And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland
Or sells love to another man

from Ed Sheeran – The A Team Lyrics on Rap Genius


The heroine of this song is an angel, and the “motherland” of an angel is heaven. Not only is it a clever way of comparing the euphoria of a high to heaven without being cliché, but the use of “motherland” also evokes the loneliness of a foreigner stuck abroad in a cruel and unfamiliar country, emphasizing that the woman is far nobler than the circumstances that oppress her.

And on nights, when she’s not in the ‘Motherland’, she’s selling her body to another man.

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