As far as songwriting, my inspirations came from love, life and death, and viewing other people's situations.
With music, you could stick someone with a musical instrument or even not a musical instrument, get them to showcase their talent, and within 30 seconds you could tell whether they were good or not, but with acting you have to give them the right part.
Everyone knows almost everything about me. I make it very clear that I'm cool with people knowing all my personal life through my songs.
I've never really been a confident person, except from a musical standpoint. I had to push myself early on, but it got easier with each gig.
Instead of writing songs for girls, I tend to write albums, which I guess is a bit weird.
There's rarely a guy that doesn't have a belly or bad legs. If women can accept that for us, why can't we accept that for them? I once dated a girl who didn't like the dimples at the bottom of her spine — I talk about it in the song - and that was my favorite part of her! You have to remind them sometimes that being an individual is one of the most beautiful things about them.
I get tweets every single day going, like, "I'm so glad you weren't on 'The X Factor.'"
Country music is some of the best-written music in the world. So yeah, one day... I would keep my mind open to doing a country record.
The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is, just be nice to everyone and always smile. Always appreciate things, because (they) could be gone tomorrow.
Everyone still thinks I'm Scottish - that's totally wicked.
I do like my hair. It took a while to come around to the fact that it was quite a unique value point.
What I can say is I think (Miley Cyrus) a fantastic artist. She's got a fantastic voice. I made a comment in the past that I really regret making because I never like being mean.
(Miley Cyrus) got a fantastic voice. I do think she's a fantastic artist and does great songs. I wish her all the best.
My uncle always said, "Hurry slowly." I guess (it means) have the intensity of love but don't rush into it. Have the full feeling but take it slow. Ease into it.
The main idea of it was to multiply everything, to have a bigger sound and grow venue size and grow fan base. As for a lyrical theme of the album (named "X"), it's just diary entries; it's just kind of like three years of my life in songs.
I'm quite arty. I didn't know whether to become an artist or musician but I realised I could paint with music. All my songs have colours.
I think YouTube has destroyed the genre barrier. People can be into Justin Bieber and Eminem at the same time. It's a good thing.
I think if you have someone without a sense of humor, you're less likely to be together.
Negativity isn't the way to go, smile more, eat some chocolate
In my eyes, there's no one better than Stevie Wonder. He's a top dude.
For me, Spotify is not even a necessary evil. It helps me do what I want to do.
It was always meant to ease out of a big radio song and flow into the next one. 'Don't' is the bridge song in between 'Sing' and 'Thinking Out Loud.'
The public has heard the stereotypical love songs a million times, and they've heard the stereotypical life-or-death songs millions of times. It's good to mix it up a little bit.
I've had years of teasing about my red hair, but I definitely think it toughened me up. If you're ginger, you end up pretty quick-witted.
I personally don't think ginger men have a habit of being attractive. We have to make ourselves seem attractive by doing stuff.
I saw Damien Rice in Dublin when I was 13, and that inspired me to want to pursue being a songwriter. I practised relentlessly and started recording my own EPs. At 16, I moved to London and played any gigs I could, selling CDs from my rucksack to fund recording the next, and it snowballed from there.
I kind of like the way that I came up as an artist. I like experimenting.
I want to have a career that evolves as I go on.
I think encouraging young people to twerk might be a bad thing. It's a stripper's move. If I had a daughter of nine, I wouldn't want her twerking.
The tongue has no bones, but can break a heart.
Success is the best revenge for anything. Keep your head down and work hard to achieve.
The more you write tunes, the better they will become. The more you do gigs, the better you will become. It's just kind of like the facts of life; the practice makes perfect thing. Keep your fingers crossed, start from the bottom and work your way up.
I met Bill Clinton; he's a very nice guy. Yeah, Bill Clinton's cool.
I think that this win (Grammy) in particular was a cool moment for me and the director (Emil Nava), because it was the first award he's ever won.
I don't know if my songs fit in films.
I really don't know what's good or bad art because all the art I like people tell me is tasteless.
I don't think that there's much that sets me apart from other musicians, but I think there are definitely things that set me apart from other kinds of artists.
The whole 'studly womaniser' thing, I mean, I quite enjoy the title - it's just not very accurate.
Never be friends with your exes if you weren't friends with them before.
Growing up, I was inspired by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Damian Rice was a huge influence for me musically.
I think to be successful at anything you have to put in a hell of a lot of effort. Pick your battles. I picked music, put in a lot of effort, and it's worked.
