Here’s What The Original English Lyrics For IVE’s “ELEVEN” Meant, According To Its’ Composer

The song was originally written in English.

IVE‘s “ELEVEN” was an instant hit that propelled the rookie girl group to fame. While they were already buoyed by members Ahn Yujin and Jang Wonyoung who came from IZ*ONE fame, “ELEVEN” put the girls on the map. The other members gained their own fandoms steadily and the rest, as they say, is history.

But the lyrics of the song always had people wondering — just what did “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, you make me feel like 11” mean? The hook of the chorus was supremely catchy but did not seem to make much sense linked with the rest of the song.

You make me dream a long dream, this room is a small heaven. I dance my heart out, until I’m dizzy. Oh my, oh my god, one more space gets filled up. Watch now, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, you make me feel like 11.


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All questions were answered when the original writer stepped up with the demo. The song was initially written in English, with Lauren Aquillina contributing to the writing. She revealed a snippet of the original lyrics. She thanked fans for loving the song before clarifying that some things got lost in translation.

The English lyrics conveyed a message of a person that makes you feel like you are an 11 out of 10!

She even treated fans to the original English lyrics. Lauren had to sing the song personally due to doubts about whether she could reveal the recorded demo.

But honestly, what I love the most is how he makes me feel. He won’t let me forget, he says I fell from heaven. Tells me I’m a 10, but I feel like an 11. Oh my, oh my god, he got the words that turn me on. Ain’t no 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, he makes me feel like 11.

— Original lyrics to “ELEVEN.”

Her version made the song more sentimental and soft, while IVE’s finalized version was an energetic dance song. It looks like it’s another K-Pop mystery solved!



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