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Song Released: 2017


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[Verse 1]
I gave all my oxygen to people that could breathe
I gave away my money and now we don’t even speak
I drove miles and miles, but would you do the same for me?
Oh, honestly?
Offered off my shoulder just for you to cry upon
Gave you...

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    anonymous
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    Mar 14th, 3:34am report


    The song is a perfect match for a person growing up in a dysfunctional family,or living with an addicted person. The person next to them develops a sever codependancy. Insane control issues, crazy needs to help. Doing things for a person never giving the help back. There is bo understanding that the help is wasted and not returned. This codependancy is extremely easy transferable to other people and situations. Hence trying to help people not needing help (give oxygen to people who can breath), all they way to helping anyone with anything: Helping a stranger.
    The codependancy destroys the person. The value. It's love for oneself.
    Need to help myself before helping others is the key issue among relatives to alcoholics. And finally realize I can't live anyone else if I don't live myself.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2:51pm report


    This song sounds like a cry for help for depressed people. I think that he's saying he will treat people better than he treats himself. Ed Sheeran is known for having a big heart, and my interpretation (and this is a stetch) is that he self harmed/attemted suicide to stop the pain. When he's saying that "I've got to save myself" Ed's meaning that he can't help people thtough their struggles until he knows how to solve his own.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 28th, 11:07pm report


    Its about Ed and anyone else who does this.

    He's a good guy with a giant heart. He hates to see others hurting. Sometimes that causes him to give too much of himself so he has nothing left and he gets "burned out" in a sense. Now he needs to step back from "rescuing a stranger just because they needed saving" or step back from helping everyone ever to feel pain so he can focus on himself and his own healing. "Before I save someone else (before I save another person) let me save myself (I have to worry about myself and make sure I'm okay).

    He said in an interview, "every woman needs to hear this song because I think a lot of people, but a lot of times especially women, tend to get into the habit of giving too much of themselves"



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    snu
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    Nov 28th, 11:36am report


    I think its about suicide and giving up on life.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 18th, 2017 11:19pm report


    My thoughts on 'between the devil and the danger' are that the devil is someone who has hurt the singer before and will again. The danger is what he's protecting that person from.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 31st, 2017 8:50pm report


    "Between the devil and the danger" means kind of like the saying between a rock and a hard place. No matter what choice he makes; continuing to help the people who hurt him or leaving them and ignoring their requests and problems, he will still be hurt. If he keeps giving in and and being taken advantage of it will keep hurting him in the same way but if he stops and ignores the people it will make him feel kind of useless. It's just who he is, hes kind so he feels like he has to help so if he doesn't he would feel bad against himself. Either choice he makes he would be hurt: "devil and the danger"



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    anonymous
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    Aug 17th, 2017 8:48pm report


    Can anyone tell me what they think about the part of the song where he says "I'm here again, between the devil and the danger"
    I really need to know what it means



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    anonymous
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    Jun 24th, 2017 6:52am report


    OK - Q.. has anyone ever thought that maybe Ed singing the song as Jesus - modern Jesus, not historic/biblical. looking at the world and lamenting the state of the world that he died to save? re-read with this perspective and it can fit

    NOTE: he sang supermarket flowers as his mother and galway girl is pure fiction so he has 'form' for being other people in his songs)

    (PS: I am NOT in anyway religious - just an interpretation)



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    anonymous
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    Jun 16th, 2017 6:13am report


    why does it have to be about him yes he was one fo the writers but he is singing about life and what good hearted people do...it is about me too and i did not write nor sing it...



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    anonymous
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    Apr 11th, 2017 4:47pm report


    He wants to love people, but sometimes if you don't get any feedback, you'll get tired of doing the right thing. So, "Before I save someone else, I got to save myself." Love is the whole point of life, but sometimes, time will defeat us and we'll get tired.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 30th, 2017 3:07am report


    I think this song is about how Ed dealing with other people in his life. Like, many people took advantage of him because of his popularity or that he feels that his kindness has not been paid with the same amount of kindness by others

    As evidenced here:
    "I gave all my oxygen to people that could breathe
    I gave away my money and now we don't even speak
    They gave me the heartache and in return I gave a song"

    Somehow he realized that he has been used, he knows all about this so he chose to resort to drink and pills, but he just can't change the way thing is because it's his nature so he made a little confession in this song

    "My dad was wrong
    'Cause I'm not like my mum
    'Cause she'd just smile and I'm complaining in a song"

    but i still can't quite get the meaning of 'save myself' itself, maybe he made some sort of promise to himself that he will try to accept himself, treat, and love himself better more from now on.. idk, but one thing which is clear that he has made a resolution regarding this problem and he is about to change



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    anonymous
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    Mar 29th, 2017 3:45pm report


    I think that this about a breakup, someone he has loved and been compassionate and given his heart to. When it is over, he reflects on how this is too common while sitting at home or in a bar with a drink.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 29th, 2017 3:45pm report


    I think that this about a breakup, someone he has loved and been compassionate and given his heart to. When it is over, he reflects on how this is too common while sitting at home or in a bar with a drink.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 27th, 2017 3:25am report


    That the song talks about being used and worn down by looking out for everyone else around you but not takin time to look after yourself. Suggestion that it wears you down so much if might affect your mental health




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