Shirtsleeves

  • This guitar-driven ballad finds Sheeran singing about offering up his shirtsleeves to wipe away his girlfriend's tears, even after she admits she's been cheating. It is one of several songs in Sheeran's oeuvre where his sings of his heart being ripped out, most notably on his UK Top 10 single "Drunk,"where he drowns his sorrows in drink.
  • Sheeran had the song in his back pocket for quite some time before recording it for x. He'd tweeted out the lyrics to the chorus back in August of 2011, one month before his debut album + was even released.

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