- Harry Styles confirmed that his song “Watermelon Sugar” had a deeper meaning while on tour.
- In Nashville, Styles said the song was about the “female orgasm” and the “sweetness in life.”
- Fans and critics have long speculated that the song was about oral sex.
Harry Styles confirmed that his 2019 single “Watermelon Sugar” had a not-safe-for-work meaning, telling concertgoers at a Nashville performance that the song was about “the sweetness in life” — but also, he said, the “female orgasm.”
Styles was performing in Nashville on Friday as part of his “Love On” tour, E! News reported, when he finally made the reveal. “Watermelon Sugar” has long been rumored to have a deeper sexual meaning within its saccharine lyrics like “I just want to taste it / I just want to taste it / watermelon sugar high” and “tastes like strawberries on a summer evening / and it sounds just like a song.”
Viral videos from the concert on TikTok and YouTube show Styles walking back and forth onstage in an all-white outfit, teasing the audience while his band vamps in the background.
In a clip of the moment uploaded to TikTok by user @oliveonthelow, which has over 1.2 million likes, Styles said that it “doesn’t really matter” what the song’s meaning was, saying that it’s about “the sweetness in life” before holding the microphone up to the crowd to sing the first verse of the song, which won Styles the Recording Academy’s Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2020 awards ceremony.
“It’s also about the female orgasm, but that’s totally different,” Styles then said. “It’s not really relevant.”
Fans and critics have long speculated that the song is about oral sex, and until recently, Styles had cheekily dodged when faced with questions about the theory in interviews.
“Everyone’s kind of figured out what it’s about, the joys of, you know, mutually appreciated oral pleasure,” Apple Music’s Zane Lowe said to Styles in an interview about his album “Fine Line.”
“Is that what it’s about?” Styles demurred.
Styles released a music video for the song in May 2020 and said that it was “dedicated to touching.”