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willow
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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I'm like the water when your ship rolled in that night
Rough on the surface but you cut through like a knife
And if it was an open-shut case
I never would've known from that look on your face
Lost in your current like a priceless wine
The more that you say
The less I know
Wherever you stray
I follow
I'm begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man

Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind (oh)
Head on the pillow, I could feel you sneaking in
As if you were a mythical thing
Like you were a trophy or a champion ring
And there was one prize I'd cheat to win
The more that you say
The less I know
Wherever you stray
I follow
I'm begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man
You know that my train could take you home
Anywhere else is hollow
I'm begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man

Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind (oh)
They count me out time and time again
Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind (oh)
But I come back stronger than a 90's trend

Wait for the signal and I'll meet you after dark
Show me the places where the others gave you scars
Now this is an open-shut case
Guess I should've known from the look on your face
Every bait and switch was a work of art

The more that you say
The less I know
Wherever you stray
I follow
I'm begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man
You know that my train could take you home
Anywhere else is hollow
I'm begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man

The more that you say
The less I know
Wherever you stray
I follow
Begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man
You know that my train could take you home
Anywhere else is hollow
Begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man

Hey, that's my man
That's my man
Yeah, that's my man
Every bait and switch was a work of art
That's my man
Hey, that's my man
I'm begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans
That's my man

Overall Meaning

The song "willow" by Taylor Swift is a love song describing the singer's infatuation with someone who has recently entered into her life. The first verse describes the intensity of the connection between the two people, comparing it to the power of a ship cutting through rough waters. Despite the mystery surrounding this new connection, the singer is excited to follow wherever it may lead.


In the chorus, the singer compares her life to a willow tree that bows and bends to the will of the wind blowing through its branches. She is willing to let this new love take control of her life, even though it may be unpredictable and dangerous. The second verse describes the power dynamic between the two people, with the singer willing to do anything to win over the other person's affections.


The bridge of the song is a plea for the other person to reveal their vulnerabilities to the singer so she can understand them better. The final chorus is a repetition of the earlier chorus with a stronger emphasis on the singer's willingness to follow the other person wherever they may go.


Overall, "willow" is a romantic ode to the thrill of new love and the excitement that comes with surrendering control to a powerful connection.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm like the water when your ship rolled in that night
I am fluid just like the water, when you first came to my life


Rough on the surface but you cut through like a knife
Although my exterior can seem cold and tough, you effortlessly gained access to my heart


And if it was an open-shut case, I never would've known from that look on your face
Even if it was clear-cut that we were meant to be, your expression showed nothing, and left me guessing


Lost in your current like a priceless wine
I am swept away by your overwhelming presence, like a precious wine that takes over the senses


The more that you say, The less I know
Despite all your words, each revelation makes me less sure of what's true


Wherever you stray, I follow
Wherever you go, I am there, tagging along without question


I'm begging for you to take my hand, Wreck my plans, That's my man
I am yearning for you to take charge and disrupt my life because that's just how much I am devoted to you


Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind
My life was flexible and morphed to whatever you wanted it to be


Head on the pillow, I could feel you sneaking in
Whenever I am about to fall asleep, I always feel you crawling into my thoughts


As if you were a mythical thing
You are like a legendary creature, too good to be true


Like you were a trophy or a champion ring
You are like an award or a prize that one dreams of having


And there was one prize I'd cheat to win
I'd do anything to get you, at any cost, because you are the ultimate reward


You know that my train could take you home, Anywhere else is hollow
I am your only way back to happiness and everything else without me feels empty and meaningless


They count me out time and time again, But I come back stronger than a 90's trend
Others have given up on me multiple times, but like the fashion trends of the 90s, I will always make a comeback


Wait for the signal and I'll meet you after dark
I'll wait for you in the dark, just give me a sign


Show me the places where the others gave you scars
Tell me your past traumas and pain so that I can understand you better


Now this is an open-shut case, Guess I should've known from the look on your face
Now that everything is clear and leave no room for confusion, I should have known right from the start, judging from the expression on your face


Every bait and switch was a work of art
Every tactic you used to lure me in and then discarded me was done with finesse and mastery


Hey, that's my man
I am proud to claim you as my own, even with all your faults




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Aaron Brooking Dessner, Taylor A. Swift

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Vilja Haataja

Folklore and Evermore are like stories, and the way she threaded from "cardigan" to "willow".MASTERMIND.

Emily Goodwin

and the INVISIBLE STRING

AlejO AAOB 54

I saw invisible string too! She’s fabulous

Clayton Humphrey

And now Mastermind is a fantastic song itself on Midnights! It all links together

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Sad Vibes

Taylor is like wine. The more time passes, the better it gets!

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Mike Graham

Agreed

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