After debuting his first single as a solo artist, Harry Styles is very much so back on the music map. His single, “Sign of the Times,” has already reached the #1 spot in several U.K. singles charts. However, in his interview with Cameron Crowe for Rolling Stone, Styles revealed that “Sign of the Times” has a super depressing backstory.

At face value, it’s a song about living in an upset world and expresses the sullenness many are feeling at this point in time. But beneath the lyrics, Styles intended for “Sign of the Times” to have a deeper, and darker, meaning.

During his interview, Styles told Crowe,

That message comes across crystal clear via the lyrics in “Sign of the Times.” But it’s what Styles said after this that made our hearts hurt.

Styles continued,

If this storyline is played out in the music video, we better stock up on tissues ahead of time.

Styles loves “Sign of the Times” so much that he wanted the album to go by the same name. That would have been okay with us. The piano ballad/Bowie-like anthem speaks to us — and to many — on a deep and poignant level.