Harry Styles: Two Ghosts Meaning
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Song Released: 2017
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Two Ghosts Lyrics
Same white shirt, couple more tattoos
But it's not you and it's not me
Tastes so sweet, looks so real
Sounds like something that I used to feel
But I can't touch what I see
We're not who we used to be
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Aug 18th 2020 report
Ok, I know everyone thinks this song is about Taylor Swift, but us Larries pick up on the subtlest hints.
Sure, the first verse:
'Same lips red, same eyes blue.'
seems like it refers to Taylor. But lets not forget that Louis has blue eyes too.
'Same white shirt, couple more tattoos.'
Ok, now how does this refer to Taylor? Are you guys blind?
Later in the song, the song refers to when Larry lived together.
'Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat.'
The only people Harry has admitted to have loved are the members of 1D.
'My first real crush was Louis Tomlinson.'
'Are you and Louis dating? Yep.'
'I'm in love with Lou and all HIS little things.'
LARRY IS REAL AND THAT'S THE TEA :)
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jan 28th 2020 report
A few of these interpretations suggest that this is about Haylor, but not only did Harry straight denies this with Nick Grimshaw like the top rated reply says, but anyone who has ever fallen deeply in love, whether it be friendship or romance, broken up that relationship and then grown apart from that past partner can notice, there are small details in this song that heavily show this isn't about a fling.
The first line that pops out to me proving the deep rooted pain behind this song, is:
"THE fridge light washes this room white"
referring the the fridge as a known object to both parties, with the word 'the' is the hard drive for me. When a friend visits, it's my fridge, but 'the' simulates that its the mutual fridge, like the milk is in the fridge, not my fridge. This may seem like a reach for many people who have never experienced moving in with someone other than their parents, but before my fiance moved in, it was just my fridge, and now it's ours, aka the fridge of the house, that we share. 'The' and the way its sung makes me believe this song is about someone Harry used to once live with, or who visited very frequently.
Now, 'the fridge' and the fact he probably lived with said partner isn't the only reason I believe this song is about Louis, the very obvious lines:
"Same lips red, same eyes blue
Same white shirt, couple more tattoos"
and to those who think this song is about Taylor, I have to chuckle. The first stanza, okay sure could go both ways. But I'm sorry, I didn't know Taylor wore a white shirt at every other concert with a sh*t ton of tattoos but aight pop off with your opinion. Look at any Midnight Memories+ concert photos, and Louis wears only black, grey or white. The knowing about the added tattoos is something that Harry should/would know about Louis considering the amount of time they spent together as a band, let alone as anything more and what he had before the Hiatus and what he has added since. Taylor doesn't even have tattoos, or if she does they are not noticeable.
The last case I would like to make is:
"I'm just trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat"
Harry has never stated publicly that he's loved anyone specifically, except for Louis and his bandmates. For Louis, whether that is platonic or something more is up to your personal beliefs. Experiencing heartbreak, true heartbreak is called that for a reason. You feel physical pain in your chest when losing a loved one, and after the band's falling out, losing Louis and all his best friends could very well be a logical cause for heartbreak, and therefore over the years I can see how Harry would be trying to remember a 'heartbeat' without pain after losing those most important to him. You wouldn't experience pain in losing those you don't love or care about deeply, and if the loss was heavy enough to cause a feeling of disruption in emotion and create a sensation of numbness to your own heartbeat, then I'm sorry if you're ignorant enough to think that line is about his one-month "relationship" (with heavy quotations) with Taylor and not about having a falling out with his best friends of 5+ years and/or his love Lou.
As stated by Harry himself,
"My first real crush was Louis Tomlinson"
I rest my case. Screw Haylor, this song is so simple but has so much pain and meaning behind it that people who have been through a true heartbreak with love or deep rooted friendships can understand and feel, that I don't expect anyone who actually think Taylor and Harry were in love to understand, because that wasn't love children, that was media clout.
If this song doesn't make you feel literal, excruciating, tear drawing pain in your chest.. If this song doesn't make you feel winded and like it's hard to breathe, then I don't believe you've interpreted it, or understood it to it's core.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 12th 2019 report
"Tongue-tied like we've never known
Telling those stories we already told
'Cause we don't say what we really mean."
