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Ed Sheeran: The A Team Meaning

Song Released: 2011

The A Team Lyrics

White lips, pale face
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


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    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 :)


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    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.


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    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.


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    Jan 21st, 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! :)
    Thank You!


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    Jan 14th, 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


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    Mar 4th, 2013 3:11am report

    It's about a crack whore who freezes to death in the cold.

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    Feb 26th, 2013 2:02am report

    I think it is about prostitucion for money.And these money she spend on drougs.and in the end she die. :(

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    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.


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    Feb 17th, 2013 2:16pm report

    About a girl that Ed met called Angel. Basically just listen to little lady by Ed Sheeran and Mikill Payne and it explains it all lmao

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    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

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    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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    Jan 30th, 2013 1:58pm report

    I think "The A Team" is a real life story about a girl who could have done something with her life and she just didn't have the will. this song is not just about a stupid prostitute it is saying how she tried to do something about it but she was to late. it goes to say that you shouldn't and you don't have to throw your life away if your depressed and no I'm not saying you should go kill yourself you are perfect and you could be the next big scientist and discover the cure to the most deadly disease and save millions of life but instead you took yours. trust me you are amazing.


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    Jan 24th, 2013 1:39pm report

    Obviously, as others before me have stated, it's about a drug addict, willing to give anything for her drugs. But I think this story has a deeper meaning. I think "it's too cold outside for angels to fly" means, one, I think "the end" of life, of a bad experience, ends in warmth, not coldness. And the angel part is about angels carrying someone to heaven after death, or just helping you after a bad experience. In the end when he says "it's too cold outside for angels to die" I think that shows, it isn't the end if it's still "raining", and that if something doesn't turn out with a good ending, it didn't end yet. So basically in a shell, I think it just is saying how to never give up, and everything gets better:)


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    Jan 22nd, 2013 1:21pm report

    I know exactly what this is about considering I was a Meth addict. White lips pale face breathing In snow flakes? Come on people. Don't post on here if you really don't know what it means. SHE'S SMOKING METH YOU DUMBFUCKS. And I''m sure that that's the meaning, knowing from experience.

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    Dec 31st, 2012 12:44pm report

    This song is about a woman who has had an uphill battle against her addiction to cocaine. She sells sex to fund her addiction, despite the depravity making her crave more coke. She runs into a man, (the one whose perspective the song is from) who has heard her story. He offers a place to stay but she refuses, claiming all he wants is money. The woman ends up committing suicide, her note saying in shaky, scrawled letters, "It's too cold outside.. Always so cold...."

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