“She” by Harry Styles
“She” is a bit more-complicated than the usual Harry Styles’ fare. For instance, he relays most of the lyrics from a third-person perspective. And the subject is not the singer per se but rather a certain man who constantly “daydreams” of the titular “she”. Now it would be quick to presume that said lady is some sort of romantic interest of this man. However, in the bridge it is revealed that she doesn’t actually exist outside of his own imaginings.
Moreover the idea is introduced that this man is living a double life. That is he has a family, stable job and a regular crew of homeys. However, he fantasizes about forsaking it all, or as Harry Styles puts it he “imagines just sailing away”. So it has been reasonably postulated that “she” is actually the repressed, feminine side of the subject’s persona. Put differently, he has issues with his sexuality. More to the point is the implication that he built up his entire life based on coming off as a standard, heterosexual male, when perhaps such is not his internal reality. Indeed such a dilemma appears to be something which he will have to deal with into the foreseeable future.
However, a counter-theory to the meaning of this song could also be that its male subject desires to run away with a particular lady even though said lady, as alluded to earlier, is at this point only a fantasy. But in keeping the entire context of the song in mind, it is more likely that the lyrics cleverly point to the idea of repressed sexuality.
Release Date of “She”
Colombia Records released this song, as part of Harry Styles’ second album (“Fine Line”), on 13 December 2019.
Writing and Production Credits
Jeff Bhasker along with Kid Harpoon are the producers of this track. And they both also contributed to the songwriting process along with Harry and another songwriter named Mitch Rowland.
Did “She” come out as a single?
No. The only official singles to come out of “She” are as follows: