Ed Sheeran’s newest single Boat is a metaphor for depression

Ed Sheeran has shared a vulnerable and emotional new single "Boat" along with a music video for the song.


The countdown is on for the release of Ed Sheeran’s fifth studio album, Subtract. 

But ahead of Sheeran’s album dropping on May 5, the singer released an all-new single and music video, debuting the first song he ever wrote for his new album.

The track titled “Boat”, serves as a metaphor for Sheeran’s struggles with depression and showcases the feeling of being very low and not knowing how to break the cycle.

The music video, directed by Mia Barnes, further embodies this message as Sheeran is submerged in the sea with waves engulfing him.

Sheeran’s somber lyrics are accompanied by a slow-paced guitar melody. “The more that I love, the less that I feel/ The times that I jumped were never real/ They say that all scars will heal, but I know/ Maybe, I won’t/ But the waves won’t break my boat/ But the waves won’t break my boat.”

The song is a story of hope and perseverance, as he tells his listeners that nothing can break him.

Subtract has been described by Sheeran as a “trapdoor into my soul” after he experienced a series of hard-hitting events that impacted his life.

Watch the music video for “Boat” down below.

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