Never Grow Up
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Your little hand's wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter 'cause you're dreamin'
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light
To you, everything's funny
You got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have honey
If you could stay like that

Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up
Never grow up

You're in the car on the way to the movies
And you're mortified your mom's droppin' you off
At fourteen, there's just so much you can't do
And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shots
But don't make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she's gettin' older too
And don't lose the way that you dance
Around in your PJs getting ready for school

Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
And no one's ever burned you
Nothing's ever left you scarred
And even though you want to
Just try to never grow up

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
And all your little brother's favorite songs
I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone

So here I am in my new apartment
In a big city, they just dropped me off
It's so much colder than I thought it would be
So I tuck myself in and turn my nightlight on

Wish I'd never grown up
I wish I'd never grown up

Oh, I don't wanna grow up
Wish I'd never grown up
Could still be little
Oh, I don't wanna grow up
Wish I'd never grown up
It could still be simple
Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
And even though you want to
Please try to never grow up
Oh, oh
Don't you ever grow up




Oh (never grow up)
Just never grow up

Overall Meaning

Taylor Swift's "Never Grow Up" is a heartfelt song that speaks about the beauty and innocence of childhood while anticipating the pain and heartache that comes with growing up. The song paints a picture of a little girl who is sleeping peacefully, dreaming of the world in her own little way. Taylor speaks to this girl, asking her to promise to never grow up, to remain innocent, and to never lose her childlike wonder. The chorus expresses her wishes for the little girl to stay the way she is, not to let anyone hurt her, and to always stay true to herself.


The second half of the song transitions into Taylor's personal experience of growing up and leaving behind her childhood. She speaks about how she misses the memories of her childhood and wishes she could remain the way she was when she was young. Her final plea to the little girl to "never grow up" is more meaningful because she reflects on how much she herself wishes for it.


The song is innocent and nostalgic, addressing both the child and adult aspects of growing up. Many people can relate to this song, and it often resonates with listeners who have shared similar experiences. "Never Grow Up" is a poignant tribute to the beauty of childhood and the heartbreak of leaving it behind.


Line by Line Meaning

Your little hand's wrapped around my finger
You hold on tight, trusting me completely


And it's so quiet in the world tonight
The world stopped turning for you, you only see what's in front of you


Your little eyelids flutter 'cause you're dreamin'
You're at peace even in your sleep, your dreams are sweet


So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light
I try to make your world as safe and comfortable as possible


To you, everything's funny
You find joy in the simplest things, you laugh freely


You got nothing to regret
You haven't yet encountered anything that would make you feel sorry


I'd give all I have honey
I would do anything for you, give you everything you need and more


If you could stay like that
If only you could remain innocent and carefree forever


Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up
Please don't lose your sense of wonder and joy, don't let the world harden you


Don't you ever grow up
Don't change, stay the same, I still need you


Just stay this little
Stay pure and kind, stay innocent and positive


It could stay this simple
Life doesn't need to be so complicated, we can find happiness in the little things


I won't let nobody hurt you
I'll protect you from harm, I'll shield you from pain


Won't let no one break your heart
I'll be here for you, I'll love you unconditionally, I'll never betray you


And no one will desert you
I'll always be by your side, you'll never feel alone


Just try to never grow up
Don't let the world change you, stay true to yourself


You're in the car on the way to the movies
You're growing up, you're becoming more independent


And you're mortified your mom's droppin' you off
You're embarrassed by your parents, you want to be your own person


At fourteen, there's just so much you can't do
You're discovering the limitations of growing up, the world is becoming more complex


And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shots
You want to be free, make your own decisions, live on your own terms


But don't make her drop you off around the block
Be considerate, appreciate your family, show them love and respect


Remember that she's gettin' older too
Realize that your parents are people too, with their own fears and doubts


And don't lose the way that you dance
Keep your joy and freedom, don't let the world take it away from you


Around in your PJs getting ready for school
Remember the simple, carefree moments of your childhood, cherish them


Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Remember where you came from, how far you've come, hold onto those memories


Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home
Hold onto the sounds of love and warmth, the moments that make you feel safe and loved


Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
Remember the little details that make life worth living, the things that bring you joy


And all your little brother's favorite songs
Cherish the connections you have with others, the things that bind you together


I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone
Life is fleeting, everything changes, nothing lasts forever


So here I am in my new apartment
The circle of life: I'm now the grown-up, taking on new challenges


In a big city, they just dropped me off
Life can be overwhelming, you can feel alone, but you're never truly alone


It's so much colder than I thought it would be
Growing up can be a rude awakening, it's not always what we expect


So I tuck myself in and turn my nightlight on
Find comfort in the familiar, hold onto the things that bring you joy and peace


Wish I'd never grown up
Sometimes we long for the past, for the simplicity of childhood


Oh, I don't wanna grow up
Growing up can be scary and overwhelming, we want to stay young and carefree


Could still be little
We long for the innocence and freedom of childhood, the feeling that life was simple and easy


Please try to never grow up
Hold onto your joy, your freedom, your sense of wonder, don't let the world take it away from you


Oh (never grow up)
A plea to hold onto the things that make us feel alive, to keep our sense of self, our spirit of adventure


Just never grow up
A final call to stay young at heart, to never lose our sense of wonder and joy




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Taylor Swift

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@chadwebb5698

HOW has she always been such an AMAZING songwriter?… seemingly every type of music. But this one hits different now that i’m older. Hitting all phases of life… a mother or father speaking to their child… “Don’t you ever grow up…” to now looking at one’s own life as an adult, “I wish I’d never grown up”.

Living life NOW and yet MISSING your past. Sooo simple yet so complicated. A bittersweet mystery to life. Honestly… brings so many feelings… oh I’m such a overly open and emotional male. A for sure empath.

I “feel this” as a child… my mom telling me to “never grow up.”

I “feel this” as an adult… happily married and with three amazing children… and still wishing I’d “never grown up.”

I “feel this” as a parent now… just pleading with my own children to “never grow up.”

Is it “normal” for a guy to be so up in his “feels”? 🤷‍♂️😂💙



@BigRockyGaming

“Wish I’d never grown up”

Also makes me cry as I realize that I’ve entered a scary world already. I may have mom around me at school (9th grade English and I’m 11th grade). I had never had my heartbroken or any of that shit. Definitely no painful experiences. Now it feels like she’s giving the advice I need now as I am almost to college.

“I don’t wanna grow up”

This also hits different. I never understood it when I first heard it. Now I completely understand it and wish that I could just stop time and stay in high with my friends forever.

To anybody in school reading this, especially early grades, savor every moment. It wont last forever 😫



All comments from YouTube:

@dailychateau1811

Hit’s different when you’re actually experiencing adulthood now and everything is just not the same anymore

@emily_lewing

@@Matej582bruh. ew

@kaylynns6678

It hits differently when you’re a parent raising your own

@LifewithKrystle

@@kaylynns6678hits different when you wanted to sing this to your child when you become a mom one day and that day never came and never will

@alexiaavilamusic

"take pictures in your mind of your childhood room" I LITERALLY FEEL LIKE IM TAKEN BACK IN TIME TO MY CHILDHOOD ROOM SINGING AND DANCING TO HER SONGS

@esAmaranta

i felt so too

@kstezewski

I moved out and this lyric hits so hard now

@Zurqoxn

I never thought as a 44 year old man I would be bawling at a song. Now Taylor has done it twice. This song and "Marjorie" leave me crying like a baby every time. 😭😭😭😭😭

@silvygpof6558

That's so sweet 🩶
Everyone needs to cry sometimes, it cleans the soul

@sandra969

Ronan is 😢😢😢😢😢

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