haylor analysis

Two Ghosts

Harry Styles

Lyrics

Same lips red, same eyes blue
Same white shirt, couple more tattoos
But it’s not you and it’s not me
Tastes so sweet, looks so real
Sounds like something that I used to feel
But I can’t touch what I see

We’re not who we used to be
We’re not who we used to be
We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat

The fridge light washes this room white
Moon dances over your good side
This was all we used to need
Tongue-tied like we’ve never known
Telling those stories we already told
‘Cause we don’t say what we really mean

We’re not who we used to be
We’re not who we used to be
We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me
We’re not who we used to be
We’re not who we used to be
We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat

We’re not who we used to be
We’re not who we used to be
We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me
We’re not who we used to be
We don’t see what we used to see
We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat

Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
I’m just trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat


Analysis

“Same lips red, same eyes blue”

“And I got that red lip classic thing that you like” Style, Taylor Swift

“Same white shirt, couple more tattoos”

“You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirtStyle, Taylor Swift

“We’re not who we used to be, we’re just Two Ghosts standing in the place of you and me.”

“It was two ghosts—is the song that I wrote a few years ago—and I think some things are, just more like personal notes, and they don’t feel like— I don’t know. Sometimes if it’s, uh, if it’s a personal song, you don’t want anyone else to sing it. So, yeah, I don’t really know. I kind of subconsciously held onto it I guess.”

—  Harry on Ash London talking about why he held onto ‘Two Ghosts’ for so long

Últimos acontecimentos Larry (2017)

Estou de volta com mais análises e dessa vez é um post bastante especial. 

Alguns acontecimentos entre o Louis e Harry aconteceram nesses últimos dias, eles deixaram basicamente tudo óbvio. 

Para promover o seu novo álbum, Harry deu uma entrevista para o programa Quotidien em Paris. Veja a entrevista aqui

A maior parte da mídia estava especulando que o álbum de Harry seria sobre Taylor Swift, e no programa Harry desmentiu isso.

”Eu acho - honestamente, que o álbum é mais sobre mim do que sobre qualquer outra pessoa.  (…) Eu coloquei muito esforço nele. Não acho que gire em torno de uma mulher. Eu acho que é mais sobre mim e sobre as coisas que eu nunca disse antes.”

E em uma entrevista a rádio BBC, com seu amigo pessoal Nick Grimshaw, houve uma piada irônica sobre os rumores das músicas do álbum serem sobre Taylor Swift. Harry praticamente disse tudo sobre o que ele pensa sobre. Link aqui.

Esses são fatos importantes para essa análise. Seguindo adiante. 

No dia primeiro de maio, Louis foi ao show do Ed Sheeran. Lá, ele tirou fotos com vários fãs e notamos algo curioso: Louis e Harry usaram basicamente a mesma roupa, em tempos diferentes.

Roupa completa:

Louis no show do Ed Sheeran com a parte de cima:

Photoshoot de Harry com a parte de baixo:

E no dia dois de maio, Harry lançou a música Sweet Creature. 

“Tivemos outra conversa sobre onde estamos errando. Mas ainda somos jovens, não sabemos para onde estamos indo mas sabemos aonde pertencemos. (…)

Onde quer que eu vá você me leva para casa. (…) Quando chego ao fim da linha você me leva para casa. Estamos correndo pelo jardim onde nada nos incomodava mas ainda somos jovens, eu sempre penso em você e em como não nos falamos o suficiente. Eu sei, quando começamos, dois corações em uma casa.”

Essa letra é BASTANTE importante e tomou uma proporção gigante com relação ao Louis. A música lembra:

As tatuagens - Bússola e Barco:

“Onde quer que eu vá você me leva para casa”

Música escrita por Louis - Home:

“Quando você estiver perdido, você encontrará um caminho. Eu serei a sua luz, você nunca se sentirá sozinho: Te farei se sentir em casa.”

Tweets entre Louis e Harry: 

Isso lembrou bastante o título da música.

E pela proporção enorme que a música tomou, em uma entrevista perguntaram a Harry se Sweet Creature era para Louis e Harry ficou COMPLETAMENTE desconfortável por a pergunta ter sido tão pessoal. Ouça o trecho exato aqui

Vários fãs reagiram a essa entrevista. 

“Me escute, primeiro de tudo VÁ SE FODER! Segundo, você não pergunta algo tão pessoal e íntimo. (…) Me deixe te dizer que o Harry NÃO DEU RISADA. Ele estava bastante desconfortável e claramente não queria ouvir uma pergunta como essa.”

