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“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran is an emblem of unabashed romanticism. This song is a testament of profound love and admiration, wherein the protagonist basks in the sheer transformative power that love has offered to his life.

The initial verse, “I found a love, for me / Darling, just dive right in and follow my lead”, unveils a tale of bold newfound love; love that is exciting, spontaneous and profound. “Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet” introduces us to the object of the protagonist’s affection – a woman who has wooed Sheeran with her beauty and charms.

The delicate line “Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me” reveals the surprising turn of events wherein the protagonist realizes he has unexpectedly found his heart’s counterpart. It’s like bumping into your soulmate at the cereal aisle in a grocery store – a mundane encounter that turns your life around. It even channels a tinge of the rom-com trope “Meant to Be” love story, underscoring that even in the real world, serendipitous romantic encounters do exist.

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The chorus captures a moment of romantic intimacy – “Baby, I’m dancing in the dark / With you between my arms / Barefoot on the grass / Listening to our favourite song”. Like a modern-day Romeo beneath a moonlit sky, Sheeran paints a picture of love that’s raw, unpretentious, and at its heart deeply relatable.

Moving onto the second verse, Sheeran matures his narrative from a “beautiful and sweet” girl to a “woman, stronger than anyone I know”. The “stronger” here is a nod to the emotional resilience that a true partnership demands. “To carry more than just my secrets / To carry love, to carry children of our own”, he’s not just talking about physical strength, but also the strength to be vulnerable, to share dreams, secrets, and bear the uncertainties of the future together.

“Darling, just hold my hand / Be my girl, I’ll be your man” is more than just a sweet declaration. It channels a promise of companionship and commitment, almost bordering on a proposal.

“I have faith in what I see / Now I know I have met an angel in person / And she looks perfect / I don’t deserve this” is a closing statement filled with awe at the perfection of his beloved, and a humble admission of feeling undeserving. This grounded humility and sincere appreciation for his love is what amplifies the song’s touching narrative.

With “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran doesn’t just sing a pop song, he gives us a musical novella of timeless, unconditional love.