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Harry Styles Lyrical Tweets

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As a teen, I kept quotes of poems and songs in piles of spiral bound notebooks. Those paper notebooks are long gone, but teenager Harry Styles put lyrics and words that resonated for him on his public Twitter feed. Many of them are still preserved on the platform now known as X, even though Harry rarely uses it anymore.

We can’t possibly know if he had any specific intention when he tweeted lyrics by other musicians, or if something simply resonated with him in a moment. But some of his posts seem to align with events that were swirling around One Direction at any given time.

I can’t contextualize all the lyrics he posted, but I imagine a sweet and sensitive lad thinking he was being subtle when he tweeted meaningful lyrics out into the ether. When possible, I’ve added a tiny bit of context if I know something factual and meaningful (source cited), and it’s clear when it’s my opinion. It’s impossible to be fully inclusive of dates and events as this spans the full One Direction timeline. 

I’ve provided the date the lyric was tweeted, the link itself to the live post, the song and artist quoted, the link to the full song lyric, and the screen shot of the post (all taken by me). All posts are live on the X platform as of the writing of this article on October 6, 2023.

In early September 2010, the boys had been put into the band, but the live X-Factor shows had not begun airing. Harry tweeted song lyrics starting on September 9, 2010 and continued to quote lyrics from other bands, never with an attribution or a source noted (along with hundreds of other tweets), until after One Direction went on hiatus. Harry and Louis didn’t tweet directly to each other until September 27, 2010. This is surely not a complete list, as I can’t guarantee I haven’t missed some tweets. 

My primary source for early timelines is the BulletProofLarry account on Tumblr: https://bulletprooflarry.tumblr.com/timelines. Tour dates and later calendar notes come from: https://onedirection.fandom.com/

Note: I’m coming at these from a Larry-centric perspective. It’s entirely possible that Harry’s tweets aren’t about his relationship with Louis, but the context I provide often seems to skew that direction. 


Harry later sang the Bruno Mars lyric quoted below to Louis in their first (and only) twitcam together in January 2011. 

September 9, 2010

Just the Way You Are: Bruno Mars


This Script lyric below might reference the fact they both saw the band at the same date, time and place in 2009, two years before they met on X-Factor. 

September 12, 2010

For the First Time: The Script


Coincidentally (or not), Hannah is the name of Louis’ ex-girlfriend.

September 13, 2010

Hannah: Ray LaMontagne

September 18, 2010

Dancing in the Moonlight: Thin Lizzy


Spring 2011 marked the beginning of the X-Factor Tour, in which One Direction and eight other contestants from series 7 participated from February 19 – April 9, 2011 (source: https://onedirection.fandom.com/wiki/X_Factor_Live_Tour#SnippetTab).

A few minutes before tweeting the lyrics to Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, he tweeted: “The cutest thing i have ever seen about a father and daughter performing the song.

January 10 is also the day the boys moved into the rehearsal hotel for the X-Factor Tour and Harry tweeted about loving Nando’s. 

January 10, 2011

Home: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

On January 23, 2011 (two tweets below) Harry and Louis spent the day together in London going to a movie, dinner, and then did a TwitCam at night. It was a proper “girls’ day out” as they say in the TwitCam. 

January 23, 2011

California: Phantom Planet

January 23, 2011

Price Tag: Jessie J.

As a collective, the 1D boys often mentioned Bruno Mars as someone with whom they’d like to collaborate. During the X-Factor Tour, they covered Mars’ Grenade. 

I wanted to find something meaningful about lyrics from two different Bruno Mars’ songs being posted two days before Valentine’s Day 2011, and a week before the X-Factor Tour started. The only thing I can find, though, is that a year later, during the Paris interviews in February 2012, Harry alluded to Louis having been in a relationship for a year – he’s technically referring to Eleanor, who’d only been around for a few months at that point. 

February 12, 2011

Count on Me: Bruno Mars

February 12, 2011

Marry You: Bruno Mars

One Direction recorded their first album in Sweden in June 2011. 

The video for WMYB was shot in CA in June/July and there’s speculation that Harry and Louis moved in together in June 2011.

