Harry Styles has so many BOPs on his new album ‘Fine Line.’ But the sixth track on the album, titled “Falling,” is a deep dive into the singer’s soul. The slow ballad surfaces his thoughts on himself. Read the meaning behind this song next.
Harry Styles released his second studio album ‘Fine Line’ on December 13, 2019. The album had three singles out, “Lights Up,” “Adore You” and “Watermelon Sugar.” The entire album is more or less of a microscopic view into the personal life of the ex-One Directioner.
As the lyrics suggest, Harry Styles explained the idea behind the song in an interview with Zane Lowe; “I had started to feel myself becoming someone I didn’t want to be, and that was really hard.” Harry also mentioned that it might have taken less than 20 minutes to write this song. Listen to the song below.
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Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Falling”
The song starts off with Harry Styles’ lament that he is all by himself at this juncture of his life. He looks for an excuse not to blame it on him but finds none. He knows it is time to admit his wrongs and correct himself. As he spoke with Zane Lowe, these lyrics suggest that Harry was getting worried about the person or rather the personality he was developing in to. In one hand, he blames it on the alcohol. On the other, he blames it on himself.
In the latter part of the verse, Harry seems to be talking to his ex. In the song titled “Cherry” from the album, Harry expresses his regrets for letting go of his ex-girlfriend, Camille Rowe. However, these lyrics are quite vague. But his disappointment with himself is not so vague. He asks her to forgive and forget what he told her, probably in the last encounter they had. They had such a strong connection until Harry did something unforgivable and she moved out of his life. The wounds she left behind are yet to heal.
In the chorus of “Falling,” Harry Styles continues to blame himself for all the bad things that befell him. He questions himself of the person he has become or is becoming. He fears that he will grow into someone even he himself can’t stand to be with. That is one of the worst things that could happen to an individual–you lose yourself.
He admits that he is ‘falling’ down, off his conscience, his beliefs, his identity and many more.
In these lyrics, Harry Styles reminisces some of the memories he had with his ex. During the latter part of their relationship, the ex-girlfriend told him that she misses the old Harry. He did not realize her words back then. But now he does.
In the second line of the verse, Harry Styles says that he writes one too many songs about her. Going on a hunch, we can predict that “Falling” is also about Camille Rowe, his ex-girlfriend with whom he broke up in July 2018.
In the third line of the verse, Harry Styles namedrops a popular American cafe in Los Angeles named ‘Beachwood Cafe.’ Both Harry Styles and Camille Rowe have confessed their love for this joint!
It pains to hear these words out of Harry Styles, or even any other person who has experienced true love. The knowledge that their ex, someone they thought the world of, is no longer a part of their lives. It is a bitter feeling, but a pill you have to chew nonetheless. After their breakup in 2018, Camille Rowe started dating a billionaire gallerist, Theo Niarchos.
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Harry Styles dropped the official music video for “Falling.” The video features a distant singer singing and performing the song on a piano. The room gets drowned in water little by little, along with the singer. The water level rises above Harry Styles and with his final breaths of air, he finishes the song.