Ed Sheeran: Tenerife Sea Meaning
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Tenerife Sea Lyrics
I love your hair like that
The way it falls on the side of your neck
Down your shoulders and back
We are surrounded by all of these lies
And people who talk too much
You've got that kind of look in your...
anonymous Dec 15th, 2014 12:00am report
This song is about a couple "surrounded by [...] lies" (Line 5) but they are oblivious to it all. Ed describes a woman who draws his attention away from conflict because he is "so in love" (12). Figurative language and diction are used throuout the song to show that love can blind people of outside conflict. Imagery in the song describes the woman that the speaker is in love with. He describes her hair and "The way it falls on the side of [her] neck / Down [her] shoulders and back" (3-4). The image created here is simple.Her hair, not in any fancy style, is not something that would normally draw someone's attention.The fact that he has taken time to describe something so simple shows just how easily she can distract him from conflict. The image of the woman is further described with a metaphor that compares the "blue in [her] eyes" (16) to "the Tenerife Sea" (17). Tenerife is part of a chain of Spanish islands called the Canary Islands. Islands, as most people know, are a land form that is completely surrounded by water.By comparing her eyes to the ocean that surrounds an island, Ed is showing that instead of looking at the surrounding negativity, he looks at her eyes. He also says that the woman "looks so beautiful in this light" (14), which reinforces the idea that her simplicity distracts him from conflict. He then creates the image of "[her] silhouette over [him]" (15), which shows the woman in the light, and the man covered by her shadow. Light can be warm and comforting, but can also be blinding. Her being in the light shows that she is who he loves, and his love for her blinds him. Due to his amount of love for her, he is unable, or chooses not to see, outside conflict. This blinding light reappears in the song later when he calls the woman "Lumiere" (27), a french word for light. The french language is knkown for being elegant, but the word light itself is bright and bold. His love, both elegant and blinding is mirrored by the word "Lumiere". To describe the couple and their surroundings, Ed uses the words "surrounded" (5) and "too much" (6), but these words are juxtaposed with the words "fade out" (19) and "disappear" (20). At first, he recognizes the conflict around him, but when he sees the woman, it goes away. The diction shows, once again, the blinding effect of his love.
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anonymous Sep 24th, 2015 9:59pm report
This song is showing that Ed Sheeran loves this woman and that his love for her makes him feel that nothing else matters but her. However at the last few lines he describes her in a past tense and sais "In the moment I knew you were Beth." This shows that she might have changed, or sadly passed away, but he is obviously saying "Was" and "Were" as if something's changed.
anonymous Mar 20th, 2015 3:04pm report
Tenerife sea talks about a couple that are deeply in love with each other and blind to the talks of people. He describes into detail how he sees the woman he loves as the Tenerife sea. It's a beautiful love song . In a world where people could easily ruin a beautiful thing such as the love being shared by the couple but due to what they mean to each other everyone and everything else is just background
anonymous Sep 30th, 2014 9:50pm report
tenerife sea is about a boy who is madly in love and describes all the ways she is beautiful and this song is life
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