“Celestial” by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s “Celestial” is another track that can be classified under the recent trend of songs created by popular musicians specifically for videogames which, at least on the surface, don’t actually read as if they are based on the game itself.
So in this case for example, “Celestial” is associated with the ever-popular, neve-rending Pokémon series.
Being that there are so many installments in the franchise, some of them obviously have romantic undertones, even though the game(s) itself primarily centers on various types of fictional creatures going at it with each other.
Lyrics of “Celestial”
In the case of “Celestial”, this can in fact be deemed as a love song. The exact nature of the relationship between the vocalist and the person he’s addressing is not specified.
But all lyrics considered, especially as far as the bridge is concerned, it does read a lot as if they are lovers.
In any event, more to the ultimate-sentimental point is the vocalist’s emotional dependency on the addressee. Or the way Ed puts it, being with this person or knowing that she is thinking about him gives the vocalist a “celestial” feeling.
And as revealed in the bridge, using more down-to-earth logic, what that allegory points to is the two of them sharing a true love. They share a love in which they are able to ‘find magic in all the smallest things’.
Or put differently, the affection between them is a genuine one. It is not one that is predicated on anything material, external or superficial. Or explained otherwise yet again, their relationship is such that it grants the vocalist an authentic appreciation for the gift of life in and of itself. This is because he is able to share his life with the addressee.
So how this all will tie into the storyline of the forthcoming Pokémon game, if at all, remains to be seen. We know that the franchise sports its own fair share of romances or what have you.
But it is also possible, due to the lack of specification of the relationship involved, that these lyrics speak to one of the strong friendships found therein, such as of course between Ash and Pikachu.
Release of “Celestial”
Ed Sheeran, whose discography dates back to 2005, has already firmly established himself as one of the top singers in the world. But still he has been quite active in 2022, even after the dropping of “Equals”, his most recent album, which came out in 2021.
The overwhelming majority of tracks Sheeran dropped in 2022 have been collaborations.
“Celestial”, which was released on 29 September 2022, is sort of a novelty song. This is because it is directly related to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, a videogame.
Pokémon, which traces its own origins back to the mid-1990s, holds the distinction of being the highest-grossing media franchise in the world. And Ed Sheeran has noted that he personally was a fan/patron of its products.
Credits for “Celestial”
Pokémon is a franchise which of course is based in Japan. The director of this track’s music video, Yuichi Kodama, is himself Japanese.
Sheeran wrote and produced this track with Steve Mac. Other notable tracks the pair have worked on together include:
Another of Ed’s regular collaborators, Johnny McDaid, also served as one of the co-writers of “Celestial”. It should be noted that McDaid also worked with Sheeran and Mac on the global hit song “Shape of You”.
Some other prominent songs McDaid has co-written with Ed Sheeran are: