Harry Styles 'Golden' Lyrics Explained & Who Is He Singing About?

11 March 2021, 17:50 | Updated: 18 August 2022, 15:51

Harry Styles 'Golden' lyrics explained
Harry Styles 'Golden' lyrics explained. Picture: YouTube Harry Styles Vevo

What do the lyrics to Harry Styles's song, 'Golden' actually mean and what has he said the song is about?

When Harry Styles dropped the music video for 'Golden' he made us collectively lose our cool, but what is the 27-year-old actually singing about in the 'Fine Line' bop and what do the lyrics mean?

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'Golden' is the opening track on Harry's second solo album, 'Fine Line', and sets the positive and hopeful tone for the whole record.

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Harry Styles released 'Golden' last summer
Harry Styles released 'Golden' last summer. Picture: Getty

However, despite its upbeat melody, not all the lyrics are so happy, discussing love, loss and loneliness all bundled up in a seriously ecstatic pop/rock tune.

An undeniably uplifting and positive tune, Mr. Styles spoke about his desire to cheer everyone up by dropping a video to the tune, and that, he did.

So, let's take a look at the meaning behind the banger that is 'Golden' and its lyrics we're still singing to this day...

Harry Styles - Golden (Official Video)

What is the meaning behind 'Golden'?

Before the video dropped, Harry admitted the song, for him, has always been a source of 'joy', telling AP News:

"I wanted to make a video that encapsulated that. I’d like to think it will maybe cheer a couple of people up. Cheered me up."

We'd like to confirm that after watching from the 1s to 1000th time, it brought us joy every single time, so thanks (again) Haz.

The former One Direction singer told Zane Lowe back when the record dropped in 2019 the whole song was designed for driving along a coast, which is exactly what he does in the video, the Amalfi Coast in Italy, no less.

Harry said: "[It] was like the perfect PCH [Pacific Coast Highway] song."

It’s like driving down the coast, that is what the song is for. It feels so Malibu to me.”

Who is 'Golden' about?

Harry has spoken about 'Watermelon Sugar', another joyous tune from the record, saying it was made to reflect the feeling when you first start seeing someone.

'Golden' is definitely on the same line as this, but Harry doesn't shy away from other feelings that come with falling in like, like being 'out of your head' and 'scared' to be alone.

Mixing 'you're so golden', with 'I don't want to be alone' adds a tinge of sadness to the overall jubilance the singer feels at 'falling' (another track from the album) for someone so intensely.

The video, which sees Harry running for his life along a coastal road, represents these intense, but elated feelings.

'Golden' lyrics

Golden, golden, golden
As I open my eyes
Hold it, focus, hoping
Take me back to the light
I know you were way too bright for me
I'm hopeless, broken
So you wait for me in the sky
Browns my skin just right

You're so golden
You're so golden
I'm out of my head
And I know that you're scared
Because hearts get broken

I don't wanna be alone
I don't wanna be alone
When it ends
Don't wanna let you know
I don't wanna be alone
But I, I can feel it take a hold (I can feel it take a hold)
I can feel you take control (I can feel you take control)
Of who I am and all I've ever known
Loving you's the antidote

You're so golden
I don't wanna be alone
You're so golden
You're so…

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