Ed Sheeran has always had a special place in my heart. He’s a beautiful inspiration, especially to writers like me. His way of putting words together that evoke such a powerful emotion through headphones is unimaginable. He’s one of the greatest poets I know, and exceeds my expectations for musicians by putting poetry to acoustic guitar.
He recently released his album Divide, which I am in love with. So if you haven’t listened to it yet, I recommend going onto Spotify or iTunes right now. If you have listened to it on repeat like me, read on for some of my favorite songs and lines.
I love every single track on this album, but you would be so bored if I went on and on about all 16 songs. (But who would blame me?) So instead, I made a list of my Top 6.
1.Castle on the Hill
“I’m on my way / Driving at ninety down those country lanes / Singing to “Tiny Dancer” / And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real / We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill”
This song is such an empowering one. It makes me think of how far I’ve come as a person in just a year, and it makes me think of all the possibilities in my future. My favorite part of the song, besides the chorus, is the part when Ed sings about his closest friends and where they are at the time. It really makes me think about how temporary some of the things I get upset about are. Listen to this song if you want an eye-opening, empowering trip down memory lane.
“So don’t call me baby / Unless you mean it / Don’t tell me you need me / If you don’t believe it / So let me know the truth / Before I dive right into you”
I really love this song because I can relate to it on a personal level. For me and Ed Sheeran apparently, we passionately dive into wherever our hearts lead us. This song is warning the other person not to lead him on because he’ll get attached, and, in my experience, the ending won’t be pretty.
“’Cause we were just kids when we fell in love / Not knowing what it was”
“When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath / But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight”
I included two quotes from this song because it’s just so… perfect. (Sorry, but there’s no other way to describe it!) This is going to be the wedding song of the year, trust me. It’s beautiful and vulnerable and humbling and makes me believe in love. It really showcases how Ed can make anyone feel like they’re in love just by listening to his music!
4. New Man
“But enough about him, girl let’s talk about you / You were the type of girl that sat beside the water reading / Eating a packet of crisps but you will never find you cheating / Now you’re eating kale, hitting the gym, keeping up with Kylie & Kim”
This song is hilarious. The reason why it’s one of my favorites is because it honestly makes me laugh. The lines I chose from this song, though, reflect how the girl Ed liked changed for this other guy… Not cool. He spends half of the song hating on the “new man” and moves on to tell the girl how she’s changed for him. It’s upbeat and Ed does that thing where he lowkey raps and sings at the same time. It’s funny with an important message: Don’t change for someone else.
5. Save Myself
“So before I save someone else, I’ve got to save myself / And before I blame someone else, I’ve got to save myself / And before I love someone else, I’ve got to love myself”
This was my best friend, Rose’s, favorite song right off the bat. I thought it was self-pitying so I didn’t like it. Obviously, I was way wrong. Rose explained to me that he’s describing all the fake friends he had who used him when he genuinely helped them whenever they needed him. He’s come to the realization that before he saves those people, he needs to reflect on his own life. Everyone should listen to this song. It’s inspiring and so true… Before you love someone else, you have to love yourself.
6. Supermarket Flowers
“I hope that I see the world as you did cause I know / A life with love is a life that’s been lived / So I’ll sing Hallelujah, you were an angel in the shape of my mum”
This song is the saddest in the album because it is about the death of his grandmother, written from the point of view of his mother. These lyrics in particular struck me because the words are so spot on. We can all relate to admiring someone for their views of the world, and Ed perfectly pieces that feeling together. I strive to be that inspiration for someone, and I strive to always have a positive perspective on life. Not only that, but I hope to have a life full of life, because as Ed says, a life with love is a life that’s been lived.
Do you love Ed Sheeran as much as me? Do you like the same songs I do? Comment below!