I think the moment you start trying to please a fan base is when you start going downhill. I'm going to always, always write about what I want, even if it doesn't necessarily cater to most of them.
Paper or razor blade, never give up. And just remember just to hold out more a couple years ago. I couldn't just control that thought. You'd find me buskin' on the street when it was cold outdoors. And now I'm sweating on the stage with the sold out tours writing love songs for the sake of it. Never to make a hit
It's cool. One of the dudes who I made my album with who I'm a very good friend of for quite a while, I lived on his sofa for a while. And he's a professional guitar player, and he played for One Direction. And so I'd wake up on a sofa sometimes with Harry from One Direction on the other sofa, and I'd kind of be like "you alright?"
If love what you can't have, then you have to love what you've got
There were a couple of things I needed to do while I was in New York. One was to have a pizza pie, one was to get a tattoo and the other was to get a Yankees hat.
I'm always doing something before I'm going to them. For instance, I was doing a show the night before this one. I never really think about it too much because it's always in the middle of a lot of things.
'Kiss Me.' That's my 'Twilight' tune, a song you'd have on the 'Twilight' soundtrack.
What didn't kill me, It never made me stronger at all.
Harry Potter is awesome.
I want to make the songs good. I think this is my main focus.
Emil's (Nava), the video director. Originally, I was meant to do all the stuff that the puppet was doing. I just wasn't that comfortable with doing it, so he had a puppet made.
You kind of half-prepare a speech in your head, and then you get up there and then you end up saying nothing that was in your head before you went up there. It's a very weird thing. I never do award speeches too well.
The thing that I took away as an early fan from Bob Dylan was the storytelling aspects. He can tell some wicked stories.
No one else is going to do it for you, if you want it bad enough then go out and do it yourself.
I was on some TV shows with Lady Gaga the other week, and you could see the difference in reaction between her fans and my fans outside. She comes out, and she looks like a star, and the reaction is just tears, crying, people going, "Oh my God, Oh my God." My fans are like: "Alright, Ed."
I would say, you can never do enough gigs and you can never do enough songs. Make sure that every opportunity you can, play a show and every opportunity you can, write a song.
I think I've been around for a while. But I still have to pay my dues.
And you should never cut your hair 'cause I love the way you flick it off your shoulders
Tell her that she turns my cheeks the color of my hair
Granny Sheeran told me when I'm looking for a partner to fall in love with their eyes cause eyes are the only things that don't age, so if you fall in love with their eyes you'll be in love forever.
I've fallen for your eyes, but they don't know me yet
If love what you can't have, then you have to love what you've got.
Paint stuff and make jam. You're good at doing that.
Pain is only relevant if it still hurts.
If I ever have any back-up dancers, I want the penguins from Madagascar.
Be a true heart, not a follower.
Don't hold me down. I think my braces are breaking, and it's more than I can take.
I don't really do that whole 'single life' thing. I'm kind of heads down and get things done.
Be yourself. Embrace your quirks.
Pizza is a circle. Pizza is my life. Pizza is the circle of life,
You're just a small bump unknown, you'll grow into your skin.
I don't know when I lost my mind, maybe when I made you mine.
I'll whisper quietly, I'll give you nothing but truth.
When my hands don't play the strings the same way I know you will still love me the same.
They say...She's in the Class A Team. Stuck in her daydream. Been this way since eighteen.
Give me love like her, 'Cause lately I've been waking up alone.
All my walls stood tall painted blue and I'll take them down, take them down and open up the door for you.
I'll leave you be. Right in front of me for a couple weeks so I can keep you safe.
People fall in love in mysterious ways. Maybe it's all part of a plan.
You are the earth that I will stand upon. You are the words that I will sing.
I've been feeling everything. From hate to love. From love to lust. From lust to truth. I guess that's how I know you.
I know you'll never love me like you used to.
Why didn't kill me it never made me stronger at all.
And I know these scars will bleed, but both of our hearts believe all of these stars will guide us home
It's dark in a cold December, but I've got you to keep me warm. If you're broken I will mend you and I'll keep you sheltered from the storm that's raging on now.
I'm out of sight, I'm out of mind. I'll do it all for you in time. And out of all these things I've done I think I love you better now. I'm out of touch, I'm out of love. I'll pick you up when you're getting down.
You were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life. Maybe you were needed up there but we're still unaware as why.
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