Ed Sheeran’s “The Joker And The Queen,” is a Treat for Valentine’s Day
Ed Sheeran’s “The Joker And The Queen” sees the singer back in his element. The newly released remix featuring his friend Taylor Swift, showcases the singer’s songwriting skills and ability to make even the most cynical person fall in love. The singer released the music video just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The remix is from Sheeran’s 2021 Equals album. Neither star makes an appearance in the “The Joker And The Queen” video. Instead, a teen boy and a teen girl who serves as the star’s doppelgängers are the leads. Sheeran starts off the song as the lyrics tell a story of the young boy who is an outcast. The classic tale of a nerd vying for the popular girl in high school is the theme.
“I showed you my hand and you still let me win,” Sheeran sings.
His play on words represents the center focus of playing cards. In the royal family we all know the queen is supposed to end up with the king. Not in this case. When Swift’s part plays, viewers will see the characters are desperate to find their way back together after both leaving each other for different schools.
The song plays on the classic trope where belonging to certain groups means never being able to step outside of our environment to find friendship and love.
“And I know that you think what makes a king is gold, a palace, and diamond rings. When I fold, you see the best in me, the joker and the queen,” Swift sings, switching up Sheeran’s original lyrics.
Sheeran and Swift’s voices complement each other and they keep it subtle with no major climatic moments. Sheeran uses the end instrumental and end scene to bring the song to a beautifully executed epic conclusion.
“The Joker And The Queen”
Fans were correct when they speculated that Sheeran and Swift would collaborate once again. Earlier this week the singer teased the remix on his social media. Music lovers quickly noticed that the queen Sheeran used in his cover art looked similar to Swift.
This is not the first time that the two singer-songwriters worked together. They collaborated in 2012 with the single “Everything Has Changed.” The Voice mega mentors also toured together and reunited on Swift’s “End Game” single.