Ed Sheeran has been the mastermind behind some major hits recently like "Shape Of You," which is why people often like to dissect and break down the real meaning behind his songs. Since the release of his album Divide, the singer has done several interviews explaining the inspiration for his song lyrics and some fans even think they were inspired by his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.
Who is “Shape of You” about?
While the song starts saying that he met his love interest at a bar, he actually met Cherry in high school, so it is possible that part of the song is not about her. In the video though, Ed features an athletic, muscular girl who is far different than the usual girls in music videos, which could be in part due to the fact that Cherry is a hockey player in real life. In the second verse he also talks about going to an all-you-can-eat restaurant for their first date, which can symbolize their humble beginnings when they first met as kids.
What is “Shape of You about?”
Although the song talks about him loving the girl for her physical aspects, the singer is actually falling in love with her emotionally, after talking to her for hours and is why he says he can't find love in the club so he chose a quieter bar instead.
Though it has become a huge hit, the singer revealed to Glamour that it almost did not make it on the album: “'Shape Of You' was actually the only song that I was like 'this 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."
Who did Ed Sheeran write “Shape of You" for?
He revealed in an interview with Radio 1 Breakfast Show that the song was not even meant to be for him and instead he thought it was a better fit for Rihanna because of the tropical sounds.
"[“Shape of You”] is actually a really random one because I went in to write songs for other people with a guy called Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, and we were writing this song and I was like 'this would really work for Rihanna,' and then I started singing lyrics like 'putting Van The Man on the jukebox,' and I was like, 'Well, she’s not really going to sing that, is she?' And then we sort of decided halfway through that we were just going to make it for me," he said.
"This came really, really late. This was the last song that was finished, and I just didn’t put two and two together that it was even gonna be on the album at all. I just wrote it and I was like, 'Oh, that was fun,' and kept it from my label. And then one day I was like, 'Oh, do you reckon Rudimental would want to do something to this?' and they were like, 'Why haven’t you played us this before?'"
Yikes. It looks like from there, the rest was history. The song has been a major success so Ed must be so glad that he followed their advice.