I first fell in love with Adele after coming across her album 21 back in 2011. While it was her powerhouse vocals that caught my attention, her raw and emotional lyrics pulled me in. Every song reminded me of something: my first love, my first heartbreak, pivotal life moments, broken friendships, falling in love again. Wait a second — was this girl in my head? No, she simply just has the ability to yank on my sensitive little heartstrings like no one else has in a long time.

Adele made us wait four years for another album after the mega success of 21. But after listening to her new string of hits like “Hello” and “When We Were Young,” it’s as if she never left us.

Related From Vivala: Adele's New Album Is All About Loving Yourself

This is an artist who comes around once every generation,” iHeartMedia president John Sykes said in a 2015 interview with Bloomberg.

Indeed, at just 28 years old, Adele’s gut-wrenching song lyrics have given us enough of the feels for multiple lifetimes — but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So grab your tissues, because in honor of her birthday, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite, and oh so emotional, Adele song lyrics. We're pretty sure you'll find at least one in here that will make you want to bawl. 


"Chasing Pavements" ('19')

Whether you're dealing with a serious relationship or any other big life decision, this song will hit anyone at a crossroads right in the feels. 

Should I give up,
Or should I just keep chasing pavements?
Even if it leads nowhere,
Or would it be a waste?
Even If I knew my place should I leave it there?
Should I give up,
Or should I just keep chasing pavements?
Even if it leads nowhere

Related From Vivala: 25 Facts About Adele


"First Love" ('19')

Because sometimes your first love doesn't end up being your forever love. And that's okay.

Forgive me first love, but I'm tired.
I need to get away to feel again.
Try to understand why,
don't get so close to change my mind.
Please wipe that look out of your eyes,
it's bribing me to doubt myself;
Simply, it's tiring.


"Daydreamer" ('19')

When we're gushing over a new love. 

You can find him sittin' on your doorstep
Waiting for a surprise
And he will feel like he's been there for hours
And you can tell that he'll be there for life


"Someone Like You" ('21')

Exactly what you'd say to the one that got away, if only you had as much courage as Adele. 

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it.
I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded
That for me it isn't over.


"Turning Tables" ('21')

We've all tried to protect our hearts from the same person who broke it once before.  

So I won't let you close enough to hurt me
No, I won't ask you, you to just desert me
I can't give you what you think you gave me
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables, to turning tables

"Set Fire to the Rain" ('21')

That time you fell for someone  . . . hard. 

I let it fall, my heart,And as it fell you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me

My hands, they're strong
But my knees were far too weak,
To stand in your arms
Without falling to your feet


"One and Only" ('21')

To that unrequited love, if only they just knew how perfect you were for them.

I dare you to let me be your
Your one and only
I promise I'm worthy
To hold in your arms
So come on and give me the chance
To prove I am the one who can walk that mile
Until the end starts


"Take It All" ('21')

The quintessential breakup song. Seriously, where were these lyrics the first time I had my heart broken?

Didn't I give it all
Tried my best
Gave you everything I had
Everything and no less

Didn't I do it right?
To let you down
Maybe you got too used to
Having me around
Still how can you walk away
From all my tears
It's going to be an empty road
Without me right here


"Rolling In the Deep" ('21')

Because sometimes we need more than one song to get us through a breakup.

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can't help feeling
We could have had it all


"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" ('25')

When you're finally ready to let go and just do you.
I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free

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


"Hello" ('25')

To that person we haven't heard from in years, be it an ex-love or ex-friend, we're sorry. 

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya
But I ain't done much healing

Related From Vivala: 9 Cover Songs of Adele's "Hello"


"When We Were Young" ('25')

Have you ever run into someone from your past? Yeah . . .

Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time
That we might be exactly like we were
Before we realized
We were sad of getting old
It made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song


"A Million Years Ago" ('25')

This song has nostalgia written all over it. It also makes us feel totally grown up, which is beautiful and kind of sad all at once.

I know I'm not the only one
Who regrets the things they've done
Sometimes I just feel it's only me
Who can't stand the reflection that they see
I wish I could live a little more
Look up to the sky, not just the floor
I feel like my life is flashing by
And all I can do is watch and cry
I miss the air, I miss my friends
I miss my mother, I miss it when
Life was a party to be thrown
But that was a million years ago