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Who is Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers about?
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Ed Sheeran was pipped to the post by Stormzy for best male at the Brits last night.

He’s not too fussed, though, and actually said he was keen for grime star Stormzy to take the gong.

Fresh from the success of his 2017 album Divide, and after getting engaged at the end of last year to Cherry Seaborn, he’s clearly a very happy man.

However, his songs often belie a different side to the flame-haired artist, and people found one song on Divide particularly poignant.

Ed Sheeran has been touring the UK with his Divide Tour (Picture: WireImage)
(Picture: WireImage)

Supermarket Flowers tells a story of bereavement which many people felt they could relate to.

The lyrics speak of ‘a life that’s been lived’ and someone spreading their wings and being taken back by God.

Sheeran said in an interview with MTV that the song is supposed to ‘really make you cry’. That’s certainly the case for many, as it reached number 8 on the UK singles chart.

Supermarket Flowers

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
Took the get well soon cards and stuffed animals
Poured the old ginger beer down the sink
Dad always told me, “don’t you cry when you’re down”
But mum, there’s a tear every time that I blinkOh I’m in pieces, it’s tearing me up, but I know
A heart that’s broke is a heart that’s been lovedSo 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
And when God takes you back we’ll say Hallelujah
You’re homeI 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 faceI hope that I see the world as you did cause I know
A life with love is a life that’s been livedSo 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
And when God takes you back we’ll say Hallelujah
You’re homeHallelujah
You were an angel in the shape of my mum
You got to see the person that I have become
Spread your wing
And I know that when God took you back he said Hallelujah
You’re home

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Because he uses the word mum in the song, many people wondered if it was actually about her.

However, in an interview with Zane Lowe, Ed explained,

That’s the most special song on the record for me.

My grandmother was very ill during the time I was making the record and passed away at the end of me making the record, so we wrote this song as a tribute and just left it on.

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He says that he originally was unsure about whether to include Supermarket Flowers on the album, but at his grandmother’s funeral, his grandfather asked him if he would.

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Sheeran spoke about his grandma, saying:

She was one of the nicest women you’d ever meet and she was my mum’s mum.

It was written from my mum’s point of view; it was choosing loads of specific things and then just finishing it as a song.

Supermarket Flowers is the last song on Divide, which got to number one on the UK album chart.

Ed’s grandfather must be hugely proud that he decided to include memories of his grandma in that.

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