Thursday, August 13, 2020

Adore You, a lyrical analysis from Fine Line, a Harry Styles album

Adore You, Song Meaning and Lyrical Interpretation

Adore You is such a sweet song - and it is what we'll be discussing today. Before I begin, I wanted to shout out Harry Styles for getting his first number one hit with Watermelon Sugar! This has been a summer of watermelon and sugar - mostly because of quarantine and there isn't much to do xD.
Walk in your rainbow paradise (paradise)
Strawberry lipstick state of mind (state of mind)
I get so lost inside your eyes
Would you believe it?
Adore You is, simply, a love song. I think it's a really good one that should go down in history (but I don't think it charted too high). It's got classic rock elements that give it an old-schooled solid love song vibe. "I get so lost inside your eyes," could be considered a cliche in love songs but it's a good one! I'm a sucker for people in love getting lost in each others eyes.

"Strawberry lipstick," is a call back to Harry's love of fruits that is seen throughout this album with Watermelon Sugar and Cherry.
You don't have to say you love me
You don't have to say nothing
You don't have to say you're mine
This verse shows that Harry loves unconditionally. It is very sweet because he doesn't expect anything back from this other person. Harry is willing to give love freely - there are no expectations. What can be more self-less and romantic?
I'd walk through fire for you
Just let me adore you
Oh, honey
I'd walk through fire for you
Just let me adore you
Like it's the only thing I'll ever do
It looks like Harry's love interest isn't reciprocating, but Harry doesn't mind. He is asking her to accept his love, because he'll protect and adore her, always. "Like it's the only thing I'll ever do," is Harry's dramatic way of saying that he's fine with his life even if the only thing he accomplishes during it is to love her.
Your wonder under summer skies (summer skies)
Brown skin and lemon over ice
Would you believe it?
I've said this before, and I will say it again, Fine Line is a summer album!! "Brown skin," could be saying that his lover has a tan due to the sun (though, of course, she could always just be not-white). "Lemon over ice," is talking about lemonade which is a summer staple! Lemonade quenches the thirst built up by the heat of summer.

Maybe Harry is having a summer romance. But I wouldn't be quick to say so - this song talks about serious love. A love that is all-encompassing, unconditional, and sweet.

Do you agree or do you interpret these lyrics differently? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  1. Wasn't sure if it was a drink or blonde hair.... lol

  2. Brown skin, obviously someone who's not white

  3. I literally felt so special with that one line

  4. Brown skin," could be saying that his lover has a tan due to the sun (though, of course, she could always just be not-white)

    Why is the subject being a woc an afterthought, lol

  5. Why is "Brown skin and lemon over ice", not being interpreted as it would be, were people not so quick to look into lyrics along standard hetero-normative lines? A Brown skinned individual ( this song is not necessarily written for or about a woman)is a Person of Color (could be Black, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, etc). And "Lemon over ice", according to modern urban terms, means: an attractive Asian or person of Asian descent. Harry could very well be celebrating an intense, all encompassing, soulful Love with a Brown skinned Asian or person of Asian descent. This song, very clearly speaks of ONE individual who, I believe, is quite obvious, if people stop believing the manufactured (T. Swift, K. Jenner, etc.)mythology surrounding Harry Styles. His passionate And all encompassing Lyrical Love Letters have all been written about & to ONE individual with whom he's shared an incredible love story that has spanned over a decade.

  6. Brown skin and lemon over ice is a hot Asian guy. Strawberry lipstick is a d*ck.