What does Shirtsleeves mean?

Ed Sheeran: Shirtsleeves Meaning

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Shirtsleeves Lyrics

I can taste salt water
And if I blink again
You'll be sinking in
So we'll learn to swim in the oceans you made
I hold you and you think of him
And pretty soon you'll be floating away
And I'll hold on to the words you spoke of
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  1. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2021 !⃝

    I'll hold ya and you'll think of him
    And pretty soon you'll be floating away

    His girlfriend has cheated on him and now she's crying while admitting to him what she's done.

    When salted tears won't dry
    I'll wipe my shirtsleeves

    He still loves her and cares for her and will dry her tears for her.

    I still taste salt water
    On my lips from your kiss, bitterness
    And I'll drown within the oceans you made
    And I hate to love you, these cuffs are covered in your make up
    I'll never trust you again

    You can just be a friend
    Your eyes, your lips, your mouth
    Your thighs, your back, you drive me wild
    Tonight, the fact is I...
    I'm on my way home

    They probably had make up sex and he realizes that even though he does love her, he'll never trust her again so they can't be together.

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 5th 2017 !⃝

    This song is just talking about how his girlfriend broke up with him for another guy and im pretty sure that they got back together but he couldnt be with her because he thought about how she choose the other guy over him and he couldnt bear to have her do that to him again.


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