Lyrics from Harry Styles's Self-Titled Album That Make Me Want to Die
in a puddle of my own tears, that is.
Harry Styles by Harry Styles has literally been the fault of about 53 of my mental breakdowns in the last two years. Does he even know what he's doing to us? Does he?
His songs, especially the ones he's written post 1D, have been so full of angsty lyrics and deep emotion that they could be mistaken for the insides of a 13-year-old's diary, but with more maturity of course.
What I'm trying to get to is that Harry Styles is making me cry again, but is this really news? I mean, he's been doing it since 2010. He's a pro by now, and his most recent music is proof.
I've got my tissues ready. Do you? Here goes nothing. Let's start with easily the most angsty song on the album. That sounds like a good idea.
1. "Meet Me in the Hallway"
Just let me know I'll be on the floor, on the floor
Maybe we'll work it out
There's so much hope in the last line, but it's clear that Harry has given up. He's put his heart out there. He's been vulnerable enough to do that. Now, he's paying the price for his love.
I gotta get better, gotta get better
Okay, close your eyes a minute. Imagine screaming this along with Harry at a live concert. That sounds like better therapy than what I pay for normally.
'Cause you left me in the hallway
Give me some more
Just take the pain away
He's begging. Begging for someone to take the pain away. When he was on tour, he often changed that last lyric to "take my pain away." If that doesn't completely shatter your already broken heart, what's wrong with you?
P.S. Who the hell would leave Harry freaking Styles in the hallway? Asking for a friend.
2. "Sign of the Times"
Before we even get to the lyrics of this one, just the backstory by itself is enough to render me in tears before the song even begins. Harry stated that he wrote this song from the perspective of a mother dying after having her child. These were her last words to that child; saying, go out and conquer. That just gives you goosebumps. Especially after Harry lost his stepdad. Now, it takes on an entirely new meaning.
We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The way Harry's voice so effortlessly floats through this line is enough to give me goosebumps.
Just stop your crying
It's a sign of the times
We gotta get away from here
Okay, let's abandon the song's true meaning for a minute. Just taking this line alone, it's heartbreaking to think about it in relation to Harry's personal life. He's always running from something. He's always running from the thing that's hurting him. That's angst. That's sad. That's true heartbreak.
Remember everything will be alright
There's nothing sad here. This was the bop I needed after bawling my eyes out to the first two. This song "feels so good." Ha, get it? My pun? Fine. Harry would've gotten it.
4. "Two Ghosts"
Anddddd... we're back to heartbreak. Yay for us. Written in 2014, many say that this song was written about Taylor Swift. Okay. I'm going to go on a Larry rant for .3 seconds. Taylor and Harry were "together" for the winter. Literally. They weren't together long enough to conjure such lyrics as this song produced. This song, written at the height of Harry and Louis' uncomfortable and rare public interactions, is clearly about their relationship and Harry's heartbreak pertaining to it. If I wasn't sure before, I am now that Louis has performed "Too Young."
Sounds like something that I used to feel
But I can't touch what I see
He misses the comfort he used to have. He misses the person he used to spend every waking moment with, and even though that person is closer than ever, he can't touch him.
We're just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
Harry feels empty without his love. You hear that? That's the sound of my heart breaking into about 456 pieces.
The fridge light washes this room white
Moon dances over your good side
This was all we used to need
Tongue-tied like we've never known
Telling those stories we already told
'Cause we don't say what we really mean
This whole second verse is quite simply my favorite lyric Harry has ever written. It is so elegant and so heartbreakingly and brilliantly written I just can't. It would be easy to say "I miss you," but that's not what Harry did. He said "I long for you. I need you. I can't breathe without you, but when you're here, you take everything I need."
5. "Sweet Creature"
Had another talk about where it's going wrong
But we're still young
We don't know where we're going
But we know where we belong
See: "Too Young" by Louis Tomlinson if you would like to make this even more heartbreaking.
And oh we started
Two hearts in one home
Harry effectively saying: we started together, we drifted apart, I hope we'll end up together in the end. This lyric is precisely the reason why if Louis's next single is called "We Made It," I'll die.
6. "Only Angel"
Okay, bear with me. While it doesn't seem like any lyrics would be particularly sad in this one, underneath that hard rock exterior, there's a heartbroken rocker.
Open up your eyes, shut your mouth and see
That I'm still the only one who's been in love with me
Harry is admitting that he can't find someone who loves him for him.
I'll guess I'll be getting you stuck in between my teeth
And there's nothing I can do about it
Broke a finger knocking on your bedroom door
I got splinters in my knuckles crawling across the floor
He doesn't want to want this person as much as he does. He's addicted to the feeling of being in love, but he realizes that this isn't love. Not the kind he's used to. He's searching for that love again.
The headbanger I need to get me through the rest of this album. Nothing sad to see here.
8. "Ever Since New York"
There's no water inside this swimming pool
This line's not particularly sad at the onset until you realize that this is Harry's way of saying he's cried so much that there aren't any tears left.
And I've been praying, I never did before
Understand I'm talking to the walls
I've been praying ever since New York
Harry feels utterly hopeless so he turns to the one thing he never has before: prayer. He knows it's hopeless, but he does it anyway.
I hope you can see the shape that I'm in
While he's touching your skin
He's right where I should, where I should be
But you're making me bleed
He's lost his love, and he's aching to have it back. It's too hard for him to see his love with someone knew, and quite frankly, it's too hard for us to hear him sing about it.
10. "From the Dining Table"
This whole song is freaking sad. It wouldn't be fair of me to try and pick out the ones that are most heartbreaking, but I'll go ahead and list a few that render me a complete emotional reck.
Woke up alone in this hotel room
Played with myself, where were you?
Fell back to sleep, I got drunk by noon
I've never felt less cool
We haven't spoke since you went away
Comfortable silence is so overrated
Why won't you ever be the first one to break?
Even the phone misses your call, by the way
I saw your friend that you know from work
He said you feel just fine
I see you gave him my old T-shirt
More of what was once mine
I see it's written, it's all over his face
Comfortable silence is so overrated
Why won't you ever say what you want to say?
Even my phone misses your call, by the way
I'm going to stop while I'm ahead because as you can see, I'm listing the entire song. Oops.