Guilty as Sin?
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Drowning in the Blue Nile
He sent me ′Downtown Lights'
I hadn′t heard it in a while
My boredom's bone deep
This cage was once just fine
Am I allowed to cry?
I dream of cracking locks
Throwing my life to the wolves
Or the ocean rocks
Crashing into him tonight
He's a paradox
I′m seeing visions, am I bad?
Or mad? Or wise?

What if he′s written 'mine′ on my upper thigh
Only in my mind?
One slip and falling back into the hedge maze
Oh what a way to die
I keep recalling things we never did
Messy top lip kiss
How I long for our trysts
Without ever touching his skin
How can I be guilty as sin?

I keep these longings locked
In lowercase inside a vault
Someone told me
There's no such thing as bad thoughts
Only your actions talk
These fatal fantasies
Giving way to labored breath
Taking all of me
We′ve already done it in my head
If it's make believe
Why does it feel like a vow
We′ll both uphold somehow?

What if he's written 'mine′ on my upper thigh
Only in my mind?
One slip and falling back into the hedge maze
Oh what a way to die
My bedsheets are ablaze
I′ve screamed his name
Building up like waves
Crashing over my grave
Without ever touching his skin
How can I be guilty as sin?

What if I roll the stone away?
They're gonna crucify me anyway
What if the way you hold me
Is actually what′s holy?
If long suffering propriety
Is what they want from me
They don't know how you′ve haunted me
So stunningly
I choose you and me
... Religiously

What if he's written ′mine' on my upper thigh
Only in my mind?
One slip and falling back into the hedge maze
Oh what a way to die
I keep recalling things we never did
Messy top lip kiss
How I long for our trysts
Without ever touching his skin
How can I be guilty as sin?

He sent me 'Downtown Lights′




I hadn′t heard it in a while
Am I allowed to cry?

Overall Meaning

In the song "Guilty as Sin" by Taylor Swift, the lyrics delve into a complex emotional landscape of desire, longing, and inner conflict. The singer is grappling with intense feelings and fantasies that are consuming her thoughts. The mention of "Drowning in the Blue Nile" sets a vivid imagery of being overwhelmed by emotions akin to being swept away by a powerful river. The reference to "Downtown Lights" that she was sent by someone triggers nostalgia and deep introspection, highlighting the impact of music in evoking memories and emotions.


The singer expresses a sense of suffocation in her current circumstances, likening it to being trapped in a cage that was once tolerable but has now become unbearable. The imagery of dreaming of "cracking locks" and throwing her life to the wolves or the ocean rocks suggests a yearning for freedom and release from her inner turmoil. This internal struggle is further emphasized by questioning if she is allowed to cry, showcasing a sense of self-restraint and inner conflict.


The lyrics also touch upon the blurred lines between reality and fantasy, as the singer contemplates the possibility of a symbolic ownership with the idea of "What if he's written 'mine' on my upper thigh, only in my mind?" This juxtaposition between the imagined intimacy and the longing for physical connection creates a sense of inner turmoil and confusion. The singer grapples with guilt and desire, wondering how she can be perceived as "guilty as sin" for thoughts and fantasies that have not materialized into actions.


The theme of forbidden desire and internal struggle continues as the lyrics explore the singer's conflicted feelings and the tension between societal expectations and personal desires. The reference to "long suffering propriety" and the fear of being judged or crucified for her emotions encapsulates the internal battle the singer is facing. Despite this, there is a sense of acceptance and defiance in the final lines, as she chooses to embrace her feelings and connections, perhaps viewing them as sacred and profound, even in their complexity and potential consequences. The song builds a rich tapestry of emotions, desires, and inner conflicts, inviting listeners to reflect on the complexities of human emotions and relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

Drowning in the Blue Nile
Feeling overwhelmed by emotions and memories


He sent me ′Downtown Lights'
He reminded me of a song that holds significance


I hadn't heard it in a while
It's been a long time since I last felt this way


My boredom's bone deep
My dissatisfaction runs deep within me


This cage was once just fine
I used to be content with my situation


Am I allowed to cry?
Can I express my emotions freely?


I dream of cracking locks
I yearn to break free from my constraints


Throwing my life to the wolves
Risking everything for a chance at something new


Or the ocean rocks
Embracing the uncertainty of life's twists and turns


Crashing into him tonight
The desire to confront my feelings head-on


He's a paradox
He is complex and contradictory


I′m seeing visions, am I bad? Or mad? Or wise?
Questioning my own judgment and perceptions


One slip and falling back into the hedge maze
Risking falling into old patterns and mistakes


I keep recalling things we never did
Remembering moments that never actually happened


How I long for our trysts
Longing for intimate moments that may never occur


Without ever touching his skin
Yearning for a connection that remains unfulfilled


I keep these longings locked
Suppressing my desires and fantasies


In lowercase inside a vault
Hiding my true feelings in secret


'There's no such thing as bad thoughts'
Understanding that thoughts alone do not define morality


Only your actions talk
It is our actions that truly reflect who we are


What if he's written 'mine' on my upper thigh
Imagining a possessive relationship that exists only in the mind


My bedsheets are ablaze
Burning with desire and passion


I've screamed his name
Expressing my longing and desperation


Building up like waves
Feeling emotions rise and fall like the tide


What if I roll the stone away?
Considering the possibility of breaking free from self-imposed restrictions


They're gonna crucify me anyway
Feeling judged and condemned no matter what


If long suffering propriety
Enduring societal expectations and norms


They don't know how you've haunted me
Others do not understand the impact he has had on me


So stunningly
In a way that is both beautiful and painful


I choose you and me ... Religiously
Committing to this connection with unwavering devotion




Writer(s): Taylor Swift, Jack Michael Antonoff

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@yoyokgurlie

this one’s for all the delulu girlies, who are not sure if the boys is really theirs, making scenarios in their head before bed, and balling their eyes out for something that never existed. We love u girlies❤❤❤

@tibtib7393

Situationships are hard just like what was written in glitch hahaha

@camiarroyo261

omg literally me thank u

@tangiblart3395

https://youtu.be/cAFPtartMM8?si=LthhThiGJSIMuG2Z

@leavealekalone

😿😿😿🥀

@AnnaF33

This is about matty😊

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@aneena8278

This song is my fav from TTPD. Weaving scenarios in head which does not come back to life is the hardest.

@YouTubetail

😮

@graceisinsane

Ik I rlly like it 🤍🤍🤍

I also rllyyyyy like I can do it with a broken heart 🥹

@ascendednightingale2456

It’s my favorite too! 🧡

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