Today, MTV premiered its fourth and final track from Ed Sheeran’s new album X “I’m A Mess” and it’s another lovelorn song. While lost love might be a common theme for the young singer, this time, he’s the one that messed up, and of course the Sheerios are loving it.
A lot of Ed’s songs take someone else to task for hurting him but this one seems more self-reflective and self-critical. “And oh, I’ve only caused you pain,” goes part of a verse, and the chorus includes the halting thought: “Easy baby, maybe I’m a liar.” Usually, Ed is putting women on blast for breaking his heart, but here, he opens up and admits his own mistakes, a feeling that his fans are easily connecting with.
Oh I'm a mess right now, inside and out @edsheeran
— ❤️Lydia❤️ (@ImagineLydia) June 20, 2014
But there’s a few odd lines, like “put your faith in my stomach” that have fans scratching their heads.
… did he just say "put your faith in my stomach" #nowplaying ed sheeran – i'm a mess
— ㅂㄴㅅ (@JAYBUMS) June 20, 2014
Mostly, everyone is just ready to commiserate with Sheeran—we’re all a gigantic mess sometimes.
I'M A MESS
Ed Sheeran has a song called "I'm a Mess" on his new album. I guess that's gonna be my new national anthem. @edsheeran
— marily jonas (@Marily2500) April 13, 2014
He also touches on going through the motions in a relationship, and even though it’s not working, Sheeran still hopes to make love last.
I'm A Mess by Ed Sheeran IS SO ON POINT LIKE OH MY FUCKING GOD I I IM SPEECHLESS WOW. I FUCKING LOVE HIM.
— Savvvs//Haze (@Savvv23) June 22, 2014
Some fans have found their new favorite in the song.
I'm A Mess is easily my favorite Ed Sheeran song
— wednesday addams (@YungBinz) June 22, 2014
I'M A MESS IS NOW MY FAVOURITE
I just listened to 1 minute of "I'm a Mess" and that has been the best minute of this month i guess @edsheeran
— GO GERMANY (@bizzle_nugget) June 22, 2014
“’I’m a Mess’ was definitely written at my lowest point,” Sheeran said in an interview, but the song isn’t all depressing thoughts.
There’s memories of walking home together and the final, rousing refrain proves that despite everything, he still believes in love. “And for how long, I love, my lover / I feel love,” he passionately sings over drums, handclaps and piano. It’s the perfect, cathartic end to a song about knowing you’re a mess, and believing in love anyway.
We’re all a mess sometimes, and now Ed Sheeran has given us the perfect song to commiserate to.