In this addition of Sing It Out, we will be taking a look at English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran’s, song The A Team. Which tells the story of a prostitute addiction to crack cocaine.
Sheeran wrote the song when he was 18, after he did a performance at a homeless shelter. He admits that at 18 he was pretty naive, and performing at the shelter and hearing the stories of some of the people who use the shelter, opened his eyes to the struggles they faced. The upbeat folk ballad is a bit confusing, and Sheeran’s way of approaching a serious topic a bit likely.
He also chose the name to also disguise what the song was about, because he didn’t want to just come out and say what the song was about. Crack cocaine is considered a Class A Drug, like heroine, and the line “She’s in the ‘Class A Team'” points out what the story is behind the song without coming right out and saying it.
The song touches on addiction, and the lengths that homeless people have to go through to get what they need. They could lose their jobs, have issues paying rent, and may have to turn to prostitution to get their fix.
The A Team was released in June of 2011, and became the lead single from Sheeren’s debut album, +. Sheeran released that album after signing with Asylum Records, and later won two Brit awards for that album. His success outside of Britain happened when he wrote a song for One Direction, and was featured on a Taylor Swift album in 2012. For most of 2013, he toured on Taylor Swift’s Red tour, and The A Team was nominated for a Grammy award. His second album, X, was released in June of 2014 and is currently on a world tour for at the time of this publication.