"He Won't Go" as written by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins and Paul Richard Epworth....
Some say, I'll be better without you,
They don't know you like I do,
Or at least as far as I thought I knew
I can't bear this time,
It drags, as I lose my mind
Reminded by things I find
I know some clothes you left behind.
Wake me up, wake me up when all is done
I won't rise until this battle's won
My dignity is become undone

But I won't go
I can't do it on my own
If this ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk
I won't go, I can't do it on my own,
If this is ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk

So petrified, I'm so scared to step into this right,
What if I lose my heart and fail the ?
I won't forgive me if I gave up trying
I heard his voice today
I didn't know a single word he said
Now I'm resemblance to the man I met
Just a vague and broken boy instead

But I won't go, I can't do it on my own
If this ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk
I won't go, I can't do it on my own
If this ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk

There will be times, we'll try and give it up
Bursting at the seams, no doubt
We almost fall apart and burn up easy
So watch them turn to dust
But nothing will never taint us

I won't go, I can't do it on my own
If this ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk
I won't go, I can't do it on my own
If this ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk

Will he, will he still remember me?
Will he still love me even when he's free
Or will he go back to the place where
He will choose the poison over me?
When we spoke yesterday
He said to hold my breath, to sit and wait
I'll be home soon, I won't be late

He won't go
He can't do it on his own
If this ain't love, then what is?
He's willing to take the risk
So I won't go, I can't do it on his own,
If this ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk

'Cause he won't go
He can't do it on his own
If this ain't love, then what is?
We're willing to take the risk
I won't go! I can't do it on my own
If this ain't love, then what is?
I'm willing to take the risk


Lyrics submitted by mooaura, edited by khatib23

"He Won't Go" as written by Paul Epworth Adele Adkins

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  • +9
    General CommentI watched an interview with Adele, where she said that this song was about 2 of her friends, who were in a relationship together. The man was a heroin addict, and it was about their journey as he went through rehab, and how they overcame it together. Absolutely beautiful song.
    blu_girl_4evaon January 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, it sounded like it was about a woman in a codependent relationship that she needed to leave. She says she can't "do it on her own", which is something people ususally falsely believe when they are scared to be alone, too attached to leave someone who isn't good for them. But after listening to it a couple more times, I realized it's actually a very sweet love song about your devotion to someone, even when times get rough. The guy in this song has a substance abuse problem, ("poison"), and the girl is saying she will still by him regarless, because HE is the one who can't get through this problem on his own.
    PurplePantheron July 06, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Adele songs, I'm surprised it doesn't have more comments. I love the retro feel to the song, but the lyrics add that extra touch that makes this one of my favorite songs at this moment.

    Before reading the comments on this song and learning that it was a about a couple where one of the partners was a drug addict, I came to a similar conclusion.
    I think that from a general point of view, it is about being a relationship with someone that everyone else thinks is bad for you, but you love them and see past their flaws. She won't forgive herself is she gives up on him, no matter what people are telling to do, and she loves him too much to leave. In some ways, it seems like he has some sort of hold on her emotionally. In the end, he also realizes that he can't bring himself to leave her, and needs her just as much as she needs him.
    betweenthelines1024on November 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentblu girl 4eva solves it! I was kind of close.

    It reminds me of 'Rumour Has It' in that how it starts out makes you think one thing, but towards the end you get the true meaning of the song.

    At first she sounds desperate to be someone no good for her, but she leaves clues that he was a different person, and the 'poison' is what changed him. Because he's trying, she's still clinging to the hope that he can return to that person. The end imo definitely reveals that. I was thinking he was probably an alcoholic or a generic druggie, so I wasn't too far off!

    And he probably doesn't have a great support system, so she's bearing a lot of the weight. Even though it's hard, she can't leave him because he won't get anywhere alone.

    'She' in general terms, of course. A lot of people are making it seem like Adele (and artists in general is talking about herself in all her songs, but that^ interview (and others) confirms she writes off her experiences and the people around her.
    lrkrmo15on March 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"fail decline" to "fail the climb"
    diniroon May 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor whatever reason, this song was a little ambiguous to me at first. Now, I'm leaning more toward it being about a couple with a dysfunctional relationship, yet neither one of them has the strength, nor even the desire, to leave. OR, it could be that the male in this relationship is battling something; he's no longer the guy the girl fell in love with, but she doesn't want to give up on him. LOVE this song, by the way. Best one on the new album !
    bnuggon January 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this young lady is my new favorite.What an incredible talent.
    dooglepopon May 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really deep and means a lot. I interpret it as a woman who is in love with a man who has an addiction. She won't go because of her love for him and he wont go away from his addiction because he loves it. Both of them are willing to take the risk. She risks hanging in there with him and not knowing if he'll ever kick the habit and wasting her life and love on him. He is risking his life and his being and her to continue using. What a powerful, powerful song. I love Adele and I love this song! It makes me cry.
    jazzygirlon June 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's really funny how life works out. I was dating a heroin addict and this song really hits me. It's true in every aspect. He told me he loved me and I finally had the courage to say it back and he left for detox. Came back. I didn't kiss him or hug him at first becaue I thought he might feel differently and I told him that. He laughed and said he wouldn't. Left a week or so later for detox once again (relapse) and then went straight to a 60 day rehab. I cried. The first month was no contact. He wrote me one letter. I wrote three. I was terrified that maybe he only loved me because he was high or that he would come back and feel differently. This time he did. I listened to this song whie he was in rehab. I hoped it would turn out like this song.
    Adele, you have written my life, time and time again.
    ajvivreon October 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy fave song on adeles album she is definetly my fave
    chambumon November 03, 2011   Link

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