Conan Gray’s “The Story” Lyrics Meaning

“The Story” is largely based on Conan Gray and his peers being members of a troubled generation. So for example, the first verse centers on a 16-year old boy and girl who are the victims of some type of abuse(s) which apparently leads to the two deciding to commit suicide. 

The second verse focuses on a couple of boys who seemingly have homosexual urges which they supplant despite possessing strong feelings for each other. And they keep this up until eventually they move to two different states. 

Then the third verse is about the singer himself making something like a pact with one of his besties to save up money so they “could both run away”. The reason they have resolved to do so is because ‘both their parents were evil’, insinuating that they too were victims of abuse. And eventually they do depart albeit separately, so now he is ‘wondering if she’s alright’. 

And in all of these situations he chalks up the persecution these children suffer as being “just the way the world works”. But his concluding sentiment is that such is “not the end of the story”. In other words, said youth can still work towards bringing about the desired changes in their lives, regardless of being dealt a bad hand in life so to speak.

Did Conan Gray write “The Story”?

Yes. Gray wrote this song, and the production was handled by Dan Nigro.

Release Date

“The Story” was released on 10 January 2020. It features on Conan Gray’s maiden album, “Kid Krow”.

What Conan Gray has said about “The Story”

According to Gray, he wrote this song about himself and his childhood friends. The lyrics are therefore purely autobiographical. They were inspired by he and his friends’ hard childhood.

Conan Gray talks about "The Story"

7 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love this song; it’s so emotional and so sad because he ran away

  2. Katie says:

    OMG what the flip!
    That must suck. Love you Conan. Life will get better

    Your Biggest Fan!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I really hope “they are alright”

  4. Anonymous says:

    wtf! he actually ran away

  5. Anonymous says:

    woah- ;-; damn the meaning hits deep- OwO

  6. Ellie says:

    This song is so emotional. I am sorry you and your friends had to go through this Conan. ❤️❤️

  7. Kenzie says:

    As a fan of Conan, his music has saved me many times and I would like to thank him for be so inspiring and just an absolute awesome person and artist. Keep it up. You’re the best! This song hits another spot.All of his music does and as a closeted Lgbtq+ member it’s really helpful! Thank you so much Conan Gray!

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