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The A Team - ed sheeran

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Transcript of The A Team - ed sheeran

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
The A Team - ed sheeran
And they scream the worst things in life come free to us
I think this means that in this case the worst part wasn't the drugs which she has to pay for. It was the abuse that she gets for free. Which ironically she actually gets paid for the abuse.
Lyrics

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

By Elle M
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reland and Carlin Phillips

The artist portrays an image of a girl that is addicted to drugs by saying "white lips, pale face" and "burnt lungs, sour taste". This is one of the examples of imagery. He is describing that the drugs have taken over her life and there is nothing left to take. She is becoming more addicted. And because of the drugs her face is loosing color. He uses the metaphor "breathing in snowflakes" since she is not literally breathing in snowflakes that is used to symbolize her taking drugs. The lyrics "long nights, strange men" tells us shes a prostitute who isn't wealthy ("struggling to pay rent"). The money she gets she uses to buy more drugs for its her solution to being abused.
Meaning
"Class A Team" is used as a metaphor meaning shes on class a drugs (the most addictive with the highest potential of abuse) like cocaine, meth, or heroine. The name of the song is also "The A Team" it is a reference to people who are so far into there addiction they can't be saved. "Stuck in her daydream been this way since eighteen" is another metaphor that she's high and been addicted since eighteen.
Lyrics
Cause we're just under the upper hand And go mad for a couple grams And she don't want to go outside tonight

"under the upper hand" I think means, most people on drugs are looked down by society and it makes it hard to want to get better for them. They could also be saying that she is close to recovery but yet so far away. i think "go mad for a couple grams means that she will do absolutely anything to get drugs because that is almost like her escape even if its only for a little while. When he says "she don't want to go outside tonight" I think that means she is sick of being a prostitute but she needs the money to recover and start a new life.
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
"In a pipe she flies to the motherland" is when she is on drugs she almost goes somewhere to escape and then comes back. "Pipe" is symbolized for her taking drugs.
"she flies to the motherland" represents her getting high. "Or sells love to another man" he is referring to her being a prostitute. She's either making money by selling her body to different men or buying drugs using the money she makes to get high because she is hurt.
Ripped gloves, rain coat
Tried to swim and stay afloat
Dry house, wet clothes


This is another example of imagery the artist uses. He is describing her life. "weary-eyed, dry throat" She is tired and loosing hope, her throat is dry from the drugs. He also uses irony "call girl, no phone" She can't afford a phone.
loose change,

bank notes
,
weary-eyed,

dry throat,

call girl
, no phone
And they say she's in the class A team stuck in her day dream 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 all 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 mother land or sells love to another man
its too cold outside for angels to fly an angel will die covered in white and hoping for a better life this time, will fade out tonight straight down the line
When saying an "angel to die covered in white" They are saying that she will eventually die because she is so addicted to cocaine and the color of the cocaine is white. Covered in white is a metaphor, saying that she is covered in the white colored cocaine because she is so addicted. "Closed eyes" is referring to her dead or dreaming. "Hoping for a better life" is saying, that she is wishing she never became addicted and is wishing for a fresh start. "This time will fade out, straight down the line" is saying they will get high down the line, referring to lines of cocaine.
"her face seems, slowly, sinking, wasting, crumbling like pastries" is a metaphor. The artist is comparing her face to a desert that is falling apart to describe her appearance physically. The drugs have destroyed her. She isn't recognizable anymore.
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

The end
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
And they scream shes in the Class A Team stuck in her daydream been this way since 18 but lately her face seem slowly sinking, wasting crumbling like pastries they scream the worst things in life come free to us
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