Harry Styles: Woman Meaning
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La la la la la la la la (whoa)
I'm selfish, I know
But I don't ever want to see you with him
I'm selfish, I know
I told you, but I know you never listen
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jun 8th 2019 report
So the way I see it there are two possible interpretations of this song and they are as follows:
1) Harry is jealous of his ex's new partner. The woman he is referring to is his ex. They clearly had many issues in their relationship such as bad communication ("I told you, but I know you never listen") and distrust ("Promises are broken like the stitches") and he knows the damage is irreparable ("Apologies are never gonna fix this"). She seems to have come out of the relationship happier than him and has met a new partner which makes Harry envious and wish he were with her instead. This is shown in the line, "He's right where I should, where I should be/But you're making me bleed" showing Harry believes he should be in his (the new partner's) place. The overarching message of these lyrics is that Harry is jealousy of his ex's new partner as he wishes he was back with the 'woman'.
2) Another interpretation of these lyrics is that the woman he is fixated with is actually his ex's new girlfriend. Harry is still jealous but he is jealous of the woman and the line, "He's right where I should, where I should be" means that Harry thinks he should be with the man, alongside him not in his place. The song is about how the woman is hurting Harry every time she touches the Harry's ex. His feelings towards the woman are jealousy and resentment, and the repetition of "woman" in the chorus shows his obsession with her as he can't stop thinking about what she may be doing to him. This resembles the song, 'Girl Crush' (originally by Little Big Town) which Harry covered and it contains the lines: "I want to taste her lips/ Yeah, 'cause they taste like you", "I want her long blonde hair...You'd want me just as much" and "Lord knows I've tried/I can't get her off my mind". Both of these songs suggest that the speaker is fixated with their ex's new partner as they wish to be in their place since neither mention their exes in detail but rather their exes' current girlfriends. The line from 'Woman', "But I don't ever want to see you with him" means that Harry doesn't ever want to see the woman with his ex, the vague use of pronouns allowing for multiple interpretations of the song. Since 'Girl Crush' wasn't written by Harry, I think he wanted to pay tribute to it and share a similar experience with more personal touches which was why he wrote 'Woman'.
anonymous Apr 16th report
There's a part of this song from a poem "Old man dead in a room" Which I see someone else has already discussed, and theres also parts in the song where he goes "la la la la la la la" like he he has this feeling that he cant describe to be with this person and everyone says he cant be with them but he's trying to shut them out by plugging his ears and going "la la la la la la la la la" like people say "la la la la la la I cant hear you" so basically that is my interpretation love y'all <3
anonymous Jan 14th report
The line "this thing upon me howls like a beast" is from the poem old man dead in a room by charles Bukowski. That line means a feeling that you cant describe, but it drives you crazy. He uses this line to explain how he feels about his ex's new partner and how it drives him insane that he cant be with his ex.
anonymous Aug 9th 2020 report
I read the only interpretation that there is here and i just wanna add to it that i think the part where he sings “la la la la la la” is him like shushing or not wanting to hear the “woman”s excuses to what shes doing to him.
Because he does this several times in the song meaning that theyre both discussing and hes not having any of it.
To add to it sometimes when he performs he brings his fingers to his ears to like 1) make the audience “lalala” lauder and 2) i think to mock the like child-ish action when you dont want to listen to someones bs. (You cover you ears and say lalalala to like talk over the person) idk if i made myself clear but i think thats what it means xx
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