Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' Lyrics: Comparing the Original to Duet With Beyonce

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Ed Sheeran and Beyonce perform onstage during Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life - An All-Star GRAMMY Salute at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Feb. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles.

If you were ever wondering how to ensure that a song becomes a hit -- especially one in 2017 -- just add Beyonce. That’s what Ed Sheeran did with his gushy ballad “Perfect,” which was featured on his third studio album ÷ (Divide) that was released earlier this year. The duet was released earlier this month and has raced to the top of the charts, awarding Beyonce her first No. 1 song since “Single Ladies” in 2008.

For the new duet, Sheeran traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic, resulting in a more intimate sound. Both songs start out the same, Ed on guitar quietly singing about his perfect love. The duet then brings in Beyonce’s powerhouse vocals to help bring the song up a notch, with the lyrics altered to have Bey talking about a man in the song. The two come together in the end to sing the harmonious last verse.

"Perfect" has clearly become two different renditions musically, but check out the lyrics of both versions below to see how the words changed when stripping it down and adding Queen B.

ORIGINAL

I found a love for me
Well darling, just dive right in and follow my lead
Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet
Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me
'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love

Not knowing what it was
I will not give you up this time
Darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own
And in your eyes, you're holding mine

Oh baby, I'm dancing in the dark with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song
When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath
But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight

Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home
I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children of our own
We are still kids, but we're so in love
Fighting against all odds
I know we'll be alright this time
Darling, just hold my hand
Be my girl, I'll be your man
I see my future in your eyes

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
I don't deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight

Oh oh oh oh, oh whoa oh

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met an angel in person
She looks perfect
Oh I don't deserve this
You look perfect tonight


DUET

(Sheeran)

I found a love
For me

Oh darling, just dive right in
And follow my lead
Well, I found a girl
Beautiful and sweet
Oh, I never knew you were the someone

Waitin' for me
'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love
Not knowin' what it was
I will not give you up this time
But darling, just kiss me slow
Your heart is all I own
And in your eyes, you're holding mine

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
Listening to our favourite song
When you said you looked a mess
I whispered underneath my breath
But you heard it
Darling, you look perfect tonight

(Beyonce)

Well, I found a man
Stronger than anyone I know
He shares my dreams
I hope that someday we'll share a home
I found a love
To carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children
Of our own
We are still kids, but we're so in love

Fightin' against all odds
I know we'll be alright this time
Darling, just hold my hand
Be your girl, you'll be my man
And I see my future in your eyes

Well baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass

(Both)

While listening to our favorite song

(Sheeran)

When I saw you in that dress

(Both)

Looking so beautiful
I don't deserve this
Darling, you look perfect tonight

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
While listenin' to our favorite song
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met

(Beyonce)

An angel
In person
And she looks perfect

(Sheeran)

No, I don't deserve this

(Both)

You look perfect tonight


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