"Bloodstream" as written by John Mcdaid, Kesi Dryden, Piers Sean Aggett, Amir Izadkhah, Edward Christopher Sheeran and Gary Lightbody....
I’ve been spinning out for time
Couple women by my side
I got sinnin' on my mind
Sipping on red wine
I’ve been sitting here for ages
Ripping out pages
How'd I get so faded
How'd I get so faded
Oh no no don’t leave me lonely now
If you loved me how'd you never learn
Ooh color crimson in my eyes
One or two could free my mind

This is how it ends
I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream
Fading out again
I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream
So tell me when it kicks in
Well tell when it kicks in

I've been looking for a lover
Thought I'd find her in a bottle
God make me another one
I’ll be feeling this tomorrow
Lord forgive me for the things I’ve done
I was never meant to hurt no one
And I saw scars upon her broken hearted dove
Oh no no don’t leave me lonely now
If you loved me how'd you never learn
Ooh, colored crimson in my eyes
One or two could free my mind
This is how it ends
I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream

Fading out again
I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream
So tell me when it kicks in

Well tell me when it kicks in
Well tell me when it kicks in

All the voices in my mind
Calling out across the line
All the voices in my mind
Calling out across the line
All the voices in my mind
Calling out across the line
All the voices in my mind
Calling out across the line
All the voices in my mind
Calling out across the line
All the voices in my mind
Calling out across the line

Tell me when it kicks in
And I saw scars upon her
Tell me when it kicks in
Broken hearted
Tell me when it kicks in
And I saw scars upon her
Tell me when it kicks in
Broken hearted
Tell me when it kicks in
And I saw scars upon her
Tell me when it kicks in
Broken heart
Tell me when it kicks in
And I saw scars upon her
Tell me when it kicks in
Broken heart
So tell me when it kicks in
And I saw scars upon her
Tell me when it kicks in
Broken heart
Tell me when it kicks in
And I saw scars upon her
Tell me when it kicks in
Broken hearted


Lyrics submitted by liniwa, edited by edwinna, MissBron, MusicChica, jakewilson32

"Bloodstream" as written by Amir Izadkhah Ed Sheeran

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  • +6
    General CommentI mean it's about drugs/alcohol, but I think it's more than that. Kind of just how he tried to fight loneliness through substance.

    Note that these lyrics are wrong - should be "I was looking for a lover, thought I'd find her in a bottle"
    brianna115on July 31, 2014   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI have two interpretations
    1, its about drugs and alcohol going into his bloodstream
    or
    2, it could be a break up song, "tell me when it kicks in" tell me when you miss me
    because ed shear has had lots of woman before and been miss treated.
    to back this up further "And I saw scars upon her" and "broken hearted"."No no don’t leave me lonely now, If you love me how,You never loved me" Again this suggests the song is about love.
    This shows that this song is more than drugs and alcohol.
    jakewilson32on April 07, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentObviously about taking drugs of some kind, no interpretation really needed ("I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream"). Such a good song, in my opinion one of his best.
    goldentrio15on July 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentobviously its about drugs and other substances but by the lyric "I’ve been sitting here for ages ripping out pages how'd I get so faded" i think is about someone being known and loved and falling into being forgotten and 'faded' from everyone's memory and dealing by using drugs, women and alcohol.
    carleyisabellaon March 31, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just sort of realized the significance of the "tell me when it kicks in" hook. It implies the drug hasn't kicked in yet. You ask someone "when will this kick in?" when you're still waiting, impatiently, for it to kick in. But we already know the drugs have kicked in because he says "I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream" and so I think, when you take the song as a whole (which is about more more than just drugs - loneliness, regret etc) you realize that he's saying the drugs may have kicked in literally , but they're not working in a deeper level. The aforementioned line is followed directly by "So tell me when it kicks in" so, the drugs may be in his bloodstream, but they're not fixing the loneliness or the scars of past relationships etc - the stuff drugs can't really fix on a long term scale.
    rainbow777on March 19, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about a man who has faded from everyones memory/ he has no one left that cares about him so he is trying to commit suicide through drugs and or alcohol (hence the lyrics; I feel the chemicals burn Iin my bloodstream/ tell me when it kicks in.
    OmegaAlpha0106on May 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of the lyrics are wrong here. Here's what I believe they are (and some outside sources confirm). Some really basic mistakes above. Words in capitals were omitted above but should be included, e.g. ripping out THE pages.

    Not "If you love me how You never loved me" but "if you loved me how'd you never learn"

    Not "wanted to could free my mind" but "one or two could free my mind"

    Not "I was looking for a love" but "a lover"
    Not "Thought I’d find it really boring" but "thought I'd find her in a bottle"

    Not "I saw scars upon her broken hearted dove" but "I saw scars upon a broken hearted lover"
    rainbow777on March 19, 2017   Link

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