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Warning: Ed Sheeran’s Next ‘X’ Single Will Probably Make You Cry

Here are the 9 times Ed's new song broke our hearts all over again.

Listen up, Sheerios: we have good news and bad news about Ed Sheeran. The good news is, Ed has announced his new single! Yay! The bad news is, it’s a song so hauntingly beautiful that it’ll probably break your heart all over again every time you hear it on the radio and see its music video.

The British crooner announced “Photograph” will be the fifth single from his Grammy-nominated album x, which dropped last June. Along with tweeting his excitement, Ed also teased the track’s music video, which he assures us is a “special one.”

The acoustic ballad chronicling a long-distance relationship is basically like all of the watershed moments from a Nicholas Sparks novel packed into a four-and-a-half minute track. Co-written by Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, the song also has a ton of compelling and detailed imagery, like Ed remembering a stolen kiss “under the lamppost, back on 6th street.”

Ed’s latest string of music videos have been pretty epic, from the impeccably-choreographed “Don’t” and “Thinking Out Loud,” to the muppet-filled “Sing” and the Ray Liotta-starring “Bloodsteam.” We’re guessing “Photograph” will be a similarly stunning clip that incorporates lots of physical photographs “inside the pockets of ripped jeans.” Who knows, maybe Ed will even take a page out of his BFF Taylor Swift’s book by packing it with Polaroids.

While we wait for the vid to drop, revisit “Photograph” here and let Ed serenade you to sleep.

YEP, there are a boatload of emotions happening in this song and they’re breaking our hearts all over again. To recap:

  1. There’s instant heartache right out the gate as Ed kicks off with a helluva tearjerker lyric: “Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes/But it’s the only thing that I know.”
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  2. Then we’re frozen in a state of empathetic understanding and agreement as Ed tell us love is hard but it makes us feel alive. He GETS it.
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  3. The goosebumps on our skin make their first appearance when the chilling “oohs” and piano come in on the bridge.
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  4. Ed assures us we “won’t ever be alone” at the end of the chorus, making us feel like we’re wrapped up in a soft, warm hug.
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  5. The drums kick in on the second verse and now we’re really groovin’ here.
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  6. Our hearts quiver ever so slightly when his falsetto reaches peak height on the lyric “just hold me.” Now we want to hold Ed.
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  7. The strings gorgeously accompany Ed’s repeated pleas to “wait for [him] to come home” and we join him by internally begging the girl in the song to JUST WAIT, DAMMIT.
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  8. We’re feeling all mighty and defiant as the chorus builds and builds, like we’re screaming on an effin’ mountaintop.
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  9. Then WHAM — we’re slammed back into emotional vulnerability as the tempo screeches to a halt and Ed softly recalls his stolen kiss. Le sigh.
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