Photograph

Ed Sheeran

About Photograph

"Photograph" is a song recorded by the English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, for his second studio album, × (2014). Sheeran wrote the song with Snow Patrol member, Johnny McDaid, who had a piano loop from which the composition developed. After recording several versions with other producers, Sheeran eventually solicited help from Jeff Bhasker; the collaboration generated a version that Bhasker further enhanced for months. The ballad derives its music primarily from an acoustic guitar, piano and programmed drums. With visually descriptive lyrics, it discusses a long-distance relationship inspired by Sheeran's own experience of being away from his then-girlfriend while he was on tour. The song received generally positive commentary from critics, who noted the lyrics and Sheeran's use of love for all people. "Photograph" served as the fifth and final single from the album. It reached the top five on the main singles charts in more than five countries. In the US, where it peaked at No. 10, "Photograph" became the third single from the album to have reached within the top ten. In the UK, it reached No. 15 and has since been certified triple platinum. The single has also been certified double platinum in Australia and Canada, and platinum in New Zealand and Italy. 


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2016
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Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it's the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It is the only thing makes us feel alive

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone, wait for me to come home

Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul
And it's the only thing that I know, know
I swear it will get easier
Remember that with every piece of you
Hm, and it's the only thing we take with us when we die

Hm, we keep this love in this photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts were never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone

And if you hurt me
That's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home

Oh, you can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul

And if you hurt me
Well, that's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go

When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost back on Sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone
"Wait for me to come home"

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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: John McDaid, Ed Sheeran, Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Photograph" is a song recorded by English singer-songfriendwriter Ed Sheeran for his second studio album, "x" (Multiply), released in 2014.
Track Position
The song is the 6th track on the album.
Songwriters
Besides Ed Sheeran, the song was also co-written by Johnny McDaid who is a member of the rock band Snow Patrol.
Chart Performance
The song was a commercial success, especially in the UK and United States. It reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.
Music Video
The official music video for the song, released in May 2015, contains home footage from Sheeran's infancy to sentimentally align with the themes of the song. It was directed by Emil Nava who also directed Ed Sheeran's music video for "Thinking Out Loud".
Awards and nominations
"Photograph" was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the Biz Awards in 2016.
Lawsuit Case
In June 2016, "Photograph" became the subject of a lawsuit negotiated by the team representing Marvin Gaye's family, claiming it had similarities to the melody of "Amazing" composed by Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard in 2009. The case was settled out of court in April 2017.
Uses in Pop Culture
The song was used in the soundtrack for the movie "Me Before You" that starred Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.
Cover Versions
Many reality show contestants and other artists have covered "Photograph" including Boyce Avenue, and it has been featured on television shows such as 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol'.
Song Style
"Photograph" is known for its raw and emotional tone, often categorized as a lyrical ballad with a soft acoustic arrangement. The song is in the key of E-flat Major.

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