Ed wrote this song about his long term girlfriend who he broke up with because she decided to go to university (uni)....
I found your hairband on my bedroom floor
The only evidence that you've been here before
And I don't get waves of missing you anymore
They're more like tsunami tides in my eyes
Never getting dry so I get high smoke in the day then I sleep with the light on
Weeks pass in the blink of an eye
And I'm still drunk by the end of the night
I don't drink like everybody else
End up forgetting things about myself
I'm stubborn I'm forward head's just blocked
My head's still with you but my hearts just not

So am I close to you anymore if it's over
And there's no chance that we'll work it out
That's why you and I ended over U-N-I
And I said that's fine but you're the only one that knows I lied
You and I ended over U-N-I
And I said that's fine, but you're the only one that knows I lied

Everybody said that we'll be together forever but I know that
I never wanna settle down come around break up the love like Lego now
Never wanna turn into another like you
Sleep with my thoughts dance with my views
Everything's great but everything's short
But you live in your halls and I live in a tour bus
Now I'm in position to be another stalker
And every thing I say seems to always sound awkward
Like our last kiss it was perfect but we were nervous
On the surface
And I'm always saying everyday that it was worth it
Pain is only relevant if it still hurts
I forget like an elephant or we can use a sedative
And go back to the day we fell in love on first kiss

So am I close to you anymore if it's over
And there's no chance that we'll work it out
Oh you and I ended over U-N-I
And I said that's fine but you're the only one that knows I lied
You and I ended over U-N-I
And I said that's fine but you're the only one that knows I lied

Because if I was gonna go somewhere I'd be there by now
And maybe I can let myself down oh
And thinking I am unaware I keep my feet on the ground
Keep looking around to make sure I'm not he only one to feel low
Because if you want I'll take you in my arms
And keep you sheltered from all that I've done wrong
And I know you'll say that I'm the only one
But I know that god made another one of me
To love you better than I ever will

'Cause you and I ended over U-N-I
And I said that's fine but you're the only one that knows I lied
You and I ended over U-N-I
And I said that's fine but you're the only one that knows I lied


Lyrics submitted by sophielou512, edited by julesf23, sheerio21, charlizez, Bendubz

"U.N.I." as written by Ed Sheeran Jake Gosling

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  • +5
    General CommentSo I'm guessing this song's about how him and a girl that he really liked broke up because he went on tour to launch his music career and she went to university and they couldn't cope with a long distance relationship and he wants her to know that he still loves her but she needs to find someone else who's going to love her more and that they're going to still be friends.
    Bamberron October 26, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentOk, I've been looking through these comments and I have to disagree - I still think this is about a girl he broke up with because she's busy at university and he's busy with his career.
    I have friends in England that go to Oxford and whenever they tell me about school they always refer to it as "uni".
    Also, when he says "You live in your halls and I live in a tour bus" I think that's pretty obvious...
    kendanon April 11, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti know ed sheerans girlfriend and this song is about her.
    she went to uni (university) and he went on to hense the line 'but you live in your halls and i live in a tour bus' and they broke up
    it is a sad story because ed still like her but she has a new boyfriend.
    so thats what the song means!!!!
    edsheezaqton August 29, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAm I the only one who feels like "Sleep with my thoughts, dance with my views" could mean something?

    "dance with my views" Could mean that he is trying to seem happy with what's actually happening, what he sees, reality. "Sleep with my thoughts," to me seems like he knows he thinks about her still, and sleeping with your thoughts means you're dreaming. And he still dreams about having her back. Or at least how they used to be, and he really wants it back.

    And it is obvious to me now after reading that u.n.i is university.

    I know this song is old but I mean, it's still good. I listen to it a lot. I love this guy.<3
    bpalfonsoon October 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought "UNI" was, like, she left him to go to uni. Now even though I know that's not right, I'm not gonna be able to see it any other way...
    xIbaXon April 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentU.N.I = University
    lilmissvoid824on May 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAm I the only one who feels like "Sleep with my thoughts, dance with my views" could mean something?

    "dance with my views" Could mean that he is trying to seem happy with what's actually happening, what he sees, reality. "Sleep with my thoughts," to me seems like he knows he thinks about her still, and sleeping with your thoughts means you're dreaming. And he still dreams about having her back. Or at least how they used to be, and he really wants it back.

    And it is obvious to me now after reading that u.n.i is university.

    I know this song is old but I mean, it's still good. I listen to it a lot. I love this guy.<3
    bpalfonsoon October 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou know is strange but yeah U.N.I means university but if U.N.I means something like before they break up they were so close but now they are separate like U-N-I.Like she is in a place and he is in another place.That's what I think.
    sheerio22on April 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hate it when people just copy and paste the lyrics from an unreliable source, rather than transcribing it themselves from the sleeve notes. Aside from the many minor spelling errors here, the chorus should be 'You and I ended over U.N.I'.
    Frakuron November 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm probably stating the obvious here, but the way I see it, the point of the song is based around the wordplay "You and I" (two people), but when written as letters, it says U.N.I. which means ONE. Clever idea!
    LyricalArchitecton November 25, 2011   Link

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