Ed Sheeran: The A Team Meaning
Song Released: 2011
The A Team Lyrics
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
anonymous 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 :)
anonymous 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.
anonymous Jul 23rd, 2011 7:00am report
The songs about a girl named angel who is addicted to drugs, although she cant help her addiction, she needs to sleep with random men to pay for her addiction, she has been doing this for years, "been this way since 18"she hates doing this and is fed up emotionally and physically, "she dont wanna go outside tonight" she hates her life but when she smokes she feels in heaven, "in a pipe she flies to the motherlands"
anonymous Feb 19th, 2017 2:45am report
This song is about a woman who is a drug addict. She basically will do anything to get more drugs, including picking up random strangers. In the video it makes clear that she is homeless,most likely because she spent all her money of drugs. In the music video, near the end, she hitches a ride with a random guy, and they end up hooking up (probably happens a lot to her). It shows multiple scenes, like taking off her leggings, them touching each other in 'dirty' ways, etc. But at the end she gets this drug, which she consumes and it kills her. It is a great video that matches the song, which makes it that much easier to interpret the song's meaning.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Dec 7th, 2014 12:03pm report
anonymous 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.
anonymous Sep 25th, 2014 9:47pm report
I thought it was about dead people but it's actually about drug addiction,
anonymous 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
anonymous Jun 17th, 2014 6:15pm report
The A team because she does drug in the class A like cocaïne or crack
anonymous 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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