Powerful - Major Lazer ft. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley



The Experience: Powerful spreads Ellie Goulding's sweet pop voice and Tarrus Riley's deeper, reggae singing over Major Lazer's electro beat. The result blends styles, this is a song you can listen to over and over and hear different Powerful combinations. 


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The meaning of Major Lazer and Ellie Goulding's Powerful is being overwhelmed by how powerful love feels. The lyrics describe love as "wires and power lines", "electricity", "burns like a fire." Love "takes me higher, to infinity," as Powerful declares. We've all felt that. 
What does the power of Powerful mean? Just that love feels powerful, and all these words of fire, energy and electricity are just metaphors, that push us into sex? Lyrics like "Put your body on top of mine" and "Oh, you gotta give me some" point us that way.
Or Powerful means that there's a Power behind Powerful feeling. "Oh Lord, have mercy, I'm begging you, please. I'm feeling drained. I need love." We know, like Tarrus and Ellie, that we need love. Lord knows we need it, because we all need someone to "lift me up, to the heavens and stars above.

Ask Yourself: Do the lyrics of Powerful, "higher to infinity" mean just a more intense sex life that's over after tonights disco? Or is love a sign, pointing us way further, "to the heavens" and "higher to infinity"? Your life tells you which way you see and live love. 

LYRICS:
[Ellie Goulding]
Oh my my my, what you do to me
Like lighting when I'm swimming in the sea
From the very first time we loved
From the very first time we touched
Walking on wires and power lines
You put your body on top of mine
Every time that you lift me up
To the heavens and stars above

[Tarrus Riley]
Oh Lord, have mercy
I'm begging you, please
I'm feeling drained
I need love
You charge me up
Like electricity
Jumpstart my heart
With your love

[Tarrus Riley & Ellie Goulding:]
There's an energy
When you hold me
When you touch me
It's so powerful
I can feel it
When you hold me
When you touch me
It's so powerful

[Ellie Goulding]
I couldn't leave even if I wanted to
Cause something keeps pulling me back to you
From the very first time we loved
From the very first time we touched
The stroke of your fingers
The scent of your lingers
My mind roaming wild
The thoughts of your smile
Oh, you gotta give me some
Or you can give it all
But it’s never enough, no

[Tarrus Riley & Ellie Goulding:]
There's an energy
When you hold me
When you touch me
It's so powerful
I can feel it
When you hold me
When you touch me
It's so powerful

[Ellie Goulding]
Hold me in your arms
Burns like a fire
Electricity
When you’re close I feel the sparks
Takes me higher to infinity

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