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Music Friday: ‘You Can Fit Me Inside the Necklace You Got When You Were 16,’ Sings Ed Sheeran in His New Single, ‘Photograph’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you the latest tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today’s featured artist is 23-year-old Grammy nominee Ed Sheeran singing his brand new release, “Photograph,” from his chart-topping album, Multiply.

Co-penned by Sheeran and Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid, the song examines the pain of love when you're separated from your sweetheart and focuses on how the memory of a cherished love can be frozen into a photograph.

In one key line, he sings, “You can fit me / Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen / Next to your heartbeat where I should be / Keep it deep within your soul.”

Sheeran told Spotify.com that he and McDaid wrote “Photograph” in 2012 while hanging out in a Kansas hotel after a performance. Sheeran recalled how he was sitting on the floor making a Lego X-Wing Fighter to give to his sister for a charity auction while a piano loop kept playing on McDaid's laptop in the background.

“I start singing a line and the song kind of unraveled from there,” Sheeran said. “We sat for about four hours, me making [the] Lego [plane], and him on the laptop, just building stuff and then I picked up a guitar and we properly structured it."

Sheeran told The Daily Telegraph that “Photograph” was his “collateral” song from the new album, meaning that, if all else failed, “Photograph” could stand on its own.

Well, the album didn’t fail. Multiply (stylized as “x”) went straight to #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and was a blockbuster success worldwide. It hit #1 in 12 countries and reached the Top 5 in 11 others.

Born in Hebden Bridge, England, Sheeran moved to London at the age of 17 to pursue a musical career. Three years later, his talent caught the attention of Elton John and Jamie Fox, and soon after he was signed by Asylum Records.

His breakthrough song, “The A Team,” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Sheeran and John performed the song as a duet during the ceremony. A year later, he was nominated as Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

We welcome you to check out the video of Sheeran’s acoustic version of “Photograph,” which he performed at the Capital FM live studio. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“Photograph”

Written by Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid. Performed by Ed Sheeran.

Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it's the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It is the only thing that makes us feel alive

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone, wait for me to come home

Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul
And it's the only thing that I know, know
I swear it will get easier,
Remember that with every piece of you
Hm, and it's the only thing we take with us when we die

Hm, we keep this love in this photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts were never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone

And if you hurt me
That's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home

You can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul

And if you hurt me
Well, that's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go

When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost back on Sixth Street
Hearing you whisper through the phone,
"Wait for me to come home."