10. “Castle on the Hill”
We finally get a taste of Ed’s childhood in this song. We get snippets of his life, running from his brother, breaking his leg, hanging out with friends, and his love life. After his year (and a little more) off, I had a feeling that Sheeran would go back to his roots, but I had no clue it would be in the literal sense.
The Feels: Getting pieces of Ed’s life is such an amazing takeaway for the album. We get a more in depth view of who Ed really is and what made him into the man he is today. It also gives us a chance to reflect on our childhood. Where are the people you grew up with? Where were your favorite spots as a kid?
The Lyrics: Ed’s ability to make vivid lyrics transcends the album. We feel like we are standing right beside him as he takes us through his childhood piece by piece. The smell of the mountain air, the songs he listened to, and the small jobs he took up.
The Beat: Calm, relaxing, and very worth listening to. Not one to dance to, but definitely one to sit back and kick up your feet to. It is a perfect tempo for the pacing of the song.