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Is Ellie Goulding’s ‘On My Mind’ Her Response To Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t?’

'People can read into it however they want,' Ellie said.

Say hello to your new music obsession.

Ellie Goulding just released her brand-new single, "On My Mind," an up-tempo track that checks all the boxes of what makes a pop smash. It's got an insanely catchy beat, a chorus that will be stuck in your head for days and lyrics that make you think.

"I think lyrically a lot of my fans will go back to when I first started releasing songs even on to Myspace and things like that because I was very explicit and honest with my lyrics and I would literally just sing what I was thinking," Ellie told us. "I think it's genuinely gone back to that. I think for the past couple of years I've maybe been filtering out lyrics quite a bit and going for a more typical kind of pop structure, but this song, we had so much fun writing it, it just comes back to that basic thing of having that person just constantly stuck in our heads."

And there are certain lyrics in the Max Martin-produced song that will specifically jump out listeners especially, "Thought that you were cute and you could make me jealous/ Pour it down, so I poured it down/ Next thing that I know, I'm in a hotel with you/ You were talking deep like it was mad love to you/ You wanted my heart, but I just liked your tattoos."

If you're reading into it, which I'm sure many will, then you may think she's talking about a certain tattoo-loving red head named Ed Sheeran. If you recall, it was rumored that Ed wrote his single "Don't" about his short-term relationship with the British songstress. In the song, Ed talks about how someone cheated on him with a friend (which was said to be One Direction's Niall Horan), while they were all staying in the same hotel.

"I'm sorry to all the people that want it to be about someone -- it's not, it's like a myth," Ellie said. "I like guys with tattoos, my boyfriend has tattoos...but I don't mind. People can read into it however they want. It's fun to do that, I would do that too."


Ellie wrote the track, the first off her upcoming third album Delirium (November 6), with Martin and his team with each of them pulling from different experiences to make the song complete. It's the first track she wrote after the success of "Love Me Like You Do."


"I probably walked into the studio and I was like, 'I have this person on my mind,' and then another writer is like, 'I have this person on my mind,' and we kind of formed the song out of all our different experiences, and I've never really done that before," she said. "That's the beauty of song writing: It doesn't have rules. It doesn't have to be about one person or one subject."