Em outra entrevista, relacionada a música Sweet Creature, perguntaram quem fazia Harry se sentir em casa. Ele ficou nervoso novamente. Ouça aqui

Na mesma entrevista, Harry disse:

“Sweet Creature é definitamente sobre alguém. (…)  É uma forma (a música) maravilhosa de ter a oportunidade de dizer algo para alguém. (…) Talvez tenha algo ali que apenas aquela pessoa vai saber que é sobre ela.”

No dia 8 de maio, enquanto fazia um photoshoot Louis usou a mesma roupa que Harry. 

Em outra entrevista para a Capital FM no dia 5 de maio, leram tweets antigos do Harry e um deles citava o Louis. 

“Temos outro (tweet) e esse é particularmente o meu favorito, Harry. ‘Se Louis Tomlinson se sente cansado, ele senta para fazer xixi, eu já vi’” 

“Harry: Você viu?” (Jealous Harry!!!!)

“Entrevistador: Você disse ‘eu já vi’.

Harry: Essa é antiga.”

No dia seguinte, alguns fatos que não são tão importantes mas que acredito que tenha que fazer parte desse post. 

Louis postou uma selfie dia 28 de Abril e logo em seguida Harry liberou datas de sua turnê. 

Dia 2 de Maio, Louis postou outra foto de um ensaio fotográfico e Harry liberou Sweet Creature. 

E dia 6 de Maio, Louis postou outra selfie e Harry liberou o clipe de Sign Of The Times.

Numa listening party do álbum de Harry, fãs que foram a listening party (que era privada, apenas para algumas pessoas) comentaram sobre uma música em especial chamada Two Ghosts. 

“Two Ghosts: Eu chorei ok, ela é linda. Eu não sou Larrie mas é literalmente sobre o Louis! (…) As letras combinam perfeitamente com ele, eu estava tremendo e chorando. A música menciona olhos azuis e tatuagens.”

“Two Ghosts tem letra sobre olhos azuis e tatuagens”

“Porque eu tenho o sentimento que Two Ghosts vai ser a música que Harry escreveu três anos atrás? Mesmo sem a letra, o título me faz pensar quando o Harry e Louis não podiam se comunicar no palco e aprenderam linguagem de sinais para poderem tentar fazer isso em segredo, como dois fantasmas.”

Harry disse que a música Two Ghosts foi escrita em 2013, o ano que Louis e Harry tiveram que se afastar completamente. 

“Final de 2013. (…) Quando eles tiveram que diminuir as interações para o mínimo.
Final de 2013, quando o vídeo de Midnight Memories foi gravado e eles filmaram um “por trás das câmeras” onde todos eles cantaram feliz aniversário para o Louis e o Harry foi cortado da filmagem, você só consegue ver sua sombra.
Final de 2013, depois da promo de This Is Us, onde os meninos iam em dois para realizarem entrevistas exceto Harry e Louis.
Final de 2013, quando eles fizeram o 1D Day e o Louis e o Harry foram os únicos dos meninos que não tiveram uma hora juntos.”

As especulações sobre a letra de Two Ghosts foram confirmadas com um "por trás do álbum” do Harry. No vídeo, a letra apareceu.

E no lançamento do álbum dia 12 de Maio, tivemos a certeza sobre como a letra era.

“Mesmos lábios vermelhos, mesmos olhos azuis.

Mesma camisa branca e mais algumas tatuagens.

Mas não é você e não sou eu. 

É tão doce e parece tão real.

Parece algo que eu costumava sentir mas eu não consigo tocar o que eu vejo.

Nós não somos quem costumávamos ser. “

Viu o primeiro verso da música? Dia 13 de Maio, Louis postou uma foto praticamente confirmando que era sobre ele.

“Mesmos olhos azuis, mesma camisa branca e mais algumas tatuagens.”

E no dia 10 de maio, o amigo bastante próximo de Harry, Nick Grimshaw, falou:

“(…) Qual música do álbum do Harry é sobre a Taylor Swift. No teaser do seu documentário, há uma cena de seu caderno com letras nele, mas você realmente precisa dar zoom…

Nick: E lá diz ‘eu odeio Taylor Swift’”

São esses os fatos mais recentes sobre Louis e Harry que necessitavam de um post especial.  

Why Style is Haylor AF (ASDFGHJKL)

Next to “Out of the Woods”, this is one of the most obvious Haylor songs with the most obvious references you can ever dream of. I will (try) to show all of them.

Midnight, you come and pick me up, no headlights
Long drive, could end in burning flames or paradise

Harry comes to pick Taylor up secretively in the middle of the night. The “midnight” and “no headlights” emphasis how they wanted to hide their relationship especially with the media constantly on their tails. It also represents how their love exists in the dark without the paparazzi’s flashing lights. The second line is similar to “Blank Space” with the line of “So it’s gonna be forever/ or it’s gonna go down in flames”. “Long drive” allures to the journey of their relationship to which the followup is parallel towards how this relationship could take a turn for worse or for better.

On the humorous side of things, I wonder if “burning flames” equals car crash thus car on fire. I mean, they are driving at midnight without headlights. #recklessdriving

Fade into view, oh
It’s been a while since I have even heard from you
Heard from you

Haylor has supposedly broken up, which highlights that Harry has seemingly faded out of her view, but still in a distant vision. They haven’t spoken to each other in a while, and now he is reaching back out, reappearing into her life again.

I should just tell you to leave
Cause I know exactly where it leads
But I watch us go round and round each time

Haylor is a cycle of mad love. They’d have random fights yet still reunite back together. Taylor knows what is expected of this on-off relationship, and that is for it to come to its indisputable end. However, she just can’t bring herself to tell Harry to go away, so it ends up being this tape on replay for the whole time. Maybe a part of her would be curious as to what each split/make-up would bring, for an example, would they last this time around? Like Taylor said, “love’s a ruthless game unless you play it good and right”.

You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye
And I got that red lip, classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time
Cause we never go out of style, we never go out of style

This is a throwback to around the 50′s and 60′s. Harry is pretty much an echo of the James Dean package such as that he sports the smug smirk on his face. Meanwhile, Taylor is like the popular woman’s trend back in the day wearing her signature red lip look. The two of them are basically following the old-school styles.

Other than the not-so-subtle Style reference of Harry by dropping the “s” at the end, the last two lines correspond to the whole of “we fight”, “we breakup”, “we get back together”, also linking to “Out of the Woods” with the line of “we were built to fall apart/then fall back together”. It’s an overall rocky relationship that isn’t full of stability, but they find something in each other that just draws them together, it may be a powerful connection or undeniable chemistry and attraction. With the last line, Taylor suggests that while certain trends do disappear over time, their relationship is similar to those trends that are still timeless and absolutely unmissable.

Before I was joking about the “car crash”, but now if you think about it, James Dean passed away at the peak of his career in an accident. Taylor could mean that Haylor was bound to break down and burst into flames as a means of their crazy exhilarating ride of an relationship.

You got that long hair slicked back, white t-shirt
And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt

Taylor keeps on contrasting the good girl and the bad boy imagery throughout the chorus. James Dean has been perceived widely by audiences to be the classic bad boy with his level of charm and irresistible quality. Please do note that although James Dean is seen to be a bad boy, he has his class and elegance in which his demeanor is seemed to be more captivating an intriguing. In this context, Harry was Taylor’s James Dean where she just can’t help herself to be tempted by his nature. Every good girl wants to tame the bad boy for him to be good for her. Entering this relationship, even though the forecast of breaking up remained clear to her, it was still a mystery for her to explore. Like most of the romance fiction books I pore over, typical well-behaved good girls cannot resist or push the luring bad boy away. 

I do want to just raise the idea of “tight little skirt”. 1989 is a more mature and grownup album compared to her older ones by introducing the naughty side of Taylor Swift. Although in the Speak Now album consisting of the song “Sparks Fly”, there was some hints of sexual activity, but I’ll leave that for another day. Anyway. this prompts thoughts of whether she was dressed to impress and reinforces the sexual attraction between them.

So it goes, he can’t keep his wild eyes on the road

What a rebel of a man you are Harry. There are many responses to this. Now, the media likes to portray Harry as the womanizer and complete flirt with a wandering eye. Personally we would see him for much more than that (I have high respect for him on his feminist views), just like how we see Taylor for more than the image of a psychotic girl who loves to date and torment boyfriends or pen another breakup song every chance she receives. I don’t know if Harry can’t focus properly on the road because he’s too busy admiring Taylor. But metaphorically speaking, it’s still a risky act without precautions (because your damn car can crash) which is their relationship of a doomed conclusion. In another sense, Harry could live up to his playboy view of checking out girls and flirting up a storm by not concentrating solely on one thing.

Takes me home, lights are off he’s taking off his coat

The lights being off provides this ominous undertone of something happening soon. This song is getting pretty darn sexual. But “taking off his coat” could mean two things, the most blatant one to put it bluntly, engage in some sexual encounter - or PG level of take off your coat when you arrive at someone’s house ready for a heart-to-heart conversation.

If we dive really deep into the other meanings of just this one simple line, “taking off his coat” is shedding off layers and baring his body. Harry could be finally free to uncover his feelings to Taylor after stripping down the extra skin. In other words, there’s nothing to cover him up anymore to prevent him from revealing himself. Now, if the lights are off, eventually they are going to have to be turned on again. The current situation could ideally represent that Taylor’s in the dark about what Harry’s going to do next. If the lights are switched back on, this is Harry’s small flicker of light of a confession. It symbolises a change of heart perhaps of how they aren’t together and that he wants her back.

