Golden (By Harry Styles)

Let’s talk a little more about song placement. “Golden” was chosen to be Track #1 on the album, despite it not being the first song he wrote for the album (it was Watermelon Sugar) Why did Harry choose to place “Golden” first? We explored this above, where he said it was mostly intuitive and the decision was made the instant he and his team finished the song.

However, in my opinion, it was also placed first because it establishes who and what the album is about in a more fastidious way than Harry will ever get credit for. It’s sort of like the exposed tip (get your minds out of the gutter!) of an unraveling thread seated deep within an immense tapestry that encapsulates their relationship. The more you pull at it and follow it and dissect it, the more raw truth is disclosed.

It contains a multitude of hints about his muse (Easter Eggs, so to speak) that must be unpacked one by one, and that will later be interspersed in repetition throughout the album. He plants the seeds for them in the first song, such as sun references, brown skin references, his fear of being alone, his obsessions, the struggle to be open about their relationship and to coming to terms with their sexuality, and his lover’s ongoing reluctance to be with him.


The intro to “Golden” is our first Easter Egg. It mirrors Zayn’s “Entertainer” (in its own key and with a different instrument, but all the same, the parallel is mindblowing.) Just as he did with using Zayn’s release date for Icarus Falls (Dec 13th vs Dec 14th) Harry is not-so-subtly telling us he knows “Entertainer” is about him. It’s. So. Freaking. Clever. It’s such a flex too. He’s just like, yup, that was written about me, but I don’t care, I’m here to prove my love is real and has always been real regardless of what you say.

I just adore how Harry takes ownership of his role in inspiring such an acrimonious tune, whether or not he actually did any of the things Zayn wants to accuse him of (I believe a lot of Harry’s perceived wrongs were reasonably done in the course of Zayn’s ongoing rejection and abandonment of him) and he does it in such a playful, smug way at the beginning of “Golden.” Damn I love this bastard. (I have a video coming up discussing more about this Easter Egg.)


Now let’s talk lyrics. Ugh, the specificity!!! Many Easter Eggs found here too!

Get it? It’s all very deliberate on Harry’s part. That’s what makes it unbearably romantic. Zayn says “I hope and I hope…” so Harry makes it clear that without Zayn there is no hope. “I’m hopeless.”

Then Zayn says “I hope you’ll still be fine.” And Harry’s like, nope. Can’t be. Won’t be. Not without you. He goes “I’m hopeless…broken…”

It doesn’t get anymore direct than this lyrical connection above. Harry is depicting himself literally following Zayn’s instructions by looking through the golden light. I can’t deal. Harry just wanted him back. He wanted to be returned to the light of what they had before Zayn left in 2015. And I believe he pursued Zayn and they did go back to what they had after 1D ended. Read more about my personal theory on the Zarry timeline Harry exposed in Fine Line here:

“I can fee you take control…I can feel you take ahold…of who I am and all I’ve ever known. Loving you’s the antidote.” Harry feels like Zayn is the answer to the brokenness he feels. In some ways this is true, since Zayn and their failed relationship is undoubtedly the reason he is broken. As far as the remainder of the lyric, I believe it is indicative of just how much of an impact Zayn had on his life during his formative years, and how Zayn helped to shape the man he ultimately became. Therefore he finds Zayn at the root of who he is as a person, as well as in all the things he has ever learned. Clearly this is some good old fashioned hyperbole (my favorite!) being employed to express how much this person means to him.


Likening one’s lover to the sun is so Shakespearean and so very Harry at this point!

Referring to his lover as the sun is a reoccurring theme found throughout Fine Line, and I believe it is Harry’s way of adopting Zayn’s concept for his second album, Icarus Falls. In the classic Greek Myth, Icarus falls to his death and drowns because he flew too close to the sun, refusing to heed the warnings of his father to maintain a balanced mindset free of arrogance and complacency in life.

However, Harry has transformed the meaning into one depicting a perilous romance and perhaps too much reverence. He has fallen as a result of his relationship with someone he likens to the sun—the light of his life—someone he knows he ought to stay away from for the sake of his own well-being, but cannot live without. This is his metaphorical sun who browns his skin, his sunshine, his sunflower, his golden love (all these things are taken from Fine Line btw.) It’s syrupy sweet and unabashedly romantic, but hey that’s Harry Styles for ya!

There is a more detailed breakdown of the Icarus Falls Easter Egg in this video below at 15:41:


Moving on to the first of two mentions of “Brown Skin” in this album.



Side Note: Larries try to use this line to argue that he is just referring to tan skin, and therefore it is about Louis. This logic is so pathetic I can’t help but laugh. What they fail to realize is that “Golden” is hands down the most direct Zayn song on this album, apart from “Sunflower Vol 6.” So arguments that this song is about Louis are just an exercise in futility. It doesn’t add up. The only way to try to make this song about Louis is to utterly ignore the blatant Zayn references—and that, my friends, is grossly misleading.

