"Photograph" as written by Ed Sheeran and Johnny Mcdaid....
Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it's the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It is the only thing that makes us feel alive

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone, wait for me to come home

Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul
And it's the only thing that I know, know
I swear it will get easier,
Remember that with every piece of you
Hm, and it's the only thing we take with us when we die

Hm, we keep this love in this photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts were never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone

And if you hurt me
That's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home

You can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul

And if you hurt me
Well, that's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go

When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost back on Sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone,
"Wait for me to come home."


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"Photograph" as written by Johnny Mcdaid Ed Sheeran

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  • +6
    General Comment"You can fit me
    Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
    Next to your heartbeat where I should be
    Keep it deep within your soul"

    This just kills me, the way he sings that, gosh.
    Its all about not being able to get over someone, though he knows that the chance of this love turning real are very little.
    I feel like giving him a pat on the back, saying i know what he is feeling.
    rafael1000on December 28, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that this song basically seems like, not a break-up song but a going away song. If you know what i mean. looking at it from his point of view, he is a busy man going on tour. So i would say that its like, i'm going away but i want you to always remember the times we had when i was there. He just doesn't want the girl to forget him, and he is pleading for her to keeping waiting until he gets back. and the photograph is something for the girl to remember him of, and how they shared moments and how happy they where.

    :)
    punkwillsaveuson December 28, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWe all had good moments (and even developed a crush) for someone. But then, some bad things happen which makes us go apart, separate or even go in bad terms with that someone. But then, there are times that we still cherish all the good memories (and even the bad ones) he/she had with that someone, as "we keep this love in a photograph".
    We then hope that we may still keep in touch with that someone, even though that someone is already far away from our hearts. HoodiePenon March 02, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song really speaks to my current situation. My boyfriend and I of nearly 2 years just split up 2 weeks ago. We had a wild ride while we were together but things got messy and while he tells me that he has to move on, I think he's leaving because he's scared. I know that's why he's leaving. We both did things in the relationship to hurt each other but one thing that remains the same is my unconditional love for him. This song is sort of my way of trying to move on and not be stuck in the pull of his love anymore.

    I want him to remember all of the good times and the reasons that we were together in the first place while he tries to get himself together. I will always keep him close to my heart and I know I will always love him. We see each other often and the fire is still there. We need to heel and we need to get better. Love can do that no matter what the situation.

    This song is stunning. I wish time was frozen to when things were simpler and we didn't let things get out of control. I have so many amazing memories with him that are making me hold on, so many plans and promises that I made to him that are making me stick around.
    stevenrmcon July 05, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is a prequel to "Small Bump". Told from the perspective of the unborn child (photograph - ultrasound), and through the narrator's time with the parent of their baby.
    Wallflower2588on March 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning1) "Loving can hurt / Loving can hurt sometimes / But it's the only thing that I know / When it gets hard / You know it can get hard sometimes / It is the only thing that makes us feel alive"

    Love isn't limited to romance. So while these seem like straightforward I-love-you-even-though-it-hurts lines, they could apply to people outside a traditional romantic relationship. Take, for example, a mother and her son. Who, in a mother and son relationship, hasn't had "hard" times? Who would also agree that, in this relationship, love is "the only thing"? Oh, sure, there can be the occasional feud and not all relationships are ideal, but for most people love is prevalent. On a separate note, the final line here reminds me of a Victor Hugo quote: "To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

    2) "We keep this love in a photograph / We made these memories for ourselves / Where our eyes are never closing / Hearts are never broken / Times forever frozen still"

    This is what initially brought about my soldier interpretation. I've often heard stories of people holding on to a photograph of their loved one oversees or at home, and I connected that with this song. What Sheeran's saying here is basically that "this love"--be it romantic or familial--is kept in "a photograph" with all the memories they made. In the photograph, their "eyes are never closing, hearts are never broken, [and] time's forever frozen still." In the love the song centers around, things are different now than they were in the photograph. Now, they're both hurt and "time's forever frozen still" (which is a repetitive line but a beautiful one). "Broken hearts" doesn't necessarily mean the relationship ended, though. Quite a few people seem to interpret it that way, but I disagree. "Broken hearts" can also be caused by long-term separation between a couple or a family.

