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“If I Could Fly”
Made In The AM cover
Information
Album

Made in the A.M.

Released

November 13, 2015

Format

Digital Download

Recorded

April 2015

Length

3:50

Writers

Harry Styles, Johan Carlsson, Ross Golan

Producer

Johan Carlsson,
Noah "Mailbox" Passovoy

If I Could Fly is the sixth track from Made in the A.M. It was released globally on November 13, 2015.

Lyrically, the song is about revealing strong romantic feelings for a lover while being separated from them.

Background

If I Could Fly was written by Harry, Johan Carlsson and Ross Golan. Harry previously wrote Ariana Grande's song Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart with Carlsson.

Songwriter Julian Bunetta talked to Rolling Stone about hearing If I Could Fly for the first time, stating "I remember when Harry first played it to me. That one I didn't write, but I remember when I first heard it. We were in Westlake Studio for a week. I kept asking why he wanted to call it 'If I Could Fly.' It's a great song, so it doesn't really matter what it's called, does it?"[1]

Many fans have noted the seriousness behind the lyrics and speculated as to who the song may be about. Some have noted the song was written in April 2015 when Harry was in Los Angeles alone. Fans also noted it was written at the same time Louis and Liam wrote "Home" together (along with Jamie Scott), which has left many fans wondering if the two songs are related to one another. While the title "For Your Eyes Only" seems to suit the song better, Styles insisted on "If I Could Fly". Many fans have noted "If I Could Fly" and "Home" form a complete sentence when merged together. Fans also noted Harry tweeted the song title on a day when Louis had travelled to America, while he was still in the United Kingdom. As is the case with One Direction's more controversial songs, the band has not yet spoken about the song's meaning.

Release

The song was first revealed through the North American listening sessions held for "Made in the A.M.". Fans were treated to a video of the band in their younger years as the song played for the first time. Many fans noted the footage featured many scenes focusing solely on Harry and Louis, including previously unseen footage, leading some to speculate the song may be about them.

On November 6, Harry tweeted the song's title, despite it not being officially released at that point.[2]

Lyrics

[Harry]
If I could fly, I'd be coming right back home to you
I think I might give up everything, just ask me to

[Liam]
Pay attention, I hope that you listen cause I let my guard down
Right now I'm completely defenseless

[Harry]
For your eyes only, I show you my heart
For when you're lonely and forget who you are
I'm missing half of me when we're apart
Now you know me, for your eyes only
For your eyes only

[Louis]
I've got scars, even though they can't always be seen
And pain gets hard, but now you're here and I don't feel a thing

[Niall]
Pay attention, I hope that you listen cause I let my guard down
Right now I'm completely defenseless

[All]
For your eyes only, I show you my heart
For when you're lonely and forget who you are
I'm missing half of me when we're apart
Now you know me, for your eyes only
For your eyes only

[Louis and Liam]
I can feel your heart inside of mine
(I feel it, I feel it)
I've been going out of my mind
(I feel it I feel it)
Know that I'm just wasting time
And I

[Harry]
Hope that you don't run from me

[Louis]
For your eyes only,

[Niall]
I show you my heart

[Harry]
For when you're lonely

[Liam]
And forget who you are

[Harry]
I'm missing half of me

[All]
When we're apart
Now you know me, for your eyes only

For your eyes only, I show you my heart
For when you're lonely and forget who you are
I'm missing half of me when we're apart
Now you know me, for your eyes only
For your eyes only

[Harry]
For your eyes only

References

  1. Julian Bunetta Interview
  2. Harry's tweet

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