I think this part is about how Louis and Harry would have to say the same answers in interviews rather than saying what they actually wanted to say (about their friend/relationship) because management didn't want them to.
anonymous May 20th 2021 report
LETS DISCUSS THE FACT THAT IT WAS WRITTEN IN 2013 FOR ONE DIRECTION. It was originally meant to be a one direction song but according to Harry the lyrics got way too personal. The song is about an intense heartbreak and all I’m gonna say is that it doesn’t sound like a short fling was the cause of that heartbreak.....
I think this is about Louis and their relationship, whatever that was. It’s about looking back on how they were together and where and who they are now. When you’re a teenager, everything is so intense and deep and as you get older, feelings change and things get more complicated. I believe that they loved one another deeply and still do, but on a different level now and whilst Harry remembers how alive and exciting it was, he also realises that they’ve both changed, they’ve grown up and perhaps a little apart, but they’ll always have feelings for one another and I think they cherish the closeness they once had and still find solace in each other when they need someone.
anonymous Apr 18th 2021 report
I think this song is about Harry’s relationship with Louis Tomlinson. Who has blue eyes and a couple more tattoos? Louis and in the song it says “telling stories we already told cause we don’t say what we really mean” which is like he’s referring to when they told the same things about them not being together but that they don’t really mean that which basically means that they were in a relationship together and there is also more references to Larry in the song
anonymous Mar 23rd 2021 report
"Same lips red" - can be about every person
"Same eyes blue"- Can be about Taylor Swift
"Same white shirt, couple more tattoos"- Taylor Swift doesn't have tattos and always use dresses.Now think about it. Xx
anonymous Oct 16th 2020 report
This song gives me way too many Larry vibes. When Harry sang it on X-factor and Louis was almost in tears. Now that Harry and Louis are so different from who they were, I just makes sense. I just can't stop thinking about them when I listen to this song.
anonymous Sep 28th 2020 report
i love this article because i had no idea what this song meant until now. i have been a HUGE Larry fan since the beginning and hearing about the meaning to this song makes me so happy but also so sad. do you think they still stay in touch? do you think they still talk to each other behind the cameras? please let me know what you think
anonymous Nov 19th 2018 report
hi guys just an fyi this isn't haylor- he wrote this song 4 years after they "broke up", while taylor wrote her songs and acted out (rudely lol) about 1 year or 2 years later.
anonymous Sep 25th 2018 report
This song seems to be about a relationship that used to have a bright spark, but overtime, they lost what they had.
"same lips red, same eyes blue"
this shows how everything is the same as how it was on the outside but on the inside it's completely different they aren't "who they used to be". the relationship has fizzed out even though they try to grasp hold of what little they have left "trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat".
the relationship is awkward ("tongue tied like we've never known...telling the stories we already told") and even though they try, the relationship won't go back to how it was because they aren't who they used to be and they are now two strangers.
Please don't make everything Harry does Larry related, just appreciate his work! :)
anonymous Jan 15th 2018 report
Lou's lips and his deep blue eyes, knowing that Lou posting the day this song was released posted a pic of him wearing a white to make it clearer, knowing that he have a few more tattoos, "but it's not u and it's not me" it's probably that they didn't have a choice that their relationship is no longer as it used to (bcz they r closeted by the manager) the next line, is about their love being obvious since a lot of ppl are convinced but still they still r keeping their distance bcz they r closeted, "we're not who we used to be" they no longer can touch and hug in front of the camera, "we're just two ghosts standing in the plce of you nd me" probably about how they avoid contact whe they perform live, "trying to remember how it feels to have a hearbeat" I guess how they used to laugh together and just act themselves, on the next lines he is talking about how easy their relationship wis and how they are each other rocks through everything, and "tongue tied like we've never known, telling those stories we already know but we don't say what we really mean" it's about them not being honest and clear about the whole Larry thing And having to lie about it
anonymous Oct 21st 2017 report
As a Larrie, I'm going to write from a Larrie's point of view. I believe this is about Louis and there might not be a romantic message in the song.
'We're not who we used to be. We're just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me.'
This could refer to how close him and Louis used to be in interviews and to the public. However, this has changed as they're being closeted by their management (their is plenty of Larry proof). When this song was released, Louis posted a picture to Instagram in a white shirt, holding up two fingers (revealing his 28 tattoo). This could show that Louis is trying to show he knows it's about him. Now, their relationship-whether it's friendly or romantic- is all behind closed doors and they both want the old times back.
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