I think this song is about Ed Sheeran telling a girl to go to sleep as easily as Autumn Leaves falling....
Another day another life
Passes by just like mine
It's not complicated

Another mind
Another soul
Another body to grow old
It's not complicated

Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?
Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And you're miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

Another tear
Another cry
Another place for us to die
It's not complicated

Another love that's gone to waste
Another light lost from your face
It's complicated

Is it that it's over or do birds still sing for you?
Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And you're miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

Ooh how I miss you
My symphony played the song that carried you out
Ooh how I miss you
And I, I miss you and I wish you'd stay

Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?
Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And you're miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

Touch down
Like a seven four seven
Or stay out and we'll live forever now


Lyrics submitted by sophielou512, edited by NiamHoyne

"Autumn Leaves" as written by Ed Sheeran Jake Gosling

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    My OpinionI believe that this song is about the inevitability of life and death; we live, we die.
    It describes the idea that life is short and that we should just be happy, it brings attention to the fact that when we feel bad or depressed, that there are other people out there feeling the same; we aren't the only ones:

    (Another day another life
    Passes by just like mine
    It's not complicated

    Another mind
    Another soul
    Another body to grow old
    It's not complicated

    Another tear
    Another cry
    Another place for us to die
    It's not complicated)

    That being said, I also feel that this song describes the feeling we have when a loved one isn't around (due to being away, death, break up, etc). It is described in such a way that is perceived as common to everyone (the recurring use of 'another', telling the listeners that despite the loneliness they feel, they are not alone and they are not the only ones.

    This telling of common emotions can also apply to other feelings such as depression. The lyrics talk about life passing us by and wasting time on love that never works out, which are quite depressing. Also the lines about birds still singing and stars shining, can be seen to be describing nostalgia; when we are young, it seems like everything is set in place for us, that everything will go well for us and we can't wait to grow up, but when we get older the realities of life kick in and we become overwhelmed with the work, financial and social stresses of life, and we begin to wish we were a kid again.

    I believe that the chorus talks about things being simple and predictable again, like the simplicity and predictability of leaves falling in the Autumn. "Your miles away and yesterday, you were here with me" talks again about nostalgia, about how quickly time flies 'it seems just like yesterday'.

    I don't know how much sense this made, and I am sorry if it doesn't make any at all! These are just thoughts I have had about this beautiful song.
    courtmysteron October 11, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI believe that this song is about a loved ones death. He says, "My symphony played the song that carried you out." I assume that he means when they carried her casket out.
    nialler94on January 19, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think the verses are about accepting the world as it is "Another tear, another cry, another place for us to die it's not complicated." People will keep crying, people will keep shedding tears, there will keep being places to die, it's not particularly complicated, and you just have to accept it, because that's how the world is.

    Then, in the chorus, it's a bit more said. "Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?" I believe this is like "Do you believe in God?" and is supposed to ask if this person thinks there's someone out there protecting him/her, if there's someone out there to make the desicions and make them give sense, in the end. "Float down like autumn leaves." I think this means "come back." Come back, let your sould float back to Earth. "Close your eyes before the sleep." Close your eyes when you die, don't let me see the light leave your eyes. "You're miles away." I believe this means that he/she is in Heaven. "Yesterday you were here with me." That doesn't need any interpretation, it states quite plainly what it means. Maybe no yesterday, but not long ago, either.

    Then there's the second verse. The first three lines are the same as the first verse, but the next part is different. "Another love that's gone to waste, another light gone from your face, it's complicated." This is more like, "now you are dead, I have lost the one I love, you're even weaker, I can't reach you anymore, I don't know what to do," as if he's trying to get a response.

    "Is it that it's over or do birds still sing for you?" I think this means, "Now that you now, do you still believe in God?" And is pretty much the same as "Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?" except, in the second chorus, it's more asking for confirmation than asking for an opinion on the subject.

    "My symphony played the song that carried you out." I believe this means that he was singing to him/her. Perhaps singing a lullaby, trying to make the person fall asleep so that death would be gentler, and then the last thing the person hears is the sound of the voice, singing him/her to sleep.
    KSNGon January 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Memorymy cousin sang this at my grandmas funeral i think its about losing a loved one
    DarcyStyles941on October 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFirst of all, I absolutely love the song. It's very calm and relaxing, and I think the lyrics speak of a healthy attitude towards life and death in general.

    "Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?"
    "Is it that it's over or do birds still sing for you?"

    I think these two lines are about afterlife, or at least a possibility of afterlife. It's a common theme that people who have passed away are shining down upon us from the sky. The line from the second chorus is a different take on this but it essentially carries the same meaning: is there or isn't there life after death?

    "Float down
    Like autumn leaves
    Hush now
    Close your eyes before the sleep
    And you're miles away
    And yesterday you were here with me"

    So the chorus to me is just about accepting death. Yes, we will all die eventually, it happens to everybody so we might as well get ready for it and use the time we have. And the last two lines are really eerie, I know I'm reading into it too much but we all have relatives who passed away and it's just so inexplicable that once they were alive, with us and now they're gone, nowhere to be found. It really do seems like yesterday.

    Anyway, there are probably other things that could make sense based on the lyrics and everyone's free to interpret it however they want but this is pretty much what it means to me.
    ThomasDBon January 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about suicide. Both from the perspective of a loved one left behind and and a person contemplating suicide
    amaezing9on September 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about life and death in the long run.
    "Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?"
    i think this line along with "Is it that it's over or do birds still sing for you?" mean that its kind of asking someone like "just because your gone physically, does it mean you dont still feel their presence" like if a loved one dies, you feel them everywhere, like the stars and birds for example. The broad meaning of the song is obvious once you listen to the lyrics, life and death, and each lyric can be interpreted in many different ways. thats what i love about ed's music. he can write lyrics with multiple meanings that can appeal in a different way to each person.
    sydney1045on November 12, 2014   Link

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