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Afire Love is a song by Ed Sheeran and appears as the twelfth track on his second studio album, X.
"Afire Love" was written about Sheeran's grandfather "two weeks before he passed away." He had suffered with Alzheimer's disease for twenty years, and Sheeran has been thinking "What if [he passed away]? And then he did." Sheeran finished writing the song at his funeral.
The lyrics discusses Sheeran's reaction to the disease as a child all the way up until his grandfather's funeral. In the verses prior to the first chorus, Sheeran recounts the circumstances present upon his grandfather's disease. For instance, he sings the moment when his grandfather lost his capability of recognizing the face of his grandson: "My father told me, son/ It's not his fault he doesn't know your face/ And you're not the only one." The chorus tells the "powerful love between his grandparents", in which his grandfather said to his grandmother: "Put your open lips on mine and slowly let them shut/ For they're designed to be together/ With your body next to mine, our hearts will beat as one/ And we're set alight, we're afire in love." The song concludes with Sheeran and his family seemingly singing "hallelujah" at the funeral.
Sheeran recorded "Afire Love" in Cocoloco studio in Los Angeles, and Sphere and Metropolis studios in London. It was produced by Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid, and engineered by Mcdaid and Geoff Swan. The track samples elements of "Remembering Jenny", which was composed by Christophe Beck for the soundtrack to the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The ballad is piano-driven and has a "grooving" beat.
Release and receptionEdit
The song was released as an "instant grat" digital download to the iTunes Store on 16 June 2014, serving as the third of seven promotional singles from his second studio album, × (2014). It was available for digital download upon pre-order of the album. It topped the iTunes chart in the United States.
Due to high streaming rates, "Afire Love" and the rest of the album's 12 tracks charted in the United Kingdom. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 71 and rose to number 59.
Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph describes "Afire Love" an "anthemic singalong".