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Released: 2014

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran sits as a classic ode to love, celebrating its joyous continuity, and the comforting idea that true love will endure the cruelest tests of time. Through evocative imagery and heartfelt declarations, it crafts a beautiful ballad poised perfectly within pop’s landscape.

Opening with, “When your legs don’t work like they used to before / And I can’t sweep you off of your feet,” Sheeran sets the scene for a love that ages, hinting at physical aging’s inevitable wear and tear. This introduction prepares us for a romance that transcends youthful passion—it’s about the care, understanding, and loyalty that deepens as time passes.

The chorus “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars / Place your head on my beating heart / I’m thinking out loud / Maybe we found love right where we are” is a line that reeks of romanticism but also serves a crucial role in anchoring the song’s theme. It suggests the contentment in finding love in the ‘here and now’ – not in grand gestures or whirlwind adventures, but in the heartbeats and quiet moments spent together.

Sheeran continues to paint a future where their love survives the trials of time, in lines like “When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades / And the crowds don’t remember my name”. He assures his lover that their bond overcomes all superficialities and that her love, like an “evergreen” tree, will never grow old.

In the verse, “Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes / Hoping that you’ll understand,” he hints at human imperfection and expresses hope for forgiveness and understanding – a crucial element in long-lasting love.

Overall, “Thinking Out Loud” crafts a vision of love that’s grounded, realistic, yet beautifully eternal. It encapsulates pop music’s power in expressing universal human emotions—a testament to Sheeran’s songwriting prowess and the timeless appeal of his music.

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