Ed Sheeran released “The A Team” in 2011 on his + album which was inspired by his visit to a homeless shelter. The title is referencing a Class A drug, crack cocaine. and the struggles of a sex worker who is addicted to it. Sheeran explains through an interview with Absolute Radio, how he had a gig at a homeless shelter and interacted with a woman named “Angel” who had similar experiences that Sheeran tried to portray through this song.
“Cause we’re just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
And she don’t wanna go outside tonight
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland
Or sells love to another man
It’s too cold outside
For angels to fly
Angels to fly”
Listen to the full song here.
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