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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


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I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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