“Close to Me” by Ellie Goulding, Diplo & Swae Lee

“Close to Me” is a rap-pop song by English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding and American DJ/record producer Diplo. The track also features the vocals of American rapper Swae Lee.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Ellie Goulding's Close to Me at Lyrics.org.

This pop-rap anthem chronicles the defiant love affair between two participants. And even though the relationship features certain unsavory aspects, the couple believes they’ll be alright at the end of the day, for their love is real. Goulding not only acknowledges that her lover is the only person she desires but also that she considers herself incomplete without him. Furthermore, she announces that their mutual, exclusive attraction to each other is indeed based in animal magnetism.

The rap verse of this track, performed by Swae Lee, also insinuates that this amorous lure is so powerful that he would be willing to jeopardize his already-established relationship in order to carelessly pursue it.

In the chorus, both Goulding and Lee drop one of the song’s most profound lines:

“I don’t wanna be somebody without your body”

Simply put, they don’t want to achieve anything good in life without the presence of their respective significant other. That’s just how powerful the love is! However, despite its sheer power, it is important to note that it is to a degree pretty reckless.

“Close to Me” may have been inspired by Ellie Goulding’s real-life experiences as she had gotten engaged to be married shortly before it was released. Goulding got engaged to her art dealer boyfriend Casper Jopling in 2018. The couple announced their engagement on August 7, 2018.


Facts about “Close to Me”

  • Goulding penned “Close to Me” with a host of songwriters, including Diplo and Swae Lee.
  • Diplo co-produced the song with three other music producers, including Ilya Salmanzadeh (who also co-wrote the track). The other producers on this track are DJ Alvaro and Bas van Daalen.
  • On October 24, 2018, Polydor Records officially released “Close to Me”. Upon its release, “Close to Me” became Goulding’s first original release as lead artist since releasing her third studio album Delirium in 2015.
  • “Close to Me” marks Goulding’s first ever collab with rapper Swae Lee. As for Diplo, she had worked with him before.

Who sings the background vocals on “Close to Me”?

The background vocals that you hear on this tune are sung by the song’s co-writers: Ilya Salmanzadeh and Savan Kotecha.

Which album is “Close to Me” on?

The track would appear on Goulding’s fourth studio album. As of November 6, 2018, the album is yet to be given a title. Also,  the release date of the album is currently unknown.


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