June 3, 2011

I Wish I was a Punk Rocker: Sandi Thom



The Up All Night tour kicked off on December 18, 2011 in Watford, England and concluded July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida, w/ a few dates played later into the fall. 

In the spring of 2012, One Direction was on tour supporting Big Time Rush. The boys walked the red carpet at the premier of Big Time Rush: The Movie in New York City on March 8, 2012. 

March 8, 2012

No Diggity: Blackstreet

April 5, 2012

Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap

April 22, 2012 marked the infamous night out in Wellington, NZ. Harry quoted Sweet Disposition twice this month. Later in June 2012, he got “won’t stop ‘till we surrender” tattooed under the star on his left arm, a slightly varied lyric from this song from Temper Trap, a band they’d seen at the Leeds Festival back in August 2011. 

Harry’s “I Can’t Change” tattoo came at a similar time and while I would not be surprised if he also quoted the Rise Against song (Make It Stop (September’s Children)), I can’t find evidence of that song quoted in his twitter feed.

April 23, 2012

Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap

Take Me Home was released November 9, 2012.

The last tour dates of Up All Night were performed in Connecticut on November 30 and December 1 and Madison Square Garden on December 3, 2012.

November 27, 2012

The Sun Has Got His Hat On: Ambrose and his Orchestra (from Me and My Girl)

Did he watch Mary Poppins during their holiday break?

December 27, 2012

Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag): Julie Andrews


The Take Me Home tour started on February 23, 2013 in London, England, and concluded on November 3, 2013 in Chiba, Japan.  

July 22, 2013

At one point, Harry referenced The Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t It Be Nice as a song that might be a soundtrack of his life. 

The boys were part of a charity single in the fall of 2014 covering the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows – I love that he tweeted this song. It’s MY favorite Beach Boys song, and it’s lovely when you listen with a Larry lens.

God Only Knows: The Beach Boys

The tweet from September 2013 is one of the several tweets that inspired the oft mentioned Larry rumor that Harry and Louis might have gotten married on the night of September 28, 2013, while in Australia. 

September 29, 2013

My Old Man: Joni Mitchell

One Direction played in Auckland, NZ on October 13, 2013. 

October 13, 2013

Tupelo Honey: Van Morrison

Kings of Leon is often mentioned by both Harry and Louis as a favorite band. In 2022, Louis would cover their Beautiful War on his solo tour.

Midnight Memories was released November 25, 2013.

November 27, 2013

Temple: Kings of Leon


Where We Are tour kicked off on April 25, 2014 in Bogotá, Colombia and concluded on October 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. 

This tweet from May 2014 was between show dates in the UK. 

May 26, 2014

Electric Avenue: Eddy Grant

June 22, 2014

Bible Verse: Proverbs 16:24

On July 8, 2014, One Direction played in Barcelona.

July 8, 2014

Long Hair: The Drowners

July 10, 2014

Black or White: Michael Jackson

On August 14, 2014, One Direction played in Philadelphia.

Secrets is a powerful song about being queer from lesbian singer songwriter Mary Lambert. 

August 14, 2014

Secrets: Mary Lambert

August 20 was a break between Nashville and Houston. I think it’s safe to say the next several tweets were likely made while driving between cities on the tour bus. 

August 20, 2014

It all Comes out in the Wash: Miranda Lambert

September 15 was during a break between Pasadena, CA and Glendale, AZ.

September 15, 2014

Cigarette Dreams: Cage the Elephant

September 20 was during a break between El Paso and San Antonio, TX.

September 20, 2014

The Car Song: Cat Empire

October 11 is National Coming Out Day in the United States. The lyrics of this song he quoted below feel appropriate for the celebration. He tweeted this song before, back on November 27, 2012. 

October 11, 2014

The Sun Has Got His Hat On: Ambrose and his Orchestra (from Me and My Girl)

On November 9, the day he tweeted the Coldplay lyric below, an article praising Louis Tomlinson for supporting Tim Cook (Apple CEO) was published (this was also a few days after Harry said it was “not that important” for a prospective romantic partner to be female). This article (linked below) set off a whirlwind of drama when Louis’ twitter account blasted the reporter for alluding that he might be gay (article about the Tweet storm linked below as well). 

