Taylor Swift – Daylight (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
“Daylight” is the eighteenth and final track on the seventh studio album ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift.
The much-anticipated 2019 album ‘Lover’ contains 18 tracks on the standard edition including three singles “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie, “You Need to Calm Down” and the title track “Lover.” The new album is in complete contrast to Taylor’s previous album ‘Reputation’ released in 2017, which focused on speaking out her mind against her haters. In this era, however, Taylor Swift is in love, and that reflects throughout the album.
In an interview with Elle magazine, Taylor Swift hinted that this song might be about letting weight go and moving on; “I’ve come to a realization that I need to be able to forgive myself for making the wrong choice, trusting the wrong person, or figuratively falling on my face in front of everyone. Step into the daylight and let it go.”
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In the lyrics to “Daylight,” Taylor Swift sings about the past struggles in her relationships and finding light and peace in her current relationship. This song may very well be an ado to her current boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
In the first verse of the song, Taylor sings about the cruel situations she had to encounter with her past relationships. We know she had a ‘long list of ex-lovers,’ and she has not had many pretty endings in those affairs. She compares those relationships to be as tough and heartless as the cities she has lived in. It is interesting that she does not call the ‘country’ side cruel, where her roots lay.
The second verse of “Daylight” further explains how she became the ‘butt of the joke’ in all her past relationships. She may be feeling as if being used by her ex-lovers to gain limelight courtesy of her success. A similar situation sprung up after Taylor’s relationship with Calvin Harris ended. Calvin Harris released the hit single “This Is What You Came For,” co-written by Taylor Swift and not giving her credits.
Taylor Swift says that she used to think love was all black and white-meaning good or bad. But now, with her current lover, she realizes that love is nothing but golden-colourful and valuable.
The complete album releases on August 23, 2019, through Republic Records.