Ed Sheeran happily paid homage to his Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day by treating his huge international fan base to a brand new lyric video for his chart-topping Irish-themed track “Galway Girl.” He announced the drop and posted a link to the YouTube video via Twitter saying, “Got a lyric video for my next single Galway Girl, check it out x https://atlanti.cr/galwayyt”.
This video follows the colorful and catchy animated style of “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill’s” lyric videos. Hearts, a neon bar sign, liquor bottles, chatting Pac Man-style heads, a floating fiddle (from an Irish band) and a lucky four-leaf clover are just some of the images that float by as the lyrics pop out over them.
Sheeran paints a vivid lyrical picture of a perfect night with the perfect girl in an Irish pub. The song is up-tempo and fun, and makes us want to put on a pair of clogs and dance a proper Irish jig. It’s no wonder the track currently remains on top of Ireland’s Official Singles Chart for the second week in a row.
The ginger-haired singer is proud of his Irish heritage. His paternal grandparents hail from northern and southern Ireland, though his dad was born in London. Sheeran wrote a song about their meeting called "Nancy Mulligan" in which he sings of their relationship through his grandfather’s eyes. He says, “She was Nancy Mulligan/And I was William Sheeran/She took my name and then we were one/Down by the Wexford border.”
“Nancy Mulligan” is currently No. 4 on the Irish Singles Chart behind “Castle on the Hill” at No. 3. Divide tracks are claiming seven of the Top 10 Irish Singles Chart spots, with Kygo & Selena Gomez climbing from No. 17 to bust up Sheeran’s continuous block and steal No. 6. “Something Just Like This” by Chainsmokers & Coldplay also made a huge jump from No. 18 to No. 9 and “You Don’t Know Me” by Jax Jones feat. Raye shot from No. 19 to No. 10.
Sheeran’s “Galway Girl” lyric video has garnered over 4.4 million views on YouTube since its St. Patty’s Day posting. Divide is reportedly topping Australia and the UK Albums Charts for the second week in a row. The album also earns the same two-week, chart-topping distinction in Ireland with his Grammy-winning sophomore album x (Multiply) currently holding the No. 2 position and his debut album + snagging the No. 6 position.
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Got a lyric video for my next single Galway Girl, check it out x https://t.co/E8rrgOFeUB— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 17, 2017