"My Blood" as written by James Eliot, Jemima Stilwell and Ellie Goulding....
That feeling, that doesn't go away just did
And I walked a thousand miles to prove it
And I'm caught in the crossfire of my own thoughts
The color of my blood is all I see on the rocks
As you sail from me

Alarms will ring for eternity
The waves will break every chain on me
My bones will bleach
My flesh will flee
So help my lifeless frame to breathe

And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
With all the blood I lost with you
It drowns the love I thought I knew

The lost dreams are buried in my sleep for him
And this was the ecstasy of a love forgotten
And I'm thrown in the gunfire of empty bullets
And my blood is all I see
As you steal my soul from me

Alarms will ring for eternity
The waves will break every chain on me

And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
With all the blood I lost with you
It drowns the love I thought I knew

And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
With all the blood I lost with you
It drowns the love I thought I knew

And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
With all the blood I lost with you
It drowns the love I thought I knew


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"My Blood" as written by James Eliot, Jemima Stilwell, Ellie Goulding

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  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionThat feeling that doesn’t go away just did
    and I walked a thousand miles to prove it
    and I’m caught in the crossfire of my own thoughts
    the colour of my blood is all I see on the rocks
    as you sail from me.
    Alarms will ring for eternity… the waves will break every chain on me
    my bones will bleach.. my flesh will flee. So help my lifeless frame to breathe

    And god knows I’m not dying but I breathe now
    and god knows It’s the only way to heal now
    with all the blood I lost with you
    it drowns the love I thought I knew

    The lost dreams I buried in my sleep for him
    and this was the ecstasy of love forgotten
    and I’m thrown in the gunfire of empty bullets
    and my blood is all I see as you steal my soul from me.

    Alarms will ring for eternity… the waves will break every chain on me
    My bones will bleach… my flesh will flee… So help my lifeless frame to breathe.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on October 03, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationSo, this is just my take on these powerful words.
    I'll tackle them one verse at a time, just to make it simpler in my head. *heh*

    First of all, let me just say this song is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard in a while. A very long while.
    This first verse:
    "That feeling, that doesn't go away just did
    And I walked a thousand miles to prove it
    And I'm caught in the crossfire of my own thoughts
    The color of my blood is all I see on the rocks
    As you sail from me"
    To me, it's about a love lost not by regular circumstances. Self-destruction from thoughts and abandoning of things like communication? Usually when people think too much and let it get to them is when there's mass miscommunication. The sea is usually symbolic for this because of the idea of being pulled out to sea and knocked around and drowning is quite similar to thinking yourself out of love. When you eventually make it back to shore it's not always safely. This person has given up by now and has abandoned the search party for her.
    The crossfire of her own thoughts are sabotaging "the feeling that doesn't go away" or shouldn't go away. She walks to think it over and try to gain clarity of it, or to "prove it" to herself. What could the blood mean though?

    Now, this is my favorite verse of the song. It's pure poetry in my opinion.
    "Alarms will ring for eternity
    The waves will break every chain on me
    My bones will bleach
    My flesh will flee
    So help my lifeless frame to breathe"
    If anyone's ever lost real love, you'll know this feeling all too well. When it's lost, is literally painful. Grieving seems to go on for eternity. She feels like she's dying. She can't breathe, it feels, because of that terrible knot in her chest. She feels like she going waste away, emotionally. Chains, maybe ties to people that these waves are breaking because people don't socialize when they're hurting like this. She begs; help me breathe again. Sort of a "bring me back to life" situation.

    I'm not trying to Bible thump here, I promise.
    "And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
    And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
    With all the blood I lost with you
    It drowns the love I thought I knew"
    At this point, I feel like maybe this part is a sort of coming to terms with everything? She's not dying anymore but, instead, she breathes. Breathing in and just releasing negative energy. Healing.
    Some people turn to God when at their lowest points. The term 'God knows' implies that whole "God knows our every sorrow because He's already lived through it for us" and so by that she's saying God knows I'm going through this Hell and that gives people a sense of comfort sometimes.
    I somehow am starting to view the blood she's talking about to the Vampiric understanding of it in which blood carries with it Life. Memories. Knowledge. etc. When you separate there's memories, chunks of life dedicated to these people, things you two grow to know and understand together. When it's over. You've lost this. "Lost blood". When it's drowning the love she thought she knew I feel it means that it's fizzling it out. Back to the falling out of love?

