Harry Styles' 'As It Was' Lyrics: A Full Breakdown Of The Confessional Track

29 April 2022, 12:28 | Updated: 19 May 2022, 16:50

Harry Styles released 'As It Was' as his comeback single
Harry Styles released 'As It Was' as his comeback single. Picture: Harry Styles/Alamy
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Harry Styles' single 'As It Was' has been in our heads since it was released! Here's the lyrical lowdown on the bop that gave us the first taste of 'Harry's House'.

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The moment we've all been waiting for is here, Harry Styles is back with a brand new album – and his first single from the new tracklist is a bop, of course.

The pop mega-star announced in March that he would be kicking off his new era with 'As It Was', the lead single from his third studio album, 'Harry's House' (which also features the voice of his goddaughter) and is filled with lyrics that live in our minds rent-free.

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Fans went into meltdown on April 1, when they got their first listen to the colourful synth-infused track that has marked the beginning of the HS3 album cycle.

We know it won't be long until an endless slew of Styles covers makes their way online, so let's delve deeper into the One Direction star's confessional lyrics.

Harry Styles has kicked off his 'Harry's House' era
Harry Styles has kicked off his 'Harry's House' era. Picture: Alamy

What is Harry's new song 'As It Was' about?

The jaunty anthem 'As It Was' and its lyrics are the first taste of 'Harry's House' that Stylers have been treated to as it hints towards the beginning of an introspective and psychedelic album.

'As It Was' details an endless struggle that jumps from love woes to loneliness to nostalgia. It seems that the tune perfectly depicts the constant juggling of plates that unravels within a fast-paced lifestyle.

The track kicks off with a child saying 'C’mon Harry we want to say goodnight to you' before all the instruments come in...

Harry Styles dropped 'As It Was' on April 1
Harry Styles dropped 'As It Was' on April 1. Picture: Harry Styles/Twitter

The song calls back to mega-hits that have come before it such as 'Golden', hailing from his critically acclaimed sophomore record 'Fine Line'. The latest drop continues the My Policeman actor's indie-pop sound that is now so iconic.

The choruses echo the sentiment 'You know it’s not the same as it was,' adding an aura of longing to an at-first upbeat sounding track.

Styles alludes to a former flame with the line 'Seems you cannot be replaced' and recounts advice he was told whilst he was single, "Harry you’re no good alone."

Fans were also quick to point out that the outro features none other than the sound of wedding bells, an addition to the song that seems a little suspicious considering the engagement rumours currently surrounding Harry and girlfriend Olivia Wilde.

Well, Harry, we too won't be the same after hearing this tune!

'Harry's House' will be coming out on May 20
'Harry's House' will be coming out on May 20. Picture: Harry Styles

Harry Styles' 'As It Was' full lyrics

(C’mon Harry we want to say goodnight to you)

Holding me back
Gravity’s holding me back
I want you to hold out the palm of your hand
Why don’t we leave it at that

Nothing to say
And everything gets in the way
Seems you cannot be replaced
And I'm the one who will stay, oh oh oh

In this world
It’s just us
You know it’s not the same as it was
In this world
It’s just us
You know it’s not the same as it was

As it was
As it was
You know it’s not the same

Answer the phone
'Harry you’re no good alone
Why are you sitting at home on the floor
What kind of pills are you on'

Ringing the bell
Nobody’s coming to help
Your daddy loves by himself
He just wants to know what you’re well, oh oh oh

In this world
It’s just us
You know it’s not the same as it was
In this world
It’s just us
You know it’s not the same as it was

As it was
As it was
You know it’s not the same

Go home, get ahead, light-speed internet

I don't wanna talk about the way that it was

Leave America, two kids follow her

I don't wanna talk about who's doin' it first

As it was
You know it’s not the same as it was
As it was
As it was

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