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"

18 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!

    • Della says:

      Same here. Conan has been such a huge help as I deal with finding myself. His music is so inspirational and so deep and true. I hope that everything works out for you!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I always thought the second and third verse were commected, that he was talking about him and the boy

  9. Emily says:

    i can relate to this and it really helped me ty Conan ilysm!

  10. anonymous girl says:

    I can relate to some of the stuff my life is hard, high school is hard, every day is hard.
    I’m sorry you and your friends had to go through all that you are inspirational towards a lot of people keep being awesome.

  11. Aspen says:

    Damn, this hits hard, I can’t really relate to the song except for the second verse a little, but it really sucks to know that kids and people go through this stuff.

  12. Kass says:

    When I heard this I was like” Dang some people just suffer no matter what happens or what they say”. I hope no one ever has to go through that type of pain.

  13. Matilda Rose. 16 says:

    Man, I am so sorry you had to go through that Conan, I am so thankful for someone like you, many people heard this song and could relate. this song helped me find comfort and I know it did the same to others. Me personally can only relate to the first and second verse. I am a singer/songwriter and I know it feels good to write about hard things
    I just want to say thank you.!!!

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