Don't Leave - Seven Lions ft. Ellie Goulding

 
by Simon Cleary 

The Experience: Seven Lions brings in Ellie's amazing voice  for Don't Leave. Ellie doesn't pretend to be strong in the face of love: the lyrics repeat a heartbroken-sounding "Don't leave" with the echo of "fall apart" in the background. "I need you" Ellie concludes.


Official Video: Waiting

The meaning of Seven Lions' Don't Leave is admitting how much we need love, after a break-up. Heartbroken lyrics like "I wish you hadn't let us fall apart,"  mix with the plea to let me back in "I tried to let this go, but I can't breathe," ending with "I need you, don't leave, I fall apart." 
The sad story started in the first line "Baby, I can't be what you want me to be." Sometimes we promise to be everything for the other person. We set their expectations of us and our own expectations impossibly. We fail them, and then ourselves. Like Christina Perri's song Human, love isn't about being able to give "everything" as if we had it all together. It's about giving "everything" that we can. "I need you" means two people who support each other. 

Ask Yourself: Am I brave enough to ask for forgiveness? Or do I ignore that "I need you?"


LYRICS:
Baby I can't be what you want me to be (to be to be)
I'm giving you everything, I sailed the sea
Baby there's fireworks in my heart setting off (setting off setting off)
then I wish you hadn't let us fall apart (fall apart fall apart)

Baby I tried to let this go but I can't breathe (I can't breathe I can't breathe)
If only you knew how much I'd give you 
Everything you need (everything everything)
So much space and time around us to waste (to waste to waste)
Baby I think of losing you, I see it in your face (your face your face)

Don't leave (fall apart fall apart fall apart)
Don't leave (fall apart fall apart fall apart)
I need you
I need you 
I need you 

‘Cause everything you did means the world to me
I need you
'Cause everything, you got the best of me

Fall apart fall apart fall apart 
Fall apart fall apart fall apart 

Don't leave (fall apart fall apart fall apart)
Don't leave (fall apart fall apart fall apart)

Baby I tried to let this go but I can't breathe (I can't breathe I can't breathe)
If only you knew how much I'd give you 
Everything you need (everything everything)
So much space and time around us to waste (to waste to waste)
Baby I think of losing you, I see it in your face (your face your face)

Don't leave
Don't leave

I need you 

Fall apart fall apart fall apart 
Fall apart fall apart fall apart 

Don't leave
Don't leave
Don't leave (fall apart fall apart fall apart)

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