Also, if this song is about Louis, why on earth didn’t Harry name it after one of Louis’ tracks instead of Zayn’s? Furthermore, why on earth didn’t he use any of Louis’ other track titles for other songs instead of using a second one of Zayn’s? Why is he referring to Louis with things that would specifically and overtly refer to Zayn, like Sunflower Vol 6, instead of oh you know, Ugly Stag Tattoo Vol 6? (Wait, let me pull it back and save it for the major debunks I have coming up.)

Also, Harry is not in love with Louis. That’s just a fact of life that needs to be observed. To argue he has feelings for him of any nature at this point is ludicrous and sad. Louis is not a factor in Harry’s album making process (but the reverse is certainly true since it’s the only way for Louis to make people interested in his solo music apparently. His team certainly believe so, and that is a proven fact, hence the exploitative tags on the video about his late mother. and using fan art of Harry’s tattoos to gain him Spotify streams.) As if I’m ever gonna let anyone forget about this shit:

Louis’ team said “Desperation is the order of the day.” How about, no. Go back to the drawing board and try to be original and professional next time, you manipulative asshats:

Harry left the band against Louis’ vehement protests and hasn’t looked back since. Meanwhile, he followed Zayn out of the band (hello “Adore You” storyline) and we have proof that he fought with Zayn days before he left and got drunk over him in a bar in Bangkok.

See how it’s perfectly plausible to insist he is singing about Zayn (considering all the wild Zayn implications in Fine Line) and totally implausible to say he is singing about an ex-bandmate who he wasn’t even close to when he left the band??? And hadn’t been remotely even “friends” with for years??? And I loveeeee when they use Harry’s visible discomfort around Louis (like him being physically repelled or any fleeting meaningless glance) as proof of his secret undying love, which he dare not utter.

Righhht…that’s exactly why he left the band immediately following Zayn, instead of staying and being with the one person who desperately wanted to keep the band going. Zayn left because he was mentally ill and had a fight with Harry and was in the middle of a scandal. Harry left simply because Zayn left, despite saying he was still enjoying his time in the band. But they conveniently ignore all of this.

Lastly, to in insist this song is about Louis is an insult to songwriting; an insult to the literary devices Harry meticulously employed; an insult to Harry’s ingenuity; and an insult to real lovers everywhere!

I don’t care how you feel about Louis, you already know how I feel about him, and to say he is unworthy of having any of Harry’s masterful, deeply romantic songs attributed to him would be an understatement—but especially this particular song.


“Golden” is Zayn’s identical track title, and Harry responded to a lyric in Zayn’s “Golden” with identical language. The “brown skin” in this song is used as a part of an extended metaphor, following him calling his lover the sun. His lover is so glorious it burns to be near him.

Then in “Adore You” he fawns and say “YOUR brown skin.” Therefore, the mention of brown skin in “Golden” finds its true utility in being a clever allusion to his lover’s appearance (since Zayn is not literally the sun and Harry doesn’t literally expect his skin to be browned, so it must be seen as a literary device.) There are many other clever descriptions of Zayn’s appearance in this album; including another mention of his lover’s brown skin, and singing about sunflowers, of which Zayn has two!

And it goes without saying, it is nonsensical for Harry to mention brown skin TWICE in a mere 12 track album if his lover was a white person. It is clear he keeps alluding to brown skin because he is fond of it and is celebrating the fact that his lover is a brown person (a.k.a. of South Asian descent.)

When you take into consideration that he used 2 of Zayn’s track titles, directly responded to Zayn’s lyrics, used the anniversary of Icarus Falls to release this album, and wrote a song about his lover’s sunflowers—to deny that the allusions to brown skin are about Zayn demonstrates a hideous lack of intellectual honesty. It makes one sound rather idiotic in my opinion, and I believe Harry wanted it that way.

He is a madman who crafted this album to help people just GET IT ALREADY. In my opinion, he wanted the people who appropriated his music to apply it to Louis in the last album (like they did with “Two Ghosts” and “Sweet Creature”) to feel like morons the second they sat down to unpack or analyze this album. All roads lead to Zayn by design. Even the artificial Camille Rowe road contrived around the song “Cherry” in post production stops short when he dropped “Lights Up” on National Coming Out Day and when you hear the lyric “Don’t blame me for falling, I was just a little boy.”


