Song of the Day #2,660: ‘Photograph’ – Ed Sheeran

ed_sheeran_singIf you were expecting a modern take on the 1983 Def Leppard classic, you’ll be disappointed. No, #17 on this week’s charts is an Ed Sheeran original with the same title.

This one’s good, too.

Sheeran wrote the delicate track during his long-distance relationship with his now-ex girlfriend. But the lyrics are applicable to any unwanted separation. In the YouTube comments, several people dedicate the track to friends or family members who have recently died.

The official music video is especially touching. It chronicles Sheeran’s life from infancy through superstardom — a 4-minute Boyhood with a more Hollywood ending.

[Verse 1]
Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it’s the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It’s the only thing that makes us feel alive

[Pre-Chorus]
We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Our hearts were never broken
And time’s forever frozen, still

[Chorus 1]
So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me close until our eyes meet
You won’t ever be alone, wait for me to come home

[Verse 2]
Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul
And it’s the only thing that I know
I swear it will get easier, remember that with every piece of ya
And it’s the only thing to take with us when we die

[Pre-Chorus]
We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Our hearts were never broken
And time’s forever frozen, still

[Chorus 2]
So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me close until our eyes meet
You won’t ever be alone
And if you hurt me, that’s okay baby
Only words bleed inside these pages
You just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home

[Bridge]
Oh you can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul
And if you hurt me, that’s okay baby
Only words bleed inside these pages
You just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go

[Outro]
When I’m away, I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost back on Sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone
Wait for me to come home

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,660: ‘Photograph’ – Ed Sheeran

  1. Dana says:

    I want going to play the video, as I am so familiar with the song, but I was intrigued by your description. Very cool. The man is a talent.

  2. Maddie says:

    Love it. Can’t wait for Ed to keep making more music 🙂

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