Elton John & Britney, Hold Me Closer: lyrics & meaning

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On August 26, Britney Spears released her new song, Hold Me Closer, a collaboration with Elton John. There is a particular curiosity around the song’s lyrics, similar to what happened the year before with Cold Heart by Dua Lipa. In this article, we will discover more about the actual origin of the lyrics and the overall song’s meaning. We will also provide the full lyrics at the end.

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Although We're No Longer Together, I Still Love You

You can find the official audio of the song below.

Elton John & Britney Spears ‘Hold Me Closer (Official Audio)’
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Hold Me Closer: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Hold Me Closer repeats the same operation made by Dua Lipa the year before with Cold Heart: a song where a female voice sings lines written by Elton John in previous tracks, building new music out of them. In this case, the original lyrics come from Elton John’s Tiny Dancer (1971) and The One (1992). The melody also comes from Tiny Dancer, as Cold Heart took it from Rocket Man.

Mixing up the lyrics, Hold Me Closer becomes a song about a love story that seems to go through different phases. The first lines describe a beautiful creature running on a beach, the poetic description of the moment when love was born. Those are the lyrics that come from 1992’s song The One:

I saw you dancin’ out the ocean
Runnin’ fast along the sand
A spirit born of earth and water
Fire flyin’ from your hands

The chorus has Tiny Dancer’s lyrics and melody and describes the feelings of someone waiting for their significant one to return home after a long day of work.

Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today, oh

The particularity of this song is the usage of non-commercial lyrics in a potentially famous pop song. The lyrics are real poetry; Elton John describes love in an artistic, literary way. And the way the track mixes up the lines builds a fascinating story, where we can also see the final direction of this love: the two protagonists live a descending phase of their love, where the mutual harmony is lost, and silence takes the place of a pleasant, active relationship.

There are caravans we follow
Drunken nights in dark hotels, baby (Yeah)
When chances breathe between the silence
Where sex and love no longer gel, oh

That becomes the true meaning behind Hold Me Closer lyrics: I fell in love with you and enjoyed our relationship’s beautiful moments. Now the best is past, but I’m still with you, and we are living the new phase of our story together.

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The complete lyrics

(Hold me closer)
(Hold me closer)
(Hold me closer)
(Hold me closer)

I saw you dancin’ out the ocean
Runnin’ fast along the sand
A spirit born of earth and water
Fire flyin’ from your hands (Oh)

Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today, oh

Hold me closer, hold me closer (Hold me closer)
Hold me closer, hold me closer

There are caravans we follow
Drunken nights in dark hotels, baby (Yeah)
When chances breathe between the silence
Where sex and love no longer gel, oh

Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway (Yeah)
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer, hold me closer (Baby, baby)
Hold me closer, hold me closer (Oh, yeah)

(Hold me closer)
(Hold me closer)
Hold me closer
(Hold me closer) Me closer, me closer
(Hold me closer) Mm, yeah