Ed Sheeran Releases New Track: ‘Friends’

Over the weekend, Ed Sheeran released the single for his hit song “Sing” on the iTunes store in the UK. According to AceShowBiz, fans who purchased the track will also get Ed’s new bonus track “Friends.”

The song is another one of Sheeran’s moody guitar ballads. This one is about a friendship of Ed’s that might have evolved into something a little more romantic. Sheeran sings, “Friends just sleep in another bed/ And friends don’t treat me like you do/ Well I know that there’s a limit to everything/ But my friends won’t love me like you.”

The song is a very intimate piece of music, featuring little more than Sheeran’s gentle voice and his acoustic guitar. The lyrical style is more stream-of-consciousness than other tracks by the 23-year-old redhead heartthrob, making the listener feel like Sheeran is speaking off-the-cuff, directly from the heart.

Ed Sheeran tweeted about the new song shortly after announcing the release of the “Sing” single.

MTV reported that the song “Friends” didn’t make the cut on Ed Sheeran’s upcoming album X, or Multiply, which hits stores June 23. It’s unclear why the song didn’t fit, but it’s speculated that there just wasn’t a place for it. A lot of Ed’s fans, apparently called “Sheerios,” are now excited to hear any other B-side songs that didn’t make it onto the new album. DirectLyrics.com seems to think there are enough bonus tracks to fill another album of rarities.

You can listen to Sheeran’s “Friends” in the official YouTube video below:

AceShowBiz reported that many of Sheeran’s fans suspect “Friends” is about Taylor Swift. There were rumors that Ed and Taylor were dating last year during Swift’s “Red” tour. Both singers denied the rumors and claimed that they were just friends, which only feeds the fans’ suspicions about the complicated friendship referenced in the song.

The Inquisitr has covered many of Ed Sheeran’s new songs lately, including his recent unveiling of the song “Don’t” on a commercial for Beats by Dre, and the first official performance of the song “Thinking Out Loud,” both from Sheeran’s forthcoming album.

Ed Sheeran has been keeping busy leading up to the release of the album. MTV will broadcast a documentary about Sheeran titled “Nine Days and Nine Nights,” which will premiere on the network on June 10 at 11 pm ET.

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