“Cry Your Heart Out” by Adele
After several years, Adele finally released her eagerly anticipated album, entitled “30.” Fourth on the tracklist listeners will discover a romantic and nostalgic little number with a zesty, reggae beat. The said number is entitled “Cry Your Heart Out”.
It has a melodic groove that will have listeners snapping fingers and tapping toes in time with the music while they sway from side to side. But as we examine the lyrics more closely, this vintage reggae-inspired euphony’s bouncing glee is superseded by dark, heartbreaking dysphoria.
So, how is it that such a bouncing and bright beat is filled with wounded and woeful words?
Adele talks about “Cry Your Heart Out”
London-native pop singer, Adele spoke with Zane Lowe of Apple Music in an exclusive interview on the new album. As they discussed each song on “30,” Adele explained how “Cry Your Heart Out” portrays the time that followed her divorce from Simon Konecki.
She confessed to Lowe how going through the duress of the separation caused her to become lethargic and depressed. She said she felt like her “whole world had ended.” Later in their talk, Adele told Lowe how healthy and free that it can be to “Cry Your Eyes Out” as a means of coming out of that state of depression and misery.
In another interview, this time with superstar host, Oprah Winfrey, Adele revealed that during this time, she had become alcoholic stating: “At first, I was probably keeping the alcohol industry alive.” This is validated by the first couple of lines in Cry Your Heart Out‘s second verse in which she talks about being scared to face the day whenever she wakes up from sleep. And how she would rather remain indoors and enjoy the company of booze.
FYI: The soulful singer was happy to tell Oprah that she had given alcohol up and moved on from that dark place.
Above all the rest of the lyrics in this song, written by Greg Kurstin, the chorus resounds with uplifting hope gleaming through the duress of heartache. After the song’s title promises to cleanse, as the song finishes the somber melody, a suggestion is offered for times of doubt. “Go at your own pace.”