Conan Gray’s “Heather” Lyrics Meaning
This song is based on a scenario like a bisexual love triangle. According to Conan, the addressee is someone whom he was in love with. However, this individual did not have eyes for him but rather for the titular “Heather”. Now the gender of the addressee is never specified.
Thus if it is a lady, the logical insinuation would be that she is a lesbian. But if it is a male, that would mean that Gray is gay, as in admitting he has romantic feelings for another man. Indeed such would be the general inference, as the singer states in the chorus that he wishes he were “half as pretty” as Heather. Also he lets it be known in his explanation of the tune that this is based on one of his own personal experiences, not him for instance singing from a female’s perspective.
That brings us to the true heart of the story. The singer has developed sort of a love/hate sentiment towards Heather due to her being the apple of the eye of the person he adores eyes. That is Gray wishes he actually “were Heather”, as in more like her, so that this person would likewise be attracted to him. But in realizing that he can’t be her, he also wishes something bad would transpire to remove her from the scene.
So conclusively, we can say that Conan is jealous of Heather since she possesses qualities which are causing the man he loves to be “mesmerized” by her.
And what it all boils down to is that the addressee’s infatuation with Heather basically means that the chances of him getting romantically involved with the singer are nil.
Conan Gray has dubbed this song “the most honest recount of (his) love life at the moment”. In other words, it is based on a real-life story where “the person (he) really, really liked was in love with Heather”. This in turn caused him to ‘hate Heather with all his heart and soul’.
This was despite him understanding that it was not her fault that his friend had feelings for her, and Conan admits that she is “a wonderful person”. Thus in the aftermath of his outburst (i.e. this song) he feels a need to apologize her. But of course he no longer harbors any ill feelings towards Heather and instead recounts the whole transpiring somewhat comically.
Facts about “Heather”
This track came out on 20 March 2020 as part of Conan Gray’s debut album, “Kid Krow”. Conan had teased its forthcoming a couple of months prior on Twitter. Also prior to its release, he seems to have implied that this is one of his favorite tracks on the album.
The label behind “Heather” is Republic Records.
“Heather was written entirely by Conan Gray. And the track was produced by Dan Nigro and Jam City.
According to Gray, he always cried whenever he listened to this song. This is because of how sad it made him feel. Below are Gray’s own words about what this song is about and how sad it always made him feel:
“Heather” was a hit song. However, it wasn’t just any ordinary hit song. It was a sleeper hit (i.e. a song that takes a while to become a hit after being released).
Prior to “Heather”, Gray’s biggest hit was his 2019 song titled “Maniac“. However, the success of “Maniac” was easily overtaken by that of “Heather”. Now, not only did “Heather” make it into the America’s renowned singles chart, the Hot 100, but it also was a top 50 hit in this chart. Outside of America, Gray saw even more success.
The song charted in so many European and Asian countries. It was actually the first song of Gray’s entire musical career to chart in the United Kingdom, where it was a top 20 hit.
Below are some of the countries where “Heather” enjoyed a top-10 hit status:
- Belgium (#2)
- Malaysia (#2)
- Singapore (#2)
Elton John talks about “Heather” and Conan Gray
“Heather” gained so much popularity that it even caught the attention of the one and only Elton John who heaped a lot of praises on the song. According to Elton, he was beyond impressed at Gray’s amazing songwriting ability.
Speaking to the BBC, Elton said he admired how Gray was able to write a very powerful and meaningful song like “Heather” all by himself. Elton referred to “Heather” as a “proper song” and talked about how rare it was these days for an artist to independently compose a song without any assistance.
Interesting to Note
Gray almost refused releasing this song. And why? He felt that the world would criticize him for its lyrics that showered hatred on an innocent person. He was therefore surprised when people embraced the song because they found its lyrics very relatable.
Conan Gray’s “Kid Krow”
Starting his YouTube channel in 2013 and uploading content of his talent and gaining over 25 million views, Conan in his early twenties released his debut album “Kid Krow” on 20th March, 2020.
The album was inspired by rough experiences from his childhood and teenage stages. TikTok, a vlogging social media app catapulted in making “Heather”, a single from the album gain popularity as it became a hit song, and the album at large.
The success of “Heather” and the entire album transformed Gray into an international superstar. Owing to this, he toured embarked on the famous “Kid Krow World Tour” that saw him perform in various countries, including:
- United States
The album comprises twelve tracks, spanning a total of 33 minutes, 33 seconds. The production of the album was done by the likes of Dan Nigro, Captain Cuts, Jam City and Gray himself.
Gray basically composed all the project’s songs. The album belongs to a number of music genres, including:
- Indie pop
- Pop rock
- Indie rock
A total of 6 singles (including “Heather”) were released to promote “Kid Krow”. The singles are listed below: