"Friends" as written by and Ed Sheeran....
We're not, no we're not friends, nor have we ever been.
We just try to keep those secrets in a lie,
And if they find out, will it all go wrong?
And Heaven knows, no one wants it to.

So I could take the back road
But your eyes will lead me straight back home.
And if you know me like I know you
You should love me, you should know.

Friends just sleep in another bed,
And friends don't treat me like you do.
Well I know that there's a limit to everything,
But my friends won't love me like you.
No, my friends won't love me like you.

We're not friends, we could be anything.
If we try to keep those secrets safe.
No one will find out if it all went wrong.
They'll never know what we've been through.

So I could take the back road,
But your eyes'll lead me straight back home.
And if you know me like I know you,
You should love me, you should know.

Friends just sleep in another bed,
And friends don't treat me like you do.
Well I know that there's a limit to everything,
But my friends won't love me like you.
No, my friends won't love me like you.

But then again, if we're not friends,
Someone else might love you too.
And then again, if we're not friends,
There'd be nothing I could do, and that's why

Friends should sleep in other beds.
And friends shouldn't kiss me like you do.
And I know that there's a limit to everything.
But my friends won't love me like you.
No, my friends won't love me like you do.
Oh, my friends will never love me like you.


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"Friends" as written by Ed Sheeran

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  • +2
    My Interpretationi think the song is about two people that are in love, but they aren't dating. it is obvious they like each other, but they are just friends, and that means that someone else could love them, and there is nothing the other person could do. It is saying that friends should not be as close, but no one will love one of them like there friend.
    APhantomToLeadon January 26, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionOk so some people think it's about Harry styles and Louis Tomlinson...i kinna think it's about him and Taylor swift....i don't want that to be true...because i don't really think she's right for him....but hey if he's happy then i am ;D
    Kellin Fuentes (SWS&PTV)on November 05, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think this song is about Ed's friends Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles. They both have feelings for each other and may even be together but they can't let anyone know that they're more that just friends because their management company won't let them. idk that's my take on it
    swigswooton February 05, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is a bit self-explanatory, but I'll give my take on it.

    To me, this song tells of a complicated, forbidden love story. There is a special love that binds the two together, the kind that needs no label. The narrator expresses their frustration and sadness over this branding. The two are labeled as, "friends" when their love is too powerful to name. However, in their twisted situation, if they were to show just how Strong their love for each other was, they would run the risk of everything falling apart. Even if they were able to, no one would ever really know the true extent.

    "So I could take the back road,
    But your eyes'll lead me straight back home.
    And if you know me like I know you,
    You should love me, you should know."

    I could try and pretend there is nothing more between us, but I'm always going to end up needing you, and if you really loved me to the extent that I love you, you would know this.

    What the two have goes beyond just, "friendship." The love that binds them is more than anyone could ever know, and the narrator is tired of the branding.
    I feel the last bridge and chorus is the narrator questioning their lack of labels. If they're not friends, then what are they? Would a label save what they have, rather than destroy it?

    What they have is stronger than any friendship or ordinary love.

    "I know that there's a limit to everything,
    But my friend's won't love me like you."

    The narrator knows there has to be a limit somewhere in what they have, but they know it does not stop at just, "friends."
    Sitting_in_a_sandpiton April 21, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLarry. That's all that needs to be said
    sokenaon November 06, 2015   Link

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