Down Bad
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Did you really beam me up?
In a cloud of sparkling dust
Just to do experiments on
Tell me I was the chosen one
Show me that this world is bigger than us
Then sent me back where I came from
For a moment I knew cosmic love
Now I′m down bad crying at the gym
Everything comes out teenage petulance
"What if I can't have him"
"I might just die, it would make no difference."
Down bad, waking up in blood
Staring at the sky, come back and pick me up
What if I can′t have us.
I might just not get up
I might stay down bad

What if I can't have him
Down bad
What if I can't have him

Did you take all my old clothes?
Just to leave me here naked and alone
In a field in my same old town
That somehow seems so hollow now
They′ll say I′m nuts if I talk about the existence of you
For a moment I was heaven struck

Now I'm down bad crying at the gym
Everything comes out teenage petulance
"What if I can′t have him"
"I might just die, it would make no difference."
Down bad, waking up in blood
Staring at the sky, come back and pick me up
What if I can't have us.
I might just not get up
I might stay down bad

Like I lost my twin
What if I can′t have him
Down bad
Down bad
Waving at the ship
What if I can't have him

I loved your hostile takeovers
Encounters closer and closer
All your indecent exposures
How dare you say that it′s -
I'll build you a fort on some planet
Where they can all understand it
How dare you think it's romantic
Leaving me safe and stranded
Cause what if I was in love
What if I can′t have us.
Cause what if I was in love

Now I′m down bad crying at the gym
Everything comes out teenage petulance
"What if I can't have him"
"I might just die, it would make no difference."
Down bad, waking up in blood
Staring at the sky, come back and pick me up
What if I can′t have us.
I might just not get up
I might stay down bad

Like I lost my twin
What if I can't have him
Down bad
Down bad
Waving at the ship
What if I can′t have him

Like I lost my twin
What if I can't have him
Down bad




Waving at the ship
What if I can′t have him

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Taylor Swift's "Down Bad" delve into a complex blend of emotions and themes, creating a narrative that explores feelings of longing, heartbreak, and existential questioning. The opening lines of the song speak to a sense of being taken on a cosmic journey, feeling chosen and special before being abruptly returned to reality. There is a sense of overwhelming emotion and a questioning of one's place in the universe, captured by the imagery of being "beamed up" and sent back down, highlighting the contrast between a grand cosmic scale and the mundane everyday life.


The chorus of the song reflects a deep sense of despair and vulnerability, as the singer finds themselves in a state of emotional turmoil and uncertainty. The repetition of "What if I can't have him" underscores a fear of loss and a desperate plea for connection. The lines "I might just die, it would make no difference" convey a profound sense of hopelessness and the belief that without this person, life would lose its meaning. The imagery of crying at the gym and waking up in blood further emphasizes the raw and painful emotions being experienced.


As the song progresses, there is a sense of isolation and abandonment. The mention of being left naked and alone in a familiar but now empty place symbolizes a loss of security and comfort. The singer struggles with feelings of alienation and being misunderstood, with a fear of being judged for their beliefs and experiences. The brief moment of feeling "heaven struck" serves as a poignant contrast to the prevailing sense of emptiness and longing.


The final verse of the song delves into themes of love and understanding, juxtaposed with feelings of betrayal and confusion. The singer reflects on the highs and lows of a relationship, expressing a desire for acceptance and connection. The repetition of "What if I can't have him" becomes a powerful refrain, capturing the essence of unrequited love and the fear of being left behind. The song concludes with a haunting sense of loss and yearning, encapsulating the complex emotions of love, longing, and existential questioning that permeate the entire narrative.




Writer(s): Taylor Swift, Jack Michael Antonoff

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@abigailway3840

Okay but we need to talk about the parallel between "How dare you think it's romantic, leaving me safe and stranded" with "Please leave me stranded, it's so romantic" from New Romantics

@dreamread6352

OMG! Didn't realise until you pointed it out <3

@Yodelling_Bibble

OMG YES I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY WHO NOTICED THAT! glad im not alone

@tayluvofficial

1989 TV is coming!!!🩶🤌

@evannachuu4081

OMG Thank you for pointing it out 🥺 Now I found to answer, I've been wondering since hearing Down Bad where I heard almost the same lyrics.

@gameplayezssoiinnychgier300

I screamed when i heard it i wasn t ready😢

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@MinnzPiano

imagining taylor crying at the gym in preparation for the eras tour and heartbroken 💔

@dwiaprilliyadi1822

She's already in the mid of Eras tour cuz this was about Matty

@listiara3590

☹️

@Littlesnow-qx5eh

@Cocobean201😢🥺😭😭

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