Supermarket Flowers

Ed Sheeran

About Supermarket Flowers

"Supermarket Flowers" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was included on his third studio album ÷ (2017). After the album's release it charted at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. It was released as a promotional single following Sheeran's performance at the 2018 Brit Awards.


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I took the supermarket flowers from the windowsill
I threw the day old tea from the cup
Packed up the photo album Matthew had made
Memories of a life that's been loved
Took the get well soon cards and stuffed animals
Poured the old ginger beer down the sink
Dad always told me, "don't you cry when you're down"
But mum, there's a tear every time that I blink

Oh I'm in pieces, it's tearing me up, but I know
A heart that's broke is a heart that's been loved

So I'll sing Hallelujah
You were an angel in the shape of my mum
When I fell down you'd be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go
And when God takes you back we'll say Hallelujah
You're home

I fluffed the pillows, made the beds, stacked the chairs up
Folded your nightgowns neatly in a case
John says he'd drive then put his hand on my cheek
And wiped a tear from the side of my face

I hope that I see the world as you did cause I know
A life with love is a life that's been lived

So I'll sing Hallelujah
You were an angel in the shape of my mum
When I fell down you'd be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go
And when God takes you back we'll say Hallelujah
You're home

You were an angel in the shape of my mum
You got to see the person that I have become
Spread your wing
And I know that when God took you back he said Hallelujah
You're 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: Edward Christopher Sheeran, Benjamin Joseph Levin, John McDaid

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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11 facts about this song

Song Background
"Supermarket Flowers" is a song by English singer-song. The song is from Sheeran's third studio album "÷ (Divide)".
Song Inspiration
The song was inspired by the death of Sheeran's grandmother. The lyrics depict the emotions he felt as he cleaned out her hospital room after she passed away.
It was co-written by Sheeran, Benny Blanco, and Johnny McDaid, who have also been involved in the writing and production of several other songs on the album.
Metaphorical meaning
Despite its title, "Supermarket Flowers" is not about flowers from a supermarket. It's a metaphor for the mundane and ordinary things that gain significance when a loved one passes away.
Chart Performance
While it was never released as a single, it made it to the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart due to digital downloads and streaming.
Song's Genre
"Supermarket Flowers" stays true to Sheeran's acoustic pop genre, featuring just his voice, a piano, and light percussion.
Emotional Song
Given its subject matter, the song is considered one of Sheeran’s most emotional songs. It is said to have brought him to tears during his performance at the 2018 Brit Awards.
Not Intended for Release
Initially, the song was not intended to be included in the album. It was Sheeran's father who encouraged him to include it.
Critic's Review
Critics praised Sheeran's emotive singing, but some felt the lyrics were too sentimental and nostalgic, particularly in relation to the topic of death.
Live Debut
Sheeran debuted the song live at the 2017 BRIT Awards, where he performed it alone with just a piano.
Recognition in Media
"Supermarket Flowers" was featured in the series finale of the popular medical drama series "Grey's Anatomy."

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