The track was written for his grandmother, his mother’s mom, and Ed actually performed it at her funeral.
But do you remember that “Afire Love” was also written for one of his grandparents? William Sheeran, who is mentioned in “Nancy Mulligan”.
“‘Afire Love’ was written about my grandfather, who passed away at Christmas,” Ed revealed in an interview back in 2014, when X came out.
“He was always the hero of the family, such a cool guy. He had Alzheimer’s, so he never really knew who I was.”
He added, “That was was a weird song, because I actually started writing it about two weeks before he passed away – thinking ‘What if?’ – and then he did. So it was odd how it came about.”
Ed actually finished the song at his grandfather’s funeral.
Click inside for the lyrics to “Afire Love”…