Ed Sheeran’s 20 Most Heartbreaking Ballads, Decoded
Another song about familial strife on Multiply, poor Ed has clearly gone through it. The Odyssey thinks “Runaway” is about Ed’s father, but we’re not entirely convinced that this isn’t an “A Team” situation where Ed is telling someone else’s story because of Ed’s well-documented, healthy relationship with his father, John. To be fair, Ed had his fair share of substance abuse problems during his career, and that sh*t’s hereditary. The song includes lyrics about Ed leaving at sixteen to start his music career, so maybe The Odyessy‘s literal reading of the lyrics about a boy running away from home and his alcoholic father was pretty on-point.