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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 11th, 2011 11:36am report

    Ed Sheeran explainsnthe meaning of this song on Gig At Your Gaff on YouTube. It's about when Ed went to help at a homeless centre with some of his mates. He was performing and he noticed signs that said "Angels Rules". He asked who Angel was and it was a young woman who used to break all the rules so they allow her to police the place so long as she doesn't break the rules. His mates to him her background story and he didn't believe them so he wrote a song about it.


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    May 24th, 5:32pm report

    A song written of a female prostitute addicted to crack cocaine. She must sleep with men to feed her sad addiction, and cannot stop. Inspired by real-life stories and people Sheeran encountered whilst visiting a homeless shelter.


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    Jan 18th, 2016 1:07pm report

    Ed Sheeran explains in an interview that when he sang at a homeless shelter a girl named angel (hence the 'It's too cold outside for angels to fly') approached him and explained her story.
    She is a homeless women who lives as a prostitute to earn money. The women also struggles with a drug addiction. The title (The A team) refers to crack being a class A drug and he uses this instead of blatantly saying she uses crack and hence disguises the addiction in his choice of wording. Some of the story is different to that of Angel's as Ed didn't wish to steal the story she openly told him.


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    Oct 26th, 2015 10:08am report

    i think that it's about a girl who can't take the life that she's been given any longer so she decides to do drugs so that she doesn't have to take the pain of the world any longer. Also i think that she's tired of people judging her way of life even though it's all she's ever known to do to survive.


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    Sep 20th, 2015 9:43pm report

    The girl is in poverty, but is intelligent and Ed hopes that an "angel" will come save her so that she can be her true self.


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    Jul 14th, 2015 7:10pm report

    Ed Sheeran has an amazing voice, and a poetic way of creating lyrics. He basically saying she a crack whore prostitute. I love this song, no matter the meaning of it.


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    May 5th, 2015 5:45pm report

    ed sheeran wrote this song after going with a friend to help out at a homeless shelter. he started singing and this homeless women called angel, started talking to him and telling him her story. everything in this song is about angel and her drug addiction and prostitution.


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    Feb 24th, 2015 2:41am report

    'with a pipe she flies to the motherland, and sells love to another man' is strongly suggesting that she gets high and sells sex to people, just to afford more drugs. 'breathing in snowflakes' also suggests snowflakes being cocaine. as the further the song plays, Ed reveals more and more clues leading to the conclusion that this girl, young woman, hates her life. Ed also initiates that this is someone he knows, and someone he has tried to help before.


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    Dec 17th, 2014 12:07pm report

    The song is about a young woman with a good heart who is homeless and a prostitute because of her drug addiction. My friend told me she thought it was about dead people, but it's not.


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    Nov 28th, 2014 11:52pm report

    This song is about a young girl who's homeless possibly, living out in the cold and is addicted to drugs, as said in the lyrics 'white lips pale face breathing in snowflakes'. The drugs are burning her lungs and killing her but she keeps taking them. She doesn't earn enough money and struggles to pay her rent. To earn enough money for her drugs she is a prostitute and sells her body to men. Being on the class a team means she's on drugs and she's been this way since 18 years old. Never been good enough for anyone and anything, she is alone. It talks about how the world is too evil and cruel for an angel like her to be happy and live her life. "An angel to die covered in white' everything got to much for her and she eventually killed herself with the drugs coarsing through her veins and covering her body in white.


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    Sep 25th, 2014 9:47pm report

    I thought it was about dead people but it's actually about drug addiction,


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    Jul 8th, 2014 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


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    Jun 17th, 2014 6:15pm report

    The A team because she does drug in the class A like cocaïne or crack


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    May 17th, 2014 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.


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    Apr 22nd, 2014 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.

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