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Harry Styles: Sign of the Times Meaning


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Song Released: 2017

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Sign of the Times Lyrics

Just stop your crying
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,...


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    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.


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    May 24th, 2017 5:11am report

    I think it's about someone dying and going to heaven their telling their family and friends to live and enjoy life there isn't much time left on this earth don't cry they will see them again in heaven someday


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    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


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    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.


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    Apr 20th, 4:30am report

    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 ...



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    Apr 4th, 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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    Nov 25th, 2019 11:25pm report

    This song SIGN OF THE TIMES me and my sister sing it together and it's really emotional what what i think about this song it's like if harry was in relationship and there's a war saying why are we always stuck abd running from the bullets like if the world was gonna end


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    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.


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    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.


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    May 13th, 2018 5:11pm report

    I would cheer my imaginary Eurovision Friends if they blubbed and have fun and smile and be happy.


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    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 (:


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    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.


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    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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    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!


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    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!


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    May 23rd, 2017 5:50pm report

    It's about a mom that died during child birth and she is singing this to her kid.


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    May 23rd, 2017 5:02am report

    The song itself, I felt, was very reflective of the broken society we’re living in today, and it also expressed how humanity continues to make the same mistakes. Through creating a motif of despair and hopelessness Styles made ‘Sign of the Times’ sound almost apocalyptic, making us think that the end is near if we continue this destructive path.

    Meanwhile, I'm writing a reading response about this song for English and it's pissing me off :/


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    May 2nd, 2017 5:58pm report

    I feel like this song is about a girl that this boy isn't supposed to be with and rumors are made about her. But this boy sees the real her and he wants them to get away from these people who have hurt her.

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