"First Love" as written by and Adele Laurie Blue Adkins....
So little to say but so much time
Despite my empty mouth the words are in my mind
Please wear the face, the one where you smile
Because you lighten up my heart when I start to cry

Forgive me first love, but I'm tired
I need to get away to feel again
Try to understand why, don't get so close to change my mind
Please wipe that look out of your eyes, it's bribing me to doubt myself
Simply, it's tiring

This love has dried up and stayed behind
And if I stay I'll be alive
Then choke on words I'd always hide
Excuse me first love, but we're through
I need to taste the kiss from someone new

Forgive me first love, but I'm too tired
I'm bored to say the least and I, I lack desire
Forgive me first love, forgive me first love, forgive me first love
Forgive me first love forgive me, forgive me first love, forgive me first love

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"First Love" as written by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

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  • +5
    General CommentI love this song. One of the best from "19".

    "And if I stay / I'll be alive"

    I thought that line was "I'll be a lie"... makes more sense to me...?
    Mariosluv6on June 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy favourite off the whole album, I could listen to this on repeat. She knows that even though he's her first love, there's no point in it any more because he'll never give her what she wants so she has to end it. Her voice is gorgeous. xxx
    blu_girl_4evaon February 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentObvious meaning here. Breaking up with your first love because you just don't feel it anymore, and need to be with other people to understand what love is again. Almost feeling like you might be missing the point you've just been with this one person for so long, and you feel close to him but just...it's not exciting. Despite this, you still doubt yourself a bit and don't want to upset him.
    I really like the background, what is that, a xylophone or something? It has a real childhood feel to it.
    treacheroustigeron April 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMariosluv6, the correct lyric IS;

    "And if I stay, I'll be a lie..."
    Just wanted to clarify. =)
    jgluckner1738on January 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song just sums up perfectly how relationships often end up. It's lyrics like this that make me remember why music is my first love :)
    baby,babyon March 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe tone of this song is soooo perfect! I went through the same thing...
    It's hard to stay in a relationship when you feel like there is nothing left, regardless how much you love the person, you're just not in love with the person anymore. She doesn't want to hurt him but it's the only thing she can do. Why drag it on further when it's not going anywhere? She wants to stay but doesn't want to drag this on any further because she knows it will only hurt him more in the end. It's one of those things where you wished you felt differently for someone but you know really cant. She's being true to herself and doing what's best regardless how much it hurts her to do this...
    The background music and her voice is what makes this song so perfect! She lays it all out on how she feels about this person but in the most gentle, straight forward way possible...it's like you can hear the sorrow in her voice for breaking someone's heart...
    vicioushamsteron September 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its more about you have a first love, but even after years go by, you still have that same fresh feeling, and she doesn't want to! so she's saying " forgive me first love" because she still loves you, she just needs to see what else is out there for her. but the first love will always have that affect on her...it speaks my life LOL.
    mabrookson July 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    MemoryI just broke up with my boyfriend this afternoon. This song is such a parallel to how I feel, I'm afraid to post it.
    I love it however, it narrarates exactly how I feel with soul and a tender appreciation for one's first love.
    mysticlipstickon July 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song shows that sometimes relationships don't end because of any other reason but boredom and the knowing that deep down you guys don't excite each other anymore and it's time to move on.
    heartsrhythmon July 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother brilliant song.

    Adele has been going out with this guy and the relationship is starting to get boring.
    she "needs to taste a kiss from someone new"
    however she still cares alot for this guy "please wear the face, the one where you smile cause it lightens up my heart,when i start to cry"
    But she knows she CANT stay with him because she will end up "choke on words i'd always hide"

    ARHGH this is absoultly GENIUS!
    Lambrinion January 01, 2010   Link

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