In the time since Harry Styles' second album Fine Line hit shelves back in 2019, fans have been wondering about the deeper meaning behind one of its most popular and fruit-inspired songs, "Watermelon Sugar." It's no surprise that many have speculated that the song is about oral sex, given the lyrics include a reference to strawberries, summer evenings, and "that warm feelin'". The music video for the tune also doesn't exactly help to dispel these theories. Dressed head-to-toe in Gucci, the singer sits at a table for two as bikini-clad women feed him bites of the juicy treat.
During his concert in Nashville on Friday night, the former One Direction member dove into what really inspired the song, and he revealed the lyrical innuendos for which all of us have been searching. "Watermelon Sugar is about... the sweetness of life," he said, as seen in a YouTube video.
"It's also about female orgasm, but that's totally different, it's not relevant."
As it turns out, the song was actually inspired by Richard Brautigan's 1968 novel In Watermelon Sugar, which has been cited as a sexually suggestive read by some. The song was written by the musician alongside Mitch Rowland, Tyler Johnson, and Tom Hull, and they got the idea for it after noticing that the repetitive melody of the chorus seemed to resemble the rhythm of the book's title. They also took note of the way that the word "sugar" is repeated, which also helped them conceive of the sexual innuendos that eventually made it into the track.