Harry Styles, Matilda: inside the meaning of the lyrics

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Harry Styles’ new album, Harry’s House, was released on May 20, 2022 and has practically captured the attention of the entire community of music lovers: his songs have been listened to more and more and the the lyrics read and analysed, until we reached a general awareness: obviously excluding As It Was, which had already been very popular for several months, the song that most fascinated the fans among those on the album is Matilda. To the point that many are wondering what the meaning of the lyrics is.

Find the official Matilda audio streaming below. It is a sweet ballad, in some ways sad, addressed to a mysterious girl named Matilda, who is going through a difficult period. Harry Styles tries to support her with his words.

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Matilda: the meaning of the lyrics

In the lyrics, Matilda appears to be a young woman experiencing difficulties within the family context. You can throw a party full of everyone you know / And not invite your family, ’cause they never showed you love is what Harry says in one of the central verses of the song. From the lyrics it can be understood that we are talking about a young girl, perhaps even a teenager, given the great importance that the lack of love from family assumes in her mood.

Harry Styles’ invitation is to let go of this sadness. Leave behind the fact of not having a family the way we would like it, and move on. Building one’s life with our hands. “You can start a family who will always show you love / You don’t have to be sorry for doing it on your own,” Harry says towards the end of the song.

The meaning of Matilda’s lyrics then becomes this: I know it’s tough, but you can try to let it go. Try to go ahead and build your own well-being. The life to come is in your hands.

Who really is Matilda?

Given the popularity of the song, they have already asked Harry Styles during interviews a little more about this female figure. Harry replied that the song is dedicated to a girl who never knew how much she inspired him. One of those people who sometimes cross your life, with a personal story out of the ordinary, which push you to reconsider the concept of normality and the point of view with which you see things. With this song Harry Styles somehow wanted to show understanding and compassion. These are his words:

“I wanna support you in some way. But it’s not necessarily my place to make it about me; cause it’s not my experience. Sometimes it’s just about listening. I hope that’s what it did,I hope it just says ‘I was listening to you'”

According to some, Matilda could be ex-girlfriend Camilla Rowe. In 2019 Camilla played a character named Matilda in the movie Now Is Everything.

The full lyrics of Harry Styles’ Matilda

You were riding your bike to the sound of “It’s No Big Deal”
And you’re trying to lift off the ground on those old two wheels
Nothing ’bout the way that you were treated ever seemed especially alarming ’til now
So you tie up your hair and you smile like it’s no big deal

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

Matilda, you talk of the pain like it’s all alright
But I know that you feel like a piece of you’s dead insidе
You showed me a power that is strong enough to bring sun to the darkest days
It’s none of my business, but it’s just been on my mind

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

You can see the world, following the seasons
Anywhere you go, you don’t need a reason
‘Cause they never showed you love
You don’t have to be sorry for doing it on your own

Puoi vedere il mondo, seguendo le stagioni
Ovunque tu vada, non hai bisogno di una ragione
Perché non ti hanno mai mostrato amore
Non devi essere dispiaciuta se vai avanti per la tua strada

You’re just in time, make your tea and your toast
Framed all your posters and dyed your clothes, ooh
You don’t have to go
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

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
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, no