Finding love but not letting love in: Adele’s River Lea
Adele’s River Lea is one of the rare songs where the protagonist talks about herself. It’s not, as most pop songs are, just about her emotions. It’s about her internal choices and what she’s learning about herself.
From the point of view of real relationships, most pop songs have a big flaw. They focus on the other person, and on how the other person causes the singer to feel. The other is loyal – the singer feels happy and concludes the other person is good. The other leaves or cheats – the singer is unhappy, and concludes the other is bad. Sure, that’s one part of life. But with most pop songs it’s all there is. And life contains the VERY important part where you learn about YOURSELF, not the other person.
Life isn’t just about finding love on the outside. It’s about having the courage – oh, it takes courage – that when love is there, you make the choice to open up your vulnerability to let love in.