No idea if the light ever went back on with Harry in the scene because Taylor interrupts with the next line:

I say “I’ve heard - oh, that you’ve been out and about with some other girl, some other girl”
He says “What you heard is true but I
Can’t stop thinking about you and I”
I said “I’ve been there too a few times”

Here we go, back to the events of Harry kissing a model named Emma Ostilly down under. Helpful reminder of the fact that Haylor met each other at the Kids Choice Awards and probably texted each other back and forth flirtatiously after that. That was the early Haylor relationship stance. But that went to a halt when these rumours of him cheating circulated. In my Haylor research, it’s claimed that Harry did send Taylor a message to warn her about the pictures but Taylor broke it off not wanting to get hurt again. Does this reference the scandal? I think it does.

By the way, the second last line of “You and I” makes me think about One Direction’s song of the exact name. In it there was a line I remember of “not even the Gods above/ can separate the two of us”. I like the sound of the exclusivity Harry is proposing. In “Style”, Harry may as well stress the strength of their relationship and how they’re meant for each other.

The last line is open for interpretation.There’s the possibility of throwing the idea of Taylor hanging out with another guy but “can’t stop thinking about you and I” as well. So she did the same thing Harry did, spend time with someone else. She did enter a summer fling with Conor Kennedy after the fiasco of Harry. Maybe it was a cheating on herself kind of circumstance where she kept denying her feelings for Harry. Or perhaps the line is directed of Taylor seeing that as in the many relationships she has entered, maybe she has heard the then boyfriend say this line to many times.

Take me home
Just take me home
Just take me home

I’m conflicted as to what the bridge is truly trying to pass. It’s rather ambiguous because we don’t know for sure. I think Taylor probably did this on purpose to lead our imaginations stray for future possibilities.

Because here is something from Taylor about this song:

“This song is about those relationships that are never really done. You always kind of have that person, that one person who you feel might interrupt your wedding and be like, ‘Don’t do it cause we’re not over yet’. I think everybody has that one person who kind of floats in and out of their life, and the narrative is never truly over.”  

This is a demonstration of Taylor declaring their story is still not done is still being written. Which is beautiful and inspiring, because now I’d LOVE to see Harry crash Taylor’s wedding.


Secret message of this track: “her heart belonged to someone who couldn’t stay”.

Can both sides of the party make a physical move to reach out for each other instead of just communicating through song lyrics? 

Credits: http://genius.com/4237893

Implication: There is a Definite Timeline in Place for the CO

I’m not claiming to be an insider - I have no idea what the timeline looks like - but I would argue that the reconciliation/friends narrative with Taylor Swift points to a pretty definite planned timeline for HL coming out. Here’s why:

Taylor Swift is Too Smart to Leave Anything Up to Chance

We’ve all said that the “helping out a friend” narrative had to happen so Taylor didn’t look bad later, but what people have to remember was that Haylor wasn’t some deal brokered by Ed Sheeran in a bar.  It was a deal struck between both of their teams and there would’ve been a contract with the terms explicitly stated.  I believe Taylor (& her team) to be one of the smartest in the industry, so they’re not going to just take 1DHQ’s word for it that they’ll paint Taylor in a good light.  I bet you anything the contract includes a provision for when the shift to “friends” had to happen in relation to the planned come out date.  Since we have the friendship narrative, it means the team has a date in mind.

Best Guess: Six Month Clause

So like I said above, I don’t have any insider info, but from a sales perspective I’ve always thought the best time for a CO would be right before they drop their fifth album.  They’d already have a single out, so they’d have something to sell during the immediate attention and then all eyes would be on them when they dropped their album. 

So when are they going to drop their fifth album? Well let’s look at the pattern:

  • UAN release date: 18 November 2011
  • TMH release date: 9 November 2012
  • MM release date: 25 November 2013
  • Four release date: 17 November 2014

Just a guess, but I think they might drop the album in November. And do you know what’s exactly six months before November? Do you? It’s May. 

Not only that, but I think six months makes a lot of sense from Taylor Swift’s perspective.  Too soon before and people will notice the coincidence and say she’s just covering her ass, but too long before and the friends narrative won’t seem true/relevant. Six months before would mean that no one except diehard fans would remember that picture when the time comes, but it gives the media the opportunity to say “Taylor Swift was pictured hanging out with Louis Tomlinson at a party after this year’s BBMAs“ without sounding like they’re grasping at straws/relying on ancient info.  

Bottom line: It was always the plan for Taylor to come out of this looking good.  In order for that to happen, the timing of this friendship narrative is just as important as the narrative itself.  She would’ve ensured that was included in any bearding contracts. So they wouldn’t have started the friendship narrative if they didn’t have a pretty solid idea of when HL were going to come out.