this song is popping out inside my mind in all of a sudden; Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”. Well, it’s a great situation, because I personally think that this song is my third best songs about rain, after GnR’s “November Rain” (you can read the further review in here(link)) and Mariah Carey’s “Through the Rain” (you can find the review in here(link)). “Set Fire to the Rain” was released as a single on July 4th 2011 in the UK and on November 21st 2011 in the US. This single served as the third single released from Adele’s second studio album, “21”, that was released before, on January 19th 2011. The epic power ballad song was written by Adele Adkins herself, along with Fraser T. Smith, who’s also the producer of the single. In the interview with The Guardian, it was revealed that Adele got inspiration for the song when her lighter stopped working in the wet.

"Set Fire to the Rain" single cover by Adele - source: en.wikipedia.org


When the lighter stopped working in the wet, well, I find it very interesting that the almighty Adele could be inspired by that little thing to make this wonderful song. “Set Fire to the Rain” describes the contradictory elements of a relationship. When people fall in love, for some people sometimes, the fall so hard, like a rainstorm. Nothing could keep their feet standing on the ground. “I let it fall, my heart, and as it fell you rose to claim it. It was dark and I was over, until you kissed my lips and you saved me. My hands, they’re strong, but my knees were far too weak to stand in your arms without falling to your feet.” When people fall so hard in love, for some people sometimes, they find it hard to escape even though they understand that the relationship is not working. Nothing could beat the impossibility of letting go. “When I lay with you, I could stay there, close my eyes. Feel you here forever, you and me together, nothing gets better. ‘Cause there’s a side to you that I never knew. All the things you’d say, they were never true. And the games you play, you would always win.”
When the relationship stopped working but there’s no way out of the feeling, well, I guess that’s what ‘when the lighter stopped working in the wet’ means. For some people sometimes, they might just let the fire sets into the rain; just let it burn as well as let it wet. “I set fire to the rain, watched it pour as I touched your face. Well, it burned while I cried ‘caused I heard it screaming out your name. I set fire to the rain, and I threw us into the flames. When it fell, something died ‘cause I knew that that was the last time.” What can we do when our minds keep looking for that one person? What can we do when our hearts keep waiting for that one person? Even though the relationship is already over, the feeling can’t just over like that. Even though we burn up our feelings, we set fire to the rain. It’s not working, because it’s wet. “Sometimes I wake up by the door, that heart you caught must be waiting for you. Even now when we’re already over, I can’t help myself from looking for you.”

"21" album cover by Adele - source: en.wikipedia.org


“Set Fire to the Rain” peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is the third consecutive number-one single of the same album, making Adele the first female British artist in history to have three consecutive US number-one hits. The song won at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards for the nomination Best Pop Solo Performance. Not only commercially succeed, “Set Fire to the Rain” also received critical acclaim from various critics with many complimenting on Adele’s vocal. As I’m writing this post, it’s already almost 4 o’clock and the hard rain already subsides, though the sky is still dark, a sign that rain could fall again in anytime. Well, I have to go somewhere, according to my plan. There are not many days more left in November, but the rainy season will continue until the early 2015. Even so, there are not many days more left to post about rain, so I hope you can enjoy these remaining days in November rain as much as I enjoy it. Cheers and stay healthy, Readers!

I set fire to the rain, and I threw us into the flames. When it fell, something died ‘cause I knew that that was the last time.” –Adele, Set Fire to the Rain




“I let it fall, my heart, and as it fell you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over, until you kissed my lips and you saved me
My hands, they’re strong, but my knees were far too weak
To stand in your arms without falling to your feet
But there’s a side to you that I never knew, never knew
All the things you’d say, they were never true, never true
And the games you play, you would always win, always win

But I set fire to the rain, watched it pour as I touched your face
Well, it burned while I cried ‘caused I heard it screaming out your name, your name

When I lay with you, I could stay there, close my eyes
Feel you here forever, you and me together, nothing gets better
‘Cause there’s a side to you that I never knew, never knew
All the things you’d say, they were never true, never true
And the games you play, you would always win, always win

I set fire to the rain, and I threw us into the flames
When it fell, something died ‘cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time

Sometimes I wake up by the door, that heart you caught must be waiting for you
Even now when we’re already over, I can’t help myself from looking for you

Let it burn”

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