"Sing" (CD single)

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Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Folk meets '70s R&B in inventive but boozy single.

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Positive Messages

Although the lyrics have some mature content with references to smoking, drinking, and sex, this is an expressive song about how music and love can give you the same exhilarating rush. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The character in "Sing" mentions drinking tequila, smoking, and is hitting on a girl while he's drunk. But he knows he's too drunk to drive, and the real message of the song is about losing yourself in the power of music. Still, not really role model material.


The only violence is metaphorical: the singer equates his love with feeling a "blaze" and says he sees "flames from the side of the stage."


The character in "Sing" wants to "get down" with a woman. He also says he wants to hold her "body close." Later in the song, he says, "one thing led to another now she’s kissing my mouth."


Though there's mature content in this song, there aren't any swear words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The character in "Sing" wants to be alone with a woman with "something to drink and maybe something to smoke." The woman in the song hands him "a bottle of water filled with tequila." The man gets drunk in the song, but knows he shouldn't drive.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Sing" is a hit single from British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran's album X. Sheeran worked with artist/producer Pharrell Williams on the production, which combines the sounds of acoustic folk, '70s R&B, and hip-hop. The lyrics focus on a man's strong desire for a woman. The singer wants the rest of the people in a club to disappear so he can have "something to drink and maybe something to smoke" and "get down." There's also mention of tequila and kissing in the song, and the character acknowledges that he is too drunk to drive. At the time of this review, there was no official video released for "Sing."

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Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2016

Amazing song with some iffy lyrics; Video is strange and questionably edgy.

Ed Sheeran's new single, SING, has an ultimately exciting and captivating sort of beat. It is, to make it clear, fun and energetic. It also features Pharre... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 16, 2021

rated y7

5 stars for no cuss, sex and just drugs and tiny sex. talking bout singing, also good for dancing.

What's the story?

In the world of Ed Sheeran's song called SING, a single from the album X, a man in a club wishes all the other guests would disappear so he could be alone with a woman he desires and they could "get down." He wishes there were nothing in the club but the two of them and "something to drink and maybe something to smoke." The character describes very passionate feelings for this woman, whom he says he loves and wants to hold. The woman hands him a water bottle that's full of tequila, and he says he knows she's a "keeper." The singer drinks a lot and knows that he's supposed to drive home but is too drunk to do so. "One thing leads to another" and the woman begins kissing him. Throughout the song, the singer equates the feeling he gets from music with feelings of love and passion.

Is it any good?

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is known for his inventive blend of acoustic folk music with rap, hip hop, and R&B elements. "Sing" is a particularly strong, fresh example of his unique style, presumably in part because of Pharrell Williams' involvement with the production. This song is modern in sentiment as well, with a largely unromantic and unglamorous view of drinking and sex. Fans of Sheeran and Pharrell are going to love the way this track sounds, and will have fun with the expressive lyrics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about personal songs. Writers often speculate about singers' personal lives based on the content of their songs. Do you think that's an important or interesting aspect of the music you like?

  • Ed Sheeran made this single with Pharrell Williams, whose one of many collaborations includes Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Can you hear any similar aspects to the productions/sounds?

  • Check out Ed Sheeran's collaboration with Taylor Swift"Everything Has Changed."

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