Shape of You

2017 Released

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Ed Sheeran penned this dancey song with Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and pop producer Steve Mac. He sings about falling in love with a girl that he meets at a bar. I'm in love with the shape of you We push and pull like a magnet do Although my heart is falling too I'm in love with your body Magnets attract and they have frequently been used in by a songwriter to illustrate something (usually a person or a groove) that is so desirable, it pulls them toward that person or thing. In this instance the metaphor is used to describe Sheeran and his attraction for the girl he met at the bar.

Other songs that use a magnet to illustrate an attraction include: "Magnet And Steel" by Walter Egan "Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart" by Thursday "Magnetic" by Earth, Wind & Fire "Magnetic" by Flyleaf "Magnets" by Disclosure

The song was originally written at a writing camp with Rihanna in mind, but when Sheeran and the other songwriters included a reference to Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison ("put van the man on the jukebox"), they decided not to send the song to the Caribbean star. Sheeran recalled on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show: "I started writing lyrics like 'putting Van the Man on the juke box' and thought 'she's not really going to sing that.' We decided halfway through that this would work for me." Sheeran later revealed that Little Mix were in the running to record the tune too. Speaking with BeBox, Sheeran said. "Do you know what, the actual story is, we started it for Little Mix originally, and then halfway through I was like, 'Actually this sounds like it could be good for Rihanna.' And then more of the way through we were like, 'Yeah, this is actually pretty good. We should keep it.'"

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Shape of You.
C♯ Key
Minor Mode
4/4 Time Signature
96 BPM

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