The A Team' came from an experience I had when I did a gig at a homeless shelter," says Sheeran of the song. "I was 18 at the time and kind of quite naive. So,...
White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste

Lights gone, days end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men

And they say
She's in the class A team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries

And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
'Cause we're just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
And she don't want to go outside, tonight
And in a pipe she flies to the motherland
Or sells love to another man
It's too cold outside
For angels to fly, for angels to fly

Ripped gloves, raincoat
Tried to swim and stay afloat
Dry house, wet clothes

Loose change, bank notes
Weary-eyed, dry throat
Call girl, no phone

And they say
She's in the class A team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries

And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
'Cause we're just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
But she don't want to go outside, tonight
And in a pipe she flies to the motherland
Or sells love to another man
Its too cold outside
For angels to fly
An angel will die
Covered in white
Closed eye
And hoping for a better life
This time, we'll fade out tonight
Straight down the line

And they say
She's in the class A team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries

They scream
The worst things in life come free to us
And we're under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
And we don't want to go outside, tonight
And in the pipe fly to the motherland
Or sell love to another man
It's too cold outside
For angels to fly, angels to fly
To fly, fly
For angels to fly, to fly, to fly
Angels to die


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"A Team" as written by Ed Sheeran

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    My InterpretationI am absolutely in love with this song. It is so beautiful, even though it's very sad. I think she needs help and is struggling to get better. She has a beautiful soul. It's her drug addiction that masks it. But, as turboKing said, "There's ALWAYS hope." She's gonna make it. It is not her time yet. "It's too cold for angels to fly...for angels to die". When I think of going to Heaven, I think of a warm, peaceful feeling...not a cold, uncomfortable feeling.

    I definitely believe the song is about drug addiction...in this case, crack/cocaine or crystal meth. The snowy white theme throughout the song speaks to this. She can't afford to support her habit and turns to prostitution. People who use these drugs literally "crumble" by change in appearance for the worse. If you've ever seen a before/after picture of someone who was using these drugs...even for a short period of time....there is a drastic difference. They look pale with sunk in cheeks and bags under their eyes, among other facial deformities. They also metaphorically crumble emotionally.

    I was stumped for a long time about the line "The worst things in life come free to us". But, then I realized it means we didn't ask for this awful addiction, or any other problem, for that matter. "Cause we're just under the upper hand" means recovery is just out of reach. "And going mad for a couple grams" is that intense craving for the drug. I am a recovered drug addict. I've been clean for 6 1/2 years now. I was addicted to opiates. It almost ruined my life. And it drastically affected the quality of my life for a long time. It's still affecting the quality of my life, but in a much different way....a positive way. I feel Blessed that my life was saved by the Grace of God. He wasn't ready for me yet.
    lilysmomon September 09, 2012   Link

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