On November 6, British synth-pop star Ellie Goulding is returning with her third studio album, Delirium. Today, she released the lead single from her upcoming album entitled On My Mind. The pulsating pop track finds Goulding fired up about a misunderstood romance, singing lines like, “You wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos,” and “You don’t mess with love/You mess with the truth.” Now, fans reading into these lyrics may interpret these words as a direct response to ex-boyfriend, Ed Sheeran’s 2014 single Don’t.
In Don’t, Sheeran alludes to Goulding in a play on words with her song titles, Burn and Figure 8 (he uses phrases like “lover to burn” and “figure it out”). Both tracks also talk of hotel rooms, so you can see where we’re going with these correlations. Sometimes references are obscure, but sometimes they’re kinda obvious — or are they?
In an interview with MTV, Goulding clears up the context of her new song: “I’m sorry to all the people that want it to be about someone — it’s not, it’s like a myth.”
Regarding the line about tattoos, Goulding shrugs it off as a thing she generally likes in guys (she also has a few tats of her own). “I like guys with tattoos,” she says. “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.”
Listen to On My Mind below and let us know what you think in the comments below!