Ed Sheeran: The A Team Meaning
Song Released: 2011
The A Team Lyrics
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste
Light's gone, day's end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men
And they say
She's in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since 18
anonymous Dec 11th, 2011 12:13am report
The song is about drug additction..."white lips, pale face, breathing in snow flakes" shes homeless in the cold because of her addiction. "Burnt lungs sour taste" describes the feel when she smokes the drugs. "Shes in the class A Team" means shes at the top when it comes to drugs..."stuck in her day dream" shes stuck in a daydream that drugs rule her. "But lately her face seems slowly sinking, wasting crumbling like pastries" describes her appearance as unhealthy and 'crumbling'/decreasing. "The worst things in life come free to us" means you don't always go out looking for trouble, sometimes trouble finds us, hence it being "free" and it can really mess with us. The rest of the chorus talks about how we're just under the upper hand (rich) so we all go mad for a couple of drugs because in some way she wants to be like them. Then she flies to the motherland with her pipe of drugs and sells her love to other men to feed her addiction. She hopes for a better life...she doesn't want to go outside tonight becaue she really does want to stay inside securly with someone to love, but she is very lonely. In the video clip you can see how her addiction takes over her because she cries when she sleeps with the men...It's a very sad song and shows the truth in plain black and white of how your life can turn out when you get into these kind of things. Hope that helped :)
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2011 11:32pm report
This is an amazing song about a young women who is a drug addict and has to sell her body to get money for her next fix,she hates doing this and her life,you can tell shes really a nice girl at heart but she has problems and nobody to help her...this song breaks my heart because its so close to reality for lots of young women out there today.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2011 11:57pm report
I think this song is about a girl who is addicted to drugs. Example: 'Class A team', referring to class a drugs. She is also a prostitute - 'late nights, strange men' and 'sells love to another man'. Then 'slowly sinking wasting', her face is getting thinner with the drugs and she's getting weaker throughout the song. Then at the end 'angels to die', she dies.
anonymous Jul 8th, 7:51pm report
I like this song because I can relate to it. I am a recovering addict and when I watch this video it brings tears to my eyes. I know exactly ehat this song means because ive been there. Fortunately i didnt die. She was a beautiful girl with an addiction and would go as far as prostitution to get drugs. It killed her inside to have to do it thats why she crys in the bed in the video. In my opinion she was smoking heroin but who knows. I got to see ed sherran live the other night in Philadelphia and i cried when the song came on. Very touching and real. I hope addicts today are inspired by this video to change their lives around before its too late. Live sincerly. Amanda morelock
anonymous Jun 17th, 6:15pm report
The A team because she does drug in the class A like cocaïne or crack
anonymous May 17th, 5:49pm report
It is a song about a woman who is addicted to drugs and has to be a prostitute to pay for her addiction.
anonymous Apr 22nd, 4:23am report
This song is about a prostitute who is addicted to drugs. She spent all her money, so she's homeless. Instead of using the money she gets from prostitution to pay for a home, she uses it to buy more drugs.
anonymous Jan 21st, 2014 1:35pm report
This song is about a women who is a drug addict. She has to have sex so she can pay for her drugs. She uses all of her money on drugs so she is homeless. "Class A Team" is referring to drugs. She eventually commits suicide.
Hopefully this helped you guys! :)
*This is my thought and my opinion. I hope you take that into consideration! :)
anonymous Jan 14th, 2014 1:51pm report
I believe that this song is about a young girl who sells herself away to men to be able to buy drugs, she hates the way her life is and it is a struggle to get anywhere in life but she still tries
anonymous Sep 26th, 2013 9:51am report
The song A team is about a troubled woman living on the streets since she was eighteen. The composer talks about her life in a perspective that no one else sees.
“Breathing in snowflakes” refers to the woman being homeless, perhaps in winter. “Burnt lungs, sour taste” talks about how the drugs/cigarette smoke burn her lungs and leave a sour taste.
“She’s in the class A team” is a way of saying she is a Heroine user. Heroine is a class A drug, users often say that they are in the Class A. “her face seems, Slowly sinking, wasting Crumbling like pastries” describes to us how she looks, creating an image in our minds.
“And they scream, The worst things in life come free to us” this line refers to the violence she receives. “we're just under the upper hand, And go mad for a couple grams” talks about how she’d go mad for a couple of grams of drugs. “in a pipe she flies to the motherland” the word pipe may symbolize the straw used in drugs or a train.
“Ripped gloves, raincoat, Tried to swim and stay afloat, Dry house, wet clothes, Loose change, bank notes, Weary-eyed, dry throat, Call girl, no phone” these lines talk about the woman’s poverty.
I selected this song because it has a deeper meaning than people think. Ed Sheeran talks about the woman living on the street in his own perspective. He talks about her life and what she goes through every day. Themes this song falls under are homelessness, life, secrets, women and drugs.
anonymous Mar 18th, 2013 3:22pm report
The A Team in short, is about a girl who uses drugs. Being in the Class A Team means being on drugs and apparently she's been that way since she was 18 years old but it is starting to get worse. Unfortunately, she has resorted to having 'love' with other men to make money to pay for her drug habit. I believe that when the lyrics say "It's too cold outside for angels to fly," refers to how there is too much evil/cold in the world for a good person like her (an angel) to fly/get out of her bad situation. So predictably, she dies as there's only so long you can be on such a bad habit before, well, meeting the end of your time. I hope this helped.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2013 3:22pm report
If you look up the song Little Lady feat. Mikill Pane, it describes the real reason.~~
This song is about a 18 year old girl, who is addicted to heroine. ("Shes in the class A Team" is a type of drug under the main classification of heroine.) She needs to have sex with random men to feed her addiction. ("Sells love to another man" and that line is kinda self explanatory.) She doesn't have a home, because all her money goes to drugs and the little food her body allows her to eat. ("white lips, pale face. Breathing in the snowflakes. It's too cold for angels to fly" Meaning she is out in the snow, and she close to verge of death.)She is trying, but not succeeding, in getting a new life. ("Ripped gloves, rain coat, try to swim and stay afloat." Means she is trying, but failing to become sober.) The young girl is a good person, but life it hard and bad. ("The worst things in life come free to us." She is a nice person, but probably leaving home or a death to her parents hurt her too much. ~my own interpolation there~ and she turned to drugs to numb the pain.)
I know that the song "Little Lady" describes a friend of hers whom she met on the street and gives more description in their lives.
anonymous Feb 18th, 2013 2:23am report
A good, sad song about a girl named Angel who is ddicted to heroin. In the song she does anything she has to to fuel her addiction "long nights, strange men". At the end of the song she dies because of her excessive use of the drug.
anonymous Feb 17th, 2013 2:53am report
ok we all agree its about a drug addicted prostitute but i think she caught hiv...in other words.. lately her health is fading hence the "worse" things in life come free. sex amd drugs cost but not illness
anonymous Feb 1st, 2013 2:30am report
The song is about a prostitute with a drug addiction -cocaine. In the UK cocaine(or snowflakes) is a class A drug- the best / most addictive / most illegal you could get. 'Flies to the motherland, & sells lo e to another man' she gets high on cocaine then sells herself to a man for money for more drugs.
He wrote this song after volunteering at a homeless shelter with some of his mates. He learned this girls story, then turned it into an amazingly brilliant song.<3
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