Ed Sheeran's "Divide": Song By Song

Ed Sheeran's "Divide": Song By Song

Love can change the world in a moment, but what do I know?

I don't want to write another sappy article about a heartwarming album, but I'm gonna tell you a bit about each song that I love and then some other info about each song. Not only is every song a unique and different style, but the meanings vary from religion, to relationships, and even family.


When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath
But you heard it, darling you look perfect tonight

This is the love song we all love; not only is it slow-dance ready, but it is has a beautiful message. It is a falling in love song, and a reminder how much you are loved by your special someone.

How Would You Feel (Paean)

How would you feel, if I told you I loved you?
It's just something that I want to do

How would you feel if I told you I love you because I want to. Sheeran talks about how he is falling in love more and more as time goes on and how he wants to feel the love in return. Not only does he want the love, but he sees loving her forever.


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

This passionate song, strains the voice of our beloved singer. He is singing about someone he has strong feelings for; he does not want to get hurt.

Galway Girl

I swear I'm going to put you in a song that I write
About a Galway girl and a perfect night

She played the fiddle in an Irish band
But she fell in love with an English man

He changes tempo with this upbeat song, and tells the story of an Irish fiddler, falling in love with an English man.

Nancy Mulligan

She was Nancy Mulligan
And I was William Sheeran
She took my name and then we were one

This follows in the upbeat tempo, with an Irish, fiddle tempo. Sheeran tells the story of his grandparents and their relationship. His grandfather, William was denied his proposal to Nancy, by her father. The two love birds went on the run, and lived happily ever after.


Cause baby you look happier, you do
My friends told me one day I'll feel it too
And until then I'll smile to hide the truth
But I know I was happier with you

Sheeran recounts his past love that got away. He talks about the heartbreak he experiences when he sees her walking through town with another man, but she looks happier.

Hearts Don't Break Around Here

That every night I'll kiss you you'll say in my ear
Oh we're in love aren't we?

In this song, they realize that they really are in love with one another. He loves her; not just the safety of having her by his side, but the way she conquers her own fears.

Shape of You

And last night you were in my room
And now my bedsheets smell like you
Every day discovering something brand new
I'm in love with your body

If you're listening to this for the first time, you may be thinking that this is another one of Sheeran's love songs, you're wrong. This hit, is actually about the sexual attraction one experiences, and falling in love with someone's body.

New Man

I don't wanna know about your new man, cause if it was meant to be
You wouldn't be calling me up trying to
Cause I'm positive that he don't wanna know about me

He is looking at the relationship of someone he used to love. He recognizes all of the things this other guy does that he doesn't including working out, and the way he dresses. Sheeran doesn't want to know about her new man because he won't want to know about her.

Save Myself

And all the ones that love me, they just left me on the shelf, no farewell
So before I save someone else, I've got to save myself

Sometimes you need to save yourself, before you save everyone else. You can't save them if you are drained and gone.

Castle on the Hill

I miss the way
You make me feel
And it's real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

Sheeran is reminiscing and thinking about his past and what life used to be like before he grew up. He even mentions his first kiss, and when his friends would drink together, to the future where everyone is older and grown up, and some are gone.


We're going, somewhere where the sun is shining bright
Just close your eyes, and let's pretend we're dancing in the street
In Barcelona

He is singing to someone to pretend that they are dancing in the streets and dancing throughout Barcelona. They fell in love in the moonlight in Barcelona.

What Do I Know?

Love can change the world in a moment,
but what do I know?

He speaks about what he has in life, such as the ability to stand on stage and perform for everyone. He received "love and understanding and positivity" from his family.


I was born inside a small town, I've lost that state of mind. Learned to sing inside the Lord's house, but stopped at the age of 9. I forget when I get awards now, The wave I had to ride, The paving stones I played upon, They kept me on the grind

Sheeran can rap? Apparently he can.

Supermarket Flowers

Spread your wings as you go
And when God takes you back
He'll say Hallelujah, you're home

The piano based melody, puts us through the emotions that one feels when they lose a parent or loved one. Sheeran is singing the song based on his grandmother, and the happiness he feels about the new angel that he has watching over him.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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