"Afire Love" is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran for his second studio album, × (2014). The song is about Sheeran's late grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The record, which was produced by Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid, samples elements of "Remembering Jenny" composed by Christophe Beck for the soundtrack to the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The song was released as an "instant grat" digital download to the iTunes Store on 16 June 2014, serving as the third of seven promotional singles from ×. Due to high streaming rates, all of the album's 12 tracks including "Afire Love" charted in the United Kingdom.
The song is about Sheeran's late grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer's disease for 20 years. He died of the disease in December 2013, two weeks after Sheeran began writing about it. Sheeran finished writing the song at his grandfather's funeral. Prior to the release of the album, Sheeran had also paid tribute at the 2014 Grammy Awards, in which he wore a necktie belonging to his grandfather.
The lyrics discusses Sheeran's reaction to the disease as a child all the way up until his grandfather's funeral. In the verses prior to the first chorus, Sheeran recounts the circumstances present upon his grandfather's disease. For instance, he sings the moment when his grandfather lost his capability of recognizing the face of his grandson: "My father told me, son/ It's not his fault he doesn't know your face/ And you're not the only one." The chorus tells the "powerful love between his grandparents", in which his grandfather said to his grandmother: "Put your open lips on mine and slowly let them shut/ For they're designed to be together/ With your body next to mine, our hearts will beat as one/ And we're set alight, we're afire in love." The song concludes with Sheeran and his family seemingly singing "hallelujah" at the funeral.
Sheeran recorded "Afire Love" in Cocoloco studio in Los Angeles, and Sphere and Metropolis studios in London. It was produced by Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid, and engineered by Mcdaid and Geoff Swan. The track samples elements of "Remembering Jenny", which was composed by Christophe Beck for the soundtrack to the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The ballad is piano-driven and has a "grooving" beat. File Hashes
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