5. "Supermarket Flowers"
The pointillistic account of a woman packing up her recently deceased mother's belongings is one of the quieter moments on ÷ (Divide). Written from the point of view of Sheeran's mother, the ballad's verses portray the mundanity of life in the face of death, while its chorus reflects on the presence of angels on earth. "My grandmother was very ill during the time I was making the record and passed away at the end of me making the record, so we wrote this song as a tribute," Sheeran told Beats 1's Zane Lowe. "My grandfather just turned to me [at the funeral] and he was like, 'You have to put that out – that has to go on the record.'"