The Alchemy
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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This happens once every few lifetimes
These chemicals hit me like white wine

What if I told you I′m back?
The hospital was a drag
Worst sleep that I ever had
I circled you on a map
I haven't come around in so long
But I′m coming back so strong

So when I touch down
Call the amateurs and
Cut 'em from the team
Ditch the clowns, get the crown
Baby I'm the one to beat
Cause the sign on your heart
Said it′s still reserved for me
Honestly, who are we to fight the alchemy?

Hey you, what if I told you we′re cool?
That child's play back in school
Is forgiven under my rule
I haven′t come around in so long
But I'm making a comeback to where I belong ...

So when I touch down
Call the amateurs and
Cut ′em from the team
Ditch the clowns, get the crown
Baby I'm the one to beat
Cause the sign on your heart
Said it′s still reserved for me
Honestly, who are we to fight the alchemy?

These blokes warm the benches
We been on a winning streak
He jokes that it's heroin but this time with an "E"
Cause the sign on your heart said it's still reserved for me
Honestly, who are we to fight the alchemy?

Shirts off, and your friends lift you up over their heads
Beer sticking to the floor
Cheers chanted, cause they said
There was no chance, trying to be
The greatest in the league
Where′s the trophy?
He just comes running over to me

Touch down
Call the amateurs and
Cut ′em from the team
Ditch the clowns, get the crown
Baby I'm the one to beat
Cause the sign on your heart
Said it′s still reserved for me
Honestly, who are we to fight the alchemy?

These blokes warm the benches
We been on a winning streak
He jokes that it's heroin but this time with an "E"
Cause the sign on your heart said it′s still reserved for me
Honestly, who are we to fight the alchemy?





This happens once every few lifetimes
These chemicals hit me like white wine

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of the song "The Alchemy" by Taylor Swift set the tone for a powerful and rare moment that occurs only once in a while, which the singer likens to a potent experience akin to the effects of white wine. It suggests a significant occurrence that deeply affects the individual, perhaps emotionally or spiritually.


The subsequent verses touch on a personal journey of coming back from a difficult situation, possibly a hospital stay, with a newfound strength and determination. The singer expresses a sense of resilience and confidence as they declare their return, ready to face challenges head-on. The use of imagery like circling someone on a map and the mention of a reserved space in the heart hint at a deep connection or bond that has endured over time.


The chorus serves as a rallying cry for the singer to reclaim their place and prove their worth, urging others to step aside and make way for their return to the spotlight. There is a sense of self-assuredness and determination in the lyrics, as the singer asserts their position as the one to beat while acknowledging the special significance they hold in someone's heart.


As the song progresses, it delves into themes of camaraderie, triumph, and celebration. References to a winning streak, joking about "heroin" with an "E," and the uplifting imagery of friends lifting someone up convey a sense of unity and triumph in overcoming obstacles. The repeated questioning of "who are we to fight the alchemy?" emphasizes the mystical and transformative nature of the connections and experiences being described.


Overall, "The Alchemy" paints a portrait of personal growth, resilience, and the enduring power of connection. It speaks to the cyclical nature of life, the importance of seizing opportunities, and the magic that can be found in unexpected moments. Taylor Swift's evocative lyrics invite listeners to reflect on the complexities of relationships, the strength found in vulnerability, and the transformative nature of shared experiences.




Writer(s): Jack Michael Antonoff, Taylor Alison Swift

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@nicamrb

"Where's the trophy? He's running down to me." OHMYGODDD TO BE LOVE AND INLOVE THIS WAYYYYY

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@tayluvofficial

I'm pretty sure this song is about Joe Alwyn. Stop faking it's about Kanye West.

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@Atari26

She didn't "put him on the map". She circled him on the map that he was already on so everyone could see him.

@iwasmidnightrain.

OMG WAIT-

@glxndr

what does heroine with an E mean?

@daniellehostetler305

@@glxndra heroine- a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievement, or noble qualities

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