Wait no more, Harry’s House is here. And along with it, one of Harry’s best, most emotionally powerful songs ever written
The wait is finally over: the door to Harry’s House is at long last open since last week, May 24th. And let me say, the world needs more than a week to recover itself from the rollercoaster it was.
People were suspecting and expecting many things, and as always, Styles surprised everyone and surpassed expectations. His third studio album brought joy, tears, laughter, and shouts; a proper experience. Harry’s House explores the concept of a home and what it means to belong, to love, to be a lone soul, to let go of things, and to be afraid. To grow, and to create your own family, your own home – the thing you design as you go through life.
By now, we’re all used to the sads, melancholics, forevermore life-changing tracks of Harry’s albums: From the Dining Table and Meet Me In the Hallway in HS1; Fine Line, Cherry, and Falling in his second album, Fine Line; and now we have a new one to add to the list: welcome home, Matilda.
This song arrived, as did all the other twelve songs, with beautiful lyrics. But, kind of unlike the others, Matilda, this quiet ballad, was especially soul-crushing, heart-wrenching.
In an interview with Zane Lowe, Harry Styles dived into the process behind the door – the writing and meaning. He told Lowe that Matilda had been inspired by a person he knew who normalized the blue they felt and insisted they were okay.
“They revealed some stuff to me that was very much like, “Oh, that’s not normal. Like, I think you should maybe get some help or something.”
Styles proceeded, saying that he had played the song to some of his friends and they cried (as everyone did when they heard the song). He knew then, that the song was something.
“It’s a weird one, because with something like this, it’s like, ‘I want to give you something, I want to support you in some way, but it’s not necessarily my place to make it about me because it’s not my experience’. Sometimes it’s just about listening. I hope that’s what I did here. If nothing else, it just says, ‘I was listening to you’.
The song is centered around Matilda, a character disguised from the Roald Dahl book, who – the song suggests – grew up in a troubled household, in an abandoned world, and still tried to keep going. This song wraps itself around your life, like arms around a shaking body. It tells the story of someone trying to build a world, still haunted by the memories of their past. It’s about a person who brushes off their pain as if it were nothing more than dust. As the story develops, Matilda tells more about her life, and somehow tries to come to terms with her past.
To many people, this song is very relatable; and to many, this song felt like home when they listened to it. It created a point zero, a special space that you could use as a therapeutic refuge. The gray memories one has don’t have a place in there, because Harry painted the walls of the house with comprehension. He’s a witness to the pain the person is feeling, and yet he’s simply trying to be respectful, without trying to change the narrative and make it about him. He draws a fine line between respect and empathy. He just wants to listen, and he does.
In the lines “I don’t believe that time will change your mind/ In other words/I know they won’t hurt you anymore as long as you can let them go” well-known thoughts are reflected. People who feel the need to leave, or who are struggling with things, think that it’s just a matter of time until everything gets back to ‘normal’. But in many cases, it isn’t. They think that time will heal things, put the pieces back together and a tide will come and wash their brains. It isn’t like that, and with those lines, Styles tells us it’s alright that it isn’t.
Many people need to get out, to run away, for sometimes that’s the best thing to do. Yet, people are afraid to do so, because guilt pokes on their shoulders.
“The next song we’re playing is for anyone who ever felt guilty for taking care of themselves,” Styles said to the crowd at the One Night Only in London.
Once you were ready, he opened the window, and let your life story come in with the breeze. He epitomized comfort, understanding, and offered it to you, not waiting for anything in return. He was there, and he listened.
He told you that it was okay to want to be okay, that you could let go and that you could start again.
“You can let it go/ You can throw a party full of everyone you know/ You can start a family who will always show you love/ You don’t have to be sorry for doing it on your own/ You can let it go”
Harry opened the door to Harry’s House, and let you take a seat by the kitchen counter. He offered you something as simple and whole-heartedly as water, or something as expensive but still as considered as rosé-colored champagne. He took a plate from the kitchen cabinet and poured some biscuits, and cut a few fruits so you can vitaminize yourself.
There aren’t enough words to explain this song, and it means something different to every person. But the message is clear: there’s someone listening to you.
By: Andrea Mendieta