Harry Styles ‘As It Was’ Lyrics Meaning: Who the ‘Harry’s House’ Song Is About

    He’s back. Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” lyrics are as cryptic as ever, but leave it to fans to decipher the song’s meaning (and it’s secret reference to Olivia Wilde.)

    “As It Was,” which was released on April 1, 2022, is the lead single from Harry‘s upcoming third studio album, Harry’s House, which will debut on March 20, 2022. The song, which is two minutes and 47 seconds long, was written by Harry and songwriters Thomas Hull and Tyler Johnson, who have also co-written songs like “Watermelon Sugar,” “Adore You,” “Golden” and “Falling” with the former One Direction member.

    In an interview with Dazed in 2021, Harry—who has released two solo albums, 2017’s Harry Styles and 2019’s Fine Line, as well as starred in movies like Dunkirk, Eternals and the upcoming Don’t Worry Darling and The Policeman—talked about what it’s been like to balance both careers. “I like to challenge myself and do something different and movies are definitely where I feel most out of my comfort zone,” he said. “I’m coming from music where I don’t think anyone really knows how it works, but I am somewhat in my comfort zone! But in movies, when I show up, I’m the new guy. I haven’t been (an actor) for a long time and that’s really cool, I feel like I’ve learned so much and life is about learning.”

    He continued, “(With acting), you’re trying to remove a lot of yourself and key into someone else,” he explains. “On the most basic level, it’s like being a kid and you’re playing pretend. I am not a very confrontational person, I think I’m pretty chill, so then when you have a character who is like that, it’s fun to explore.” Though acting and music are different, Harry also told the magazine about how both passions have helped the other. “I think music and acting really aid each other in a lot of ways. In my experience, a lot of the time when I’ve gone to do a film I’ve felt like, ‘Oh, I’m probably not gonna do any music for a while because I’ll be so focused on that’. And then I actually find that, by the time I get home at the end of the day, I just write so much,” he said. “Any time you are looking at the world through someone else’s lens and exploring different emotions, it feels like a benefit in so many ways.”

    But back to “As It Was.” So what do Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” lyrics mean? Read on for what we know about Harry Styles’ “As It Was” lyrics’ meaning and who the song could be about.

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    What are Harry Styles’ “As It Was” lyrics about?

    What are Harry Styles’ “As It Was” lyrics about? Though Harry hasn’t confirmed the meaning of “As It Was,” fans believe the song is about his relationship with fame and how his life isn’t “the same as it was” since he’s entered the public eye. “In this world, it’s just us / You know it’s not the same as it was,” he sings. The song also references Harry’s loneliness and concern from others as he isolates himself from the world. “Come on, Harry, we wanna say goodnight to you,” a voice says in the introduction of the song. “Answer the phone / ‘Harry, you’re no good alone / Why are you sitting at home on the floor? / What kind of pills are you on?” Harry sings in the second verse of “As It Was.” 

    Fans also believe the song includes a subtle reference to Harry’s relationship with Olivia Wilde, whom he started dating in January 2021 after he was cast as the lead in Wilde’s upcoming movie, Don’t Worry Darling. Their relationship came three months after Wilde’s breakup with her fiance, Jason Sudeikis, whom she shares two kids with: son Otis Sudeikis, 7, and daughter Daisy Josephine Sudeikis, 5. “Leave America, two kids follow her,” Harry sings in “As It Was.”

    A source told In Touch Weekly in March 2022, that there’s a “really good chance” that Harry has written a song “about how he feels” for Wilde on Harry’s House but the track won’t be a traditional love song.”Don’t expect it to be straightforward,”the insider said. “He likes to keep his personal life private. But then again, he is in love, so maybe, he’ll surprise us with a song that’s all about his feelings for Olivia.” The source continued, “Harry isn’t known for penning songs about his personal relationships, even though ‘Two Ghosts’ is thought to be about his ex Taylor Swift, but the buzz is that there is a love song relating to Olivia on his new album. He likes to write in a general way, about his experiences, dreams, whatever inspires him, but nothing that points directing to a specific individual. That may have changed.”

    Another source told In Touch that Olivia is “is giving this relationship all she can because she truly wants to make it work. “However, it is not easy.” The insider went onto reference Harry and Olivia’s busy schedules, which have made their relationship difficult. “Olivia and Harry are both working on projects, and Harry has a million things going on. He just wrapped his North American tour and will start on his European tour shortly, so he will be in Europe rehearsing and working on music,” the insider said. According to the source, Olivia “balances her schedule with her children’s, as she has joint custody with their father,” Jason. The insider continued, “It’s tough for Olivia because in her heart she wants to be with Harry all the time, but it’s just not possible.”The source also noted that Olivia “puts her kids first and Harry respects that.” The insider continued, “They love their alone time of course, but Harry really enjoys being with Otis and Daisy. Harry and Olivia have something special, and they know it.”

    In an interview with Dazed in 2021, Harry declined to comment on his relationship with Olivia and told the magazine that he like to keep his romantic and professional lives separate. “I’ve always tried to compartmentalize my personal life and my working life,” he said. So what are Harry Styles’ “As It Was” lyrics?

    Read the full lyrics to Harry Styles’ “As It Was” via Genius below.

    Harry Styles “As It Was” Lyrics


    Come on, Harry, we wanna say goodnight to you

    [Verse 1]

    Holdin’ me back

    Gravity’s holdin’ me back

    I want you to hold out the palm of your hand

    Why don’t we leave it at that?

    Nothin’ to say

    When everything gets in the way

    Seems you cannot be replaced

    And I’m the one who will stay, oh-oh-oh


    In this world, it’s just us

    You know it’s not the same as it was

    In this world, it’s just us

    You know it’s not the same as it was

    As it was, as it was

    You know it’s not the same

    [Verse 2]

    Answer the phone

    “Harry, you’re no good alone

    Why are you sitting at home on the floor?

    What kind of pills are you on?”

    Ringin’ the bell

    And nobody’s coming to help

    Your daddy lives by himself

    He just wants to know that you’re well, oh-oh-oh


    In this world, it’s just us

    You know it’s not the same as it was

    In this world, it’s just us

    You know it’s not the same as it was

    As it was, as it was

    You know it’s not the same


    Go home, get ahead, light-speed internet

    I don’t wanna talk about the way that it was

    Leave America, two kids follow her

    I don’t wanna talk about who’s doin’ it first



    As it was

    You know it’s not the same as it was

    As it was, as it was

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