The A team narrates the story of a girl addicted to drugs, living on the streets of London. She tried to sell magazines for money, only managing to sell one to the artist of the song, Ed Sheeran. The girl also was struggling so much, that she had decided to sell her body, to get as much as she could. She may not have liked it, but it provided an income in general for the young woman. Later on, it had all became too much pain, and she just wanted to end it all. She traded in her dirty money for drugs, getting high, this part is referenced by the lyric “…and in a pipe she flies to the motherland,” which is intended to mean that she is using the drugs as a vehicle to enter her own world to escape reality.