“On My Mind” is a song about the head going places where the heart isn’t leading, a reversal of standard Pop lyric conventions. It was the first single released in advance of Ellie Goulding’s 2015 album "Delirium," and it became an international hit, charting in over 20 countries. The song revolves around Ellie grappling with lingering thoughts about an ex-lover and a lack of emotion about the relationship.
In an interview with Elvis Duran, Ellie explained how this unique viewpoint was created: "One day we were at the Max Martin compound, and we were just randomly talking about having somebody on your mind that shouldn’t necessarily be on your mind. And you can’t figure it out why they’re still there. I talked to friends about it, and I realized it was quite a common thing. Just having this strange situation of not necessarily being with that person anymore, but them still being around for whatever reason, and then just kind of trying to figure out why. So I think the song was the figuring out of why."
The song is seemingly about her relationship with singer Ed Sheeran, as a response to Sheeran’s previous single ‘Don’t’.
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