Deciphered: Rolling in the deep

17 Feb

If you’re anything like anyone in the western world (and personally, I think you are), you’ve had an Adele song stuck in your head some time in the past few months. Specifically, Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You or Rumour Has It.

While it’s kind of obvious what the last two titles mean, the former is a bit of a conundrum. Rolling where? What’s deep? Is this like John Williamson’s great hit, Crocodile Roll?

Luckily, Adele has cleared up any deep rolling confusion in an interview with Vogue:

“There’s a gang phrase in the UK, roll deep. That basically means having someone have your back so you are never on your own if you come into trouble. It’s a real gangster thing, but I think it’s really beautiful.”

So the next time you’re doing your best Adele impression in the car, shower or in front of the mirror, you’ll at least know what you’re wailing about – wannabe gangsters looking out for each other. Or something like that. All together now

“We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside your hand
And you played it to the beat.”


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