PAGE THREE: FURTHER ANALYSIS

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Adnil
Adnil
2 months ago

I swear… if hs3 has a song with the words “yellow metal”in it… we will all just die….😂😂🤣🤣

ZNM
ZNM
2 months ago

This is kinda random but theres this singer, Jake scott, and he has a song called “she” and on spotify the picture is a sunflower😂,and last week he released an EP titled “goldenboy”. Maybe ive gone mad but I found it quite funny

Adnil
Adnil
2 months ago

Thank you AD once again for all of your wonderful content! At this point if Z stays with G after the attack I will have Zero respect for him. It will show us all where he plans to stay regardless of what he puts out in his music, and we should not read anything into it other than just words in a song.

Emma
Emma
2 months ago

I’m glad that someone else said this I listen to golden prancing around my house singing away… and I thought omg this song is so sad!! the words are heartbreaking…. I still get upset that 19 year old Harry was prepared to share and wrote a song about just a little piece of someone’s heart was enough!! HE should never settle for 2nd best he is worth way much more!!! he deserves the world. Z does to but he seems lost…. I love them both but I see were you are coming from with Z, AD x

Alicia
Alicia
2 months ago

Wierd. Nobody’s talking about the verbal assault Bella’ s friend did to Zayn. I want to kniw what that was about

Rang
Rang
2 months ago

Continued….I not making excuses for Z. I don’t believe he is alone in this relationship. I don’t believe he is the victim, I think he acts selfishly but I do think he loves H more than anyone and it messes him up that he can’t change it. I don’t think that makes him a bad person I think it makes him a changed person. And I feel H deserves the world. He is loyal to a fault. God, if I was Z I’d never let him go. Sry, I’m sry, for my ramble….I just watched a Z singing Stockholm Syndrome n they make my heart and brain go crazy.

Rang
Rang
2 months ago

Another amazing post. Thank u so much for feeding my Zarry addiction. I’m going to be honest, I get pretty mad with Z sometimes but like H I still find myself devoted to Zarry and seeing them together happily. I see Z at times as a real selfish person, that is scared of himself being himself bc he loves a man. I can see him just being in the moment with H beyond happy but the second it feels to “real” and he starts to acknowledges his wants to be with H, he runs and gets mad about those feelings. BUT HE CAN ONLY RUN FOR SO LONG bc those feelings are what gives him life. I feel sad for both men. Z lives life full of such talent, and has so much to offer but instead hides bc his inner self is weak.Never letting go. It’s sad! And H is the opposite, his inner self is strong, he waits for Z .He doesn’t run from him.And instead deals with the painful reactions of a scared man. Unfair!!! But I can’t give up on them. I believe they can choose other lives and be fine not together but I feel together is where their souls will be at peace.God, I wish it wasn’t so painful for H and Z wld just give up and be open. I’ve never seen two ppl have such magnetic attraction.

Alicia
Alicia
2 months ago

I just saw a video on youtube where Zayn was going to the studio in NY
His hair is not as long as in the fathers day picture posted by Gigi so that is definately not hum or an old picture. Hell, its the midfle of the summer. Why do they have Khai dressed like its cold. We’ve already seen her hair is like Gigi’s so not sure what that’s abiut. Besides, Zayn didn’t even ackno8her on Mother’s Day. She’s pathetic.

k.m.
k.m.
2 months ago

STOP SNBHDFBE NOT THE UGLY STAG TATTOO VOL 6- laughed a lot at that, the entire page honestly was hilarious.

page 3 was veryy sad but you make so many good points and i can’t disagree w you!! someone get these boys to read this and give them a wakeup call

i love ur writing AD, it gives me so much serotonin and you’re just so good at noticing things hsgdf idek how to explain it

also, i love seeing the different viewpoints of everyone in the comments, it’s always good to see different perspectives and also to see everyone be so respectful of each others’ thoughts!

Huda Tanzeer
Huda Tanzeer
2 months ago

I just realised that Harry has used some of the music from brokeback mountain before and the story is so sad because Jake Gyllenhaal dies while waiting for his lover to be open and I feel like Harry felt so connected to him that he hid small parts of it in his art and the fact that it was before the baby and then Zayn went on and had a baby just like in the movie must have affected Harry so bad.😢

MariaV
MariaV
2 months ago

Zayn must have something to do with the inZAYN channel which many have suspected for a while now. Harry vocalized lyrically that he hoped Zayn would be as open as he and Z is leaving me to wonder if these leaks are him being “open”. The cover song video/picture today uses a rainbow filter once again. My theory- Tightrope & River Road laid the ground work for what we are seeing now and I think by fall they are back together if they aren’t already. I think this was discussed when Harry entered into the PR contract with Olivia. Originally the movie release was said to be 4th quarter of 2021 and October falls into that timeframe. I think Zayn is either making a grand gesture, reminding Harry of their commitment or just maybe they go public as individually “single” in fall. Orange, pumpkins equals October Halloween- Z’s lyrics “Breeze outside my window turned to color. Know that I will see the sun again
Leaves have turned into a tint of orange” Both z and H have referred to each other as the sun and have “floated” to it also in RR lyrics. Zayn ended the story of NIL with those 2 songs for a reason. He is willing to leave the old life behind. He’s tired of being apart.

thelibran
thelibran
2 months ago

inZayn YT channel just posted a cover of Joe’s I Wanna Know and several people pointed out how Zayn changed “You” to “He”. Like He kissed my lips… so who is he then? Why would he change “you” to “he”? Haha I guess AD’s analyses have been really right.

