Ed Sheeran just dropped his new song out of nowhere, but what’s the meaning behind Afterglow? We explore the lyrics and reactions.

Normally, Ed Sheeran’s music is highly anticipated, but his latest song Afterglow was announced just a day before he released it. Posting on Instagram on December 20th, he wrote: “11am GMT tomorrow. A Christmas present.”

Yesterday, December 21st, he posted the song to YouTube with a video of him performing it. Alerting his fans on Instagram, he wrote: “Hey guys. Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you. It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too.”

“Enjoy! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x,” he added.

What is the meaning of Ed Sheeran’s Afterglow?

Fans have rushed to speculate what the meaning is behind the Afterglow and have seemingly come to one conclusion. The song is a love song and seems to be about the arrival of his daughter.

In September, Ed announced the birth of his daughter with wife Cherry, with a picture of baby socks captioned: “A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you…Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.”

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The meaning of the song name Afterglow alone makes hints to the birth, with the definition of the word ‘afterglow’ referring to the feelings after a good or successful experience.

While one fan even pointed out that Lyra is the name of a constellation of stars, and that stars leave an afterglow, suggesting further that the song is about her coming into their lives and leaving her mark.

The lyrics further argue this idea, with the song including lines like:

“We were love drunk, waiting on a miracle,

Trying to find ourselves in the winter snow,

So alone in love like the world had disappeared,

I won’t be silent and let go,”

With her middle name being Antarctica, it’s long been a fan theory that she may have been conceived there and so the winter snow lyrics come into play here.

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Fans’ reactions to the song

Fans hinted on Twitter that the song could be about daughter Lyra:

Regardless of the meaning behind Afterglow, fans have taken to Twitter to share their approval for the song.

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