Harry Styles: Falling Meaning
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Song Released: 2019
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And you're not here
And there's no one to blame but the drink and my wandering hands
Forget what I said
It's not what I meant
And I can't take it back
I can't unpack the baggage you left
What am I now?
What am I now?
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Apr 28th 2020 report
Despite many thinking this song is about a girl, its most likely it isn't(Harry has hinted this in interviews). Personifying emotions through lovers was something commonly done in One Directions, most commonly on their last album M.I.T.A.M. Falling talks from Harrys perspective of himself before he came back. Similar to Lights Up, he explains emotions of not knowing who he is/ feeling lost.
"What am I now? What if Im someone I don't want around? Im falling again..." These lines very explicitly are asking himself, 'who am I?, who have i become?, is it who i want to be?' with the line ending with him declaring how he feels he is 'falling' out of himself. He is unsure if this is a good or bad thing.
In the music video, Harry is being submerged in water. This is a metaphor for how he feels the feeling of being lost creeping him and slowly drowning him. Being drowned means you feel trapped/powerless.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Apr 13th 2020 report
When I first listened to this song I burst into tears because it is so raw and meaningful and feels so personal compared to his previous album.
The first verse talks about harry and his wandering hand, this could be about him either cheating or the use of alcohol. Whatever he did, he regrets it but the damage has already been done and he can't take it back.
He hates himself for it and doesn't know who he is anymore
"what if I'm someone I don't want around"
this line mentions that harry hates who he is and is in a dark place in his life and cannot bear to be around himself after what he did.
"what if I'm someone you won't talk about"
this line is about harry still caring for this person and wants the person he loves to still talk about him because this means they still care. But he is worried that because of what he has done, the person he loves has moved on and has forgotten him.
"I'm falling again"
NOW this verse just makes me so upset. The metaphor of falling just makes me think about how lost he would have felt and as if his whole world was crashing down. As if he was falling down a dark hole again. By falling again he means that something has happened in his life for him to fall back into a bad place in his life where he just got out of.
Near the end of the song, harry gets very vulnerable and screams I'm falling. This is almost like a plead for help as he has fallen so deep that he is unable to get back to where he was and he hates himself for it. He is helpless and at an all-time low in his life.
Meaning aside, this is such a beautiful song and makes me feel all sorts of emotions but makes me especially sad that harry went through this :((((
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Feb 22nd 2020 report
Harry had a person. He really loved this person and somewhere along the way it went wrong. He believes that he hurt them so badly that they aren't ever going to fix things and he hates himself for it, not allowing himself to move on or forgive himself. All he cares about is them and missing them and in the meantime he is falling apart. No pun intended.
anonymous Aug 1st report
My interpretation is pretty much based on my personal experience. I took advantage of the love of my life one night when I got drunk. I don't even remember it happening or what was I doing or thinking when the incident happened. I wish I could blame it on the alcohol but that wouldn't be fair. I just can't believe I did it to the girl I love most. I treated her with respect and had pure intentions for her and I never failed to show it through the years of pursuing her. She trusted me for that. But then that night I did something terrible and suddenly I do not know myself anymore. I broke her heart and trust. I ruined everything that was going on for us. All I remember was waking up to my love disgusted in me after what I've done. I am never gonna forgive myself for that. I hate myself so much for making her go through that kind of pain. I used to be her go to every time she's hurting. Now I can't be there for her because I'm the reason. I don't deserve to say I love her anymore. The years full of blissful memories of our times together were completely replaced by that one night. All she remembers me by is the worst memory I gave her. I've been trying to become a better person ever since then because I believe she will forgive me one day and we could start over again. But every night when
I'm alone, the line "I’m in my bed
And you’re not here, and there’s no one to blame but the drink and my wandering hands" tells how how much I regret the things I've done that night. And the whole song tells how much I hate myself for it. I think no matter how I try to become better I'll never redeem myself. This song speaks for me.
anonymous Jul 19th report
This song reminds me that the Cult that is the Music Industry gives a lot, but requires a lot. The Music Industry Cult has a dark side and no one gets very far up in music / stardom without the assistance of the Music Industry Cult. Perhaps at first the artist makes a few concessions to the Cult— here and there, it doesn’t seem like much until all of a sudden the artist is doing so much at the say so of the Music Industry Cult that everything adds up to an avalanche. The artist feels controlled and falling, falling from their original selves, falling from who they were as they first started out in music. Sad but true. Most artists have, or have had, this problem. Once the Music Industry Cult has used up an artist for their own purposes, they often just leave, taking their support with them. That is a big fear for an artist. The artist who wants to stay current, popular, needs to be needed by the organization. That is just the truth.
I have this story in my head when I listen to this song, two lovers were in an accident, and one lost their memory. They completely forgot who the other one was, and that they were in love
The one who forgot doesn’t want to go back into the relationship because they don’t remember why they were in love with the other. And the one who remembers everything goes on, slowly healing and singing this song.
“There’s no one to blame but the drink in my wandering hands” like they blame themself for getting into the accident (drunk driving?)
“What if I’m someone you won’t talk about?” You don’t remember me, you won’t even think of me or talk about me and I’m left with all of our memories.
anonymous Dec 10th 2020 report
To me, this song is talking about how he knows he was/is in too deep with this girl, and how he knows he fricked it all up. " I'm in my bed, but you're not here. and there's no one to blame, but those drinks and my wandering hands. Forget what I said. It's not what I meant. And I can't take it back, I can't unpack the baggage you left...You said you cared. And you missed me, too. And I'm well aware I write too many songs about you. That. last. line. makes me cry a little bit every time I hear it. "And I get the feelin' that you'll never need me again" shivers. every. single. time. istg.
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anonymous Nov 23rd 2020 report
i have heard that this is when haz was rumoured to be cheating on Camille rowe, which could be the reasoning for the first part "and theres nothing to blame but the drink and my wandering hands, forget what i said, it's not what i meant, but i cant take it back i can't unpack the baggage u left" he seems to be lost, falling in the sadness of his irreversible mistake. but the ONE LINE that makes me cry nearly every time is "And I get the feeling that u'll never need me again" Idk why, but it just hits different - well hope this helps :P
anonymous Aug 22nd 2020 report
he fell down :/ he cant get up.. he needs life alert... he cant get up at all.. hes stuck.. someone help him
anonymous Apr 22nd 2020 report
This to me just remindes me of my ex. this song came out right before we broke up for the 8th time. and it just shows how I'm not alone. and it shows how i feel. i was broken. and i thought everything was my fault i felt like i made him lead bc of something i said. but i just i want him back but i know i cant. this song says "I'm falling again" and i always fall for him bc i was in love with him. and i truely wanted a future. and i just wish that i didn't mess me nad him up. every mistake he made i forgave him and moved on, but i make one mistake and i get left. but i still fall for him. but now i feel like he's never gonna need me again. and that he used me to get other girls. he used me for my body, he used me for everything. but this song is the only song that has helped me try and get through this. i know that i messed up but i know I'm gonna keep falling for him. so in my head this song means that as much as you want to fall for someone and you know you will but ou know there bad for you. go away from them. bc they are just gonna keep hurting you. so you will find better i promise
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