The A Team

Hello everyone  : )

This post is going to be a little different then my past posts. I’m going to try a realistic view on Earth and one of the problems that need to be fixed. I think that blog posts should have uplifting thoughts and morals, but since life isn’t perfect, there should be some to explain problems in the world that are difficult to control. “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran really dictates what I’m talking about. Please enjoy the song and keep an open and clear mind.

I hope this song gave you a small glimpse of hope and a realization of change that’s need to make a more loving community. Since this post is going to be a little different, I’m going to try a different format of my posts. I think this new format of my posts will improve my writing. Well, here goes.

Some people feel that this song is centered around prostitution, but I believe that it extends much further than that. Some people can turn to this song for hope. This song talks of suppression, but our angels save us and give us a will to live on. This song also speaks of corruption. There are less innocent people. Society and peer pressure make life harder to live because there is a status quo that everyone tries to meet. The corrupt society tries to change our thoughts and personal perspectives to change you into one of them. A person can try to maintain their pure angel like features, but it eventually gets killed by a turmoil and wars.

White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste
Light’s gone, day’s end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men

This first verse makes everyone think of prostitution. I feel that people turn to prostitution when life gets too difficult. I once had a friend who moved away and told me that his mom was a prostitute. And he would start crying. But he would say after that his mother was his hero because she has to put up with abusive men and a distasteful job because she’s doing all of that for her son. “Light’s gone, day’s end” really symbolizes a person because once all the light has been stomped out, the person’s glory days end as they have to put up armor to attempt to shield them self from persecution.

And they say
She’s in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
Cause we’re just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
And she don’t want to 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

From my sources, the “class A” is similar to a hierarchy of drugs. “Class A” drugs would be heroin or crack cocaine. Ed Sheeran was doing a performance at a homeless shelter and when he talked with the people there, the was taken aback by the tragedies they’ve been through. Ed Sheeran was really moved by a woman who talked of her life and how should would do anything to change it. The line that says “And they scream.” “They” is society making fun of those who are unable to have a “good” life as theirs; “The worst things in life come free to us.” Since it’s “too cold outside,” angels can’t fly. The coldness represents the cold attitude they receive from housed and more successful people. The angels, the ones who are deprived, have more life experience but can’t share or do anything about it due to the oppressive society. Drugs are also a player in this song. People revert to drugs to “feel better” and lose their pain. That true, drugs make your mind foggy and you can’t think straight. I think that’s why people are addicted to drugs. But once the drug’s affects are over, you feel worse than before and try to find something that fulfills the high and delirious state. Abusive use of drugs is extremely lethal and doesn’t make life easier. It actually makes it more difficult because physical problems start coming up like cancer.

Ripped gloves, raincoat
Tried to swim and stay afloat
Dry house, wet clothes
Loose change, bank notes
Weary-eyed, dry throat
Call girl, no phone

This verse depicts a person with a hard life. “Ripped gloves, raincoat,” this is the worn out because of a corrupt society. Poverty can also mean a deprivation of hope. The “loose change, bank notes” show that some have lost the will to make an effort to keep moving on. Life is extremely difficult when you’re stuck in a hole, but you’ve got to make the choice to climb out, or stay in there.

And they say
She’s in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
Cause we’re just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
And she don’t want to 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
An angel will die
Covered in white
Closed eye
And hoping for a better life
This time, we’ll fade out tonight
Straight down the line

The third to last line is really heart-wrenching, “and hoping for a better life.” We all hope to have a better life, but when I realized that not everyone has the privileges I have, I had a sinking feeling. I suddenly got a sense that there are people out there who struggle to make life better and I’m just sitting, typing about them and not doing anything. I feel that this is also part of the corruption of society. De-sensitivity. We lose care in other people and become less and less willing to help others. I feel that this needs to change.

And they say
She’s in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
They scream
The worst things in life come free to us
And we’re all under the upper hand
Go mad for a couple grams
And we don’t want to go outside tonight
And in a pipe we fly to the Motherland
Or sell love to another man
It’s too cold outside
For angels to fly
Angels to fly
To fly, fly
For angels to fly, to fly, to fly
Or angels to die

The song ends with “angels to die” because once The Struggle becomes too difficult to keep up with, Hope is lost. Man had opened Pandora’s box and let Hope fly away.

I think this post was really different than my other ones, but I know that what I’ve written is the truth. The truth is not always beautiful. I believe that what this world needs more of is hope and compassion. I hope that when people have read this post, the will change how they live to become a more kind person who is open to others.

Great Websites I used for this post:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/edsheeran/theateam.html

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858862704/

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