    So to this one.
    "The lost dreams are buried in my sleep for him
    And this was the ecstasy of a love forgotten
    And I'm thrown in the gunfire of empty bullets
    And my blood is all I see
    As you steal my soul from me"
    As you build dreams with someone when they leave, or you leave, those dreams have to get forgotten or 'buried' away. Our dreams are built on our subconscious. So they're buried in sleep because once something is sought after by us, we never *really* forget it. But while awake she's not thinking about it a sort of fake ecstasy but "forgetting" about it. The fear of being hurt arises by being thrown into gunfire, but with empty bullets it's not so bad. So it's something she's able to overcome.
    Her blood is all she see's. Her life, memories, etc with this person. She's grown to be one with someone absent now. A.K.A. he's stole her soul. Her identity.

    This starts to take on a new feeling:
    "Alarms will ring for eternity
    The waves will break every chain on me"
    She sings it a little differently this time. Almost hopeful. She's no longer wasting away. God knows, she's not dying but she breathes now.
    She's healing.
    After all, Anything Could Happen.
    Cloud382on November 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song!
    FoxySpiritOfJaxxon October 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a lovely song...sigh...
    AllyDeeon November 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely beautiful. :)
    vulnaviaon December 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe whole song is about griefing the end of a relationship, but I think it's also about self-harm.

    "And God knows I'm not dying but I breathe now
    And God knows it's the only way to heal now
    With all the blood I lost with you
    It drowns the love I thought I knew"

    When people cut themselves is usually to ease their inner pain, not to commit suicide. basically Ellie is saying: "God, I'm cutting cause it makes me feel alive and it's the only way I know to ease my pain"
    Xxlordon December 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsome of these lyrics are wrong :/ it is supposed to be

    And God knows, I'm not dying but I bleed now
    And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
    With all the blood I lost with you
    In chance of love I thought I knew

    Ellie stated in an interview that this is about giving everything you have into this relationship while getting nothing back so by the time it has ended you feel depleted and drained by this person and feel like you have literally lost blood.

    scoobydogon January 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIs it possible she is saying "I'm not dying but I'm bleeding out"?

    The nautical undertones make it haunting.
    upSpiralon May 01, 2013   Link
  • -2
    Song MeaningThat feeling, that doesn't go away just did
    And I walked a thousand miles to prove it
    And I'm caught in the crossfire of my own thoughts
    The color of my blood is all I see on the rocks
    As you sail from me

    "She means that she's at the beach and she's wondering if its her time of the month and when she sees it on the rocks shes like yeah and then her boyfriend leaves her."

    Alarms will ring for eternity
    The waves will break every chain on me
    My bones will bleach
    My flesh will flee
    So help my lifeless frame to breathe

    "This describes how she feels for the week and the Always Maxi Pad with Waves will make her feel free. When she speaks about her lifeless frame, she means that it is very painful."

    And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
    And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
    With all the blood I lost with you
    It drowns the love I thought I knew

    "She know's she's not dying because it happens every month and this happened a lot with her boyfriend to the point where it ruined their relationship ('It drowns the love I thought I knew'). He decides not to stay with her any longer."

    The lost dreams are buried in my sleep for him
    And this was the ecstasy of a love forgotten
    And I'm thrown in the gunfire of empty bullets
    And my blood is all I see
    As you steal my soul from me

    "She was desperately in love with him, more than anyone and she was constantly verbally abused by him when her blood was destroying their relationship."

    Alarms will ring for eternity
    The waves will break every chain on me

    "By alarms, she means this will continue until later age and it feels like an eternity until menopause but the Always Maxi Pads with waves will make her feel like herself again."

    And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
    And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
    With all the blood I lost with you
    It drowns the love I thought I knew

    And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
    And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
    With all the blood I lost with you
    It drowns the love I thought I knew

    And God knows, I'm not dying but I breathe now
    And God knows, it's the only way to heal now
    With all the blood I lost with you
    It drowns the love I thought I knew
    thetruth7on May 22, 2013   Link

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