Ed Sheeran on the inspiration behind his tracks in new album, Divide

Ed Sheeran on the inspiration behind his tracks in new album, Divide

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Text: Adibah Isa

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Ed Sheeran speaks to Spotify on the meaning behind his newly-released album, Divide — including the addictive track, Shape Of You

1. Shape of You

"Shape Of You was actually the only song that isn't me at all. It took Johnny and Steve (the guys I wrote it with) probably about a month or two to convince me that should even be on the album, and probably took them another month to convince me that it should be a single. Originally, instead of 'my bedsheets', it was meant to be 'my t-shirt smells of you' or something like that, but I changed it to bedsheets so it could be androgynous." 

2. Eraser

"Eraser was a song that was very therapeutic to write. Whilst swimming, I had this idea that bit should be 'Eraser'. I don't know why but it just popped into my head and I was like 'ah that's a cool title for a song.'"

3. Galway Girl

"Galway is a city in Ireland where my cousin and uncle live and it's a really beautiful place — it's like cobbled streets. It's quintessential Ireland. There's already a Steve Earle song called Galway Girl and I was thinking of lots of different things: Limerick Girl or Dublin Girl, Belfast Girl and none of it really fit so I just went with Galway Girl."

4. Happier

"I've definitely got to a point in my life where I'm friends with all my ex-girlfriends now. We're all cool and it's very much like I'm really happy that you're happy and with someone that you love, and they are really happy that I'm happy and with someone. There's a grown-up element to it. Happier was like that coming out I guess — me writing a grown-up song."

5. How Would You Feel

"I really wanted it to sound like an old school Van Morrison song. I played a really sh*t guitar solo on it trying to be John Mayer and then was like, 'I have John Mayer's email, let me just email him, see if he'll play on it'. So, I sent it off to him, kind of forgot about it and then John Mayer sent it back with this f*cking amazing solo on it and I was like 'ooh, wow, this sounds like a song now!'"

Listen to Ed Sheeran's Divide on Spotify here.