In a new interview with Cameron Crowe for Rolling Stone, Harry Styles spoke about his career in One Direction and his forthcoming new solo album. More importantly, he revealed that his recent single, “Sign of the Times,” is about a difficult childbirth that results in the death of the mother. What’s more, Styles apparently wrote it from the perspective of the mother.
From the interview:
“Most of the stuff that hurts me about what’s going on at the moment is not politics, it’s fundamentals … Equal rights. For everyone, all races, sexes, everything. … ’Sign of the Times’ came from ‘This isn’t the first time we’ve been in a hard time, and it’s not going to be the last time.’ The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.'”