Ellie annotated a few of her songs for the site, so we got to learn a bit about her mindset while writing. Here's what we learned:
'Scream It Out'
Ellie is using this album to project her voice more. Her approach this time around is to be a little more confident, say what she means and say it loud, which she does perfectly with her favorite lyrics: "I've always had a thing for silence/ But lately I just need a voice I recognize," she sings on "Scream It Out." "Baby, it's perfect timing now to scream it out."
Scream it out, out<br> I won't let you down, down<br> So scream it out, out<br> I won't let you down, down
― Ellie Goulding – Scream It Out
"Army" is a song dedicated to Ellie's best friends since college. The song tells the story of two pals who've braved blood and breakups and drunk nights. Wait? Blood?!?
I know that I've been messed up<br> You never let me give up<br> All the nights and the fights<br> And the blood and the breakups<br> You always had to call up<br> I'm a pain, I'm a child, I'm afraid
― Ellie Goulding – Army
Do you ever talk to someone and still don't know what they're saying? Ellie writes about this with Savan Kotecha on "Codes." And even though she said she doesn't have a secret code, she annotated that she made up a secret language in her diary.
'Love Me Like You Do'
We know "Love Me Like You Do" from the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" soundtrack, but it also appears on Delirium. As Ellie says, this is the track that sparked the creative relationship she has with pop producer Max Martin.
Ellie writes about this song briefly, because it's about the simplest part of love -- giving someone your all.