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"Good Years"

I'd rather be anywhere, anywhere but here
I'd rather be anywhere, anywhere but here
I close my eyes and see a crowd of a thousand tears
I pray to God I didn't waste all my good years
All my good years
All my good years

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  1. anonymous
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    Oct 1st 2021 report

    In all these interpretations, “good years” will refer to the 1D days.

    I feel like, unlike what most One Direction Fans are saying, Zayn’s single “Good Years” from the Icarus Falls Album is not a diss track against 1D or the 1D boys. Instead, I think it is a song about regret. Now, about that regret, I have 2 interpretations. One is that Zayn regrets leaving the band (well I have to fully explain that), especially on a bad note with Louis, and the other is that Zayn regrets being unhappy in the band, when he could have tried to enjoy his time to the fullest and not leave under bad terms. My full interpretation is a combination of both, but I’ll talk about them separately.

    First of all, I’ll talk about my first interpretation: Zayn regrets leaving the band. Zayn wrote this song years after leaving the band, so one could interpret the lines “I’d rather be anywhere but here” as saying that he’d rather not be in the situation that he is currently in: estranged from the band members (we’ve not gotten any proof otherwise). I feel that when he says “I pray to God I didn’t waste all my good years,” Zayn means that he wishes that by leaving 1D and dissing 1D in consequent interviews, he didn’t waste all the effort and friendships and relationships he made, especially now that, consequently, he is estranged from all the boys, but especially Louis. Another piece of evidence to support this theory is “a crowd of thousand tears,” which could refer to the sorrow of the 1D fans when they heard that Zayn had left the band, and Zayn wishing that he didn’t upset the people who basically got him where he is today.

    “The voices screaming loud as hell
    We don't care 'bout no one else
    Nothing in the world could bring us down
    Now we're so high among the stars without a worry.”

    When I personally read the above quote from the song, I feel like Zayn is admiring or being nostalgic about that time - that time referring to the days when he was in One Direction (“Nothing in the world could bring us down”).

    “Too much drugs and alcohol
    What the hell were we fighting for?
    'Cause now the whole damn world will know
    That we're too numb and just too dumb to change the story
    Neither one, one of us wants to say we're sorry”

    This snippet from the song talks about the negative aspects of fame that came from 1D, especially between Zayn and Louis. During the 1D years, Zayn looked to be closest to Louis, but after Zayn left the band, he had largely public Twitter fights with Louis. Additionally, when Louis’ mother died, Zayn was the only member who didn’t come to support Louis. So, I believe the last 3 lines refer to the fights between Louis and Zayn and how they both don’t want to say sorry to each - they’re too numb because of the pain. Another interpretation for the last 3 lines could be that Zayn or the boys could have done something to reconcile, but “neither one, one of [them] wants to say [they're] sorry.”

    “Need a chance just to breathe, feel alive
    And when the day meets the night, show me the light
    Feel the wind and the fire
    Hold the pain deep inside
    It's in my eyes
    In my eyes”

    Finally, I feel that the first line of this snippet talks about how the negative aspects of fame got to Zayn, and how he left the band because of it. But, he “[holds] the pain deep inside” still - he feels the pain of leaving and severing some of the best relationships he made in life.

    So, that is my first interpretation.

    Now, for my second interpretation: Zayn regrets being unhappy in the band, when he could have tried to enjoy his time to the fullest.

    “I'd rather be anywhere, anywhere but here
    I'd rather be anywhere, anywhere but here
    I close my eyes and see a crowd of a thousand tears
    I pray to God I didn't waste all my good years
    All my good years
    All my good years”

    In this first bit of the song, I feel that the first 3 lines are from the perspective of Zayn during the 1D years, when he was touring and performing even if he had anxiety, and how he wished that he was not on stage while performing in front of a crowd of crying fangirls who were really happy to see their idols. The 4th line could be from the perspective of a Zayn who wrote this song, who could be expressing his regret about wasting all those years performing being unhappy (even if he had a valid reason).

    “Too much drugs and alcohol
    What the hell were we fighting for?”

    These two lines also support the fact that Zayn was unhappy in the band, using drugs and alcohol to cope.

    “Need a chance just to breathe, feel alive
    And when the day meets the night, show me the light
    Feel the wind and the fire
    Hold the pain deep inside
    It's in my eyes
    In my eyes”
    Finally, I feel like these lines talk about how, even though he didn’t like performing because it gave him anxiety, he did it and he felt the rush, the “wind and the fire.” “Light” could refer to the stadium light that Zayn performed under with the rest of the boys. But, he also says that he held the pain deep inside and if you looked at his eyes (which you could see in the different performances at the end of Zayn’s 1D career), you would see the pain. But, he needed to leave to feel alive and finally breathe and take a break from the constant touring.

    Coupled with the chorus, you could see that this song could show that Zayn regrets being unhappy during his 1D era.

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 18th 2021 report

    when i first heard this song as such a big directioner i was so confused at first because it seemed like zayn was saying that he wasnt enjoying the fame - maybe it was too much?
    and that now when he looks back he worries if maybe he wasted that time of his life drowning in pressure rather than enjoying it like everyone else was.
    but i do feel that zayn loved the friendships he made in one direction and i feel that maybe this was also a tribute to some of the friendships he made. but it really is so sad that he felt so much pressure being in the band and it hurts my heart in a way lol. love you zayn.

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 5th 2020 report

    It means that Zayn didn't feel happy while he was in the band so now that he has left One Direction he wants to enjoy the rest of his years while he is still young. Hoping that he didn't waste all of his years when he was supposed to be having the time of his life feeling upset.And I truly think that the part "Close my eyes and see a crowd of a thousand tears" means he knows that he hurt us by leaving and we were crying because of him at all his last concerts.But in a small way it hurt him too because 1D did make him who he is now.But he left to try and make the most of himself and truly be happy.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 22nd 2020 report

    This song means he hates one direction and perrie from little mix bc they dated haha funny they broke up but he still has her face on her arm because tattoo

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2020 report

    it’s about zayn looking back on his “good years” which mean his teenage/early adult years where he could have been having fun and living life to the fullest but he was constantly feelings pressure in One Direction. he looks back through the years and is realizing that he would rather be anywhere than in the band. the pressure was too much.


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