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Album: LightsReleased: 2009Charted:
This is the debut single from English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. The song peaked at #53 in the UK singles charts.
Goulding came to prominence after winning the Brit Awards Critics' Choice prize for the act most likely to break through in 2010, an award which is chosen by a panel of newspaper, magazine and website editors and record label bosses. "When I found out, I had a little squeal, I had a little cry and I had a little fall down," she said. Florence and the Machine and Adele are previous winners of the prize.
Goulding wrote this number with producer Starsmith (real name Fin Dow-Smith). She told the story of the song to BBC DJ Steve Lamacq on his Radio 2 show: "It came to be because myself and Finn decided we want to make a song, we're not even going to think about it. We sat down at the computer and suddenly Finn just came up with this drum thing and then a bass line and I came up with a vocal thing. It was one of those very rare moments that something just comes together without any kind of effort or any kind of thinking. It was probably the easiest song I've written, but actually when I listen back to the lyrics they are actually quite meaningful. They are about a girl and a guy who are in a relationship but it's a very dark relationship in that its only based on being physical. Its not like a sexual song its more like shows that some relationships are based on nothing that is real, they are not based on something good. I've had that experience in my life, because you're trying to cling on to something that you know you're in denial. That's what the song is about in that you know the world won't bring us down, you can be as happy as Larry inside your house with your boyfriend or lover, but as soon as you step outside you're in the real world and you have to deal with it."