The Lyric Cricket
"Set Fire To The Rain"
I let it fall, my heart,
And as it fell you rose to claim it
Ok, nothing wrong with this line. A somewhat elaborate way of saying 'She fell for a guy and he liked her too'
Can't argue with that
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me
And now you've started to lose me. It was dark and you were over? Over what? The dark? That doesn't make any sense, what is over the dark? The sky? Space? Were you in orbit? Did you need saving because you were spinning out of control?
*This is Ground Control to Space Adele, you're too far out of raaaaange...*
Ok, maybe it was regarding something else like... over at his house? I guess that would explain the kiss but why would you need to be saved were you over at his house? Just how dangerous is his crib or how much of a danger to yourself are you?
Are you starting over again? Thinking it over? Over your head whilst loosing arguments cable cars? Somewhere over the freaking rainbow? You tell us nothing and there are numerous possibilities with a word that has over twenty definitions in the dictionary, not to mention allegorical usage. There's only one way to sum up just how far removed from perceptible you are being
You could be over a past lover and that by kissing you he has finally saved you from a self loathing existence where you used to wallow in your own self pity and write dreary songs about a lack of love life and place you've been given in this cruel world. Yeah, that makes sense. Didn't work though, did it?!
My hands, they're strong
But my knees were far too weak,
To stand in your arms
Without falling to your feet
He made your knees weak and that's why you fell for him, that part I get. Why mention your hands? What makes them so strong? Is it your piano playing ability? Could Liberace have made it as an arm-wrestler?
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.
Very self explanatory and I really like this part of the song; the way the beat grows and the urgency of her voice. Good pre-chorus
But I set fire to the rain,
Watched it pour as I touched your face,
Well, it burned while I cried
'Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name
Double You Tee Eff?
Ok, I'm going to go through the analytical suppositions of this one at a time.
Symbolism: You set fire to the rain, a fire symbolising your inner strength to overcome the misguided feelings of the rain which symbolise your desire to be with someone who is wrong for you because they are elusive, emotionally withdrawn and if the pre-chorus has anything to go on, possibly a little too good at scrabble for your liking. It pours as you touch his face but you burn it away with your tears because you knows it's the right thing to do even though all you can hear (think about) is his name.
Metaphor: Setting fire to the rain is impossible (I've tried, zippo, didn't work) so the whole idea is that your doing something impossible. That would be... I can only presume, resisting the overwhelming urges to be with a twat. The force is strong in this twat it would seem.
Maybe the rain is a metaphor for tears and setting fire to them is the only way you can rid yourself of his essence and the very fabric that binds your two worlds together but then we have nothing to base this on other than wild speculation and overreaching definitions of something that was probably only written because the words are 'deep' and it scans well with the melody of the song (more or less)
Literal: You have a secret life as a pyromancer and you hate getting caught out when it's spitting
When I lay with you
I could stay there
Close my eyes
Feel you here forever
You and me together
Nothing is better
What? Hang on, haven't you just been going on about how this guy is untrustworthy, secretive and above all else a manipulator of your own feelings? Enough for you to want to set fire to the rain and hallucinate it screaming out his name? Yeah, I can't see that relationship going sour anytime soon.
Are you a masochist? Is that what this song's actually about? Rather than an emotional account of a lost lover trying to resolve their feelings fro someone who is completely mismatched for them is now sounding like just a day in the life of Rihanna and Chris Brown, and those two morons deserve each other.
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
Well is certainly would be the last time if you were hurled onto a funeral pyre.
Even Darth Vader can't walk away from that one
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.
Oh make up your mind woman!
If I can just speak frankly for a minute it's this that really gets me about this song; it doesn't follow it's own advice. It's comes across as either written by two people or that Adele has some undisclosed multiple personality disorder. Maybe I'm just not getting it but I can't see how the two bridge like verses mean anything other than her still longing for him despite everything. This is certainly not an empowering song. The imagery she uses in the chorus is both extreme and absurd and I would understand that if the metaphorical methodology is a means to a better end. But it isn't. After all that fiery nonsense she's still just pining for this geezer.
I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE! AND I BRING YOU...
despondent self pity.
Pop that in your pipe and smote it!
She may not with him anymore but even this isn't made clear unless you count the fact that in one of her other songs she pretty much stalks the guy with a piano in tow.
Let it burn, oh
Let it burn
Let it burn
Yeah, let it all burn...
"Most critics couldn't make good music if they rubbed their back legs together"