Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

 

Just the guitar?
Okay, cool

[Verse 1]
This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
Mmm, told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I'd be your last love, everlasting, you and me
Mmm, that was what you told me

[Pre-Chorus]
I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
[Verse 2]
I was too strong, you were trembling
You couldn't handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Mmm, baby, I'm still rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn't keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm, there's only one way down

[Pre-Chorus]
I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free, oh

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

[Bridge]
If you're ready, if you're ready
If you're ready, I am ready
If you're ready, if you're ready
We both know we ain't kids no more
No, we ain't kids no more
[Pre-Chorus]
I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

[Outro]
If you're ready, if you're ready
(Send my love to your new lover)
If you're ready, are you ready?
(Treat her better)
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
If you're ready, if you're ready
(Send my love to your new lover)
If you're ready, are you ready?
(Treat her better)
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

 

Adele wrote “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” in collaboration with Max Martin and Shellback for her third album 25.

Adele played guitar on the record, and it was this riff that began the song. She told the New York Times:

I’ve had that guitar bass line since I was, like, 15. I used to cover ‘Wonderful World’ doing that riff. It sings over it really well. With [the producers] Max Martin and Shellback, we knocked that out in a day.

This is a more upbeat, straight-pop record for Adele, which makes sense considering the super producers behind the sound. Prior to this record, however, Adele hadn’t heard of Max Martin or Shellback. It was listening to Taylor Swift with songwriter Ryan Tedder that led her to discover their prominence in the pop landscape.

This song was originally titled “We Ain’t Kids No More,” but at the last minute, at the encouragement of her manager, Adele decided to change it. She told Rolling Stone:

Otherwise, you might as well just call the fucking album Old.

(Given that a lot of the songs on this album are about nostalgia for childhood and the past.)

The song is directed toward the guy Adele dated between the subject of much of 21, and her husband, Simon Konecki. He previously inspired one other track, “One and Only”.

 

Written By
Shellback, Max Martin & Adele
Performance Rights
STIM (PRO) & SESAC
Publisher
Universal Music Group, Melted Stone, Kobalt Music, MXM Music & KMR Music Royalties II SCSP
Engineer
Michael Ilbert
Programmer
Shellback
Label
Columbia Records & XL Recordings
Mastering Engineer
Tom Elmhirst & Randy Merrill
Mixing Engineer
Șerban Ghenea
Vocals
Adele
Backing Vocals
Adele & Max Martin
Percussion
Shellback
Guitar
Adele
Recorded At
MXM Studios, Stockholm; Eastcote Studios, London
Release Date
November 20, 2015
Interpolated By
Radsho by Black Cats (Ft. Shabnam Jaleh)
 

Cover By
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(Ft. Alex G, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Madilyn & Sam Tsui), 
2016 Mashup by Kurt Hugo Schneider & Sam Tsui, 
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Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Tiffany Alvord, 
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Ali Brustofski, 
Send My Love by Alex G (Ft. Sophi Alexis), 
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (Rock Version) by Phedora, 
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Chayr & Send My Love (to Your New Lover) by Vitamin String Quartet

 

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