Brooding pop singer Zayn released the latest in what seems like an endless stream of singles for his upcoming sophomore solo album, Icarus Falls. However, unlike most of Zayn’s recent efforts, this single, “Good Times,” is actually a surprisingly good ballad that showcases the clean high-register of the singer’s voice without a lot of forced falsetto or autotune.
Unfortunately, the musical strengths of the song might be overshadowed by the apparent autobiographical content of the song. The lyrics of “Good Times” are full of regrets about wasted years and a failed friendship where two people cannot apologize for past issues.
Lately, of course, Zayn has been saying that he had no real friends when he was a member of One Direction. Yet, before Zayn quit the group, he was often seen hanging out with Louis Tomlinson. And after the split, Louis seemed the most eager of the remaining members to want to patch things up with Zayn
So it was interesting that shortly after Zayn dropped his song about a past broken friendship, that Louis posted a cryptic tweet that many immediately interpreted as a response to the song.
Louis seemed to confirm that he was in fact speaking about Zayn, as many of the commenters who responded to his tweet brought up the single. But Louis did not dispute at all their making that connection.
Some of the lyrics making the connection are below …
The voices screaming loud as hell
(Loud as hell, loud as hell)
We don’t care ’bout no one else
(About no one else, no one else)
Nothing in the world could bring us down
(Bring us down, bring us down)
Now we’re so high among the stars without a worry
(Without a worry)
And neither one, one of us wants to say we’re sorry
(Say we’re sorry)
What the hell were we fighting for?
‘Cause now the whole d**n world will know
(World will know)
That we’re too numb and just too dumb to change the story
(Change the story)
Neither one, one of us wants to say we’re sorry
(Say we’re sorry)
If Louis is talking about what Zayn is saying in the song, one could interpret his “hypocrite” line in at least one of two ways. First, it could be that Louis seems bewildered by Zayn’s telling the press that he had no friends in the band, only to put out a song full of regret for at least one of the friendships failing. Or, it could be that Louis feels that he did try to reach out and patch things up, and it was actually Zayn who refused the gesture when it was offered.
Either way, you can check out Zayn’s latest song for yourself in the lyric video below.
(Image source: Zayn and Louis Tomlinson Instagram accounts)
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