Ed Sheeran’s 20 Most Heartbreaking Ballads, Decoded
An underrated Plus deluxe track, Ed wrote “Autumn Leaves” about a dear friend’s death, according to the vaguely-reliable Genius. It’s a song Ed has rarely sung live, even back in the Plus era, probably because it’s one of the most somber tracks of his career. The lyrics aren’t exactly subtle, comparing his friend’s passing to the dead autumn leaves falling from a tree. Taking them at face-value, Ed wrote this song the day after his friend died, and it’s clearly an extremely personal look at how Ed processed his loss.