In the nearly five-minute video directed by Jason Koenig, Sheeran stumbles around a gas station before hitchhiking with young and wild strangers. The group drives in a van through beautiful scenery and arrives at a deserted lake for swimming, cliff jumping, and swimming.
“I’ll always love you for what it’s worth,” the four-time Grammy winner sings in the chorus. “We will never fade like graffiti on the viaduct.”
As night falls, Sheeran’s tattoos glow in the dark as everyone goes wild at an outdoor rave. As Sheeran has a blast, the news he misses floods newspapers and TV shows. Hitchhiking with a biker gang – one member tattooed “Perfect” on his hand, possibly referencing Sheeran’s # 1 single in 2017.
Sheeran falls from the back of the motorcycle, forcing him to hitchhike again. This time, he takes a little tour with a young family and finally settles in a tour bus that goes “everywhere”. Uh, is that a clue?
“Overpass Graffiti” is one of 14 songs on “= (Equals)”, the 30-year-old’s fourth solo studio album which was also released on Friday.
“This is my favorite album that I made, I’m so proud of it”, Sheeran wrote on Instagram. “Thanks to all the great people who worked on it with me. To the fans, I hope you like it as much as I do, it’s been a long journey up to this point. Have a fantastic weekend xx”
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