Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)


“Divide” could be considered one of Ed Sheeran’s most personal and emotional albums to date. “Supermarket Flowers” might be the most intense track of all, as Ed Sheeran talks about his relationship with his grandmother and the whole experience of her passing. The lyrics are really well done and beautiful. This song is one that will bring tears to your eyes.

According to Ed Sheeran, “Supermarket Flowers” was written from Ed’s mother’s perspective;

“It was written for my mother’s point of view. My grandma was very sick while I was making the record and passed away at the end of me, so we wrote this song as a tribute and left it.

The intense story behind the song makes it even more special and personal for all of us. Again, a very relevant track for just about everyone.

Listen to Ed Sheeran’s “Supermarket Flowers”

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Before going into the annotation of the lyrics, it is best to listen to what Ed Sheeran had to say about this song.

“[It was] Really hard to write, yes. Very easy at the same time in terms of its flow. Because there was no way to try to think of poignant lines and be like you know death is that or like life is that. It was so right and the lyrics of “you are an angel in the form of my mother”, it might end up being a poignant line, but it was the truth. She was one of the nicest women we’ve ever met, and she was my mother’s mother. It was written for my mother’s point of view; it was about picking loads of specific stuff and finishing it off as a song.

Review of the lyrics and meaning of the song “Supermarket Flowers”

Verse 1

I took the flowers from the supermarket on the windowsill
I threw the old tea from the cup
Packed up the photo album that Matthew had made
Memories of a life that was loved
I took the get well cards and the stuffed animals
I poured the old ginger beer down the sink
Daddy always told me “Don’t cry when you’re down”
But mama, there’s a tear every time I blink

Get into Ed’s mother’s point of view to make this song make sense. She walks down the street and grabs supermarket flowers – the ones you get from the side of the street. She packs the photo album made by Mathew Sheeran – who is Ed Sheeran’s brother and also grabs the get well cards and stuffed animals from the supermarket – on her way to see her sick mother in the hospital.

Everyone says “be strong” when someone close to you dies, but it’s the hardest time to be strong in your life, especially when the person was “the nicest person in the world” as the saying goes. describes Ed Sheeran.


Oh, I’m in pieces, it’s tearing me apart, but I know
A broken heart is a heart that’s been loved

The pre-chorus of “Supermarket Flowers” gives wisdom to everyone. Clearly, Ed Sheeran’s mother is upset at the thought of his mother’s passing. But she also knows that a heart that hurts so much means it has been loved so much.

Ed Sheeran's family. [from left] Ed Sheeran, Imogen Sheeran (mom), Mathew Sheeran (brother) and John Sheeran (dad)

Ed Sheeran’s family. [from left] Ed Sheeran, Imogen Sheeran (mom), Mathew Sheeran (brother) and John Sheeran (dad) Credits: starschanges.com


So I’ll sing Hallelujah
You were an angel in the form of my mother
When I was falling, you’d be there to hold me up
Spread your wings as you go
When God brings you back, he’ll say, “Hallelujah
Are you home”

The singer (or Ed’s mom) can’t see her mom as anyone other than a true angel sent from heaven. She therefore does not worry about his death, because she knows that God will be waiting for her at the gates of paradise and will welcome her back to paradise.

Verse 2

I fluffed the pillows, made the beds, stacked the chairs
Carefully fold your nightgowns into a case
John said he would drive then put his hand on my cheek
And wiped a tear from the side of my face

Imogen Sheeran tidies up her mother’s room in case she returns from the hospital. She has a glimmer of hope but she is already in tears. John Sheeran wipes the tear from his face and says he will go to the hospital.

These lines could also be interpreted differently. Imogen’s mother may have already passed away and Imogen is in denial. She makes the beds and folds the nightgowns in denial because she can’t accept what happened. John comforts her and says he will drive to the morgue or the funeral.


I hope I see the world like you because I know
A life with love is a life that has been lived

Ed’s mother wishes to be like his mother. She was a loving and caring soul and Imogen Sheeran wants to be like her

The chorus of “Supermarket Flowers” repeats itself again.


You were an angel in the form of my mother
You gotta see the person I’ve become
Spread your wings and I know
That when God took you back, he said, “Hallelujah
Are you home”

A slightly modified chorus sends us to tears in “Supermarket Flowers”. Ed’s mother is happy that she lived long enough to see her daughter grow into someone she was proud of. She lived to see her grandson become one of the biggest superstars in the world. In a nutshell, she was able to live the kind of life that others would envy. She did her homework as a mother and returned to her true paradise.

We can only imagine how loving and caring Ed’s grandmother had been for him to write such an amazing song. We can only pray for an even better afterlife for her and for her family to better cope with her passing.

We at JustRandomThings believe that “Supermarket Flowers” is one of the most beautiful and tragic songs Ed Sheeran has created to date and the fact that it comes from a personal space of his own makes it even more so. special.

So what do you think of “Supermarket Flowers”? Let us know in the comments below and maybe comment on your favorite lines from the song.

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