The Golden Experience

Although the former One Direction member, Harry Styles, has dipped his toes into the worlds of acting and modeling, he will always be a singer, songwriter, and poet. Harry Styles released his second solo album, Fine Line, in 2019. His opening track, “Golden“, takes the listener on a ride to experience the highs and fears of a new relationship. Styles begins the song with,

Golden, golden, golden as I open my eyes
Hold it, focus, hoping, take me back to the light
I know you were way too bright for me
I'm hopeless, broken, so you wait for me in the sky

The “you” in this song is someone whom Styles loves and wants to be with. There is a metaphor, where Styles compares this person to the sun. He mentions that they are “in the sky” and he is trying to “focus” on them, like someone looking at the “too bright” sun. This metaphor suggests that they are beautiful, precious, magical, good, hard to reach, etc. He wants to be brought “back to the light”, otherwise known as his special someone. He feels like the person is too good and “too bright” for his “hopeless” and “broken” self. With the metaphor and continuous use of descriptive words such as golden, bright, and light, he creates the conflicting experience of wanting to be with someone. This use of multidimensional language is one criterion that makes poetry, poetry, according to Perrine. Harry Styles continues with the chorus,

You're so golden
I'm out of my head, and I know that you're scared
Because hearts get broken

The title, “Golden”, hints at the song’s metaphor comparing this person to gold or the sun and the repetition of the line, “You’re so golden”. The fear of getting your heart broken is a huge part of relationships. The chorus gives the listener the experience of this fear, but it also shows the other amazing part of a relationship: being totally infatuated with someone. In the second verse, Styles gives the experience of how a relationship and love can affect someone.

I can feel you take control (I can feel you take control)
Of who I am, and all I've ever known
Lovin' you's the antidote

This verse communicates the wonderful experience of how someone has control over their loved ones. The speaker has lost control of themselves and will do anything for their loved one. The line, “Lovin’ you’s the antidote” ties back to the line in the first verse, “I’m helpless, broken…” Loving this person is making the speaker better. Styles implies that relationships can be “the antidote” to loneliness and can improve people’s lives.

This well written and performed song is poetry because it conveys the experience of being in love and starting a new relationship.

4 thoughts on “The Golden Experience

  1. cassie m

    Totally agree with your analysis! I also think the line that you talked about, “Loving you’s the antidote” is really interesting because as well as tying back to the line “I’m hopeless, broken,” like you said, I feel that it can also tie to the repetition of “I don’t wanna be alone.” That repetition sort of creates a feeling of desperation that only goes away when the love interest is around since the love interest is the antidote. So Styles is addressing the dependency that can form in relationships, especially when one person in the relationship has a history of heartbreak.

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    I really liked this analysis because when I hear Golden I think of more of a happy, upbeat song. After reading this I can see some language that would argue that Styles is having a hard time getting into a new relationship after he’s been hurt so many times. I also really admire the poetry in this song and the extended metaphor of the person being the sun, I think that’s a very lovely comparison.


  3. Emma L

    This is a really interesting take on this song. As an earlier comment mentioned, when I hear this song I usually feel a warm feeling and feel an upbeat vibe, but when taking a closer look at the lyrics it’s clear Harry Styles is trying to speak out about a failed relationship. I like that you included both the positives and negatives of the start of a relationship as it contrasts harshly with the song I chose that deals with relationships ending.


  4. Maggie Rose B

    I really liked your analysis of this song! When I first heard this song I didn’t catch the sadness and fear that was mixed in with the upbeat feel of it, but the more times I listened to it, the more I caught on to some of the same things you mentioned in your post. I think it’s really interesting how such happy and vibrant imagery can be talking about a sad thing, and I thinks that’s what makes it really poetic.


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