Music with a Message
The A Team by Ed Sheeran’s
Songs can paint a picture in your head and make you think and feel things that can touch you deeply. Ed Sheeran’s song called “The A Team” is a sad song that brings awareness about addiction.
“White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste
Lights gone, days end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men…
…But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
…And go mad for a couple of grams
…And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland
Or sells love to another man…”
He describes the young drug addict’s look after she does drugs and what she feels after using. By the description of the feeling and the reference to “snowflakes,” the singer may be describing cocaine. He describes the financial troubles that the addict is going through and the things she has to do to fund her habit. He paints a sad picture of how drugs have taken a toll on her physical appearance. This is all too common. Drugs can send you down a dark path that can cause you to do things you would never do otherwise.
The worst things in life come free to us
‘Cause we’re just under the upper hand
These two lines are very impactful because they talk about how easy it is to fall into addiction. The unfortunate thing is that many addicts feel that sobriety is just out of their reach. The truth is that it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help.
Songs like these shed light on a subject that many don’t know about. It can also touch someone who is in the middle of addiction. What songs strike a chord in you? Share your thoughts below or on Recovery Connection’s Facebook page.