Ed Sheeran Plays The Song That Reminds Him Of His Childhood — With The Home Videos To Match

It's all for a good cause.

Ed Sheeran is sharing his earliest memories of music for a good cause. In a new video for the End the Silence campaign, which draws attention to the 8 million children worldwide living in orphanages, the singer answers the question, "What is the song that holds the most precious memory of your childhood?"

For Sheeran, that song is "Carrickfergus," performed by Van Morrison and The Chieftains. "I don't remember how old I was when I first heard that track, 'cause it was just always played throughout my childhood," the 26-year-old said, explaining that he would listen to it on cassette tape during drives with his parents from Yorkshire to London.


As Sheeran shares his memory, the video features home videos of the singer from his childhood, playing everything from the piano, to the cello, to the ukulele. He then plays a few lines of the song on his guitar from memory.

"I think most kids, music's part of your childhood in some way. Maybe it's hearing stuff on the radio and dancing to it. It's not always playing," he says, although he wishes he had kept up with the piano when he was younger.

Sheeran is joined by fellow musicians such as Elton John, Emeli Sande, and Paloma Faith in contributing to the End the Silence campaign's goal of creating "the world's largest collection of musical memories." The initiative, connected to the British charity Hope and Homes for Children, seeks to change the lives of children in orphanages around the world.

According to the campaign's website, as many as 37 out of every 100 children in orphanages may experience violence or sexual abuse, while 80 percent have a living parent, but were abandoned due to "poverty, disability or discrimination." The organization supports children and parents to help keep families together, and is working toward closing orphanages in Rwanda and Uganda.

"Anyone not having family in their life or music in their life, or stability, I think that's a very sad thing," Sheeran says at the close of the video, before encouraging fans to share their own musical memories from childhood, or donate to the End the Silence campaign. Through December 27, the U.K. government is matching every pound received.

Watch Sheeran talk about his childhood in the video below:

(H/T: NME)


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