Treacherous
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Put your lips close to mine
As long as they don't touch
Out of focus, eye to eye
'Til the gravity's too much
And I'll do anything you say
If you say it with your hands
And I'd be smart to walk away
But you're quicksand

This slope is treacherous
This path is reckless
This slope is treacherous
And I, I, I like it

I can't decide if it's a choice
Getting swept away
I hear the sound of my own voice
Asking you to stay
And all we are is skin and bone
Trained to get along
Forever going with the flow
But you're friction

This slope is treacherous
This path is reckless
This slope is treacherous
I, I, I like it

Two headlights shine through the sleepless night
And I will get you, and get you alone
Your name has echoed through my mind
And I just think you should, think you should know
That nothing safe is worth the drive
And I would follow you, follow you home
I'll follow you, follow you home

This hope is treacherous
This daydream is dangerous
This hope is treacherous
I, I, I
I, I, I
I, I, I

Two headlights shine through the sleepless night
And I will get you, and get you alone
Your name has echoed through my mind
And I just think you should, think you should know
That nothing safe is worth the drive
And I will follow you, follow you home
I'll follow you, follow you home
I'll follow you, follow you home
I'll follow you, follow you home





This slope is treacherous
I, I, I like it

Overall Meaning

In "Treacherous," Taylor Swift explores the dangerous allure of a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. The song opens with Swift asking her partner to come close to her, but not to touch her lips. She knows that things could get very dangerous very quickly if they give in to their desires. Nevertheless, Swift admits that she would do anything her partner wants, especially if they communicate their desires with touch rather than words. The metaphor that Swift chooses here is quicksand, a substance that appears solid but sucks in those who step into it. Swift knows that this relationship could be just as deadly if she's not careful.


As the song progresses, Swift notes that she's not entirely sure if following her partner down this dangerous path is something that she's choosing to do or if she's being swept away by her own desires. She feels like she's just going with the flow of things, but that she's also aware that being with her partner is not entirely safe. However, she's willing to take the risks involved, even though her partner's very presence creates friction between them. The chorus repeats the same lines but with increased intensity each time, highlighting the treachery and recklessness of the situation.


The song ends with Swift acknowledging that nothing that's entirely safe is worth pursuing. She promises that she'll follow her partner home, even though this decision could lead to disaster. The final chorus repeats the first chorus, showing that Swift is now entirely accepting of the risk that she's taking.


Line by Line Meaning

Put your lips close to mine
I want to kiss you.


As long as they don't touch
Let's get close but not kiss yet.


Out of focus, eye to eye
We are looking at each other but not everything else around us.


'Til the gravity's too much
We don't want to move because we are attracted to each other.


And I'll do anything you say
I am willing to let you take control.


If you say it with your hands
Tell me what to do physically.


And I'd be smart to walk away
I know I should leave because it is dangerous to stay with you.


But you're quicksand
You have a hold on me and I cannot escape.


This slope is treacherous
This situation is dangerous.


This path is reckless
We are going down a dangerous path.


And I, I, I like it
But I am still attracted to you.


I can't decide if it's a choice
I am unsure if I am choosing to do this or if it is happening by itself.


Getting swept away
I feel like I am losing control over myself and my decisions.


I hear the sound of my own voice
I am aware of my thoughts and feelings but still cannot resist you.


Asking you to stay
I want you to stay with me despite the risk.


And all we are is skin and bone
We are only human beings, vulnerable to temptation and danger.


Trained to get along
We are socialized to go with the flow and get along with others.


Forever going with the flow
We are always following what everyone else is doing.


But you're friction
But you are unlike anyone else and are causing conflict in my life.


This daydream is dangerous
This fantasy is tempting but not realistic or safe.


Two headlights shine through the sleepless night
I see you and I am thinking about you all the time.


And I will get you, and get you alone
I want to be alone with you and no one else.


Your name has echoed through my mind
I cannot stop thinking about you and your name is always on my mind.


And I just think you should, think you should know
I am finally speaking up and telling you my feelings.


That nothing safe is worth the drive
I am willing to take risks for something that might not be safe.


And I would follow you, follow you home
I am willing to go to great lengths just to be with you.


This hope is treacherous
My hope for the future with you may be dangerous.


I, I, I like it
But despite the danger, I am still attracted to you.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Taylor Alison Swift, Daniel Dodd Wilson

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Comments from YouTube:

@DzungLongVN

The bridge is the centerpiece of this song, not the chorus!!! Her improved vocal makes the song much better <3

@vaidehideshpande7551

So true, the bridge made me fall in love in love with it the first time I listened

@funkydaroom1830

Same 😌

@imawakemymindisalive13

the bridge GOES CRAZYYYY

@_aldcdaydreams

It confuses me so much how Taylor is so well known and yet so many of her songs are still so underrated

@meghansullivan6812

Yo right?!

@fineline3725

yeah

@dinosaur___7209

Me too but then I think about it and realize it happens with all the greats. like my grandma is the biggest Elvis fan and doesn’t know all his songs yknow

@ATWTMVTVFTVSGAVRALPS

Exactly!

@yobiyobi8138

I think it's because people who do not listen to the full album only hear the songs which play on public broadcasting like radio. "Treacherous" is definitely one of my personal favourites and I am always torn about how to feel - I want it to be well known like her most famous songs, but at the same time I like having it be a kind of shared "secret" among fans. ("secret" I say, as though millions have not heard it already XD compared to those with billions of listens, millions feels like a secret haha)

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