Harry Styles’ “Medicine” Lyrics Meaning
The word “medicine” is only present in the first verse. And in the name of not running the risk of getting lost in this highly-metaphorical piece, let’s just say that it points to the act of sex. More specifically, this time around some analysts have deduced that Harry Styles may well be referring to sex of the oral kind in particular. Actually Hazza more or less alludes to such. He not only does that in the first verse but also in the chorus.
Beyond that, there doesn’t necessarily read to be anything extraordinary about this piece per se as far as bedroom fun songs go.
Rather, what has logically contributed to “Medicine” becoming so popular is the fact that Harry comes off as sounding quite gay in the second verse.
Now if it were actually revealed to the world that Harry Styles is bisexual, such a revelation wouldn’t necessarily be a shocker. But more to the point, if that above lyrical theory is true, would be the notion that someone as popular as Styles overtly states that he’s romantically interested in other men.
Song is embraced by the Gay Community
Owing to the above, the gay community seems to have embraced this song. This community sees it as a very public and even sensual support of the act of homosexuality.
Styles is one of those types of artists who likes to tread that line of what he referred to as “sexual ambiguity” when it comes to his artistry.
However, that aforementioned passage is a pretty bold statement for someone to make who isn’t in fact gay. But maybe Harry was playing the gay card, if you will. Put simply, he might have been empathizing, in a sexual kind of way, with guys who are in fact homosexuals.
“I’m here to take my medicine, take my medicine
Treat you like a gentleman
Give me that adrenaline, that adrenaline
I think I’m gonna stick with it
I’m here to take my medicine, take my medicine
Rest it on my fingertips
And up to your mouth, I’m feelin’ it out
I’m feelin’ it now”
Facts about “Medicine”
To note, as of the writing of this post, “Medicine” has yet to be officially released. And even though it is currently not officially released, it is already enjoying the status of one of 2021’s most popular songs.
It was written by Harry Styles and Kid Harpoon.
“Medicine” was actually to be featured on Hazza’s very successful, self-titled 2017 debut solo album, which is a product of Columbia Records. However, it didn’t make the cut. But fans of the singer became aware of it, as he had begun singing it live years ago. He actually debuted it in Switzerland on the date of 11 March 2018.
Perhaps the reason “Medicine” wasn’t featured on Harry Styles is because its lyrics proved a bit controversial. Even for someone as wild as Hazza is known to be, this song is controversial.
That is to say that there is a certain segment in the second verse that can be interpreted as alluding to the vocalist having a sexual interest in both “boys and girls”, i.e. being bisexual. It should be noted that Harry even proceeds to state that he “mess(es) around with him”.
Some singers may be able to get away with dropping such lines without any fanfare. But not Styles! And this is considering that speculations of him being bisexual were already extant before this song became public. This is why that particular passage only fueled the fire.
When was “Medicine” released officially?
As of the publication date of this post, it hasn’t been officially released. There a number of reasons why this song has currently not been released despite being so famous. The first reason could be because of the controversy in question surrounding it.
Another reason could be as a result of copyright/legal issues. In the music industry, legal issues are the most common reasons that delay the release of songs and albums. Some of these legal issues could be between the artist and their label. Some could also be as a result of copyright issues.
That being said, we have a feeling that this song song would some day be eventually released.