Harry Stylesâ€™ New Music Video is Very Religious
After weeks of anticipation, Harry Styles dropped his debut music videoÂ as a solo artist this morning.
While we already knew the music video would be jam-packed with shots of Harry flying over the Scottish countryside in a cream-colored sweater, we didnâ€™t expect there to be so much Jesus imagery.
Looks like somebodyâ€™s really trying to clean up his trouble-making image, huh?
The actual video is fairly uneventful for a five-minute long music video.
After moodily staring out at the dry, boring Scottish landscape around him, Harry Styles launches himself into flight as soon as the â€œbeatâ€ for the chorus drops.
Then he flies over a variety of picturesque locations before literally running on water, parting the frickin’ sea, and flying up into the clouds, which is probably supposed to represent heaven.
In a recent Rolling Stone profile, Harryâ€™s team revealed â€œSign of the Timesâ€ was written â€œfrom a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and thereâ€™s a complication. The mother is told, â€˜The child is fine, but youâ€™re not going to make it.â€™ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, â€˜Go forth and conquer.â€™â€
Now, Iâ€™m not saying Harry Styles is literally trying to say heâ€™s a Jesus-type figure, here to save humanity from the sins of manufactured pop musicians past, but Iâ€™m also not saying heâ€™s not.
The signs are all there.
Harry Styles pretty much dropped off the side of the earth after One Direction broke up.
Yes, he was shooting a movie, but he kept himself out of the headlines until he decided it was time to resurrect himself with his new solo material.
Gone was the lovable goof ball, and in his place was a very serious young man â€“ at least when it came to his music.
And since heâ€™s come back, two out of three songs heâ€™s shared with us have contained religious-sounding lyrics.
In â€œSign of the Times,â€ the song begins with Harry intoning: â€¨â€¨â€œWelcome to the final show / hope youâ€™re wearing your best clothes / you canâ€™t bribe the door on your way to the sky / you look pretty good down here / but you ainâ€™t really goodâ€
And in â€œEver Since New York,â€ he sings: â€¨â€¨â€œIâ€™ve been praying, I never did before / understand Iâ€™m talking to the walls / and Iâ€™ve been praying ever since New Yorkâ€
â€œI definitely consider myself to be more spiritual than religious. Iâ€™m not super tied-in to certain rules but I think its naive to say nothing exists and thereâ€™s nothing above us or more powerful than us. I think thatâ€™s a little narrow-minded.â€
And he’s even gone so far as to get the Bible tattooed on his arm.
Whether or not heâ€™s amping up the religion to try and scrub himself free from the image of himself as a trouble-making fuckboy who broke Taylor Swiftâ€™s heart, one thing is clear: Harry Styles might be more spiritual than religious, butÂ he’s not just doing it to try and appeal to a bigger fanbase.
He really believes.