"Salt Skin" as written by Elena Jane Goulding and Finlay Graham Dow Smith....
You're sharp as a knife and you fit like a glove
That is no way to live that is no way to love
Full of fear in your skin and the weakness in giving in
Your stabbed in the back but you feel no pain
Push the heaviest doors that you can't open
Yeah they tied me up and my body lies still, again

You're as bright as the sun and as calm as the wind
I don't know when you'll break but it's gonna be soon
If my will caves in, I'll be in the same boat as you

I've got the salt skin
Running to where he is
Never going to give in
Even with the strength
He's stealing salt skin
Telling me I'm winning
Wars they created
Just to understand
The meaning (of)

Hands on strings and my mouth open
Find the perfect words that I've not spoken
And I won't tell the truth unless you want me to

For all of the times that I lost my head
When it rolled to the floor and I found it again
But when it came back,
I didn't know my own name

I've got the salt skin
Running to where he is
Never going to give in
Even with the strength
He's stealing salt skin
Telling me I'm winning
Wars they created
Just to understand
The meaning (of)
Of, of

I've got the salt skin
Running to where he is
Never going to give in
Even with the strength
He's stealing salt skin
Telling me I'm winning
Wars they created
Just to understand

I've got the salt skin
Running to where he is
Never going to give in
Even with the strength
He's stealing salt skin
Telling me I'm winning
Wars they created
Just to understand
The meaning (of)


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"Salt Skin" as written by Finlay Graham Dow Smith Ellie Goulding

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  • +2
    General CommentShe said in concert this song was about running away from someone.
    missmeon April 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA few minor corrections...

    "Stabbed in the back but you feel no PAIN"

    "Telling me I'm winning wars they created just to UNDERSTAND the "the meaning of"

    "For all of the times that I LOST my head"

    "when it came back I didn't know MY own name"

    And second and third choruses should contain "the meaning of" after "just to understand"
    Fevraleon April 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have been reading about the meanings of Ellie's songs for a while now and it's like listening to her songs for the first time when I find out what they mean. It's so wonderful. I like Ellie even more now. This song in particular made much more sense to me now that I know it's about running away. :D
    perryrhinitison March 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite ellie song!
    Humanoidon May 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think...
    "You're as sharp as a knife and you fit like a glove
    that is no way to live, that is no way to love"- He's sharp with words,living a bitter life.
    "Full of fear in your skin and weakness in giving in"- This one doesn't really need interpretation. She says it plainly, he's full of fear and has a weakness for giving in. This is his salt skin.
    "Your stabbed in the back but you feel no pain
    Push the heaviest doors that you can't open"- The reason for his salt skin: he's so used to being hurt; pain, that he expects it. He tries to break out of this routine of his, this negative outlook on life, but that's an obstacle (a heavy door) he can't overcome (can't open).
    "You're as bright as the sun and as calm as the wind
    I don't know when you'll break but it's gonna be soon
    If my will caves in, I'll be in the same boat as you"- He has a lot of potential, but he keeps to himself. One day though, he'll explode. It's not healthy, and she knows that if she gives in to negativity and isolation, she'll be in the same position.
    "I've got the salt skin
    running to where he is
    never going to give in
    Even with the strength"-now she has the fear and weakness for giving in in her skin, and she's headed towards his position, his way of life, but she promises herself she won't end up like him.
    "he's stealing salt skin
    telling me i'm winning
    wars they created
    just to undestand
    the meaning (of)"- Now this maybe a long shot, but to me, I think she's having an affair with this guy. And he's telling her, that she's winning wars they created, as in conflicts him and his girlfriend couldn't overcome, in other words its easier being with her..yet he's still with his girlfriend, so basically he's trash. Another reason she doesn't want to end up like him, a cheating saltskinned guy who has a fear of commitment and love. And she knows this affair is wrong, but she's drawn to it, she needs him even though she doesn't want him, and in this she begins to understand the meaning of...love, I believe. And she understands this is NOT real love.

    "Hands on strings and my mouth open
    Find the perfect words that i've not spoken
    And I won't tell the truth unless you want me to"- The perfect words that she hasn't spoken, are the words that would end their affair... but she won't come clean unles he wants her to. He has a hold over her. I believe this is her weakness, her salt skin, letting him control her, almost like a puppet (Hands on strings and my mouth open).

    "For all the times that I lost my head
    When it rolled to the floor and I found it again
    But when it came back,
    I didn't know my own name"- For all the times she's been in quite a pickle, so to speak, she got out of it somehow. This time its different. She's so far gone into this affair, she doesn't even recognize herself anymore.

    All in all. She's in love with a dirtbag whose got saltskin(fear of commitment)and it's rubbing off on her. He's her weakness, her salt skin. And if she keeps this up, she'll end up like him. All the while knowing, understanding, that no matter what hold he has over her, this is NOT real love.
    SmellsLikeDemolitionon December 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningShe HAS stated in an interview that this song is about running away.

    The way I understand it, the verses are sort of like she's talking to herself.
    She's realised that she has a bad habit of becoming exactly what anyone wants from her. Like a puppet, they can control her. (Hands on strings and my mouth open
    Find the perfect words that I've not spoken
    And I won't tell the truth unless you want me to). It's to the point where, when she finally cracks and stops, she doesn't know who she is anymore.

    The chorus is where she "runs away" to try and find herself. And trying to be strong enough to not lose herself again.
    DJisEJon July 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentellie has stated the term "sakt skin" is the salt from the sweat of running away
    scoobydogon November 12, 2012   Link

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