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Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (Lyrics Review & Song Meaning)

The second song released by Ed Sheeran for 2017 is titled “Shape Of You” and it’s one to dance along to. “Castle On The Hill” was more of a nostalgic throwback to life when Ed was young and “Shape Of You” takes a completely different spin. This is another track from Ed Sheeran’s upcoming 2017 album, possibly titled ‘Divide.’

“Shape Of You” very subtly speaks about a random hookup, but Ed Sheeran veils the raunchy meaning in some sugarcoated lyrics. This track is more in line with his previous lyrical works such as “A Team” where the meaning was quite not on the surface.

“Shape of You” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards. The song also peaked at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on charts in a dozen other countries including the UK, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Canada, Australia, and more. The song has also crossed over 10 million units sold in the USA and over 5 million units sold in the UK, making it one of the most successful commercial tracks of Ed Sheeran.

This song is produced by Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac.

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Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Shape Of You”

The song is basically about how the singer meets this girl at a bar and hooks up and falls in love with her and her body quite specifically. As dirty as it may sound, Ed’s lyrical skills come in handy to veil this song in a coat where even a kid can dance to the beat.

Verse 1

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 faster and then we talk slow
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

Ed Sheeran thinks the clubs are no place to find a lover-that is true. You can’t exactly find a ‘lover’ in a club-maybe a hook-up, yes. And Ed clearly doesn’t want a hook-up. So he goes to a bar where things are more calm and collected.

The singer sits with his friends enjoying a drink and some chatter. And he wants a girl to walk up to the table and talk to him specifically and maybe he will give this a chance.

Van The Man is an Irish singer from the 70s. They play a track from this artist on the jukebox and start to dance. A perfect way to start up a relationship. This would not have happened in a club-you would just grind on each other and maybe hook up and wake up in the morning and separate shamefully.


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

Ed Sheeran professes his love for this girl. They may have met a short time ago, but they have hit it off. He thinks she was made for him–just the right amount of beauty and crazy and body perfection. The girl is really into him too. This is evident by the conversation they are having, where she asks the boy to not talk so much and get into the action.

Chorus of “Shape Of You” iterates the carnal pleasures…

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
And last night you were in my room
And now my bedsheets smell like you
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with your body
I’m in love with your body
I’m in love with your body
I’m in love with your body
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with the shape of you

Simply put, this verse describes them having sex and it’s not vanilla every day either. They discover more and more about them every day. Ed says that they just connect or attract like magnets do-so it must be quite easy on the relationship.

The singer is falling in love with her-everything about her. I presume she is witty and sexy because the singer is so falling in love with her body or the shape of her.

Verse 2 is where they take the relationship to the next level…

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 is doing okay
Leave and get in a taxi, then kiss in the backseat
Tell the driver make the radio play
And I’m singing like

One week into that fortunate meetup at the bar and they are going on their first proper date. They are not rich and they are all okay with that. So they decide to go to all-you-can-eats so they literally can eat all they want for a little amount of money. And they don’t just eat and leave-they fill up their bags to take food home too.

They talk for hours and hours without getting bored of what each has to say. They talk about the good (sweet) and the bad (sour). That’s quite rare these days. They take a taxi back home and make out in the backseat like a normal couple would do. They get the driver to play the radio too. Sounds like a pretty decent first date.

“Shape Of You” comes to an end after the pre-chorus and the chorus repeats a couple more times. This song is certainly different from its twin-born “Castle On The Hill” with regards to the theme of the songs. But if Ed Sheeran expected to produce a dance track he has succeeded. Also, this song might add some flare to the tracklist considering there will be more Ballad-type songs in his upcoming album ‘Divide.’

We love this new music by Ed Sheeran and 2017 couldn’t have started off on a better note.

Let us know what you think about the new track “Shape Of You” and comment your favorite line/s from the song below. If you have different annotations of the song, do comment your ideas below and we will make it a conversation.


2 thoughts on “Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (Lyrics Review & Song Meaning)

  1. Ed Sheeran, the recent sensation of 2017, has started a fire storm for pop culture. “The Shape of You” hit song has many interpretations. In the lyrics, he mentions “someone like you”, taking on an illusion, Sheeran then states “boy, let’s not talk to much, grab my waist, and put that body on me” can only have one meaning. Not the girl. Brilliant lyrics and a heart felt truth make this song more than popular but inspirational as well. Bravo.

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