Back on June 12th, 2011, singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran released his single The A Team. This was the lead single off his debut album +. In an interview, Ed Sheeran stated that the title of the song is related to the reference of what certain drugs are called, ‘Class A Drugs’. The whole song Ed, said, is about stories that he heard once at a gig that he had at a homeless shelter.
The song starts at a slow pace with light strumming of the guitar. This tempo is majority followed though out the whole song, and this tempo bring forward the emotion and the sadness behind the lyrics.
There are many different topics that are discussed in the song. These rang from the talk of smoking, the struggle of paying rent, and the idea of possible prostitution, “Burnt lungs, sour taste / Light’s gone, day’s end / Struggling to pay rent / Long nights, strange men,” (www.songtexte.com).
The chorus is where we see the majority of the emotions of the song and the stories that Ed heard, “And they say / She’s in the class a team / Stuck in her daydream / Been this way since 18 / But lately her face seems / Slowly sinking, wasting / Crumbling like pastries / And they scream / The worst things in life come free to us / ‘Cause we’re just under the upper hand / And go mad for a couple grams / And she don’t want to go outside tonight / And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland / Or sells love to another man / It’s too cold outside / For angels to fly,” (www.songtexte.com). This talks about that this girl is stuck in the idea of a perfect life, but she is really not in a good place at the moment with doing drugs and selling her body, basically she is wasting away.
This, being the lead single and the song that made him widely known worldwide, is a very emotional and heartbreaking song about a tough life.
Here is the link to the official video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAWcs5H-qgQ
Alyssa (Rolling Music Reviews)