"Hanging On" as written by Ariel Rechtshaid and Patrick J Grossi....
You know we can get away
Because I'm calling your name
Everyday I feel this pain
But you just turn and walk away


I just can't keep hanging on
To you and me!

I just don't know what is wrong
With you and me!

(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...)

Touch me and then turn away
And put your hands into the flame
Tell me if you feel this pain
'Cause I don't want to be a ball and chain


I just can't keep hanging on
To you and-

I just don't know what is wrong

Give me the respect
Forgive me and forget
We've got to get a grip
Livin' on the edge
I barely even know this fucking woman in my bed!
And if there's too much on my plate
And I ain't finishing my veg
And if anybody said the grass if greener on the other side
Well it ain't, swear on my mother's life
You got me wrapped up in your shit
I'm feeling mummified
I've only ever had this fucking feeling in my stomach twice!
You gave me everything I needed
And I gave her everything she wanted
There's something 'bout your cleavage
Now I can't put my fingers on it
You're taking me the deepest
I thought that she was gonna vomit
If all women are from Venus
Then I guess I really got a rocket
You've got a noose around my neck
But I'm still hanging on
We've nearly reached the finish line up in our marathon
I spat a verse
She sang a song
She broke my heart
I took some Gaviscon

I just can't keep hanging on
To you and me

With you and me
With you and me

Lyrics submitted by EmilySophieRose

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    General CommentDear Tinie Tempah, Gaviscon is for heartburn not a broken heart.
    EmilySophieRoseon August 15, 2012   Link
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    Song ComparisonI love this song so much. I love it even more that it was used for the "The Host. Choose to Listen." soundtrack. This describes the feelings so well, between Wanda/Melaine, Jared, and Ian. One of my faves. Um, Team O'Shea forever!
    PoetryBirdon March 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentTbh, I'm not particularly a fan of Ellie G, but I love how well this song went with the live-action trailer for God of War: Ascension! I realize the version used for the trailer was a remix (Living Phantoms Remix), but it just suited the game so well. I feel it really went well with the pain and hardships Kratos goes through. I was unaware said song was also used in the film 'The Host' until now, but I wold like to see how that goes too :).
    SirRazaelon April 14, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningShe wants to get away from the problems they are having. But the other person is turning and walking away. She doesn't want to continue the relationship. He touches her then turns away. He adds onto the flame by doing that. She asks him if he feels it too but he doesn't so she leaves him. She doesn't want to be a ball and chain.
    Ellie Goulding is a perfectionist with her work. The next perfect British musician. She's officially up there with Led Zeppelin and Mick Jagger.
    JF1313on August 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt seems a little obvious at first that this song is about love. But if you dig a bit deeper you will realize that she is asking her lover what is wrong between them. "Touch me and then turn away" means he uses her and then doesn't care anymore. "Tell me if you feel this pain, because I don't want to be a ball and chain" means she wants to know if he feels the friction between them and doesn't want to be the crazy one destroying the relationship.
    SolidSnake43on August 27, 2014   Link

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