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“Carolina”
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Information
Album

Harry Styles (album)

Released

May 12, 2017

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2016

Length

3:09

Writers

Harry Styles, Jeff Bhasker, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alex Salibian & Tyler Johnson

Producer

Jeff Bhasker

Carolina is the third track on Harry Styles self-titled debut album.

Lyrically, it describes a woman the narrator briefly met and is now infatuated with.

Background

Styled explained Carolina was the last song recorded for the album, stating: "It was what felt like it finished [the album] off. We had a week or two that felt like we were in a funk. Then I went out and wrote this and it felt like the bit of fun that was missing. It’s about a specific person, and they know it's about them now".

Critical Reception

Rolling Stone described the song as a "Beatles-esque track boasting a rumbling rhythm section, steady acoustic guitar vamp, a blues-y lead riff and plenty of pristine harmonies to back up Styles’ smoldering vocals".

Speculation

Fans and media outlets speculated the song may have been written about Carolina Townes, however this has not been confirmed. Styles has stated that he does name the woman the song is inspired by, and that (at the time of release) she did not know the song was about her. After his Today Show performance on May 9, Styles said the woman's father had informed her of the song, after recognising it was about her.

Lyrics

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

She's got a family in Carolina
So far away, but she says I remind her of home
Feeling oh so far from home
She never saw herself as a west coaster
Moved all the way cause her grandma told her
Towns, better swim before you drown

She's a good girl
She's such a good girl
Yeah, she's a good girl
She feels so good

She's got a book for every situation
Gets into parties without invitations
How could you ever turn her down?
There's not a drink that I think could sink her
How would I tell her that she's all I think about?
Well, I guess she just found out

She's a good girl
She's such a good girl
Yeah, she's a good girl
She feels so good
She feels so good

I met her once and wrote a song about her
I wanna scream, yeah
I wanna shout it out
And I hope she hears me now

La la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la

She's a good girl
She's such a good girl
Yeah, she's a good girl
She feels so good
She feels so good
Oh, she feels so good
Yeah, make me feel so good
She's a good girl
Oh, yeah

Live Performances

Harry Styles Perform ‘Carolina’ Live On The Plaza TODAY-003:25

Harry Styles Perform ‘Carolina’ Live On The Plaza TODAY-0

Harry Styles Carolina03:31

Harry Styles Carolina

Harry Styles - CAROLINA The Garage LIVE01:01

Harry Styles - CAROLINA The Garage LIVE

Official Audio

Harry Styles - Carolina (Audio)03:11

Harry Styles - Carolina (Audio)

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