I'm probably the minority of one person but I actually really like the woman in Kiwi and find her extremely relatable. My main issue with the story is that I don't think it's Harry's to tell, not as the artist he is right now. 'Bit of intellect' mixed with implications of fakeness, for me, signals an unreliable storyteller. A pretentious scene boy who has no real interest in getting to know the person they're talking about(1)
Con’t: Sometimes I think, lyrically, mannerism is Harry’s saving grace as a raconteur. Intentional or not, it gives the story layers. Also, getting to the point of ‘having your baby, it’s none of your business’ doesn’t say great things about the relationship between the characters but manipulative only from the pretentious scene boy’s perspective. He may be into it, I’m over it. Great song, great world building, unrealized potential for storytelling.(2)//
What an interesting read on the lyrics! I love it!
I think the tone of the song, the hard-driven rhythmic quality of it, and the way Harry goes so hard when performing it, suggests not wistfulness or knowingness, but a furious, sardonic energy.
For me, the song pivots from rampant hormonal attraction (pretty neck, losing it, into it), to a severe penalty (I paid for it, I’m gonna pay for it).
And the hard, bitter turn of sentiments tells me it’s an accusatory song.
I can see your unreliable narrator and the superficial sheen of the narrated story (with the real story being the woman’s, as recounted through a chauvinistic male gaze). But I can’t reconcile it with the feel of the song. I’d also like to know why the title “Kiwi.” I think it’s an interesting read, definitely lends sophistication to the song, and I’m glad you messaged!