After the website SB.TV gave Sheeran a shout-out on its tenth anniversary — pointing out that it’s been seven years to the day since he debuted his song “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” on the platform — he decided to commemorate the special day with another premiere: The lead-off track from Divide, “Eraser.”
Sheeran’s latest track is a guitar-heavy, rap-infused song that’s reminiscent of the first tune he played for SB.TV back in 2010. The lyrics sound pretty personal to Sheeran, starting out with a reflective line similar to the beginning of “Castle on the Hill,” “I was born inside a small town but I lost that state of mind.”
As the song continues, Sheeran looks back on his life thus far with wishful regret (“I wish my private life would’ve never gone public,” “I wish that I could make peace with my older cousin”), but also keeps his charm with other lines such as “the industry told me to look like them/ But I find happiness in fried food for my dinner.”
Watch Sheeran debut “Eraser” below.