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Harry Styles has finally had the chance to spread his wings as a singer/songwriter since leaving One Direction. Now, he can write about his experiences and make sure his lyrics are personal, or at least feel personal to his own journey. Given he has had a number of famous exes, as well, many have wondered what his lyrics mean, and who they are about.
According to an interview with The Guardian, Harry does write about those in his life.
However, he has tried to be subtle and not lead his lyrics to be under the microscope too much.
He told the interviewer how his friend, Tom Hull, told him: “Just date amazing women, or men, or whatever, who are going to f**k you up… Let it affect you and write songs about it.”
Harry writes with Tom and producer Tyler Johnson, and admits he doesn’t “think too much” about what he’s writing as it comes out.
However, he did say he questions lyrics if they are fairly specific, and could pinpoint a specific ex.
He said: “If a song’s about someone, is that fine? Or is that gonna get annoying for them, if people try to decipher it?”
At that time, no exes had called him out on any of his lyrics, though the album was newly out, jokingly telling the interviewer to “ask me in a month” if anyone had reacted.
While Harry could not be any more specific about the lyrics, the interviewer, Tom Lamont, suggested some lyrics and who they could be about.
He said: “The new album, Fine Line, is at its best when capturing late-hours moments, drunk calls,’“wandering hands’, kitchen snogs. A golden-haired lover recurs.
“There are up tracks, down tracks, some with the trippy delirium of harpsichord-era Stones, others with the angsty Britpop swell of strings.
“While I listened, I couldn’t help scribbling down names, possible subjects.
“On the lyric ‘There’s a piece of you in how I dress”’I wrote: maybe Kendall? In a song about a lover ‘way too bright for me’: surely Taylor.”
Evidently, Harry tries not to be too specific about who he is writing about with each song, and instead just writes how he feels.
Asked by Tom why Harry even bothers to date such famous people when the likelihood of the relationship being successful is so small, he said: “Don’t we all do that, though? Go into things that feel relatively doomed from the start?
“Um. I mean, I do [date normal people]. I have a private life. You just don’t know about it.”
He spoke a little bit about what it is like to date normal people rather than celebrities, adding: “Uh-h-h. Like any conversation, I guess, it’s easier if you’re honest.
“But I try to let it come up when it comes up. Cos that’s a weird thing to talk about, y’know?
“If you’ve just started seeing someone, and you’re, like: [he adopts a throaty, mission-briefing voice] ‘So! This is what’s gonna happen!’
“I don’t wanna have that conversation, man. It would be f**king weird. Not sexy, no.”
It may be Harry’s writing may turn from being about his famous relationships from his time with “normals,” though fans will still enjoy deciphering the lyrics anyway.
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