Music can be an instrument that paints a picture inside our heads and makes us imagine and feel things that touch us deeply. Are you familiar with the song, “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran? It’s a sad song that brings awareness to the problem of drug addiction. The song is about a prostitute who is addicted to a drug like crack cocaine, which is called a “Class A drug”. That is why the song has a line where he says, “She’s in the class A team” – it’s the singer’s way of covering up a person’s addiction.
“White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste
Light’s gone, day’s end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men…”
“…But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries”
“…And go mad for a couple grams”
“…And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland
or sells love to another man…”
Ed Sheeran’s song “The A Team” describes what happens to the young addict’s look after she uses drugs and how she feels after using it. In the snowflakes part of the song, the singer is describing cocaine. He also describes how the girl is struggling to pay her rent because of her addiction, and tells us that she sells herself to men in order to fund her habit. The singer paints a sad picture of how drugs have taken toll on her physical appearance. This is common in addiction. Drugs will send you down a dark path that can lead you to do things you think you never thought you would.
“..The worst things in life come free to us, cause we’re just under the upper hand…”
These two lines is the most impactful part of the song because it talks about how easy it is for a person to fall into addiction. The unfortunate thing is that many addicts feel that sobriety is just out of reach. The truth is that it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help or to seek such rehab treatment programs.
Songs like these shed some light on a subject that many don’t know about first hand. It can also touch someone who is in the middle of their addiction, and maybe provide the inspiration they need to ask for help.