After releasing his much-anticipated new single, As It Was, Harry Styles has caught the internet by storm. The song is the first and lead single from his upcoming third studio album, Harry’s House. It is set to be released on May 20, 2022.
The track was also accompanied by a music video with Harry in it. This new track was created by Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson and is about two minutes and 47 seconds. Harpoon and Johnson are two of the former One Direction member’s longtime collaborators.
As It Was is Styles’ first new release since the release of his chart-topping album Fine Line in 2019. The song received quick acclaim from fans and began trending on social media.
However, what caught their interest particularly is the song’s underlying meaning, with fans speculating that there is a possible lyric allusion to his rumored girlfriend, Olivia Wilde.
Harry debuted his single, As It Was earlier this week before dropping the music set on April 1, 2022. The words on the song are more sensitive even with the bouncy synth-pop rhythm.
The track begins with a child’s voice saying:
“Come on, Harry, we wanna say goodnight to you!”
It then goes on to discuss a personal dispute with the undercurrent of an emotional, passionate plea: “Holdin’ me back / Gravity’s holdin’ me back / I want you to hold out the palm of your hand / Why don’t we leave it at that?”
Some listeners feel the song is about Styles’ connection with fame and how his life altered when he became famous: “In this world, it’s just us / You know it’s not the same as it was.”
But then again, he is in love, so maybe, he’ll surprise us with a song that’s all about his feelings for Olivia.”
It also mentions probable themes of solitude and loneliness at one point. The performer addresses his name openly and croons: “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?”
Many fans believe the phrase before the final chorus is a possible lyric reference to Styles’ reported love interest Olivia Wilde and her two children with ex-fiance Jason Sudeikis: “Leave America, two kids follow her / I don’t wanna talk about who’s doin’ it first.”
Wilde and Styles first met when the singer was cast in the former’s upcoming film, Don’t Worry Darling. In early 2021, the couple was initially linked after being spotted holding hands at a friend’s wedding.
Before the release of As It Was, a source close to Harry said that the mention of Wilde is very much possible. Harry might write one of his new album’s songs about how he feels about Olivia, as per the sources. But the insider asked fans not to expect anything “straightforward”.
“He likes to keep his personal life private. But then again, he is in love, so maybe, he’ll surprise us with a song that’s all about his feelings for Olivia.” The insider added that Harry likes to write in a general way about his experiences, dreams and whatever would inspire him.
As per the source, nothing that points directly to a specific individual has been written before. Styles’ tune drove fans into a frenzy, as many saw a probable lyric reference to Olivia Wilde inside the song. Several individuals flocked to Twitter to comment on the song and its rumored Wilde reference:
Harry Styles’ 13-track album Harry’s House is available for presale now and will be released internationally on May 20. According to Rolling Stone, the artist will perform As It Was live at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on April 15 and 22.