THIS MORNING, ED Sheeran released Galway Girl, his most Irish-infused song yet.
A collaboration with trad group Beoga, the song comes replete with references to Guinness, fiddles and Carrickfergus. An Irish Madlibs, if you will.
According to Ed Sheeran, it hit number one in Ireland this morning.
But there’s one lyric that has left listeners perplexed.
I met her on Grafton Street right outside of the bar/She shared a cigarette with me while her brother played the guitar
Come again, Ed? Grafton Street is home to many things, but bars aren’t exactly one of them.
Is it possible you got pissed in the Disney store one night?
Now there are a few pubs that Ed could conceivably be talking about.
Lillie’s Bordello, Adam Court, Grafton Street
A celebrity haunt, for sure. But the kind of place that would play Van Morrison on a jukebox? Absolutely not. (More likely to get the shift on the dancefloor to I Gotta Feeling.)
Likelihood of Ed Sheeran dancing on stools and getting hammered with a Galway girl in Lillies? Not terribly likely.
Captain Americas, Grafton Street
Ah, Captain Americas – home to cheap cocktails, burgers and college students. Is it possible that Ed Sheeran romanced a young woman from Galway in here? Technically. Would it be incredibly grim if he did? Yes.
Likelihood of Ed Sheeran dancing on stools and getting hammered with a Galway girl in Captain America’s? Honestly this would be amazing, but no.
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Bruxelles on Harry Street. (Just off Grafton Street, to be fair.)
Bruxelles is renowned for being a spot for music heads, having been frequented by Phil Lynott back in the day. It also counts Oasis, Girls Aloud, Snow Patrol and 50 Cent as among the famous faces to have stopped by in the past.
Likelihood of Ed Sheeran dancing on stools and getting hammered with a Galway girl in Bruxelles? Reasonably likely.
Of course there’s also a possibility that he’s talking about an exclusive pub for rich people that us plebs have not been made aware of.
Or the far more likely possibility that he just wanted to pick the most famous street in Dublin and to hell with accuracy.
Word to the wise, Ed: Camden Street has the same number of syllables as Grafton Street and is infinitely more believable.
Just something to consider.
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