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“Meet Me in the Hallway”
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Information
Album

Harry Styles (album)

Released

May 12, 2017

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2016

Length

3:47

Writers

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

Producer

Jeff Bhasker, Alex Salibian & Tyler Johnson

Meet Me in the Hallway is the opening track on Harry Styles self-titled debut album.

Lyrically, it describes begging a former lover to return.

Background

Producer Jeff Bhasker described the song as:

"drawing from this rich tradition of the past, and of rock music, but it’s totally new sounding. Nothing out right now sounds like this song. It’s minimal and it’s magical. It takes you to another world. I was reminded of when I first dropped the needle on a Pink Floyd album I had never heard before. I’m not a big [pop] music listener. Harry made a classic rock album. That’s hands down my favorite song on the album."

Critical Reception

The song was well received by critics, with Rolling Stone dubbing it "psychedelic pop", and Rob Sheffield describing it as having "a touch of John Lennon echo, a touch of Jimmy Page in the acoustic guitar – as Styles pleads like a love junkie craving a fix". MTV News stated the song "reaches back through Muse, through Coldplay, through The Verve’s “Lucky Man,” through Oasis’s most demure moments, back to Donovan circa Mellow Yellow".

Lyrics

2,3,4
Meet me in the hallway
Meet me in the hallway
I just left your bedroom
Give me some morphine
Is there any more to do?

Just let me know I'll be at the door, at the door
Hoping you'll come around
Just let me know I'll be on the floor, on the floor
Maybe we'll work it out
I gotta get better, gotta get better
I gotta get better, gotta get better
I gotta get better, gotta get better
And maybe we'll work it out

I walked the streets all day
Running with the thieves
'Cause you left me in the hallway
Give me some more
Just take the pain away

Just let me know I'll be at the door, at the door
Hoping you'll come around
Just let me know I'll be on the floor, on the floor
Maybe we'll work it out
Gotta get better, gotta get better
Gotta get better, gotta get better
Gotta get better, gotta get better
And maybe we'll work it out

We don't talk about it
It's something we don't do
'Cause once you go without it
Nothing else will do

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