The Man

Ed Sheeran

About The Man

"The Man" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It features production from frequent collaborator Jake Gosling. The song was released as an "instant grat" digital download to the iTunes Store on 19 June 2014, serving as the sixth of seven promotional singles from his second studio album, x (2014). It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 87. At his concert in Düsseldorf on 5 November 2014, Sheeran played "The Man" as his pick for the night and said that he had only ever played it live once before, and that it is the one song he wished he had never put on an album, as writing it was therapeutic and thus very personal.  


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Now I don't wanna hate you
Just wish you'd never gone for the man
And waited two weeks at least
Before you let him take you
I stayed true
I kind of knew you liked the dude from private school
He's waiting for the time to move
I knew he had his eyes on you
He's not the right guy for you
Don't hate me cause I write the truth
No I would never lie to you
But it was never fine to lose you
And what a way to find out
It never came from my mouth
You never changed your mind
But you were just afraid to mind out
But f*ck it, I won't be changing the subject I love it
I'll make your little secret public it's nothing
I'm just disgusted with the skeletons you sleep with in your closet to get back at me
Trapped and I'm lacking sleep
Fact is you're mad at me because I backtrack so casually
You're practically my family
If we married then I'll guess you'd have to be
But tragically our love just lost the will to live
But would I kill to give it one more shot
I think not

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't want you no
I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't wanna love you no

Recently I tend to zone out
Up in my headphones to Holocene
You promised your body but I'm away so much
I stay more celibate than in a monastery
I'm not cut out for life on the road
Cause I didn't know I'd miss you this much
And at the time we'd just go, so sue me
I guess I'm not the man that you need
Ever since you went to uni
I've been sofa surfing with a rucksack
Full of less cash and I guess that could get bad
But when I broke the industry
That's when I broke your heart
I was supposed to chart and celebrate
But good things are over fast
I know it's hard to deal with and see this
I tend to turn you off and switch on my professional features
Then I turn the music off
And all I'm left with is to pick up my personal pieces, Jesus
I never really want to believe this
Got advice from my dad and he
Told me that family is all I'll ever have and need
I guess I'm unaware of it
Success is nothing if you have no one there left to share it with

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't want you no
I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't wanna love you no

And since you left, I've given up my days off
It's what I need to stay strong
I know you have a day job but mine is 24/7
I feel like writing a book, I guess I lied in the hook
'Cause I still love you and I need you by my side if I could
The irony is if my career and music didn't exist
In six years, yeah, you'd probably be my wife with a kid
I'm frightened to think if I depend on cider and drink
And lighting a spliff I fall into a spiral and it's
Just hiding my misguiding thoughts that I'm trying to kill
And I'd be writing my will before I'm twenty seven, I'll die from a thrill
Go down in history as just a wasted talent
Can I face the challenge, or did I make a mistake erasing?
It's only therapy, my thoughts just get ahead of me
Eventually I'll be fine I know that it was never meant to be
Either way I guess I'm not prepared, but I'll say this
These things happen for a reason and you can't change shit
Take my apology, I'm sorry for the honesty
But I had to get this off my chest

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't want you no
I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't wanna love you no

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Ed Sheeran

Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and producer. He was born in Halifax, before moving to Framlingham. He learned to play guitar and started writing songs at a young age. He began recording in 2005 and moved to London in 2008 to pursue a music career. In 2009, he played 312 gigs. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project which led him to be signed to Asylum / Atlantic Records. Buoyed by the commercial breakthrough of the singles "The A Team" and "Lego House", his debut album + has been certified quintuple platinum in the United Kingdom. In 2012, he won two BRIT Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough of… more »

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Written by: Edward Christopher Sheeran

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12 facts about this song

Album Origin
"The Man" by Ed Shean is a song from his second studio album titled "X" pronounced as "multiply."
Genre blend
The song showcases Ed Sheeran’s ability to blend different genre like hip hop style with soulful singing.
The lyrics of "The Man" suggest a failed relationship, with Sheeran straightforwardly airing his regrets and resentment.
Release and Success
Released as part of the album in 2014, the song helped the album reach number one in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
Song Ranking
Although the song isn't as commercially successful as other songs in the album, it still peaked at the 87th spot on the UK Singles Chart.
Critical Reception
"The Man" earned generally positive reception from music critics, praising Sheeran's versatility, his rap skills, and the lyrics' raw emotional depth.
Live Performances
Ed Sheeran has performed "The Man" in several live performances and TV shows, including the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2014.
Song Writing
"The Man" was co-written by Sheeran himself and a team of songwriters, including Benny Blanco who is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer.
The song was produced by Rick Rubin, an American record producer who is also known for his work with many famous artists like Johnny Cash, Beastie Boys, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Personal Connection
Ed Sheeran has a personal connection with "The Man," as many believe the song was written about his own past relationship.
Dynamic sound
The song represents a dynamic shift from Sheeran's usual style, showing his versatility and ability to switch between multiple genres.
Song Meaning
“The Man” sees Ed dealing with themes of love, loss and self-destruction in a more direct and personal way than some of his other works. It reflects his own personal experiences and emotions.

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