Stockholm Syndrome
Harry Styles Lyrics


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Who's that shadow holding me hostage?
I've been here for days
Who's this whisper telling me that
I'm never gonna get away?
I know they'll be coming to find me soon
But I fear I'm getting used to
Being held by you
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, look what you've done now
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you
Keep holding me this way, oh o oh
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, you've got me tied down
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you
Keep holding me this way, oh o oh

Who's this man that's holding your hand
And talking about your eyes?
Used to sing about being free but
Now he's changed his mind
I know they'll be coming to find me soon
But my Stockholm syndrome is in your room
Yeah, I fell for you

Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, look what you've done now
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you
Keep holding me this way, oh o oh
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, you've got me tied down
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you
Keep holding me this way, oh o oh

All my life I've been on my own
I use the light to guide me home
But now together we're alone
And there's no other place I'd ever wanna go
Baby, look what you've done
(Look what you've done to me)

Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, look what you've done now
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you
Keep holding me this way, oh o oh
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, you've got me tied down




Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you
Keep holding me this way, oh o oh

Overall Meaning

"Stockholm Syndrome" by Harry Styles delves into the complex dynamics of a toxic and manipulative relationship, using the metaphor of the psychological phenomenon known as Stockholm Syndrome. The lyrics open with a sense of being trapped and held captive by someone, with the singer questioning who is the shadow holding them hostage and whispering that they will never escape. Despite the impending threat of being found and rescued, there's a chilling acceptance that the singer is becoming accustomed to being under the control of this mysterious figure. There's a sense of surrender and dependency that has developed, indicating the psychological impact of the manipulation and captivity.


The chorus reveals the depth of the singer's emotional entanglement, as they acknowledge the power this person holds over them. The repetition of "look what you've done to me" underscores the idea of this relationship having a profound and lasting effect, tying the singer down in a metaphorical and emotional sense. The plea to never leave if the person continues to hold them this way suggests a twisted sense of comfort and security within the confines of this unhealthy relationship. The juxtaposition of love and control is stark, highlighting the conflicting emotions at play.


The second verse introduces a different perspective, mentioning another man who was once free but has now seemingly changed his mind. This shift in narrative hints at the manipulative tactics used by the captor, possibly turning the singer against others who could offer help or perspective. The mention of Stockholm Syndrome being in the room conveys the idea that the singer has fallen deeply under the spell of their captor, blurring the lines between affection and coercion. The conflicting feelings of love, fear, and dependence create a tangled web of emotions that keep the singer ensnared.


The final verse brings a sense of resignation and acceptance, as the singer reflects on a lifetime of independence now lost in the fog of this all-consuming relationship. The imagery of using light to guide oneself home symbolizes a past of self-reliance and clarity, contrasting starkly with the present state of entwined solitude. The declaration that there's no other place the singer would want to be further emphasizes the power dynamics at play, highlighting the allure and complexity of a bond that feels inescapable. "Stockholm Syndrome" ultimately serves as a poignant exploration of the seductive yet destructive nature of toxic relationships, where love and control intertwine in a haunting dance of captivity.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Julian Colin Bunetta, Johan Jens Erik Carlsson, John Henry Ryan, Edward Harry Styles

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Who's that shadow holding me hostage?
I've been here for days
Who's this whisper telling me that I'm never gonna get away?
I know they'll be coming to find me soon
But I fear I'm getting used to being held by you
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, look what you've done now
Oh, baby, I'll never leave you if you keep holding me this way
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, you got me tied down
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you keep holding me this way
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Who's this man that's holding your hand
And talking about your eyes? (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Used to sing about being free
But now he's changed his mind (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
I know they'll be coming to find me soon
But my Stockholm syndrome is in your room
Yeah, I fell for you
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, look what you've done now
Oh, baby, I'll never leave you if you keep holding me this way
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, you got me tied down
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you keep holding me this way
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
All my life I've been on my own (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
I used the light to guide me home (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
But now together we're alone (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
And there's no other place I'd ever wanna go
(Look what you've done to me)
Baby, look what you've done
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, look what you've done now
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you keep holding me this way
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Oh, baby, you got me tied down
Oh, baby, I'll never leave if you keep holding me this way
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh, look what you've done to me, baby)
Oh, baby, look what you've done (to me, baby)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Oh, baby, look what you've done to me
Baby, look what you've done to me



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Rose Black

but what about singing thanks for coming back instead of leave America :(((

Rose Black

repost pls

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Mariane McLean

The little grin he gives once the fans scream in recognition 😊

hllnda

The whole first minute of him just smiling at his slightly insane fans 😂❤

Annette Vittová

Everybody's singing along🤩 normally it would be irritating in videos from concerts... but here it warms my heart, after all this time we know it 😍

Klint Dela Vega

Harry fans who didn't know 1D must've been wondering what the song was

Around The Multiverse

There really were some confused people around 😂😂😂

ZizYoubizHERE

they literally shouldn’t be allowed in the premises

Miranda Leah Bullard

@Around The Multiverse 😂😂

Lumière

@Around The Multiverse no wayy😭😭

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