By Emilie Cruz
Clearly Ed Sheeran, the ginger genius behind songs like “One,” “Give Me Love,” “Little Things,” and “Tenerife Sea” knows how romance goes. His songs expertly capture the hope, euphoria, vulnerability, and painful letting-go of love in a way that’s universal but also in a way that reveals that he’s just better at articulating the emotional spin cycle of love than you are. (His endless legions of Sheerios seem to have noticed.)
If he weren’t a wildly successful singer-songwriter, he could have a second career writing Valentines and other romantic greeting cards, if that weren’t a way less glamorous job (can’t knock the hustle, though).
Fortunately, based on the success of his No. 1 hit, “Sing,” from his upcoming X album, which is bound for the top of the U.S. charts, Ed Sheeran probably won’t go into the greeting card business any time soon.
There’s a lot to be learned from Ed Sheeran’s lessons in love. 11 things, specifically, all of which we’ve captured below. So check out the most romantic things Ed Sheeran’s ever said, in case you’re looking for a touching way to say “I love you” and can’t find the right words to say something as profound as “all I want is the taste that your lips allow.”
1.) “So I’ll take you to the beach/ And walk along the sand/ And I’ll make you a heart pendant/ With a pebble held in my hand/ And I’ll carve it like a necklace/ So the heart falls where your chest is/ And now a piece of me is a piece of the beach/ And it falls just where it needs to be/ And rests peacefully/ So you just need to breathe/ To feel my heart against yours now.” — “Wake Me Up”
2.) “When your legs don’t work like they used to before/ And I can’t sweep you off of your feet/ Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love/ Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?” — “Thinking Out Loud”
3.) “I saw a shooting star and thought of you/ I sang a lullaby/ By the waterside and knew/ If you were here, I’d sing to you.” — “All of the Stars”
4.) “And should this be the last thing I see/ I want you to know it’s enough for me/ Cause all that you are is all that I’ll ever need.” — “Tenerife Sea”
5.) “Take my hand and my/ Heart and soul, I will/ Only have these eyes for you.” — “One”
6.) “All I want is the taste that your lips allow.” — “Give Me Love”
7.) “And your heart’s against my chest, your lips pressed to my neck/ I’m falling for your eyes, but they don’t know me yet/ And with a feeling I’ll forget, I’m in love now.” — “Kiss Me”
8.) “My chest is a pillow for your weary head to lay to rest again/ Your body is my ballpoint pen/ And your mind is my new best friend/ Your eyes are the mirror to take me to the edge again.” — “Grade 8”
9.) “My uncle always said, ‘Hurry slowly.’ I guess [it means] have the intensity of love but don’t rush into it. Have the full feeling but take it slow. Ease into it.” — Elle interview
10.) “And it’s dark in a cold December/ But I’ve got you to keep me warm/ If you’re broken I will mend you/ And I’ll keep you sheltered from the storm that’s raging on now.” — “Lego House”
11.) “There’s rarely a guy that doesn’t have a belly or bad legs. If women can accept that for us, why can’t we accept that for them? I once dated a girl who didn’t like the dimples at the bottom of her spine — I talk about it in the song — and that was my favorite part of her! You have to remind them sometimes that being an individual is one of the most beautiful things about them.” — 2012 interview