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"Sign of the Times" is a song by Harry Styles, released as the debut single from his debut solo album, Harry Styles, on April 7, 2017.

Writing and subject Edit

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Harry stated, "'Sign of the Times' came from 'This isn't the first time we've been in a hard time, and it's not going to be the last time.'"[1]

In the same interview, he explained the meaning of the lyrics: "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 mother is told, 'The child is fine, but you're not going to make it.' The mother has five minutes to tell the child, 'Go forth and conquer.'"[1]

Production Edit

The song initially began as a seven minute voice note on Harry's phone.[1]

During the production of the album, the track was a breakthrough for Harry and the band, and Harry even expressed a wish to name the album Sign of the Times.[1]

Composition Edit

Cameron Crowe, Rolling Stone: "a sweeping piano ballad, as well as a kind of call to arms."[1]

Credits Edit

Lyrics Edit

Just stop your crying, it's a sign of the times
Welcome to the final show
Hope you're wearing your best clothes
You can't bribe the door on your way to the sky
You look pretty good down here
But you ain't really good

We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets? The bullets
We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets? The bullets

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
They told me that the end is near
We gotta get away from here

Just stop your crying, have the time of your life
Breaking through the atmosphere
And things are pretty good from here
Remember everything will be alright
We can meet again somewhere
Somewhere far away from here

We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets? The bullets
We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets? The bullets

Just stop your crying, it's a sign of the times
We gotta get away from here
We gotta get away from here
Stop your crying, baby, it'll be alright
They told me that the end is near
We gotta get away from here

We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets? The bullets
We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets? The bullets

We don't talk enough, we should open up
Before it's all too much
Will we ever learn? We've been here before
It's just what we know

Stop your crying, baby, it's a sign of the times
We gotta get away, we got to get away
We got to get away, we got to get away
We got to get away
We got to, we got to run
We got to, we got to run
We got to, we got to run

Photoshoot Edit

The photo for the cover of Sign of the Times was done in the same session as for the Harry Styles album cover.

Photographer: Harley Weir
Styling: Harry Lambert
Grooming: Louise Teasdale
Set Design: David White

Release Edit

  • March 25 - United Kingdom TV ad.
  • March 31 - Instagram cover and reveal
  • Spotify glitch.

Music video Edit

The music video for Sign of the Times was directed by French music video director Woodkid (real name Yoann Lemoine).

Production Edit

Editions Edit

Performances Edit

April 15 Saturday Night Live Television
April 21 The Graham Norton Show Television

Music video Edit

Production Edit

Synopsis Edit

Trivia Edit

  • When Harry played the album for his mother, she cried upon hearing "Sign of the Times."[1]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Rolling Stone: "Harry Styles' New Direction". Crowe, Cameron (April 18, 2017).

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