Afire Love & Supermarket Flowers

In Ed Sheeran’s album titled +, he wrote about his grandfather’s death in the song “Afire Love”. Interestingly enough, he wrote about his maternal grandmother in his next album, Divide. The song is titled, “Supermarket Flowers”.

The lyrics of Afire Love are somber and sad:

Things were all good yesterday

And then the devil took your memory

And if you fell to your death today

I hope that heaven is your resting place

And my father told me “Son 

It’s not his fault he doesn’t know your face

And you’re not the only one”

Although my grandma used to say that he used to sing

Supermarket Flowers too, is hauntingly sorrow and made me tear up a few times:

I took the supermarket flowers from the windowsill

I threw the day old tea from the cup

Packed up the photo album Matthew had made

Memories of a life that’s been loved

Took the get well soon cards and stuffed animals

Poured the old ginger beer down the sink

Dad always told me, “Don’t you cry when you’re down”

But mum, there’s a tear every time that I blink 

The lyrics are vivid, descriptive of the day his grandparents passed away. It’s almost as if you can imagine seeing i unfold through his eyes. Ed Sheeran’s song writing skills truly are top notched and he manages to weave words together with his emotions, creating a wonderful fabric of song.


junior studying economics + psychology. occasional writer, ambivert, and can be found in coffee shops

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