    3) "So you can keep me / Inside the pocket / Of your ripped jeans / Holdin' me closer / 'Til our eyes meet / You won't ever be alone / Wait for me to come home"

    The "me" of the first line here refers to the photograph, which temporarily serves as a representation of him. He encourages her, saying she should "[hold] me closer 'til our eyes meet." He must be staring directly at the photographer for her eyes to meet his in a photograph. And the fact that their eyes can meet (when his eyes are really just a piece of paper) is unusual. It further confirms that the photograph is like a stand-in until the real thing returns. I also think it show's that they still connect. They're eyes meet; they're equals; they miss each other. Why else would she be staring at his photograph? To reiterate, this could also be his mother staring at a photo of him (I've yet to meet a mother who wears "ripped jeans," but I'm sure they exist). Whoever it is, despite the distance between them, he claims she "won't ever be alone." His photograph will keep her company until he can "come home." As a singer now, I'm sure he's on tour often, so his mother or sweetheart would be "alone" but for the photograph of him. Definitely not a break up.

    4) "Loving can heal / Loving can mend your soul / And it's the only thing that I know (know) / I swear it will get easier / Remember that with every piece of ya / And it's the only thing we take with us when we die"

    Just as "loving can hurt," it can also "heal." While their separation may hurt, their love can leap those bounds and still "mend your soul." I think the "it" he refers to in the third line here is the obstruction in their relationship, which I believe is physical distance. He begs her to "remember" that "it will get easier." The "it" of the final line goes back to the first line: "[Love is] the only thing we take with us when we die." Which prompts the thought; what if the obstruction is death? What if this song is about loving someone who's already gone? What if "coming home" means joining them in the afterlife? It doesn't fit perfectly with the photograph motif, but I always like to consider other interpretations.
    5) "And if you hurt me / That's okay, baby, only words bleed / Inside these pages you just hold me / And I won't ever let you go"

    This section is a little confusing. As far as I can understand, he means that she can hurt him--the photograph representing him, perhaps. But "that's okay" because "only words bleed;" only words can hurt him. This is an imperfect interpretation because he doesn't say "only words make him bleed," but this is how I've come to understand it. He also says that "inside these pages" she should "just hold [him]." I think "these pages" could refer to the photograph (perhaps it shows them hugging, so he "won't ever let you go" or the many "words" and memories they share or even the "pages" of their dreams. In my initial interpretation, I heard "only words bleed" to mean that, even though he was going into dangerous territory, the only thing that could really hurt him was her words. In any case, I think he's trying to reassure her.

    6) "Oh you can fit me / Inside the necklace you got when you were 16 / Next to your / heartbeat / Where I should be / Keep it deep within your soul"

    Admittedly, this section sounds much more like romantic love than familial love. But how else would you explain the music video? This section's pretty simple, but it's my favorite part of the song. He says she can "fit [him]"--his photograph, that is--inside a locket from when she was a teenager. Again, this reminds me of a soldier's words to his beloved, since some of my friends and family were in serious relationships at a young age and had to deal with long distance as a result of war. The necklace lies near her heart, where Sheeran believes he "should be." In other words, he thinks his photograph should be near to her heart because it represents him, and he should be near to her heart, as well. He wants her to keep the memories of him "deep within [her] soul," where he will never be lost and forever be treasured.
    7) "When I'm away / I will remember how you kissed me / Under the lamppost / Back on 6th street / Hearing you whisper through the phone, / 'Wait for me to come home.'"

    I really hope he's not talking about his mom here. Though maybe he means a light kiss on the head farewell or something like that. In any case, while she has a photograph to remember him by these lines make it clear he'll keep her in his memories, as well. The last two lines puzzle me. How could they be on the phone if she kissed him? Unless there are two "you"s or two different situations here. And why would she say "wait for me to come home?" He's the one who left. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this, too.



    My conclusion? This would be an adorable song to play at the wedding of someone who's about to leave for the military. Or to send to your mother when you've been away for a while.

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    misstori123on August 06, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn 2043 eleven atomic bombs went off on the same day, destructing the human race. Retype this as a comment for at least three other songs to prevent this from happening
    soundofchange8on August 19, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'And if you hurt me, well that's okay baby, only words bleed' is one of the best lines I've heard in a song in a long long time. Ed's a hell of a writer.

    That line seals this song for me. It's pretty clear to me that Ed's reflecting back on a relationship that is no more. They have their memories and photographs to document the love they shared - and even though she hurt him he wouldn't trade the blood that her words bring for anything because the love he felt during the relationship - and documented in the photograph - made the pain worth it. Their love is now part of his soul.

    Brilliant!!!!!!!!!
    cwson September 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's about a long distance relationship he had with his ex-girlfriend Nina Nesbitt.
    seeingon October 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionWhen I heard this song on YouTube, I figured it out,this was about his personal life time and relationships between his parents.
    KJ stormson October 21, 2015   Link
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