Harry Styles: Sign of the Times Meaning
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Song Released: 2017
Sign of the Times Lyrics
It's a sign of the times
Welcome to the final show
Hope you're wearing your best clothes
You can't bribe the door on your way to the sky
You look pretty good down here
But you ain't really good
We never learn,...
anonymous May 13th, 2018 5:02am report
Harry said in a interview that the song is about a mother giving birth and passing away directly afterwards. Obviously the birth was quite traumatic for both mother and child, however there are a few moments of bliss before she passes away. She sings to her child to thrive, that although it will be hard and lonely, it needs to move on, to be happy to grow, and one day they will meet again- in heaven. Personally I think this may be a reference to Harry and his band mates. He’s saying, yeah that was a hard decision to make, and yeah it hurts and it’s lonely but we need to do good now, live our lives and thrive. We will meet again one day—. Also could be a reference to his album in all. Like he possible had all these stories and emotions stored up and it was hard to write and sing and share but it feels damn good now that he has. Some artists say releasing an album is like giving birth to their emotions, it is his creation after all, and I’m sure it wasn’t the easiest to write such a personal and honest album.
anonymous Aug 14th, 2017 8:32am report
This song is about a person who knew they were dying, and for friends and love ones not to cry because their time was near and they all will meet again in heaven!
anonymous Aug 14th, 2017 8:23am report
This song is really saying that we all are not perfect and the time is near and God has forgiven us and time is running out on earth and it's time for us to prepare for heaven where we will all meet and have no more pain and worries anymore,and not to cry, for Heaven is near!
anonymous Dec 9th, 12:19am report
I feel this song has a few meanings, - one of them could be about dying, how you need to move on with your life, carry on and not get stuck in grief, because one day, you’ll meet the person that passed again in heaven. The lyric ‘you can’t bribe the door on your way to the sky’ I think it means that you can’t stop death, people are afraid of it, but one day it’ll happen to all of us.
anonymous Nov 24th, 11:17am report
Sign Of The Times, I believe is a look back on the final show of One Direction as a band and a group. Harry most likely wrote this out of the sense, that One Direction was the biggest part of his life, leading up to his now solo career. “ Hope you’re weary your best clothes. ” means that when the guys performed together one last time, and they sang History, is a reference to their outfits that night. “ We got to get away. ” means that the boys needed to escape the strings being attached to them like puppets, or the micromanaging their lives, and poor treatment, while in the band.
anonymous Oct 26th, 10:09pm report
I think this song is very sad. It’s about equality, it’s about the society we live in. But, also, it’s about a mother being told by a doctor she has only five minutes to live after having given birth to a baby. She was told the baby would be fine, though.
So, she talks to the baby. She tells it to ‘Stop your crying, baby, it’ll be alright’ and ‘We can meet again somewhere, somewhere far away from here’ (in heaven or the afterlife, wherever we go after we die)
She tells the baby that ‘They told me that the end is near’ (the doctors telling her she only has five minutes to live)
I always think about life when I listen to this song. You didn’t need to know about that, sorry. XD
Have a good day/night/evening!
anonymous Sep 30th, 9:18am report
A sad song that is also moving. The lyrics are very thoughtful and deep. I think this song will be used at funerals because it advises listeners to stop crying.
We all suffer sadness and at one time or another feel like we need to stop our tears from falling.
The lyrics also say that everything is going to be okay, so Harry is offering some comfort.
The video is amazing as he is flying across the sky whilst singing.
anonymous Aug 11th, 8:47am report
This is a song from a mothers perspective. She is about to die giving a child his life. The whole song is a message given by the mother to the child about what life is about and how cruel it can be. She tells him that she will meet him again, in the heaven where they can be live a life without missery but to reach there he will have to go through this phase.
While Harry Style's inspiration was apparently of a dying mother addressing her newly-born child (as other commenters have noted), I think it is possible to abstract from that specific situation. I feel the lyrics relate quite directly to my own perspective on life: to let go of old patterns, and break through to an entirely new state of being. To me, a spiritually inspiring song. Possibly the call-to-action can be felt even more strongly during pandemic times than when the song was released ...
anonymous Apr 4th, 2020 4:09am report
I heard this song for the very first time in the early afternoon after my mothers funeral. The lyrics immediately grabbed me and I honestly felt my mother communicating with me telling me to dry my eyes and its all gonna be ok. I still listen to it at times when I need that reassurance.
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anonymous Feb 16th, 2019 2:16pm report
This isn't my interpretation, this is a friends of mine's, but when she heard the song, she thought it was about either Harry trying to escape Hollywood/the music industry, "We can meet again somewhere
Somewhere far away from here." Or it is about Harry explaining to the other 1D band member that they had to brake up for their band was a cildish creation, and they have to become mature.
anonymous Jan 14th, 2019 1:34pm report
I think sign of the times is about war cause if you listen to the song he is saying why are we always running from the bullets we should open up . Then later on in the song he says we got to get away. Which he is referring that we got to get away from all bad but the song has a twist where it also means this will not be the last time we go through a rough time.
anonymous Feb 27th, 2018 2:14pm report
I believe it is about two people in love but 'daddy says no' and they can't 'marry' so they elope, but they are caught and everything goes wrong so he says,
"Someday well meet somewhere AGAIN"
Notice again (:
anonymous Jan 15th, 2018 1:51pm report
I think it's about a mom who passed away leaving her beloved son, and it's like a message from her telling him that things will get better even if she is not there, and that they'll meet in a better place
anonymous Jan 4th, 2018 1:34am report
I personaly think the song is about someone who Harry has this feeling that the person knows him well and it's soo impossible for them to meet then... ‘We gonna meet someday somewhere, somewhere very far from here'... It technically means that Harry and that person out there a going to meet someday since they are in different kind of worlds.
anonymous Sep 30th, 2017 9:50pm report
As I have listened it only once, it gives me a feeling of more than what is happening in one family. Although preparing personally to the last catastrophe, we always think of our loved ones. So let's take care of our dearest people when it is possible now as living persons. Afterwards we do not know if we are in the same place. JV.
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