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The Man is a song by Ed Sheeran and appears as the tenth track on his second studio album, X.

BackgroundEdit

"The Man," produced by long-time collaborator Jake Gosling, features Sheeran rapping in a style similar to that of Mike Skinner from The Streets. The song focuses on a failed relationship, whilst touching on the subjects of marriage, chemical dependency and his career in the music industry.

Critical ReceptionEdit

In a Billboard track-by-track review, writer Jason Lipshutz stated: "Miss The Streets like we do? The uneven "The Man" will provide some sort of Mike Skinner fix, as Sheeran spits, "I'm just disgusted with the skeletons you sleep with in your closet," in a way that helps the line almost make sense. The bluesy hook saves the day, to some extent." [1]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2014)     Peak
position    
Denmark (Tracklisten) 9
France (SNEP) 49
Ireland (IRMA) 80
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 56
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 82

LyricsEdit

Just wish you'd never gone for the man
And waited two weeks at least
Before you let him take you
I stayed true
I kind of knew you liked the dude from private school
He's waiting for the time to move
I knew he had his eyes on you
He's not the right guy for you
Don't hate me cos I write the truth
No I would never lie to you

But it was never fine to lose you
And what a way to find out
It never came from my mouth
You never changed your mind
But you were just afraid to find out
But f- it, I won't be changing the subject I love it
I'll make your little secret public its nothing
I'm just disgusted with the skeletons you sleep with in your closet to get back at me
Trapped and I'm lacking sleep

Fact is you're mad at me because I backtrack so casually
You're practically my family
If we married then I'll guess you'd have to be
But tragically our love just lost the will to live
But would I kill to give it one more shot
I think not

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't want you no
Anymore

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't wanna love you no
Anymore

Recently I tend to zone out
Up in my headphones to Holocene
You promised your body but I'm away so much
I stay more celibate than in a monastery
Im not cut out for life on the road
Cos I didn't know I'd miss you this much
And at the time we'd just go, so sue me
I guess I'm not the man that you need
Ever since you went to uni
I've been sofa surfing with a rucksack

Full of less cash and I guess that could get bad
But when I broke the industry
That's when I broke your heart
I was supposed to chart and celebrate
But good things are over fast
I know it's hard to deal with and see this
I tend to turn you off and switch on my professional features
Then I turn the music off

And all I'm left with is to pick up my personal pieces, Jesus
I never really want to believe this
Got advice from my dad and he
Told me that family is all I'll ever have and need
I guess I'm unaware of it
Success is nothing if you have no one left to share it with

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't want you no
Anymore

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't wanna love you no
Anymore

And since you left
I've given up my days off
It's what I need to stay strong
I know you have a day job
But mine is 24/7
I fell like writing a book
I guess I lied in the hook
Cos I still love you and I need you by my side if I could
The irony is if my career and music didn't exist

In 6 years yeah you'd probably be my wife with a kid
I'm frightened to think if I depend on cider and drink
And lighting a spliff I fall into a spiral and its
Just hiding my misguiding thoughts that I'm trying to kill
And I'd be writing my will before I'm 27
I'll die from a thrill
Go down in history as just a wasted talent

Can I face the challenge
Or did I make a mistake erasing
It's only therapy
My thoughts just get ahead of me
Eventually I'll be fine I know that it was never meant to be
Either way I guess I'm not prepared
But I'll say this
These things happen for a reason and you can't change
Take my apology
I'm sorry for the honesty
But I had to get this off my chest

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't want you no
Anymore

I don't love you baby
I don't need you baby
I don't wanna love you no
Anymore

VideosEdit

Ed Sheeran - The Man Official Audio04:21

Ed Sheeran - The Man Official Audio



ReferencesEdit

  1. billboard.com - X Album Track-by-Track Review

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