Harry has mentioned being a massive fan of Chris Martin, which might explain this tweet of Coldplay lyrics.

November 9, 2014

Yellow: Coldplay


2015 kicked off the On the Road Again tour. Tour dates were from February 7, 2015 (Sydney, Australia) to October 31, 2015 (Sheffield, England).

The Coldplay song Yellow was previously tweeted on November 14, 2014.

January 26, 2015

Yellow: Coldplay

February 19, 2015

I Got Stripes: Johnny Cash


February 27, 2015

My Winding Wheel: Ryan Adams

The day before the fourth anniversary of the famous Always In My Heart tweet from Louis Tomlinson, Harry tweeted these lyrics from a song he wrote for MITAM. 

October 2, 2015

Olivia: One Direction

Pink Floyd, quoted below, is often referred to as an inspiration for Harry’s first solo album. 

October 9, 2015

Time: Pink Floyd

On November 5, 2015, Harry posted If I Could Fly six days after the last performance of On The Road Again on October 31, 2015 in the early days of MITAM promotion. 

Made in the A.M. was released on November 12, 2015.

November 5, 2015

If I Could Fly: One Direction

In fall 2015, he posted a lot of MITAM lyrics, which I won’t screenshot, links here still live as of 10/6/23.

“Hey Angel. Do you know the reasons why, we look up to the sky?” on October 6, 

He tweeted about Perfect being the next single:

on October 9 “Hey Angel. Do you look at us and laugh, when we hold on to the past?” on October 9,

“Hey Angel. Tell me, do you ever try to come to the other side?” on October 16.

“Hey Angel. Tell me do you ever cry, while we waste away our lives?” on October 22, 

“You’ve got to help me, I’m losing my mind” on November 6, 

I told her that I loved her, I’m not sure if she heard” on November 9, 

“What a Feeling” on November 11,

“the summertime, and butterflies, all belong to your creation” on October 2 .

The two tweets below were during the very busy MITAM promo days, after the OTRA Tour concluded.

 On November 26, 2015, the boys performed a short set (6 songs) live at the Telehit Awards in Mexico. No idea if it’s relevant, but James Taylor’s Mexico (quoted by Harry below) is about having diarrhea and having to cancel a show. 

November 26, 2015

Mexico: James Taylor

On December 1, 2015 One Direction performed live in Dallas, Texas as part of the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball.

December 1, 2015 

Cherry Wine: Hozier

2016 – Hiatus and beyond

2016 marked the first time the boys didn’t have One Direction responsibilities since July 2010. 

Harry posted the lyric below two days after Louis tweeted about the birth of Freddie. I’d encourage you to go to the link to the full lyrics of the song below for context. I’m not saying it’s definitely related, but I find the lyrics haunting.

January 23, 2016

Watching His Son Go Down: Jeff Bates

He posted the link below on his twenty-second birthday.

February 1, 2016

22: Taylor Swift

The lyric below from Stuck on You by Elvis is an interesting lyric about sticking together with your partner, with some allusions to parenthood. 

February 27, 2016

Stuck on You: Elvis Presley


Harry Styles self titled first album was released in May 2017, and he was about to kick off the European leg of Live on Tour in March 2018.

The song quoted below by King Princess has an especially interesting lyric given that he would go on to play two different roles that took place in the 1950s a few years after this tweet. In particular, I don’t think it’s a stretch to imagine that he was already aware of Bethan Roberts’ novel My Policeman.

March 6, 2018

1950: King Princess

And there you have it. After 2018, Harry’s Twitter/X feed becomes a lot more focused on promotion and less personal. I can’t find any lyric tweets that aren’t his own after this one in 2018. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any or that some haven’t been deleted. In some way, as an adult, he perhaps never again felt as compelled to share things that resonated in such a public manner. And since the band was on hiatus and he was embarking on a solo tour, it’s also more likely that he had the time and space to communicate directly with people who mattered to him in other ways. 

I like the little slice of his personality that shines through in the song lyrics he chooses to tweet. It’s not always the lyric you’d pull from the text, and it often comes across as obscure and quirky. Just like the Harry we’ve come to know and love.

I’d love to know what you think about any of these lyrics, let me know @Rosann_1986 on X.

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