Harry Styles Matilda Lyrics: The Meaning Explained

May 19, 2022, 11:18 PM

Harry Styles wrote to Matilda about someone he knows personally.

Harry Styles talked about “Matilda” on his latest album Harry’s house and who inspired the heartbreaking new song.

The wait is over. Harry Styles’ long-awaited third studio album Harry’s house is now here and fans are crying on track 7. In ‘Matilda’, Harry sings about a girl who was hurt so badly it became normal for her. Harry sings: “Nothing about the way you’ve been treated ever seemed particularly alarming until now / So you tie your hair up and smile like it’s no big deal”.

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Speaking to Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Harry revealed why he wrote the song and if the real Matilda listened to it.

Who is Matilda in Harry’s House?

Who is Matilda in Harry's House?  Harry Styles explains the meaning behind his Matilda lyrics

Who is Matilda in Harry’s House? Harry Styles explains the meaning of his Matilda lyrics.

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Discussing the new song, Harry said: “I had an experience with someone where as he got to know him better he revealed things about him that were like ‘That’s not normal’ And I think for a lot of people, what you know in your experience is all you know, so it’s easy to confuse that with, I guess in this case, regular behavior.”

The 28-year-old went on to explain that the song is about acknowledging that some things are ‘not normal’ and learning to accept when you should ‘get help’, be it in the form of therapy or something else. Harry said: “This thing is more important than making music about myself because I think it could mean more to a lot more people.”

Harry also confirmed that the song is “disguised as Matilda from Roald Dahl’s book”. He said, “That’s kind of how I imagine Matilda as an adult.” Harry then added: “I played it to a few friends and they all cried.”

In response, Zane asked, “Did you play it to the person it’s about?” and Harry said, “I didn’t.” Zane then clarified, “Do they know it’s about them?” and Harry said, “No.” On whether he’ll tell them now that the song is out, Harry said: “I think they probably will. It’s weird because in the same sense it’s none of my business but it’s in my mind.”

Harry went on to say, “You’ve got a few people in your life that you’ve lost to suicide and it’s always hard not to say, ‘I wish I had stretched them. It’s really hard not to even if you’re not that close to them.”

He ended by saying, “With something like that, it’s kind of like, ‘I want to give you something. I want to support you somehow,’ but it doesn’t have to be. it’s up to me to talk about me because that’s not my experience and sometimes it’s just a matter of listening I hope that’s what he did and if nothing else that he simply says “I was listening to you”.

Harry will probably never reveal exactly who “Matilda” is about, but we’re sure this song will help many listeners who have had similar experiences.

Harry Styles – Mathilde lyrics

VERSE 1
You were riding a bike to the sound of it doesn’t matter
And you tryna get off the ground on those old two wheels
Nothing about the way you’ve been treated has ever seemed particularly alarming until now.
So you tie your hair up and smile like it’s no big deal

CHORUS
You can drop
You can throw a party full of everyone you know
And don’t invite your family ’cause they never showed you love
You don’t have to be sorry for leaving and growing up, mmh

VERSE 2
Matilda, you talk about the pain like it’s alright
But I know you feel like a piece of you died inside
You showed me a power that’s strong enough to bring sunshine to the darkest days
It’s none of my business but it’s in my head

CHORUS
You can drop
You can throw a party full of everyone you know
And don’t invite your family ’cause they never showed you love
You don’t have to be sorry to leave and grow
you can see the world
Over the seasons
wherever you go
You don’t need a reason ’cause they never showed you love
You don’t have to be sorry you did it all alone

BRIDGE
You’re just in time to make your tea and your toast
A friend all you post is you close, oh
You don’t have to leave
You don’t have to go home
Oh, there’s a long way to go
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

CHORUS
You can drop
You can throw a party full of everyone you know
You can start a family that will always show you love
You don’t have to be sorry you did it all alone
You can drop
You can throw a party full of everyone you know
You can start a family that will always show you love
You don’t have to be sorry, no

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