Anne-Marie and Ed Sheeran’s Acoustic “2002” is Pure Bliss (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)


We’ve seen Ed Sheeran’s acoustic genius on several occasions, and we know he’s good. Besides his own magnificent tracks, Ed Sheeran has done acoustic covers of songs such as Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” and 50 Cent’s “In da Club”. There really are no limits to this ginger. We know that Anne-Marie is an extremely talented singer who has recorded Platinum Sale songs such as “Ciao Adios”, “Rockabye” and “Bad Girlfriend”. But we have had little experience of its acoustic prowess so far.

“2002” is not the first time that Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie have sat in a small room with Ed Sheeran playing guitar and both sang their hearts out. They did the same thing last year when they acoustically covered Anne-Maries’ hit song “Ciao Adios”. Almost exactly a year later we get this wonderful acoustic rendition of “2002” from Anne-Marie’s 2018 album “Speak Your Mind”.

Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie both contributed lyrics to the song.

Watch Anne-Marie and Ed Sheeran Remix “2002” acoustically

We can see how much the two artists really enjoy playing this acoustic piece together, and we’re just listening to it.

The funny fact about the lyrics to “2002” is that the chorus screams 6 songs from the 90s and early 2000s. More details in the lyric annotations below.

Lyrics review and meaning of the song “2002”

“2002” is simply a lovely love song that recalls the good times of 2002. Anne-Marie has said about the song below in a Luvpop interview.

“Everything revolves around that year, when I was that age, listening to this music that I loved at the time. You know, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott… All those songs. Yeah, that just brings me back to that time.

Verse 1

Anne-Marie talks about this relationship she had in 2002. It was perhaps her first kiss because she remembers it very dearly. She was 11 at the time and their kiss was light as a feather on her lips. But they felt like they were in love like adults. Nothing in the world could stop them!

In a way, these lyrics are really personal and genuine.


These lyrics are the prelude to the upcoming chorus, which is a throwback to fond memories of when life was simple.


The chorus, as mentioned earlier, contains 6 references to some of the greatest hits of the 2000s.

In order of appearance in “2002”, the song references in the opening lyrics are “Oops… I Did It Again” by Britney Spears, “99 Problems” by Jay-Z and “Bye Bye Bye” by N Sync.

The second line refers to “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly. On the next line of the song, Anne-Marie returns to another Britney Spears song “… Baby One More Time”.

The chorus of “2002” is a wave of sweet memories from the past.

Verse 2

They go from 2002 to a time when they are 18 years old. “Under the covers” is an obvious reference to having sex, which she calls being “more than lovers”. Even now they remember a simpler time and the kisses looked like feathers.

“2002” is such a sweet description of a love story that has lasted for years. We don’t know if this is 100% related to Anne-Marie’s or Ed Sheeran’s personal experiences. But it certainly feels like one or the other artist recounted their love life here.

After this acoustic interpretation, they end the song so happily and Anne-Marie hugs Ed in her arms and says “I love you”. This harmony is needed in the music industry as an example for everyone.

We love this remake of “2002” by Anne-Marie and Ed Sheeran. Their voices blend together in perfect harmony for this love song.

Let us know what you think of this song and the acoustic prowess of the two artists. If you liked this performance, be sure to share this article with your friends.

Full lyrics for “2002” by Anne-Marie and Ed Sheeran

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