Harry Styles – Canyon Moon (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

It is hard to ignore that Harry Styles’ new album ‘Fine Line’ adopts a relationship timeline. The album kicks off with the feelings of a fresh relationship, proceeds to become a hazardous torture, and then Harry’s eventual self-reconciliation by moving on. The 10th track of the album, “Canyon Moon,” fits into this latter portion of the relationship timeline. Let us dig further into the meaning behind these lyrics.

Harry Styles’s second studio album ‘Fine Line’ is a manifestation of his experiences with love, sex and himself. While songs such as “Golden” and “Watermelon Sugar” sing of the initial high of a new relationship, we can hear the traumatic erosion of the connection in songs like “Falling” and “To Be So Lonely.” However, “Canyon Moon” arrives at the time of self-healing.

The song reminisces back to a time where the singer and his lover spent under the canyon moon. The phrase ‘canyon moon’ acts more like a symbol of a good juncture in their relationship. In the song, however, he sings about returning home to his lover. Listen to the track below.


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Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Canyon Moon”

Verse 1

In the first verse of the song, Harry Styles sings of the ‘blue sky’ that he sees above from wherever he is. The insignificance of his physical location is to do with the fact that ‘blue skies’ are only a reflection of his inner feelings on the world around him.

At this juncture of the album, 10th track out of 12 tracks, Harry Styles is trying to heal from the disastrous relationship he elaborated in the previous songs. So, naturally, we hear some mellow tunes and eager lyrics from the singer.

So the singer keeps on reflecting a time he and his lover spent under a canyon moon. It must have been peaceful, romantic, nourishing and beautiful right there, in that moment. Most relationships would have that ONE specific moment that trumps all the bad memories after a breakup. Do not keep playing that trump card!

Verse 2

Harry Styles sing of a ‘Jenny’ in these lyrics. He also alludes that they are married and having kids. He hears Jenny asking him to fetch the kids from school. In the 8th track of the album, “She,” Harry talks about a situation where he drops his kids at school. However, it does not mention the name ‘Jenny.’

These memories unfold in bright colours in his mind–blue sky and yellow door, as they are happy memories.

Verse 3

In the third verse of “Canyon Moon,” Harry sings about returning home. Maybe this has triggered all his memories of the good times with his girl. Through his exotic excursions, for whatever reasons, he has been holding on to these fond memories of his relationship.

Verse 4

More memories of good times unravel. He reflects back to a time when they were together playing music to each other. His girl plays him an old hippie song which he doesn’t even know the words to. The beauty is that she also pretends not to know the words!

Do you think this fourth verse has some secret meaning? Drop a comment below.

The whole premise of the song is that he is feeling quite nostalgic about the ‘good times’ of his relationship with this lover and he longs to get back to her. But truly, is there anybody waiting for him back home?

Adam McDonald

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