Song of the Day #3,512: ‘Sign of the Times’ – Harry Styles

Happy Valentine’s Day! And, more important, Happy Birthday to my daughter Fiona, who turns 12 today!

Fiona should be reasonably happy to have a Harry Styles song featured on her special day. She would have been similarly happy to have the Village Voice Pazz & Jop #12 song, Lana Del Rey’s ‘Love,’ posted as well, had I not written about it last March.

Styles appears at #13 with ‘Sign of the Times,’ the lead single from his solo debut. This is a very well-received album that I need to listen to in full, having mostly enjoyed the tracks my daughters play.

On this song (and the rest of the album, I assume), Styles taps into a 70s David Bowie vibe that fits him well.

[Verse 1]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
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?

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 2]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
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?

[Chorus]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
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?

[Bridge]
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

[Outro]
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, away
We got to, we got to, away
We got to, we got to, away

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,512: ‘Sign of the Times’ – Harry Styles

  1. Maddie says:

    Mm love this album πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ You go, Harry.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I too became exposed to this album through my kids and I really like what I’ve heard, including this song.

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