“Overpass Graffiti” is the fifth song from Ed Sheeran’s fourth album “=”, which was released on the 29th October 2021 through Asylum UK Records. The synth-pop song sees Sheeran reminisce about an old lover and how his love for them will never change.
The track has performed particularly well, charting high on Spotify’s UK Top 50 playlist. Speaking to Apple Music about the track, Sheeran spoke about his use of graffiti as a metaphor for an old love that has faded over time, but has never completely gone away:
“The song’s about a breakup that was years ago. You still hold on to the memory of that and it will never fade, like graffiti on the overpass. Originally, this song was a power ballad, it was very slow. Then Fred said, ‘Have you ever thought about making it double time?’ It gave it new life.”
– Ed Sheeran, Apple Music (2021)
The music video for “Overpass Graffiti” was released on the 29th October 2021 and was directed by Jason Koenig – the same director who directed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, “Galway Girl”, “Perfect”, “South of the Border” and “Put It All on Me”. The video shows Sheeran making his way through various U.S. states, meeting various people and attending raves, swimming in lakes and riding motorcycles. The video features retired professional sumo Yamamotoyama Ryüta, and actors Jason Momoa and Emilio rivera. in under 2 weeks, the video had received over 18.2 million views and a quarter of a million likes.
Read the lyrics to “Overpass Graffiti” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing.