Fans of Harry Styles were delighted when his debut album, “Harry Styles” was released in May of 2017. However, some people noticed what appeared to be a mysterious hidden track that wasn’t announced on any track list. The song is called “Watermelon Sugar” and its lyrics are puzzling for many fans. What does the song mean and why did Harry choose to include it on his album? In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the lyrics and try to find meaning behind them. We will also explore possible interpretations of the song’s title. So, what is the meaning behind Watermelon Sugar? Let’s find out!
“Tastes like strawberries
On a summer evenin’
And it sounds just like a song
I want more berries
And that summer feelin’
It’s so wonderful and warm
Breathe me in
Breathe me out
I don’t know if I could ever go without”
The first place in the Billboard Hot 100! A big breakthrough for the author! Summer vibe! A lot of assumptions about the meaning, about who the song is dedicated to. All this about Harry Styles “Watermelon sugar”. The song really deserves attention, because no one has come up with anything similar. The song was appreciated by both critics and ordinary music lovers. So what’s the meaning behind the song?
Let’s start with the story behind the song. There was nothing special in the history of creation. After a break from One Direction in 2015, Styles waited a year and a half before releasing his debut solo single Sign of the Times in 2017. After the album’s chart-topping success, which also spawned the Kiwi single, it took the singer another two years to enter the era of his next album, with the release of “Lights Up” in October 2019. But none of the singles helped Styles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 until “Watermelon Sugar” was released.
The only thing the fans thought about for a long time was who the song was dedicated to. There are a lot of assumptions — from the singer’s ex-girlfriends to banned substances! Of course, the fantasy of Harry Styles fans is very rich… However… does the cheeky name really matter more? Harry wrote the song for almost 2 years and there were moments when he didn’t like “Watermelon sugar” at all.
“At first we all really liked this track, but then I really hated it for a very long time. I came back to him again and again, trying to achieve something perfect …”- admitted Styles.
As Stiles told later, the name for the song was chosen completely by chance, allegedly he saw a book with the same name in the room where he was recording the track. I don’t know how true this is, but at least that’s what the author said. But nevertheless fans had a lot of assumption about what the name of the song means.
At first it seems that the name symbolizes the sweet taste of seasonal fruits and summer time, but the meaning is a little deeper. In fact, this track is about love. about sweet feelings, about the state in which a person stays during falling in love. As Styles said later, the song compares eating sweet fruits and love on a warm night.
“Breathe me in
Breathe me out
I don’t know if I could ever go without
I’m just thinking out loud
I don’t know if I could ever go without
Understanding the meaning of the song. In my opinion, everyone has their own understanding of this song. Someone perceives it as a summer hit, someone as some kind of secret message from the author. For someone, this is a song about a pleasant feeling of love. By the way: the record pleased with great summer hits, such as “Falling”, “Lights Up”, “Adore You” and others! However, it was to “Watermelon Sugar” that everyone’s attention was riveted…Attention to an uncomplicated, light, cheerful song with a deep meaning. Remarkably, the song remained a hit until 2021. Over and over again, people wondered, “Who inspired the singer to this audacious song…?”
Harry himself spoke about the real meaning of the song only during a concert in Nashville last fall. But before that, Harry Styles’ fans had long assumed that the meaning of his song Watermelon sugar was not as simple and innocent as it might seem at first listening. In the text of the summer hit about juicy fruits and berries, many caught a rather frank subtext, and turned out to be right. The singer himself confirmed the rumors and speculations of his fans a little later and as it turned out, the fans were right. The most adequate and truthful assumption was the breakup of the singer’s relationship with a French model named Camille Rowe… According to producer Kid Harpoon, Harry was “morally destroyed” during the recording of the album.
Then he influenced him, persuaded him to vent all his feelings in the lyrics…That’s what Styles did. By the way, Camille and Harry’s relationship has been the subject of a lot of speculation throughout the album. The model’s voice is even present in Cherie’s song.
Fans also noticed a croissant lying on the table in the Watermelon sugar video, which they considered as a message to the singer’s former relationship. In the music video after the shot where Harry is sitting at the table with a slice of watermelon, a beautiful woman is shown sitting with a full watermelon between her legs. Melon, melon, melon! Here it is. Subliminal messages in the passionate video confirm the idea that Stiles used a watermelon to symbolize his possible appreciation for oral sex. Before the next performance, Harry said:
“This song is about….well, it doesn’t really matter what it’s about..”
“It’s about, um, the sweetness of life! Sing it for me!”
Then he began the song as normal, but in the middle of the first verse, he threw in:
“It’s also about the female orgasm!”
The amazing music video for “Watermelon Sugar” seems to fit perfectly into the theory behind the meaning of the song…
The clip appeared on Styles’ official YouTube channel on May 18, 2020. By the end of September 2021, the video had gained more than 260 million views… This summer masterpiece was directed by Bradley & Pablo. Filming took place in Malibu, California, in January 2020.
According to Styles himself, the source of inspiration was Paul McCartney, or rather his style of the 1960s… That is why some of the shots are designed in a charming vintage style. Curiously, the message at the very beginning of the clip — “This video is dedicated to touching” — was added for a reason! The Bradley & Pablo team were concerned that Columbia Records would not release the video because it looked insensitive. To fix this, they added this gentle message…Some seemed to immediately feel the sexual vibes, while others remained blissfully unaware and continued to enjoy the new summer hit from Harry Styles… Maybe Harry’s right, though? After all, why reveal the meaning?
Songwriting is always a very personal process, and sometimes it’s more fun and interesting to leave things open to interpretation… Moreover, in this case, the fans’ interest in the song will not subside and there will always be a ground for reflection and guesswork. In general, you can learn more about the song if you get to know the author better.
Harry Edward Styles was born on February 1, 1994 in Redditch (Worcestershire, England) in the family of Ann Cox (Seli) and Desmond Styles, who worked in the financial sector. Many of Harry’s ancestors were farmers in Norfolk. When the boy turned seven, he, along with his mother and older sister Gemma, settled in the town of Holmes Chapel in Cheshire, where he studied at a comprehensive school. Subsequently, Harry had a half—older brother Mike, the son of Robin Twist, whom the mother of the future singer married.
Since childhood, Harry has had a passion for music, his work was influenced by Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. At school, he organized the band White Eskimo, which won the Battle of the Bands Competition, where amateur teenage bands participated. After graduating from high school, 16-year-old Stiles got a part-time job at a pastry shop in Holmes Chapel and simultaneously developed his vocal talent.
For the first time the world saw Harry Styles in 2010 at the auditions for the British reality show The X Factor. The 16-year-old quickly charmed the audience thanks to his charisma and repertoire consisting of touching love ballads. There was a set for the seventh season, and at the same time four guys unfamiliar to Stiles participated in the auditions, with whom his fate would soon bind him for a long time.
At the suggestion of the show’s judge Nicole Scherzinger, a former member of The Pussycat Dolls, Styles and Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik turned into the boy band One Direction. One Direction took third place on The X Factor, but still got a contract with the label and began to expand on the world stage.
Harry Edward Styles is an English singer and idol of millions of teenagers, the youngest of the five members of the boy band One Direction, which has gained worldwide fame. I hope soon we will hear even more incendiary songs from Harry Styles.