Here’s the cover: https://youtu.be/-L5P6hmjI1w

stacey K
stacey K
2 months ago

Okay, I know I haven’t stated much on all that has happened, just because i feel like there’s a storm brewing and we are just getting partial winds. But you can not deny that Z has been talking to H heavily lately through music.IT seems like Z is in heavy rotation lately. From new music, to leaks to even being pap’d. Just today he covered “I want to know” by Donell Jones. The Song is beautiful in itself, but the way Z sings is just does something to me. Not sure if is the acoustics or the rawness, but it had my stomach doing flips this morning and i was all flustered.

The fact that you don’t see any outright response from H makes you think that his plea’s are unnoticed. I want to believe that H is trying to move on, but if Z can just show H that H is ready( Not the “I’m trying” shit) I believe H will give him some consideration. I want to say that H is just concentrating on him. His life, his career, and his music. He needs to put himself first. Once he does that and knows his worth, he will be secure. Nothing can get to him. I believe they both need to try that first before coming together.

Ali
Ali
2 months ago

I feel we all agree with you and are tired of zayn bullshit. He is with baby mom because he wants to and he keeps behaving like an ass with the grammy diss. Hope Harry kiss david on MP premier 🤣 Harold bae you don’t know the power you hold. He can destroy zigi and everything if he wanted but no he’s just that loyal 💔 I’m so petty I would have exposed everything already

QQQ
QQQ
2 months ago

Random…..I can’t wait for the day the world will know that pillow talk was inspired by H😂😂😂😂🤐I can just imagine the shock on people’s faces….. Also how Z wrote also Golden, sHe,DTD,for someone he didn’t talk to much with🥴😂…….and H wrote sweet creature,FTDT,IICF,fine line… basically almost all songs for Ringo😂…….

QQQ
QQQ
2 months ago

H is a very smart guy and I can’t help but fell like alot of people don’t notice this…..In his interview with Zane Lowe……Zane wanted H to discuss the vulnerability and all in the lyrics of golden ..but H tactfully deflects and start talking about how he would listen to the song on his way to the studio e.t.c……but if one is observant you will note he deflects from discussing the lyrics……Golden(s) is the biggest Zarry proof……and no one can deny that H’s golden is a response to Z’s Golden…..&..I just loooove the comment section under Z’s Golden….. everyone pointing out the lyrical connection….ugh…….it just warms my ❤️……….. personally I would actually dare say that fine line was inspired by their rshp……and I love the arrangement of the songs in the album…….how it starts with H singing of his obsession with Z in Golden and adore you……..then sings of how he no longer will be a fool for Z and he won’t go back.(in sunflower vol 6 and lights up) to finally singing about how even though things are complex they will be alright ….. Ugggh ….. ….But now I feel like Z&H have moved on we(Zarries)are they ones holding on ….

No one
No one
2 months ago

The only way for zayn to be with Harry fully is when he stop seeing their love as ‘curse, crime, sin etc’ because it’s not.
You love who you love just like your heart tells you.
And being Muslim or Christian has nothing to do with it, because all religion see a same sex couple as abomination, the most disgusting people to ever walk on this planet.
But if you will get to hell at the end might as well be happy wholeheartedly when you’re still alive.
Be true to yourself just like you told us zayn, there will be always people that will attack you no matter what you are for no reason at all. People get off saying shit about other people, it happens all the time.
Stop making yourself suffer unnecessarily. It really makes me sad when I think about how Harry never really asked much from zayn, but all that he got is to be a secret behind closed door.
It was zayn who never really gives him a chance.
It was zayn who keeps doubting harry loves for him.(and it really pissed me off)
It was zayn who got engaged and now have a baby.

Feva
Feva
2 months ago

„I guess its my star sign or personality type” … can you tell us What is your star sign? 😁😘

Alicia
Alicia
2 months ago

AD I agree that people turn a blinds eye to all the shit Zayn does and try to make him out to be the victim. Don’t get me wrong I will always be a fan of his music but uf he thinks what Bella’s friend did to humiliate him, wait until Karma shows up. Yeah, something big is getting ready to happen. I just hope everyones ready.

Kiki
Kiki
3 months ago

I am so frustrated with larries that I don’t open any comment sections on Hazza’s or 1d videos. It is either blue and green hearts or some larries giving proofs how even Harry’s fart sounds like ‘I’m in luv with lou’.