"Ritual" as written by and Ash Frances Howes Ellie Goulding....
At night when the voices that come
And flame flows through the woods along the wall
We have nothing left to say

Because we use some terrible words
To get such subtle rewards
That never seem worth it too me
They say the older we are, we can't change
And I say, that all that we are
Is just dark matter anyway, so just pray...
With me.

You and I keep falling further away
It's become our ritual
We stare like strangers through each other in to the wall...

And you say, when your knives and your nails come unfurled
From the caged theoretical storms that mean nothing
But they go straight through me
Cause we use some terrible words
Which always sends me crippled in to flying

You say it's not too late, we can change.
And I say, hurry up, help me touch the ground tonight.
Please...
Say the words.

You and I keep falling further away
It's become our ritual
We stair like strangers straight through each other in to the wall...
You and I keep falling further away
It's become our ritual
We stair like strangers straight through each other in to the wall...

Do you ever think you could erase the things I've said?
The bitter words that drip from wounds, inside your head.
I wanna see the blood rush back in to your face.
The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt you this way


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"Ritual" as written by Ellie Goulding Ash Frances Howes

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    General CommentThis song is amazing why has no one commented on it yet?!

    Just a small correction... "Do you really you could erase the things I’ve said?" should be "Do you ever think you could erase the things I’ve said?"
    MaverickXon September 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song on the album.
    The lyrics to this song are amazing IMO. :)
    Ardoron November 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaverickX, I do believe you were right about that mistake. Thanks for pointing it out. :)
    Rhinriaelon February 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song - poignant aswell.
    The Distortedon March 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. It's about a relationship that is starting to come undone, with all the secrets that both people are keeping from each other. They're not quite suited for each other, which is what the parts about whether people can change are about. The narrator wants to make the relationship work and hates to see that they are drifting apart. He also feels guilty for saying something that hurt the other person, which is probably where the conflict came from in the first place.

    I know Billy is married and has a kid, but does he ever talk about having a *wife?*
    ArtOfMeon July 09, 2010   Link

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