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“Olivia”
Made In The AM cover
Information
Album

Made in the A.M.

Released

November 13, 2015

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2015

Length

2:57

Writers

Harry Styles, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan

Producer

Julian Bunetta, John Ryan

Olivia is the ninth track from Made in the A.M. It was released globally on November 13, 2015.

Lyrically, the song is about love. Harry Styles stated the song is not necessarily about a woman, despite the use of a female name as the title.

The song is heavily influenced by The Beatles trademark sound, and the bridge is influenced by the song Pure Imagination, from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

Background

Olivia was written by Harry, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. Harry tweeted lyrics from the song on October 2, 2015.[1]

Harry described the song's meaning, stating "it's one of my favorites because it's so different and feels like so much old stuff I love. The greatest thing about music is you can put labels on things and it seems like there is no gray area but it doesn't have to be so literal. Olivia could be a place or a family member. It's not necessarily about me, it might be an observation thing. Obviously, you assume there's a girl named Olivia which could be true but also that's not necessarily the case. I think it's fun to take a situation or emotion and personify it."[2]

Lyrics

[Niall]
Remember the day we were giving up
When you told me I didn't give you enough
And all of your friends were saying I'd be leaving you
She's lying in bed with my t-shirt on
Just thinking how I went about it wrong
This isn't the stain of a red wine, I'm bleeding love

[Liam]
Please believe me, don't you see
The things you mean to me?
Oh I love you, I love you
I love, I love, I love Olivia

[Harry]
I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
I've been idolizing the light in your eyes, Olivia
I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
Don't let me go
Don't let me go

[Liam]
Say what you're feeling and say it now
'Cause I got the feeling you're walking out
And time is irrelevant when I've not been seeing you
The consequences of falling out
Are something I'm having nightmares about
And these are the reasons I'm crying out to be with you

Please believe me, don't you see
The things you mean to me?
Oh I love you, I love you
I love, I love, I love Olivia

[Harry]
I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
I've been idolizing the light in your eyes, Olivia
I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
Don't let me go
Don't let me go

[Harry]
When you go and I'm alone
You live in my imagination
The summertime and butterflies
All belong to your creation
I love you, that's all I do
I love you

[All]
I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
I've been idolizing the light in your eyes, Olivia
I live for you, I long for you, Olivia
Don't let me go
Don't let me go
Don't let me go

References

  1. Harry's Tweet
  2. Harry Interview

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