Harry Styles debut single "Sign of the Times" was a hit with the fans from the moment it dropped earlier this month. But as amazing as it is to listen to Harry sing, "Just stop your crying, it's a sign of the times," in his sexy, gravelly voice, you'd be lying if you said you know exactly what the lyrics mean.
Since the lyrics are a bit vague, fans have generally come up with their own deeper meanings. Some say it's a commentary on how people today project happy facades to hide that they're hurting inside. Others think Harry's making a veiled political statement about the world not learning from its past mistakes.
Now, in his new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Harry revealed what the meaning behind the song actually is. HINT: It's even sadder than you thought.
"The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there's a complication," he told the publication. "The mother is told, 'The child is fine, but you're not going to make it.' The mother has five minutes to tell the child, 'Go forth and conquer.'"
Woah. That's really heavy. Knowing the song is a dying mother's final words to her newborn gives the song a whole new meaning.
But it's almost like fans were right about the song's message the whole time as well. Because the mother is telling her child to open up and connect with people when they get older.
Basically, Harry is the mother and we're his newborn baby.
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