"Be Like You" as written by and Ed Sheeran....
Unhappy days
That left us on the floor
And you breathe me
Till you're not feeling sure
Everything will brighten up
If we go to Brighton
I'll take you along the Pier
Everything will lighten up
If you feel too frightened
I'll make it disappear, dear

Darling, don't be nervous
I'll understand
If you'll let me go
I did this on purpose
Now, when I'm missing you
I'll stop eating food
And I'll squeeze into a dress
So I can be like you
And then I'll see your bitterness
And why you're leaving too
Maybe, I'll put you to a test
And say that I love you
I think that I love you

Sunny days
That left my skin dark red
You squeeze me
Till these thoughts leave my head
If it gets too complicated
I'll give up and be frustrated
Can you see what's wrong?
If you feel like you've been hated
This love's too overrated
See what's going on, on

Darling, don't be nervous
I'll understand
If you'll let me go
I did this on purpose
Now, when I'm missing you
I'll stop eating food
And I'll squeeze into a dress
So I can be like you
And then I'll see your bitterness
And why you're leaving too
Maybe, I'll put you to a test
And say that I love you
I think that I love you

Take me back to live at home
Take me back to Albert Road

Now I'm missing you
I've stopped eating food
And I've squeezed into your dress
So I can feel like you
But then I saw your bitterness
And why you left me too
I thought I'd put you to a test
And say that I love you
I think that I love you

And I stopped eating food
And I squeezed into your dress
So I could feel like you
But then I saw your bitterness
And why you left me too
Maybe I'll put you to a test
And say that I love you
Now it seems you loved me too


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"Be Like You" as written by Ed Sheeran

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    My InterpretationAfter seeing that no one has added a meaning, I decided to just add in my input. If you disagree with my interpretation of this song, no need to be rude about it :/ I'm just here share my thoughts and feelings with other people who love music...

    "Happy days, that left us on the floor" Once I listened to the entire song, I feel that this could be about a girl with disorder. Mainly depression even when nothing has gone wrong. Throughout my interpretation you'll more understand why I say this...

    "And you breathe, til you're not feeling sure"

    Again, you'll more understand why I say this later on. The girl probably is slowly falling in love with him, but after her past she starts to feel unsure about being with him...

    "Everything will brighten up, if we go to Brighton I'll take you along the pier. Everything will lighten up, if you feel too frightened I'll make it disappear"

    She could be self - conscious about herself, and whenever she's in public with him she becomes even more scared of what people might say about her. And of course being the lovely person Ed is he's willing to take her away from her fear and make her feel safe :)

    "Darling, don’t be nervous I’ll understand if you’ll let me go, I did this on purpose"

    At times she's afraid of falling for him and just opening up & letting him into her life. And he is purposely doing all these things to let her know he really cares...

    "Now, when I’m missing you I’ll stop eating food and I’ll squeeze into a dress.
    So I can be like you, and then I'll see your bitterness"

    As I said, she could have a disorder: eating; depression; and ( I realized after The A Team and this song, Ed really knows how to make a musically upbeat version of a sad situation) and he'll do all these things so he can see exactly what she's going through in her mind...

    "And why you’re leaving too. Maybe, I’ll put you to a test and say that I love you,
    I think that I love you"

    He'll see why she's leaving. Not only because of what I noted before, but also for her maybe not feeling 'good enough' or deserving of him. And he'll 'put her to the test' by saying 'I love you' and how he feels to let her know the truth... I <3 Ed

    "Sunny days, that left my skin dark red" At this point I feel he's talking in her point of view; still feeling uncertain of herself she probably resorted to cutting :(

    "You squeeze me, til these thoughts leave my head" Him having her safe in his arms makes me think that the thoughts of hers harming herself disappear cause she feels cared about :)

    "If it gets too complicated I’ll give up and be frustrated, can you see what’s wrong?" This song is entirely made of mixed emotions: she could be feeling misunderstood by him and have thoughts about going back her old ways...

    "If you feel like you’ve been hated, this love’s too overrated, see what’s going on"

    It's mostly self explanatory; she feels hated by people, that being in love with him isn't going to last and isn't worth the fight: 'see what's going on' meaning see the truth. She isn't hated and their love is really worth it in his eyes... Aw!

    "Take me back to live at home, take me back to Albert Road"

    Being such a sweetheart he'll take her back to places where she had happier memories :)
    DeafChordson March 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI thik this is about a girl who just left him and he puts himself in her shoes and shows her that he loves her and in the end they stay together
    RARAMAINASHEon October 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this song can be translated a thousand different ways, but here's my opinion:

    "Happy days
    That left us on the floor
    And you breathe me
    Till you’re not feeling sure
    Everything will brighten up
    If we go to Brighton
    I’ll take you along the Pier
    Everything will lighten up
    If you feel too frightened
    I’ll make it disappear, dear"

    Maybe they weren't exactly dating- just liked each other. Maybe the girl was unsure about the fame...He was saying he'll try to make it better for her.

    "Darling, don’t be nervous
    I’ll understand
    If you’ll let me go
    I did this on purpose
    Now, when I’m missing you
    I’ll stop eating food
    And I’ll squeeze into a dress
    So I can be like you
    And then I’ll see your bitterness
    And why you’re leaving too
    Maybe, I’ll put you to a test
    And say that I love you
    I think that I love you"

    Since supposedly they weren't dating, he was saying its okay if you decide you don't like me, but I want you to stay. The girl might have dealt with depression or self harm, or tried starving herself, so Ed was saying he'd try and feel like she did, and see from her viewpoint, but would say "I love you" to see if she'd stay.

    "Sunny days
    That left my skin dark red
    You squeeze me
    Till these thoughts leave my head
    If it gets too complicated
    I’ll give up and be frustrated
    Can you see what’s wrong?
    If you feel like you’ve been hated
    This love’s too overrated
    See what’s going on, on"

    I think this might also be about the fame, and when he says "If it gets too complicated I’ll give up and be frustrated Can you see what’s wrong? If you feel like you’ve been hated This love’s too overrated" He might be saying that too much attention is brought to them even when their not dating...."this love's too overrated"

    Toward the end lets suppose she left him, so he went into her shoes and saw why she didn't like the fame, or was scared by it.
    adarajoyon January 14, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI see the song as being from the perspective of someone who has just been dumped by their lover. The song explains the relationship and hints at its being toxic and not healthy with his lover's anxiety which is reflected in both her worry over what people think of her and their relationship and her possible eating disorder (hinted at with the lyrics "I'll stop eating food and I'll squeeze into a dress so I can be like you"). The other person (Ed's perspective) also hints at having his own issues when he says that "he'll give up and be frustrated" where Ed is admitting to having his own problems and that the relationship had problems with both of them. The song goes on with Ed confessing that he believes he is in-love with his then girlfriend and it appears that Ed is trying to understand why the relationship ended as he is putting himself in his lover's shoes to "be like you". By the end of the song Ed comes to the conclusion of how toxic the relationship is and he understands that his lover left him because she loved him and so she loved him enough to walk
    away before she hurt him.

    Obviously this is just my interpretation and I may be entirely wrong but this is just what I associate the song with meaning.
    zararose18on January 19, 2017   Link

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