Million Years Ago

Adele

About Million Years Ago

"Million Years Ago" is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Adele for her third studio album 25 (2015). The song was written by Adele and Greg Kurstin, with production of the song provided by the latter. Lyrically, the track is about how fame has personally affected her and everyone around her. On Adele at the BBC in 2015, she stated that the song was, "kind of a story about ... I drove past Brockwell Park, which is a park in South London I used to live by. It's where I spent a lot of my youth". Musically, the song is an acoustic tune accompanied only by guitar. "Million Years Ago" received positive reviews from critics, with many comparing it to the music of Madonna. The song charted in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Adele performed the song during Adele at the BBC and on Today. 


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2015
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I only wanted to have fun
Learning to fly, learning to run
I let my heart decide the way
When I was young
Deep down I must have always known
That this would be inevitable
To earn my stripes I'd have to pay
And bear my soul

I know I'm not the only one
Who regrets the things they've done
Sometimes I just feel it's only me
Who can't stand the reflection that they see
I wish I could live a little more
Look up to the sky, not just the floor
I feel like my life is flashing by
And all I can do is watch and cry
I miss the air, I miss my friends
I miss my mother, I miss it when
Life was a party to be thrown
But that was a million years ago

When I walk around all of the streets
Where I grew up and found my feet
They can't look me in the eye
It's like they're scared of me
I try to think of things to say
Like a joke or a memory
But they don't recognize me now
In the light of day

I know I'm not the only one
Who regrets the things they've done
Sometimes I just feel it's only me
Who never became who they thought they'd be
I wish I could live a little more
Look up to the sky, not just the floor
I feel like my life is flashing by
And all I can do is watch and cry
I miss the air, I miss my friends
I miss my mother, I miss it when
Life was a party to be thrown
But that was a million years ago
A million years ago

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Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known simply as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Adele was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. The next year she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to much commercial and critical success. It certified four times platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US. Her career in the US was boosted by a Saturday Night Live appearance in late 2008. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. more »

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Written by: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, Gregory Allen Kurstin

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8 facts about this song

About the Song's Composition
"Million Years Ago" is a track on Adele's third studio album, "25," released in 2015. - The song was written by Adele alongside Greg Kurstin, who has also worked with other top artists like Kelly Clarkson and Sia.
Song Meaning
"Million Years Ago" is an introspective song where Adele thinks back over her life and expresses regret over the passing of time. - The song lyrics embody the theme of nostalgia and melancholy, where Adele sings about missing the innocence of her past, before she became famous.
Reception and Recognition
Critics have likened the style of "Million Years Ago" to the works of classic artists such as Edith Piaf. - According to several reviews, the song showcases Adele's strong vocals and emotive delivery.
Musical Style
"Million Years Ago" is an acoustic, introspective tune featuring a straightforward melody. - Adele's vocals on this song have been described as haunting and soft, well-suited to the reflective lyrics.
Live Performances
Adele has performed "Million Years Ago" live on numerous occasions, often with very raw, stripped-back stage production to match the tone of the song. - In one notable performance on the TV show "Today," Adele performed the song live with just a guitar accompanying her.
Song Influence
"Million Years Ago" is reflective of Adele's move towards more mature, introspective songwriting in comparison to her earlier work. - The song has been praised for its simplicity and emotion, elements that have become hallmarks of Adele's music style.
Chart Performance
While "Million Years Ago" didn't chart as high as some of the other singles from "25," it was a moderate success. It peaked at No.8 in the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA and No.24 in the UK.
Fun Fact
In an interview, Adele revealed that "Million Years Ago" made her mom cry the first time she heard it. She said it was because her mother felt guilty for the secluded life Adele now had due to her fame.

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