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Few things are more paradoxically predictable at this point than artists reinventing themselves.


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On the one hand, if you play the same old songs and notes, you risk sounding stale and rote and the public becoming bored with you, or you becoming bored and burning out yourself. On the other hand, if you try and fail, you risk the public not just turning on your current reinvented persona but going back and retroactively deciding that your former songs weren’t that great to begin with.

Some self-inventions become pop culture masterpieces. Consider David Bowie and his critically acclaimed journey from Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust to The Thin White Duke. Some self-inventions become pop culture punchlines. Consider Taylor Swift’s meme-ably mocked “Look What You Made Me Do,” her most critically panned catastrophe this side of, well, Cats.

So where does Ed Sheeran’s latest vampire pop reinvention “Bad Habits” fall on that scale? To fully answer that question, we have to first look at the backstory to the song.


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COVID Songs vs. Acoustic Songs

While, as Elton John famously put it, “Sad Songs Say So Much,” is it possible that they can be too sad and say too much in the Age of COVID? Ed Sheeran and Co. seem to think so, and that’s a big reason why “Bad Habits” exists as we know it.

It’s fair to say that few things have reshaped society as radically as the COVID pandemic. It is still ongoing with the Delta variant still fueling cases, no matter how much some people (or governments) wish to pretend otherwise. Still, with vaccination rates above 50%, and Sheeran’s native UK seeing restrictions loosen amid 75% of adults having received two vaccines as of the 11th of August, the mood around COVID has changed.

While nobody should be talking about “the end of the pandemic” just yet, it’s those restrictions loosening and accompanying good mood we have to thank for “Bad Habits.” At least that’s part of the inspiration, as related by Sheeran himself. As Rolling Stone reports, Sheeran and his producers initially conceived of another acoustic song in the vein of his past guitar-strumming hits. His acoustic style’s what tends to lead searches for Ed Sheeran sheet music. Read more about "The Story Behind Ed Sheeran's Bad Habits Song" in our blog »


Lyrics

One, two, three, four
Ooh, ooh

Every time you come around, you know I can't say no

Every time the sun goes down, I let you take control
I can feel the paradise before my world implodes
And tonight had something wonderful

My bad habits lead to late nights endin' alone

Conversations with a stranger I barely know
Swearin' this will be the last, but it probably won't
I got nothin' left to lose, or use, or do

My bad habits lead to wide eyes stare into space

And I know I'll lose control of the things that I say
Yeah, I was lookin' for a way out, now I can't escape
Nothin' happens after two, it's true, it's true
My bad habits lead to you

Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

My bad habits lead to you
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
My bad habits lead to you

Every pure intention ends when the good times start

Fallin' over everything to reach the first time's spark
It started under neon lights, and then it all got dark
I only know how to go too far

My bad habits lead to late nights endin' alone

Conversations with a stranger I barely know
Swearin' this will be the last, but it probably won't
I got nothin' left to lose, or use, or do

My bad habits lead to wide eyes stare into space

And I know I'll lose control of the things that I say
Yeah, I was lookin' for a way out, now I can't escape
Nothin' happens after two, it's true, it's true
My bad habits lead to you

Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

My bad habits lead to you
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

We took the long way 'round

Burned 'til the fun ran out, now

My bad habits lead to late nights endin' alone

Conversations with a stranger I barely know
Swearin' this will be the last, but it probably won't
I got nothin' left to lose, or use, or do

My bad habits lead to wide eyes stare into space

And I know I'll lose control of the things that I say
Yeah, I was lookin' for a way out, now I can't escape
Nothin' happens after two, it's true, it's true
My bad habits lead to you

Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

My bad habits lead to you
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
My bad habits lead to you