It's too cold outside
For angels to fly
Angels to fly

from Ed Sheeran – The A Team Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The night and time is too harsh for her to try and start a new life. In other words, she is procrastinating. She wants a better life, but she’s too depressed to think it will ever work out.

The line is a metaphor. it’s to cold outside is not referring to temperature but rather a cold society. Despite her beeing an “angel” she is unable to fly outside because she is constantly being judged by the cold society she lives in. thus the line it’s to cold outside for angels to fly.

The line is referring to her but is not a specific her. It is a general term on society and how superficial it is and that is basically what the song is about. It shows the human side of whats in this case a prostitute, but can be applied to anyone who we normally would not wanna relate to. I guess it’s a way to protect our selves.

Also worth noting is that the song was written for a girl named Angel that Sheeran met while he was volunteering at a shelter. The crack whore, Angel, clearly lead a terrible life, run down in a shelter and displaying all the obvious signs of cocaine addiction. Yet, Sheeran said that even though she was a cocaine addicted prostitute, he still found her to be a kind girl that let cocaine get the best of her. Henceforth, the song was written about her. In these two lines, Sheeran’s use of “angel” and not “Angel” portrays the kind “angel” that is still inside of her, which remains hidden underneath the white cold reigns of cocaine addiction. Basically, Angel the angel can’t fly because the cocaine’s taken over her world.

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