Ed Sheeran’s 20 Most Heartbreaking Ballads, Decoded
Skip “Supermarket Flowers” if you don’t want to mess up your mascara. Fans were surprised to learn this much-loved ballad about a mother’s death isn’t actually about Ed’s mother, although it is, sadly, based on a death in his family. Ed explained to Zane Lowe that his grandmother was sick while he was making Divide and passed shortly before the album was finished. His grandfather encouraged Ed to put “Supermarket Flowers,” a tribute to his grandmother written from the point of view of his mother, on the album, and Ed now considers it the most special song on the record.