♬ Adele – Easy On Me

“Easy on Me” is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Adele for her upcoming fourth studio album, 30 (2021). It was released on 15 October 2021 by Columbia Records as the lead single from the album, marking the first release from the singer in five years. “Easy on Me” was produced by American record producer Greg Kurstin, who also co-wrote the song with Adele. A minimally produced ballad, “Easy on Me” is set to a prominent, sombre piano, propelled by sparse bass beats.

Expressing themes of nostalgia, regret, and forgiveness, the song’s lyrics represent Adele’s plea to her son, asking him to help her reorganise her life post-divorce. Music critics reviewed “Easy on Me” positively, praising its poignant lyrics and emotional vocals, though some opined it did not match the heights of her previous singles. An accompanying music video, directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan and shot in Sutton, Quebec, was released on 15 October 2021, continuing the setting established in the music video for Adele’s 2015 song “Hello”, where she is seen entering a furnished house. In the “Easy on Me” video, Adele vacates the house and drives off in a truck, while a pile of sheet music flies out of its windows, littering the road. “Easy on Me” garnered the Spotify and Amazon Music records for the most streams for a song in a day.

During an interview with Vogue, it was revealed that long-time collaborator Greg Kurstin worked on the song. The staff at Capital FM interpreted the song title as documenting the “start of a blossoming relationship”. On 9 October, the singer shared a 40-second preview of the song via Instagram Live. “Easy on Me” was released on 15 October 2021, to all digital music platforms. It marked the first single by Adele in five years.
Composition and lyrics

“Easy on Me” is a simplistic piano ballad with bass drum beats joining halfway. The hook consists of the song’s title sung in a prominently elongated melody. The song is written in the key of F major with a slow tempo of 70 beats per minute. Lyrically, Adele addresses her nine-year-old son in the song, explaining to him her divorce from his father and beseeching him to be “easy on [her]”.

LYRIC

There ain’t no gold in this river
That I’ve been washing my hands in forever
I know there is hope in these waters
But I can’t bring myself to swim
When I am drowning in this silence
Baby, let me in

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
Didn’t get the chance to
Feel the world around me
I had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

There ain’t no room for things to change
When we are both so deeply stuck in our ways
You can’t deny how hard I have tried
I changed who I was to put you both first
But now I give up

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
Didn’t get the chance to
Feel the world around me
Had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

I had good intentions
And the highest hopes
But I know right now
It probably doesn’t even show

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
I didn’t get the chance to
Feel the world around me
I had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

Traduzoine testo (italian)

Non c’è oro in questo fiume
Dove da sempre mi lavo le mani
So che c’è speranza in queste acque
Ma non riesco a trovare la forza per nuotare
Mentre sto annegando nel silenzio
Baby, fammi entrare

Vacci piano con me baby
Ero ancora una bambina
Non ho avuto la possibilità di
Sentire il mondo intorno a me
Non ho avuto tempo di scegliere cosa ho scelto di fare
Quindi vacci piano con me

Non c’è spazio perché possa cambiare neanche una cosa
Quando siamo entrambi così fermi sulle nostre idee
Non puoi negare quanto duramente io ci abbia provato
Ho cambiato chi ero per mettervi entrambi al primo posto
Ma ora mi arrendo

Vacci piano con me baby
Ero ancora una bambina
Non ho avuto la possibilità di
Sentire il mondo intorno a me
Non ho avuto tempo di scegliere cosa ho scelto di fare
Quindi vacci piano con me

Avevo buone intenzioni
E le più grandi speranze
Ma adesso lo so
Probabilmente non si vede neanche

Vacci piano con me baby
Ero ancora una bambina
Non ho avuto la possibilità di
Sentire il mondo intorno a me
Non ho avuto tempo di scegliere cosa ho scelto di fare
Quindi vacci piano con me

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