Explosions is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding from her second studio album, Halcyon (2012) and is track number 9. Written by Goulding and John Fortis, it was released as a promotional single on iTunes Ireland on 3 August 2012 and on iTunes UK on 1 October 2012, but was removed shortly thereafter on both occasions.[1][2] In late January 2013, it was announced that the track would be released as the official third single from the album.[3]


You tremble like you see a ghost
And I gave in
"I lack the things you need the most"
You said
Where have you been?

You wasted all that sweetness
To run and hide;
I wonder why
I remind you of the days
You poured your heart in two,
But you never tried

I've fallen from grace,
Took a blow to my face;
I've loved, and I've lost,
I've loved, and I've lost,

On the day you wake up,
Needing somebody
And you've learnt
It's okay to be afraid,
But it will never be the same
It will never be the same

You left my soul bleeding in the dark
So you could be king
The words you said are still untold to me
And I've
Lost my faith in everything

The nights you could cope
Your intentions were gold
But the mountains will shake;
I need to know I can still make

On the day you wake up needing somebody
And you've learnt
It's okay to be afraid,
But it will never be the same

And as the floods move in,
And your body starts to sink,
I was the last thing on your mind:
I know you better than you think

'Cause it's simple darling,
I gave you warning
Now everything you own
Is falling from the sky in pieces
so watch them fall with you
In slow motion
I pray that you'll find peace of mind;
And I'll find you another time

I'll love you another time

On the day you wake up,
Needing somebody
And you've learnt
It's okay to be afraid
But it will never be the same

Music videoEdit

Ellie Goulding - Explosions

Ellie Goulding - Explosions


Premiere date: 30, January 2013
Director(s): N/A
Stylist(s): N/A
Choreographer: N/A

Conor McDonnell

The official music video premiered on 30 January 2013 and consists of exclusive live footage of Goulding from The Halcyon Days Tour.[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

Following its use on ITV's "Where Drama Lives" advert,[4] "Explosions" debuted at number 122 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 26 January 2013, jumping to number thirty-three the following week on sales of 9,851 copies.[5][6] In its sixth week, the song rose to its peak position of number thirteen, selling 24,269 copies.[7] The single had sold over 200,000 copies in the UK as of August 2013,[8] and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 20 September 2013.[9]

"Explosions" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 100 on the issue dated 1 March 2014,[10] following the song's use in television commercials for the American film Endless Love.[11]

Other artworkEdit

Remix Covers

1. Explosion gem 2. Explosion stay
1. Explosions Gemini Remix Cover
2. Explosions Stay Positive Remix Cover


  1. "Explosions – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. Corner, Lewis (1 October 2012). "Ellie Goulding reveals new track 'Explosions' – listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "'Explosions' Official Video". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  4. "'Explosions' on ITV Drama Promo". 23 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. Jones, Alan (28 January 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Bingo Players sell 74k singles". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 3 February 2013. Template:Subscription required
  6. "2012 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  7. Jones, Alan (25 February 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Emeli Sande album tops 1.6m sales". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 8 March 2013. Template:Subscription required
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  9. "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  10. "The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  11. "Ellie's "Explosions" in 'Endless Love' movie". Reservoir Media Management. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.