A new biography about Ed Sheeran has revealed the inspiration behind the song which is credited with getting him a record deal. According to the book, "Ed Sheeran's song," 'We Are', which was included in one of his very first self-released albums, was written after the death of a close school friend.
'We Are' was written about his friend, Stuart Dines, who died while he was on a school ski trip in Cologne in 2006. Ed was just 14 at the time of his friend's death, and 'We Are' was reportedly played at his funeral.
The book goes on to explain that, 'Ed had to come to terms with the death of someone he saw practically every day. He resolved to write a song about his feelings. He composed it, he said, "whilst I got round to actually accepting it".'