This Love
Ellie Goulding Lyrics


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Who are we to be emotional
Who are we to play with hearts
And throw away it all
Who are we to turn each others heads
Who are we to find ourselves in other people's beds
I don't like the way I never listen to myself
I feel like I'm on fire, I'm too shy to cry for help
I don't think you know me much at all

This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
I'm feeling down about this love

Who are you to make me feel so good
Who are we to tell ourselves that we're misunderstood
Oh who am I to say I'm always yours
Who am I to choose the boy that everyone adores
Oh I don't see a reason why we can't just be apart
Now we're falling on each other like we're always in the dark
Oh I don't think you warned me much at all

This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall

This love is not what you want
This heart will never be yours
This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall





This love is be and end all
This love will be your downfall

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "This Love" by Ellie Goulding are an exploration of the complexities of relationships and the emotional struggles that come with it. The first verse questions the casualness with which people tend to treat love, asking who are we to play with hearts and throw away something so precious. Goulding expresses her reluctance to speak up and be heard, indicating how she feels like she's on fire but can't bring herself to cry for help. The chorus is where the avenging consequences of the love that is spoken of are summed up - that love "will be your downfall".


The second verse delves deeper, with Goulding questioning her own ability to choose the right boy, while at the same time, questioning the intentions of her current partner. The line "Who am I to say I'm always yours" shows her vulnerability and how, despite her own personal misgivings with the relationship, she doesn't want to hurt her partner. The chorus reiterates that this love will ultimately result in the downfall of whoever is involved, with the added lyrics "this heart will never be yours" indicating Goulding's desire to move on from the relationship.


Overall, "This Love" is an exploration of the emotional conflict that comes with being in a relationship that is doomed to fail. Despite knowing that the love is fleeting, both partners continue to hold on to each other with the hope that things will work out.


Line by Line Meaning

Who are we to be emotional
Why should we allow ourselves to be emotional?


Who are we to play with hearts
Why do we think it's okay to play with someone's heart?


And throw away it all
And then just throw everything away.


Who are we to turn each others heads
What gives us the right to turn each other's heads?


Who are we to find ourselves in other people's beds
Why do we end up in other people's beds?


I don't like the way I never listen to myself
I don't like the fact that I never listen to my own opinions or feelings.


I feel like I'm on fire, I'm too shy to cry for help
I feel overwhelmed and helpless, but I'm too afraid to ask for assistance.


I don't think you know me much at all
I don't believe that you truly know who I am.


This love is be and end all
This love is everything and our only purpose.


This love will be your downfall
This love will be your undoing.


I'm feeling down about this love
I'm feeling despondent and sad about this love.


Who are you to make me feel so good
Who are you to make me feel so happy and content?


Who are we to tell ourselves that we're misunderstood
Why do we convince ourselves that we're misunderstood?


Oh who am I to say I'm always yours
Who am I to claim that I'm always yours?


Who am I to choose the boy that everyone adores
Why do I think I can choose the boy that everyone loves?


Oh I don't see a reason why we can't just be apart
I can't think of a reason why we can't just be apart.


Now we're falling on each other like we're always in the dark
Now we're relying on each other like we're lost in the dark.


Oh I don't think you warned me much at all
I don't think you gave me enough warning about this.


This love is not what you want
This love is not what you desire or need.


This heart will never be yours
I will never give you my heart.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Ellie Goulding, Finlay Graham Dow Smith

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