Yesterday, Ed Sheeran revealed further details of his third album 'Divide' - most notably, the tracklisting.
His Irish fans got extremely excited, however, about the fact that there was a song called 'Galway Girl' on the album:
It led to a lot of confusion and speculation about whether the song was a cover of Steve Earle's original hit, later covered in recent years by Mundy and Sharon Shannon:
Please let Ed Sheeran's song Galway girl be a cover of the actual song called Galway girl. ๐๐ผ— Lena (@LenasSpace) January 11, 2017
Ed Sheeran has Galway Girl on the album!! LEGEND.— Ryan McLoughlin (@iamRyanMc) January 11, 2017
@edsheeran Galway Girl??!!! Oh Ed that's lovely— Bry ๐ผ (@BryOnTour) January 11, 2017
Is Ed Sheeran covering "Galway Girl" on his new album? The very thought of how inescapable that'd be gives me an immediate anxiety attack. https://t.co/aIF7FopzZN— Alan (@nalanaheem) January 11, 2017
If Ed Sheeran's new album actually includes a cover of Galway Girl, I might actually die and go to heaven— Heidi (@heidigalbraith) January 11, 2017
This new era of Ed Sheeran is going to be IRISH AF imagine him playing Galway Girl in Croke Park ๐ฑ๐€๐ฎ๐ช— bronagh ๐'' (@harryisasaint) January 11, 2017
galway girl? classic irish tune from ed sheeran the boy from suffolk…? https://t.co/SWNSucT7A9— Ellie. (@ellena_andrewss) January 11, 2017
Can we talk about the fact that @edsheeran has a track called "Galway Girl" on the new album? TAKE ME BACK TO IRELAND PLZ— Casey Cattie (@caseycattie) January 11, 2017
if @edsheeran galway girl is the original recovered my life will be complete .. where can i hear this ๐๐ผ๐๐ผ๐ฉ— Toni Currid ๐บ (@ToniCurrid) January 11, 2017
Dear Ed Sheeran fans,— โฝ๏ธGary Traynor™ (@GaryTraynor1) January 11, 2017
Eds new album has
GALWAY GIRL on it
You're welcome !!!
The People Of Galway.
I'm severely doubting that @edsheeran's Galway Girl is a cover..— Nicola Bardon (@NicolaBardon) January 11, 2017
However, this appears to be as unlikely as it sounds - as the Irish Sun report, trad band Beoga feature on two of the 'Irish' tracks on the album - one of which is about Galway, and the other about Wexford, where his granny lives.
Besides, why on earth would he put a cover of another artist's song on his album and line their pockets?! Sorry, Steve Earle... not this time. Mundy... you're safe. For now.