For anybody who's grown up in a small town, this new Ed Sheeran
single, "Castle On The Hill," literally hits really close to home. With clips of awkward kisses, 12 years olds smoking cigarettes, and a group of teenage friends drinking their first sips of alcohol, Sheeran truthfully paints the picture of being raised in a small town. He looks at it with a wistfulness and sums it up with the image of "we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill." It's hard to not feel a little bit nostalgic of your past after the hearing the first part of this song.
What he said in the latter half of the song sold it for me though. He also says that those kids grow up, too. With lines like "One friend left to sell clothes," "one has two kids but lives alone,"
and "one's brother overdosed,"
Sheeran doesn't romanticize his nostalgia, but presents what comes with it. And as somebody who comes from a small town, a sentiment like that is really appreciated; because while being in a smaller community makes you extremely close to your friends and everybody that you live around, it also makes events like the one Sheeran is describing hit so much harder.