Just stop your crying / It’s a sign of the times
We gotta get away from here / We gotta get away from here
Just stop your crying / It’ll be alright
It’s been compared to David Bowie. It’s climbing charts rapidly around the world. It was played at least three times on the radio during my 30-minute commute this morning.
Sign of the Times from Harry Styles is powerful and soulful and thumps you right in the gut.
More than this, it’s surprising. It’s the debut solo single from the former One Direction star – a piano ballad so far removed in tone and style from any of the group’s hits, no one saw it coming.
The surprises haven’t stopped.
Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Styles has explained the meaning behind the track. Once again, it’s not what we were expecting.
“The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication,” the 23-year-old said.