While the U.S. got to see Adele perform “Hello” and “When We Were Young” on SNL over the weekend, U.K. television viewers were treated to an expanded setlist from the singer on her Nov. 20 Adele at the BBC special with Graham Norton, including 25 album track “Million Years Ago” and her debut single from 19, “Hometown Glory.”
Of “Million Years Ago,” Adele said: “It’s kind of a story about … I drove past Brockwell Park, which is a park in South London I used to live by. It’s where I spent a lot of my youth. It has quite monumental moments of my life that I’ve spent there, and I drove past it and I just literally burst into tears. I really missed it, for no other reason than we’ve all got different things going on and it’s got nothing to do with me not feeling like I can’t go and sit in there and drink a bottle of cider anymore … it’s more that life happens, so I’ve got no one to meet there.”
“That’s basically what it is,” she continued, “And it’s just sort of about that, and about [how] I never realized that this was going to happen. I never, ever realized when I had my guitar in the park, singing to my friends … we never in a million years thought this would ever happen.”
After “Million Years Ago,” she segued into a nostalgic performance of “Hometown Glory,” reminiscing about writing the song that would begin her career.
“This next one was the first song that I ever wrote, when I was about 16,” Adele said. “It’s called ‘Hometown Glory’ and it was all about how I felt about London and stuff like that. I actually wrote it on guitar, and I was at school at the time, and I got my friend at school to transpose onto piano – because I probably could play it, but it’d probably take about 12 hours because I’m such a snail on the piano trying to sing and play at the same time.”
“I actually find this song really emotional now because since so much has happened since I wrote it, and it’s been like 11 years since I wrote it. So my whole career has happened, and it’s one of my favorites still, to this day,” she added.
Watch her perform “Million Years Ago” and “Hometown Glory” in the video below.