Week #23: Supermarket Flowers

Hello and welcome to Week #23 of song suggestions. This week song is “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran off of his latest album ÷, pronounced Divide. This was the first song I heard off of his album aside from his singles Castle on the Hill and Shape of You. I believe this is one of the most beautiful songs Ed has written and recorded in his studio. The song is about Ed’s grandmother who had passed away during the making of ÷. According to Ed, the song  is written in the perspective of Ed’s mother. The first line of the song references the title and goes, “I took the supermarket flowers from the windowsill, I threw the day old tea from the cup. Packed up the photo album Matthew had made, memories of a life that’s been loved.” In these few lyrics, Ed comments on how common everyday items can outlast anyone’s lifetime, including his grandmother’s.  In the second verse of the song, Ed sings, “I fluffed the pillows, made the beds, stacked the chairs up. Folded your nightgowns neatly in a case. John says he’d drive then put his hand on my cheek and wiped a tear from the side of my face.” Ed continues his sorrow nature through these lyrics. He paints a picture of his mother cleaning up what is assumed to be Ed’s grandmother’s house. She is doing this because Ed’s grandmother will have no use for it anymore while she is in Heaven. John, Ed’s father, offers to drive Ed’s mother to the funeral as she is still in tears. Revisiting the Heaven statement, Ed talks about religion in the chorus of the song. The chorus contains some of the most delicate lyrics in the whole of the song. It goes, “So I’ll sing Hallelujah. You were an angel in the shape of my mum. When I fell down you’d be there holding me up, spread your wings as you go. When God takes you back he’ll say, ‘Hallelujah, you’re home.'” Ed is calling his grandmother an angel as he believes she was a very kind and graceful woman, one that was rid of impurities and sin. She had helped his family when they needed it as can be seen in the lyrics. He goes to say that even God is thankful for her being and welcomes her to Heaven where she belongs. And that is what concludes this weeks song, I hope you enjoy this masterpiece“Supermarket Flowers.” (Don’t cry like I almost did on the first listen)

 

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