As It Was, Harry Styles’ much-anticipated first single from his new album has been released, but what is the meaning behind the lyrics?
Following the release of his third solo album, Harry’s House, the 28-year-old artist and actor released As It Was on Friday, April 1st. Harry previously confirmed the song’s title on Twitter with a series of photos of him walking down a hallway.
Those who have already heard As It Was believe it contains a subtle nod to his partner Olivia Wilde as well as a confession about his fame and personal struggles.
Meaning Of As It Was
As It Was is a mix of the sad and the beautiful, of sorrow and bliss, of personal struggles and of life celebration. Harry sings about a difficult time in his past in the upbeat song.
A heartwarming child’s voice can be heard at the beginning of the song saying, “Come on, Harry, we want to say goodnight to you.”
Ruby Winston, Harry’s 5-year-old goddaughter and the daughter of Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston, has been identified.
Many fans believe that the lyrics “In this world, it’s just us / You know it’s not the same as it was” allude to Harry’s feelings about his celebrity life and relationship with his celebrity.
“Answer the phone / ‘Harry, you’re no good alone / Why are you sitting at home on the floor?” the lyrics continue. “What kind of medication are you taking?”
That section alludes to a time when people were worried about Harry, as it refers to a period of self-isolation. As It Was also contains a subtle nod to Harry’s partner Olivia Wilde, with lyrics such as “two kids” and “Leave America.” Olivia and her ex-husband, Jason Sudeikis, have two children. Heardle just pulled the best April Fools’ Day prank of all time.
Fans React To Lyrics
Fans of Harry have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts and reactions to the song’s lyrics. Check out some of the tweets below.
As it was by Harry Styles
The beat: The lyrics: pic.twitter.com/VZHPVTCJ7x
— k || niall’s lover (@kissy4narry) March 31, 2022