Reasoning Behind The Lyrics- Fine Line Album



Ava Dezinski, Staff Writer

    Fine Line is the second album released by Harry Styles and was released on December 13th, 2019. In November of 2019 Styles did an interview with Zane Lowe on the album, and Styles talked about how the focus of the album was about freedom for him. Styles wanted to have fun with the new release and wanted to create his own success outside of One Direction. The album follows the extreme highs and lows during a relationship. With songs like “Fine Line” and “Golden”  the storyline really shows through. The hit song of the album was ‘Watermelon Sugar’ ranking number one on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in August of 2020. The feedback from fans has been very positive. Fans took to twitter to share their support for Styles and his own music career, and how they relate to songs like ‘Falling’. Fans identify with the album so well, and the meaning behind the lyrics tell why.


  Golden- ”Golden’’, the opening track of the album, follows the happiness and fears felt during the honeymoon phase of a new relationship. Golden also highlights the possibility of heartbreak during a relationship. The line “And I know that you’re scared, because hearts get broken,” portrays this idea to listeners very well. The song also sheds light onto the idea of perfection of the other person in the relationship. The Line “I know you were way too bright for me, I’m hopeless, broken”, conveys the idea of not being good enough for the other person and giving them a sense of fear of being in a relationship. 


  Watermelon Sugar- “Watermelon Sugar’’ is the second track for the album and highlights the excitement of a new relationship. The song follows a summer love and the bliss of being around them. “Watermelon Sugar” is one of the more lighthearted songs on the album. This song deepens the story the album tells, depicting the happiness or “high” of a relationship, as heard in the lyrics. 


  Adore You- With the third track on the album, the story line is furthered showing the good parts of a relationship. The song is about the extremes one would go for their significant other. The lyrics “I’d walk through fire for you, just let me adore you,” talks about the extremes, like walking through fire. The song is filled with passion and love as is furthering the idea of the significant other’s perfection. The outro “Just let me adore you, like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do,” illustrates the way the other person in the relationship is viewed. 


  Lights Up- Harry Styles used this song as a form of freedom and self expression. Styles talked about how this song is about self reflection and discovery. This song played a big part in the feeling of freedom Styles wanted with the album. The line “Do you know who you are,” furthers the path of self discovery that Styles aimed for with this song. With the line “Lights up and they know who you are, know who you are,” seems to dig into what comes with being a celebrity. People ‘knowing’ who you are, but you yourself not knowing who you are. 


  Cherry- “Cherry” is openly about Harry Styles’ 2018 breakup with Camille Rowe. Styles said that he wanted to be true to his feelings about the breakup and wrote “Cherry”. The song illustrates the feeling of jealousy throughout a breakup. The chorus “Don’t you call him baby, we’re not talking lately, don’t you call him what you used to call me,” gets across the feeling of jealousy Styles was feeling. The line “I noticed that there’s a piece of you in how I dress, take it as a compliment,” also reveals feelings of abandonment in the breakup. After a breakup there are still pieces of the person left behind, and “Cherry” has a unique way of showing that to listeners. 


  Falling- As one of the sadder songs on the album, “Falling” is about realizing you’ve become someone you don’t want to be. The lines “What am I now? What am I now? What if I’m someone I don’t want around,” gives the listeners a strong representation of the realization that maybe you’re becoming someone you wouldn’t want to be around. The lyrics “What if I’m down? What if I’m out? What if I’m someone you won’t talk about,” focuses on the lows of a relationship that the album follows. The song focuses on becoming aware of the fact that you drove the other person away and that you’re becoming someone no one seems to like anymore; not even you.


  To Be So Lonely- “To Be So Lonely” follows closely to the storyline of “Cherry” and “Falling”, which are two very emotional songs. This song is made to resemble a drunken phone call while in a state of denial after a break up. “To Be So Lonely” has a carefree tone but is filled with complaints of loneliness as well as jealousy. The line “Do you think it’s easy being of the jealous kind,” explores the jealousy aspect of the song as well as the chorus, “Don’t call me baby again, you got your reasons”. In “Cherry”, Styles says “Don’t you call him baby,” and this song is a continuation of jealousy felt in “Cherry”. Styles is saying that the “reason” is the new person referenced in “Cherry”. 


  She- “She” has no set meaning according to Styles, and he has allowed his fans to interpret the song however they like. The song has Styles narrating the story the song tells. The song’s storyline follows a male protagonist doing mundane tasks while daydreaming of “She”. Fans also interpret the song as dealing with gender identity. The male protagonist struggles with gender identity and has built up a strong masculine facade, but their female alternative identity lives in their ‘daydreams’. The line “She lives in daydreams with me, and I don’t know why,” give the fans this perception as well as the bridge, “A woman who’s just in his head, and sleeps in his bed, while he plays pretend.” This fuels the idea that ‘she’ is an alter ego and the protagonist is playing pretend.


  Sunflower Vol. 6- Like “She”, Styles has not gone into detail of the song’s meaning. “Sunflower Vol. 6” does give off feelings of adoration towards a significant other just like “Adore You”. Sunflowers also signify adoration and loyalty, which are significant topics in “Sunflower Vol. 6”. The lines “I’ve got your face hung up high in the gallery” reveals the pedestal that the significant other is put on in the relationship.


  Canyon Moon- With freedom and fun being Styles’ objectives with the album, Styles had creative control with “Canyon Moon”. Stevie Nicks, one of Styles’ idols, said that this track was her favorite from the album. The song is bittersweet and recalls upon times of happiness from the past. A part of the song that clearly represents this is, “And I keep thinking back to a time under the canyon moon,” this shows the reminiscing going on in the song. 


  Treat People With Kindness- “Treat People With Kindness” or “TPWK” started out as slogan Styles used for merchandise since his first tour for his debut album in 2017.“I feel like that song opened something that’s been in my core.” is what Styles said in an interview with Rolling Stone. The song’s message is to treat other people with kindness and with that finding a place to feel good. The line “Feeling good in my skin, I just keep in dancin’ ” gives listeners the feelings of confidence within the song. “Treat People With Kindness” praises self expression and tells the listeners to give their peers the same kindness they wish to be treated with. 


  Fine Line- Ending the album is the namesake song “Fine Line”. This song walks the ‘fine line’ between the highest and lowest parts of a relationship, much like the songs featured on the album. The lyrics “Put a price on emotion, I’m looking for something to buy,” is a metaphor towards being so emotionally drained that you feel empty and are struggling to feel emotion. The song is filled with metaphors as Styles walks the ‘fine line’ of being the happiest and saddest he’s ever been in a relationship and in life. Examples of this can be seen in the lines, “You’ve got my devotion, but man I can hate you sometimes,” shows that Styles feels so deeply that the hurt turns into hate for the other person, but his hurt doesn’t take away from his love either. In the album interview with Zane Lowe, Styles reveals that being vulnerable with someone is the best way to get to know them. The song contains the connecting line, “Spreading you open, is the only way of knowing you,” puts Styles’ belief into his song. The line reveals how vulnerability and being open with one another will be the only way each person will get what they deserve, despite the pain that will come along with vulnerability. “We’ll be a fine line, we’ll be alright” is the acceptance of the fact that they will walk that line for each other, and take whatever comes with it. 


   The album has a wide range of emotion throughout the twelve songs featured. The album is currently up for three Grammys and has won two other awards in 2020. Styles has one other album that was released in 2017, and has made eight music videos for both of the albums. Personally, this album is one I would highly recommend as well as Styles’ earlier songs. All of the songs above and more of Styles’ music is available on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and more.