Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran




The Experience: I'm in love with the shape of you... I'm in love with your body... Beauty is real. Body is real. You can fall in love with it. But if you don't ever love the person behind the face, are you even in love...


Music video: Ed Sheeran finds his true love at the gym, but once they get to know each other she sends him on a quest to earn her love in a huge fight. He accepts the challenge and throws himself into training. To no avail. It's a fight he can't win - a huge sumo wrestler who takes him down over and over. He can't earn his girl's love. But she doesn't need him to win. She just wants him to give her everything he's got. When he has nothing left to give is when she finally goes all in.

The Meaning of Shape Of You: The song fixates on body and sex - I’m in love with your body / last night you were in my room. Body and sex are part of love, but not when that means excluding a deeper relationship - say boy let's not talk too much / grab my waist and put that body on me. Because only loving the shape of you, and not you yourself - that's not love at all. Not yet.

Ask yourself: Do I know more than the shape of the person I love? What do I love about them that's deeper? That's more "them" than their body?

Album: "÷" (2017)

LYRICS:

The club isn’t the best place to find a lover
So the bar is where I go 
Me and my friends at the table doing shots drinking fast and then we talk slow
you come over and start up a conversation with just me and trust me I’ll give it a chance now
Take my hand stop, put van the man on the jukebox and then we start to dance
And now I’m singing like

Girl you know I want your love
Your love was handmade for somebody like me
Come on now follow my lead
I may be crazy don’t mind me 
Say boy let’s not talk too much 
Grab on my waist and put that body on me
Come on now follow my lead
Come come on now follow my lead

I’m in love with the shape of you
We push and pull like a magnet do
Although my heart is falling too
I’m in love with your body
Last night you were in my room 
And now my bed sheets smell like you 
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with your body

Oh I (x4)
I’m in love with your body
Oh I (x4)
I’m in love with your body
Oh I (x4)
I’m in love with your body
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with the shape of you 

One week in we let the story begin
We’re going out on our first date
You and me are thrifty
So go all you can eat 
Fill up your bag and I fill up a plate
We talk for hours and hours about the sweet and the sour
And how your family’s doing ok
leave and get in a taxi, then kiss in the backseat
Tell the driver make the radio play
and I'm singing like

Girl you know I want your love
Your love was handmade for somebody like me
Come on now follow my lead 
I may be crazy, don’t mind me
Say boy let’s not talk too much 
Grab on my waist and put that body on me
Come on now follow my lead
Come come on now follow my lead

I’m in love with the shape of you
We push and pull like a magnet do
Although my heart is falling too
I’m in love with your body
Last night you were in my room 
And now my bed sheets smell like you 
Every day discovering something brand new

Well I’m in love with your body
Oh I (x4) 
I’m in love with your body
Oh I (x4)
I’m in love with your body
Oh I (x4)
I’m in love with your body
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with the shape of you 

Come on be my baby come on (x8)

I’m in love with the shape of you
We push and pull like a magnet do
Although my heart is falling too
I’m in love with your body
Last night you were in my room 
And now my bed sheets smell like you 
Every day discovering something brand new

Well I’m in love with your body
Come on be my baby come on (x6)
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with the shape of you


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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