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“My Little Love”
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Song by Adele
from the album 30
Released November 19, 2021
Length 6:29
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Adele Adkins, Greg Kurstin
Producer(s) Greg Kurstin
30 track listing
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“My Little Love” is a song by British singer-songwriter Adele, taken from her fourth studio album, 30. The song was written by Adele with Greg Kurstin[1] and serves as the third track on the album. Its title was confirmed on November 1, 2021, when the album’s track listing was revealed online.[2]

The song is addressed directly to Adele’s son Angelo as an attempt to answer his questions about her divorce from his father, Simon Konecki. It is the second song in Adele’s discography to feature a recording of Angelo’s voice; he can also be heard on “Sweetest Devotion,” the closing track of Adele’s third studio album, 25.

Background and composition[]

“My Little Love” was co-written by Adele and longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin, and was inspired by a conversation between Adele and her son Angelo shortly after she separated from his father, Simon Konecki. “[Angelo] said to my face, ‘Can you see me?’ And I was like, ‘Uh, yeah.’ And he was like, ‘Cause I can’t see you,’ ” Adele recalled. “Well, my whole life fell apart in that moment. He knew I wasn’t there.”[3] The conversation — and what ultimately became “My Little Love” — prompted Adele to create 30 as a way of explaining her divorce from Konecki to her son.

“It was unbearable,” Adele told Rolling Stone of the song, “and so if I started getting anxious about something I might or might not have said, I could just listen back to this and be like, ‘OK, I’m fine.’”[4] In between the verses of the song are recordings of conversations between Adele and Angelo, included at the suggestion of Adele’s therapist. Adele credited rappers Skepta and Tyler, the Creator with influencing her to including the voice notes on the song, noting that, “I thought it might be a nice touch, seeing as everyone’s been at my door for the last 10 years, as a fan, to be like, ‘Would you like to come in?’ ”[3]

Sonically, the song was inspired by the work of Marvin Gaye, with Adele specifically mentioning his album What’s Going On as an influence.[3] In an interview with Tom Power for Q, Adele called it “an important part of the puzzle I was trying to figure out of my life — not the album,” and noted that Angelo would likely go through a phase of disliking it as a teenager.[5]

Lyrics[]

Hmm, hmm

My little love
I see your eyes widen like an ocean
When you look at me so full of my emotions
I’m finding it hard to be here since he did
I know you feel lost, it's my fault completely

Tell me you love me
I love you a million by fact

I don’t recognize myself in the coldness of the day light
So I ain’t surprised you can read through all of my lies
I feel so bad to be here when I’m so guilty
I’m so far gone and you're the only one who can save me

Oi, I feel like you don’t love me
Why do you feel like that?
Do you like-like me?
You know mommy doesn’t like anyone else like I like you, right?

I’m holdin’ on (Baby)
Mama’s got a lot to learn (It’s heavy)
I’m holdin’ on (Catch me)
Mama’s got a lot to learn (Teach me)

Mummy’s been having a lot of big feelings recently
Like how?
Just like, mummy, I’m, I’m, the feeling that I have, like, hm, I feel a bit confused
Why?
I feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing
Oh, at all?
At all

My little love
Tell me do you feel the way my past aches?
When you lay on me, can you hear the way my heart breaks?
I wanted you to have everything I never had
I’m so sorry if what I’ve done makes you feel sad

I love your dad because he gave you to me
You’re half me and you’re half daddy
Oh

I’m holding on (Baby)
Mama’s gotta lot to learn (It’s heavy)
I'm holding on (Catch me)
Mama’s got a lot to learn (Teach me)

Hmm, hmmm

I’m having a bad day, I’m having a very anxious day
I feel very paranoid, feel very stressed
Um, I have a hangover, which never helps, but
I feel like today is the first day since I left that I feel lonely
And I never feel lonely, I love being on my own
I always preferred being on my own than being with people
And I feel like maybe I’ve been, like, overcompensating
Being out and stuff like that to keep my mind off of him
And I feel like today, I’m home, and I wanna be at home
I just wanna watch TV and curl up into a ball and be in my sweats and stuff like that
I just feel really lonely, I feel a bit frightened that I might feel like this at all

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