Don't Let Me Go
Harry Styles Lyrics


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Now you were standing there right in front of me
I hold on scared and harder to breath
All of a sudden these lights are blinding me
I never noticed how bright they would be

I saw in the corner there is a photograph
No doubt in my mind it's a picture of you
It lies there alone on it's bed of broken glass
This bed was never made for two

I'll keep my eyes wide open
I'll keep my arms wide open

Don't let me
Don't let me
Don't let me go
'Cause I'm tired of being alone

Don't let me
Don't let me go
'Cause I'm tired of feeling alone

I promise one day I'll bring you back a star
I caught one and it burned a hole in my hand oh
Seems like these days I watch you from afar
Just trying to make you understand
I'll keep my eyes wide open yeah

Don't let me
Don't let me
Don't let me go
'Cause I'm tired of feeling alone
Don't let me
Don't let me go

Don't let me
Don't let me
Don't let me go
'Cause I'm tired of feeling alone

Don't let me
Don't let me
Don't let me go
'Cause I'm tired of feeling alone

Don't let me




Don't let me go
'Cause I'm tired of sleeping alone

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Harry Styles's song "Don't Let Me Go" describe a moment of realization and desperation. The singer encounters someone they care about deeply, and they are overcome with emotion. The lights "blinding" them suggest the intensity of the moment, as if everything else is being drowned out by the present experience. The photograph lying alone on a bed of broken glass is a poignant image, suggesting both the fragility of the past and the pain of the present. The singer seems to be hoping that this encounter might represent a chance to reclaim what was lost, to bridge the distance between them and the person they care for.


The lyrics are full of longing and a desire to be close to the other person. The singer seems tired of being alone, tired of feeling their distance from the one they love. They offer promises of bringing back a "star" and keeping their "eyes wide open", suggesting their commitment to doing what it takes to create a meaningful connection. But despite their best efforts, they are ultimately at the mercy of the other person's choices - hence the plea, "Don't let me go." It seems the singer is afraid of losing this chance to reconnect, to find something that has been missing in their life.


Overall, the song's lyrics are deeply emotive and capture a moment of intense feeling. The references to loneliness, distance, and the fragility of the past make the song relatable to anyone who has experienced heartbreak or the difficulty of trying to rebuild a relationship. The message of hopefulness and determination to keep trying despite the odds is a powerful one.


Line by Line Meaning

Now you were standing there right in front of me
The singer sees the person he is addressing, standing in front of him.


I hold on scared and harder to breath
The singer is scared and nervous in the presence of the person he is addressing.


All of a sudden these lights are blinding me
The singer is overwhelmed by the bright lights, which represent the attention he is receiving from the person he is addressing.


I never noticed how bright they would be
The singer did not anticipate the intensity of the attention he is receiving.


I saw in the corner there is a photograph
The singer notices a photograph of the person he is addressing in the corner of the room.


No doubt in my mind it's a picture of you
The singer is certain that the photograph is of the person he is addressing.


It lies there alone on it's bed of broken glass
The photograph is on top of broken glass, which represents the fragility of the relationship between the singer and the person he is addressing.


This bed was never made for two
The singer suggests that the relationship was doomed from the start.


I'll keep my eyes wide open
The singer wants to remain vigilant and aware of the situation with the person he is addressing.


I'll keep my arms wide open
The singer is open and receptive to the person he is addressing.


Don't let me
The singer is pleading with the person he is addressing to not let him go.


Cause I'm tired of being alone
The singer is tired of being alone and wants to be with the person he is addressing.


I promise one day I'll bring you back a star
The singer promises to do something extraordinary for the person he is addressing.


I caught one and it burned a hole in my hand oh
The singer caught a star, but it harmed him in the process.


Seems like these days I watch you from afar
The singer feels distant from the person he is addressing.


Just trying to make you understand
The singer is trying to communicate his feelings to the person he is addressing.


Don't let me go
The singer repeats his plea for the person he is addressing to not let him go.


Cause I'm tired of feeling alone
The singer reiterates that he is lonely and wants to be with the person he is addressing.


Don't let me go
The singer repeats his plea again.


Cause I'm tired of feeling alone
The singer reiterates his loneliness again.


Don't let me go
The singer repeats his plea for the third time.


Cause I'm tired of sleeping alone
The singer is tired of being physically alone at night.




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Comments from YouTube:

@amytaylor9813

Drag me down : these lights they can't blind me
Don't let me go:these lights are blinding me
Lights up:all these lights couldn't put out the dark

@mariapaulafigueroadelatorr6670

OMG STOP im crying

@kristinekvartskhava2931

Shine, step in to the light :)

@everythingevelyn3159

@Kristine Kvartskhava he so bright sometimes (all the time)

@kashvibhardwaj376

The progressive mean he is happy now

@rosalynties

how dare you hurt me rn

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@abby_mackenzie

he sounds so little.. but i cant believe 19 year old harry wrote this and “just a little bit of your heart” 🥺

@pinkighosh1251

And Half the World Away 🥺💔

@lanoviadecasablancas

HTWA and two ghosts too, our baby was insanelybroken and it kills me :(

@cataalveal9091

I’m not 100% sure if this is real, but there was the rumor that he also wrote “war is love” a few years ago..🥺

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