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Castle on the Hill is a song by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, which serves as one of the lead singles and appears as the second track from his third album ÷.

Background and releaseEdit

Sheeran teased the lyrics and released a snippet of the song on his Twitter account on January 4, 2017. Along with Shape of You, the song was released on January 6, 2017.

ReceptionEdit

GQ writer George Chesterton stated: " The first thing you notice about "The Castle On The Hill", the first of two new singles from Ed Sheeran's new album ÷ (Divide) is that it seems so much bigger in scope than anything he has done before. Sonically, it is a thumping stadium-filling anthem, but lyrically it showcases Ed's reflective side. One can assume much of ÷ deals with the trapping and traps of global fame and in "The Castle On The Hill" Sheeran is – at the tender age of 25 – already looking back at his childhood as a time of lost innocence." [1]

Commercial performanceEdit

"Castle on the Hill" debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 13 January, selling over 193,000 copies in its first week. Sheeran also debuted at number one with "Shape of You", making him the only artist in UK chart history to debut in the top two positions in the same week. "Castle on the Hill" debuted at number one on the Scottish Singles Chart behind "Shape of You". The song was certified silver in the first week due to selling over 200,000 units. The song remained at number two in its second week, selling over 100,000 units. The song debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 171,000 downloads and gaining 13 million streams in its debut week in the US. Sheeran also became the first artist to debut two songs in the top 10 in the history of the Hot 100, with "Shape of You" also debuting at number one.[2]

Music VideoEdit

The music video was released on January 23, 2017. It was directed by George Belfield.

Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill Official Video04:49

Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill Official Video

LyricsEdit

When I was six years old I broke my leg
I was running from my brother and his friends
And tasted the sweet perfume of the mountain grass I rolled down
I was younger then, take me back to when I

Found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I've not seen the roaring fields in so long, I know I've grown
But I can't wait to go home

I'm on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to "Tiny Dancer"
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it's real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

Fifteen years old and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes
Running from the law through the backfields and getting drunk with my friends
Had my first kiss on a Friday night, I don't reckon that I did it right
But I was younger then, take me back to when

We found weekend jobs, when we got paid
We'd buy cheap spirits and drink them straight
Me and my friends have not thrown up in so long, oh how we've grown
But I can't wait to go home

I'm on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to "Tiny Dancer"
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it's real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

One friend left to sell clothes
One works down by the coast
One had two kids but lives alone
One's brother overdosed
One's already on his second wife
One's just barely getting by
But these people raised me
And I can't wait to go home

And I'm on my way, I still remember
Those old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way you make me feel, it's real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

AudioEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. gq-magazine.co.uk - Track review
  2. billboard.com - Chart position

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