Meaning of “Good Years” by ZAYN
“Good Years” is the title of a single by British singer ZAYN. The lyrics of “Good Years” see the singer (ZAYN) lamenting bitterly about the pains associated with being famous. He talks about the troubles of fame being so enormous that he wishes he never stepped foot into the spotlight. Simply put, all the fame and wealth it has brought him, isn’t worth the pain that also came along with it.
He fears he wasted the best years of his life being in the eyes of the public. Hence the song’s title “Good Years”. He expresses this fear throughout the song and even ends the song with it.
Reaction to the song
Few hours after the song was released, ZAYN’s former bandmate from One Direction, Louis Tomlinson, seemingly responded to the song. Via Twitter, Tomlinson apparently called ZAYN a hypocrite for claiming being famous brought him suffering.
Is this song about One Direction?
According to many a One Direction fan, this song centers on nothing but One Direction’s disbandment. Many Directioners (fans of One Direction) have even called the song a diss track against One Direction.
What do we think? Is this song really about Zayn’s “unhappy” years as a member of One Direction? Somehow we think some of the lyrics might just have something to do with that. Some analysts believe what Zayn is basically trying to say in the lyrics is that he wasted the good years of his life being with One Direction. The angry tweet from Tomlinson supports the claims the song is about One Direction.
Quick Facts about “Good Years”
- ZAYN and at least four other writers are credited with writing this song. The other writers include Michael Hannides, Herbie Crichlow, Anthony Hannides and Khaled Rohaim.
- Rohaim (the track’s co-writer) co-produced the song with MakeYouKnowLove.
- The release date of “Good Years” was 6th December, 2018.
On which album of Zayn’s does this song appear?
This track appears on Zayn’s 2018 album Icarus Falls. Icarus Falls is his second solo studio album. On this album the following tracks appear: “Fingers” and “No Candle No Light”.