Good morning to all the Harries out there — Harry’s House is finally here and we’ve never, ever been happier! As we all make our way through Harry Styles’s third studio album, once or twice (ok, maybe 100 times), we’re finding little tidbits and “Aha!” Moments that are making us realize that we were totally picking up (or missing) the clues Harry dropped along the way.
Take for example the 12th song on the album, “Boyfriends.”
The track which first debuted at the Don’t Worry Darling The actor’s first and second performances at the music festival, Coachella, was met with a thunderous reaction from fans in the crowd when he introduced the song by saying, “To boyfriends everywhere, f**k you.”
And while we got the feeling that this song would possibly be about boyfriends doing wrong by their partners, Harry further clarified the meaning behind “Boyfriends” lyrics with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1.
“It’s both acknowledging my own behavior. He’s looking at behavior that I’ve witnessed,” he revealed. “I grew up with a sister, so it’s watching her date people and watching friends date people, and people don’t treat each other very nicely sometimes.”
“Boyfriends” is a choppy, yet melodic guitar tune that shares the problems that come with dating someone who is a “fool” and “knows just how to get under your skin.”
The pop star also criticizes men for their role in ill relationships, claiming that boyfriends “take you for granted” and “misunderstand” their partners.
Overall, the song feels like a deep analysis and reflection on the complaisant position men may take in love and relationships, giving us a track that reams out awful boyfriends and the mindless behavior of their partners who continue to allow them back into their lives to act this way.
The song starts off with the reversed intro “Hoo, Niaga ti ta kcab er’uoy, loof,” which when played forward translates to “Ooh Fool, you’re back at it again.”
Throughout the song, Harry is directly speaking to the “fool” of the relationship, which can be seen as the lover who is continuing to put up with said “boyfriend.”
“Weekend, when you get deep in, he starts secretly drinking / It gets hard to know what he’s thinking,” laments Harry, signaling that the relationship is obviously troubled, where the “he” chooses to not tell his partner what is on his mind, despite the partner attempting to get “he” to speak his thoughts.
While Harry’s examination of bad boyfriends behaviors is the main focus of the song, the “As It Was” singer does take the time to question the lover’s inability to leave such a stormy and seemingly toxic relationship, singing “You’re no closer to him / Now you’re halfway home, only calling you when you don’t wanna be alone / No, and you go. Why? You don’t know.”
Don’t think we got it right? Here are the full lyrics to “Boyfriends,” courtesy of Genius, for you to over-analyze all day. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ll be moving on to overthinking “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” — see you there, bb.
Niaga ti ta kcab er’uoy, loof
Boyfriends, they think you’re so easy
They take you for granted
They don’t know, they’re just misunderstanding
You, you’re back at it again
Weakened, when you get deep in
He starts secretly drinking
It gets hard to know what he’s thinking
Love a fool who knows just how to get under your skin
You, you still open the door
You’re no closer to him
Now you’re halfway home
Only calling you when
Don’t wanna be alone
Oh, and you go
Why? You don’t know
Boyfriends, are they just pretending?
They don’t tell you whеre it’s heading
And you know the game’s never ending
You lay with him as you stay in the daydream
Feel a fool, you’re back at it again
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