"Don't You Remember" as written by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins and Daniel D. Wilson....
When will I see you again?
You left with no goodbye, not a single word was said
No final kiss to seal anything
I had no idea of the state we were in

I know I have a fickle heart and a bitterness
And a wandering eye, and a heaviness in my head
But don't you remember, don't you remember?
The reason you loved me before,
Baby please remember me once more

When was the last time you thought of me?
Or have you completely erased me from your memories?
I often think about where I went wrong
The more I do, the less I know

But I know I have a fickle heart and a bitterness
And a wandering eye, and a heaviness in my head
But don't you remember, don't you remember?
The reason you loved me before
Baby please remember me once more

Oh, I gave you the space so you could breathe
I kept my distance so you would be free
In hope that you find the missing piece
To bring you back to me

Why don't you remember, don't you remember?
The reason you loved me before
Baby please remember me once more
When will I see you again?


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"Don't You Remember" as written by Adele Adkins Daniel Dodd Wilson

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  • +3
    My InterpretationFrom what I understand, her boyfriend basically had enough of her antics. She loves him still and acknowledges her faults and wonders whatever happened to him. She would like him to come back because she doesn't know what the last straw was for him and she hopes he can remember why he loved her in the first place so he'll return.
    alix2468on January 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentadele said in an interview that this was a hard song for her to write and sing because she's admitting things, admitting faults or traits, about herself that are true (i.e., fickle heart, bitterness, wandering eye). you can hear the pain in the way she sings the chorus. truly amazing.

    correction: it's "no final kiss to seal any sins" in the first verse. it's in her handwritten lyrics.
    mayabcdon February 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think she's still in love with her ex-boyfriend. She wants him to remember when he did love her and hopes that he will love her again. You know how much she still loves him because she says her faults and she knew she was like that but she tried to make it work:
    I gave you the space so you could breathe,
    I kept my distance so you would be free
    She tried but she 'had no idea the state we were in', She didn't even realise they had problems in their relationship and so it came as a shock.
    I love the last part where is changes from 'but don't you remember' to 'why don't you remember', it's one final try to get him to remember. She's so desperate to understand in the end and she just wants to know why.
    She wants him to remember why he loved her so desperately, if she can't have him back she at least wants to know why.
    Such a beautiful song and I know how she feels, baby please remember you used to love me <3
    alltimelennyon April 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty hopeless song, she's like begging him to remember when he loved her but at the same time she knows it's impossibile.
    She's trying to analyze herself in order to find the reason why the relationship went wrong and those are Adele's words ;)
    Just amazingly sad
    Calbishon February 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti feel this song.. my heart aches. and i remember...
    btchybratinellaon March 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbaby I know you love me and you might be wondering why I need to tell you this when things seem to be peaceful with us.but i wanted to tell you that I see all my many faults and say thank you baby for overlooking them.
    dooglepopon May 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe gave everything and told everything to her boyfriend and was real with him. She misses that and kind of wants it back. She is still kind of in love with her ex boyfriend. She just hopes her ex listens to this and realize all she has done, and to remember her always.
    ashleylynn15on July 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIn the last chorus it's actually"

    "Why don't you remember, don't you remember?
    The reason you loved me before,
    Baby please remember [me once more] based on the album version.

    Love this song!!<3

    jmlb16on September 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionWhen will I see you again?

    You left with no goodbye, not a single word was said,
    No final kiss to seal ANY SINS,
    I had no idea of the state we were in.

    I know I have a fickle heart and A bitterness,
    And a wandering eye, and a heaviness in my head…

    But don't you remember?
    Don't you remember
    The reason you loved me before?
    Baby, please remember me once more.

    When was the last time you thought of me?
    Or have you completely erased me from your memory?
    I OFTEN THINK ABOUT WHERE I WENT WRONG,
    AND THE MORE I DO, THE LESS I KNOW.

    But I know I have a fickle heart and a bitterness,
    And a wandering eye, and a heaviness in my head,

    But don't you remember?
    Don't you remember
    The reason you loved me before?
    Baby, please remember me once more.

    Gave you the space so you could breathe,
    I kept my distance so you would be free,
    AND hope that you’d find the missing piece
    To bring you back to me.

    Why don't you remember?
    Don't you remember
    The reason you loved me before?
    Baby, please remember me once more.

    When will I see you again?

    _____
    I think this song is about self-doubt and feeling insecure about yourself when a relationship ends. It's hard to let go when you don't know what you did wrong. She'd believed that her boyfriend loved her, yet he left w/o any warning or explanation. She can't make sense of it--the only explanation seems to be that he's just forgotten her! She acknowledges that she has faults, but why can't he remember that he loved her despite the faults?

    The only thing she could do was give him space to figure it out on his own, and hope he'll come around. She's struggling to have faith to do this (faith that he did love her), though, because he gave up on the relationship so suddenly and abandoned her--she wonders if he is remembering her at all. Please remember the good lovable parts of me, I want to be loved by you. It's like she wrote this song about my life!! The end of the story is that you give them the space b/c you have no other choice and 2 years later when you try to ask "don't you remember," they get engaged to someone else a month later. Didn't those 6 years with me mean anything to him? "Baby please remember me once more."

    The next chapter is "Someone Like You," which Adele has described as being about her imagining looking him up in 40 years and finding he's settled down and happy with someone else. But it's still not really over for her!
    lyzseon November 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationDon't you remember is such a pain in the ass to me. Longing does nothing but seal the deal for a likely "no". Sucks to be at the expense of your feelings for the other person. Despite it emotions during attraction... please remember me once more..... beautiful song...
    Ahourstoryon July 22, 2012   Link

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