Only You
Ellie Goulding Lyrics


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Only you can be the aching in my heart
My enemy, the only animal I couldn't fight
You hold me in the dark when storms arrive
Only you

Only you can see the emptiness I feel
When you're with me
When everything you say, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
When everything you say, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees

Only you can be the aching in my heart
My enemy, the only animal I couldn't fight
You hold me in the dark when storms arrive
Only you

Only you
Only you

Only you can see the emptiness I feel
When you're with me
When everything you say, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
When everything you say, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Baby, I'm on my knees
Only you

Only you can be the aching in my heart
My enemy, the only animal I couldn't fight
You hold me in the dark when storms arrive
Only you

(Only you)
(Only you)
(Only you)
(Only you)
(Only you)
(Only you)
(Only you)
(Only you)

Only you can be the aching in my heart
My enemy, the only animal I couldn't fight




You hold me in the dark when storms arrive
Only you

Overall Meaning

The song "Only You" by Ellie Goulding seems to be about a complicated relationship with someone who is both the source of the singer's pain and the only one who can comfort them. The opening lines "Only you can be the aching in my heart, my enemy, the only animal I couldn't fight" suggests that the person being sung about has caused the singer a lot of pain and perhaps even anger. However, the following lines "You hold me in the dark when storms arrive, only you" suggest that despite whatever pain this person has caused, the singer still finds comfort and security in their presence.


The chorus of the song repeats the lines "Only you can see the emptiness I feel when you're with me, when everything you say I'm on my knees, baby I'm on my knees". These lines suggest that the singer feels weak and vulnerable in this person's presence, but also that they're deeply in love with them. Lines like "You hold me in the dark when storms arrive, only you" and "Only you can be the aching in my heart" suggest that the relationship is intense and possibly unstable, but that the singer is willing to endure any hardship to be with this person.


Overall, "Only You" is a song about the complicated emotions that come with being in love with someone who simultaneously causes you pain and makes you feel complete. It's a reminder that love can be messy and difficult, but that it's worth it for the moments of comfort and joy that make it all worthwhile.


Line by Line Meaning

Only you can be the aching in my heart
No one else causes the pain and longing I feel but you.


My enemy, the only animal I couldn't fight
You are my opponent, but one I cannot overcome.


You hold me in the dark when storms arrive, only you
During the hardships of life, only you bring me comfort and security.


Only you can see the emptiness I feel
I am hollow inside, and only you can truly understand that.


When everything you say I'm on my knees
Your every word holds great power over me, rendering me powerless.


Baby I'm on my knees
I am at your mercy, humbled and begging for your affection.


Only you
You are the one and only for me.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Ellie Goulding, James Eliot

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