Warning: Ed Sheeran’s latest track off X will make you cry, like hysterically, ugly cry.
The British singer, who’s releasing a track a day off the album — also known as Multiply — until its release on June 23, dropped the song “Afire Love” on Monday (June 16).
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 16, 2014
The emotional midtempo piano tune is a dedication to Ed’s grandfather, who battled with Alzheimer’s for 20 years before his death last year. Sheeran reportedly finished writing the track at his grandfather’s funeral.
The personal song takes listeners on a heartwrenching journey as Ed recounts the moment his grandfather succumbed to the disease and no longer recognized his grandson.
“My father told me, son/ It’s not his fault he doesn’t know your face/ And you’re not the only one,” he sings.
Ed also writes about what seemed to have been a powerful love between his grandparents, sharing loving words that his grandfather said to his grandma: “Put your open lips on mine and slowly let them shut/ For they’re designed to be together/ With your body next to mine, our hearts will beat as one/ And we’re set alight, we’re afire in love.”
The song concludes with what seems to be Ed and his family at the funeral as a gospel-choir sound echoes over the singer singing “hallelujah.”
This isn’t the first time Ed has paid tribute to his late grandfather. At the Grammy Awards back in February, he paired his Gucci suit with his Grandad’s tie. The necktie featured a pair of boxing gloves and the British Boxing Board of Control’s logo, of which Ed’s grandfather was a member.
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