Photograph

Thursday, October 08, 2015



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People say that a picture can tell a lot more than words. If you asked me, I would say yes. A picture, a photograph; it can tell so many things, from the moment it captures until the story beyond it. Once we see a photograph, memories are flooding in our thoughts like an old movie being played inside our heads. And what’s magical about a photograph is, as Ed Sheeran sings in his song, that it freezes the time. Yup, that is our today’s song for Male Special Part 2: Ways of Being A Man; “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran. For the unrepeatable moment, for the irreplaceable memory, for the frozen smiles, for the unbroken promises, for the enshrined feeling; a photograph could mean everything. Even for a man, a photograph could be everything.

Loving can hurt; loving can hurt sometimes, but it’s the only thing that I know. When it gets hard; you know it can get hard sometimes, it is the only thing that makes us feel alive. We keep this love in a photograph; we made these memories for ourselves, where our eyes are never closing, hearts are never broken, times forever frozen still.” –Ed Sheeran, Photograph

Released on May 11th 2015, “Photograph” was served as the fifth and final single taken from the second studio album, “x” (pronounced as “multiply”), of British singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran. The acoustic pop ballad track was written by Sheeran himself along with Snow Patrol member, Johnny McDaid. According to Sheeran, the song was inspired by his then-girlfriend, Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, when they were being separated during the tour. Unfortunately, they were breaking after dating for more than a year.


"Photograph" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

I always say that love brings two sides along with it; pain and joy, happiness and sadness; a binary opposition. Love hurts and also heals. The lyrics of “Photograph” describe the pain of love when distance separates two sweethearts, yet at the same time it describes the strength of love tested by the distance. “Loving can hurt; loving can hurt sometimes, but it’s the only thing that I know. When it gets hard; you know it can get hard sometimes, it is the only thing that makes us feel alive.” Every love story has their hard times, and that’s inevitable. However, that too will pass, and things will get easier eventually, as long as we have faith. “Loving can heal; loving can mend your soul, and it’s the only thing that I know. I swear it will get easier; remember that with every piece of you, and it’s the only thing we take with us when we die.” In the ups and downs of love, a photograph is one precious thing to capture the moment, and keep it safe for a lifetime. “We keep this love in a photograph; we made these memories for ourselves, where our eyes are never closing, hearts are never broken, times forever frozen still.”
Living is making memories with our beloved ones. Loving is keeping those memories and cherishing them. It’s amazing how a single photograph can contain so many stories, so many feelings. It’s fascinating how a single photograph can recall so many things. “So you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans, holding me closer ‘til our eyes meet; you won’t ever be alone. Wait for me to come home.” And when we’re far away from home, from our beloved ones, it’s wonderful how a single photograph can make us feel closer to home. In it, no heart is broken, no smile is fading, and no promise is hurt. “You can fit me inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen, next to your heartbeat where I should be; keep it deep within your soul. And if you hurt me, well, that’s okay; only words bleed. Inside these pages you just hold me, and I won’t ever let you go.” Beyond the moment, memory, and frozen time, a photograph contains love, and that’s what matters. “When I’m away, I will remember how you kissed me, under the lamppost, back on sixth street. Hearing you whisper through the phone, ‘Wait for me to come home,’”
A music video for “Photograph” was directed by Emil Nava and released on May 9th 2015. The video contains a montage of real home footage, chronicles Sheeran’s infancy, childhood and adolescence. The song received generally positive reviews, even prior to its release as a single. Sheeran himself even claimed that “Photograph” is one of the bests in the album, thinking it would change his career path. However, its predecessor single, “Thinking Out Loud”, was actually taking the spot. Even so, “Photograph” is indeed special. It’s heartwarming.

Loving can heal; loving can mend your soul, and it’s the only thing that I know. I swear it will get easier; remember that with every piece of you, and it’s the only thing we take with us when we die. We keep this love in this photograph; we made these memories for ourselves, where our eyes are never closing, our hearts were never broken, times forever frozen still.” –Ed Sheeran, Photograph






“Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes, but it’s the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes, it is the only thing that makes us feel alive
We keep this love in a photograph, we made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing, hearts are never broken, times forever frozen still

So you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer ‘til our eyes meet, you won’t ever be alone
Wait for me to come home

Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul, and it’s the only thing that I know, know
I swear it will get easier, remember that with every piece of you, and it’s the only thing we take with us when we die
We keep this love in this photograph, we made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing, our hearts were never broken, times forever frozen still

So you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer ‘til our eyes meet, you won’t ever be alone
And if you hurt me, that’s okay, baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me, and I won’t ever let you go
Wait for me to come home

Oh you can fit me inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be, keep it deep within your soul
And if you hurt me, well, that’s okay, baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me, and I won’t ever let you go

When I’m away, I will remember how you kissed me, under the lamppost, back on sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone, ‘Wait for me to come home,’”

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