Lyrics that need to be shared, Ed Sheeran's "Little Lady (Ft. Mikill Pane)"
That's how I feel about Ed Sheeran's "Little Lady (Ft. Mikill Pane)". The first time I listened to it, I was iffy about whether I liked it or not. That is, until I read the lyrics.
It's a gorgeous story and wonderfully done but my own words seem inadequate to explain the pure perfection and painful brute honesty that the song reveals. It's harsh and real, and doesn't censor anything. The lyrics aren't anything to take lightly.
"You drag yourself to the mirror to check your face then you cry.
Forget the visit to the clinic you were booked in for, you'll make a trip to the Whittington where they'll look at your jaw.
They'll be inquisitive and ask about your business for sure; they'll know you're fibbing if you tell them you got hit by your door.
But young woman, the pimp sees you as nothing but a dumb hooker- medical attention could be fatal cause the cunt wouldn't ever let a doctor near someone that's getting dough for him, cause next you got poxy authorities sticking their noses in."
It almost feels like too much at first. since the lyrics aren't even close to pg, but it's just enough to get it across; if it was written in a way that didn't have curses or such bluntness it would feel fake. It's not saying that the woman in the story is bad, or that she should be punished- she has to deal with her "pimp" who's abusive and cruel.
My favourite line of the song is beautiful. It's a play on words:
"With any luck you'll see the same dude that stitched your top lip last year when your pimp just lost it.
He wouldn't recognise if you stared him in the face anyway, 'cos all the heroin is making you age- but you're a heroine for taking the strain."
The heroin/heroine part is so ridiculously well written and I can't get enough of it. It's the best play on words I've ever heard in my life. I'm not sure why it sticks out to me so much, but every time I hear it I fall a little more in love with just how clever it is. It's also terribly sad; I feel nothing but sympathy for the woman depicted in the tale, for her situation isn't her fault:
"Mother had to get you out the motherland to study, that was all she struggled to have a single daughter with the upper hand.
Little does she know your never coming back- she put you in her brother's hands only for him to formulate another plan…
…see that you came to London to get pimped by your Uncle …"
When I first heard this line, my jaw nearly dropped. How could a family member do this to their niece? It's such a shocking twist and makes you feel even worse for the girl even if you hadn't before. Now it's not her fault- it's an industry she was forced into.
As if this masterpiece didn't already have enough emotional buildup that's so strong it's almost painful to listen to, the last line always makes me teary-eyed. There's a sinking feeling in my stomach each time I hear it or read it, because it's so tragic and unbelievable.
"Handbag's dropped and all the contents are all over the floor- despite the mess there's only one thing that's caught his eye.
And in the moment of rage, he brutally murders his niece and dumps her body in the booth of his Merc in the street.
Little lady left this earth in the worst way all because she got a card on her 13th birthday"
The entire time, this girl was thirteen years old. It's shocking and gut wrenching and heartbreaking. Even just typing this now, I'm experiencing sadness simply because of how this song is the saddest I have ever heard in all my time of listening to music. Lyrically, it's so flawless that there's no line that doesn't just add to the seriousness of the issue displayed.
This song is genious; fantastically written, tear jerking, and purely beautiful.
Take a listen, and read the lyrics: