Out Of The Woods

Single | 1989 (2014)

“Out Of The Woods” captures the anxiety and excitement of a past relationship that Taylor treasures the memories of. It was the second promotional single released from her fifth studio album, “1989” (2014), and later became its sixth official single.

“Out Of The Woods” is generally assumed to be about Taylor’s relationship with Harry Styles.  The song was co-written by Jack Antonoff. It is known that Taylor was writing to track for this song, something she was not used to at the time. She has said the following on the song:

“It kind of conjured up all these feelings of anxiety I had in a relationship where everybody was watching, everybody was commenting on it. You’re constantly just feeling like, ‘Are we out of the woods yet? What’s the next thing gonna be? What’s the next hurdle we’re gonna have to jump over? Are we gonna make it to next week?’ It was interesting to write about a relationship where you’re just honestly like, ‘This is probably not gonna last, but how long is it gonna last?’ Those fragile relationships…It doesn’t mean they’re not supposed to happen. The whole time we were having happy memories or crazy memories or ridiculously anxious times, in my head it was just like, ‘Are we okay yet? Are we there yet? Are we out of this yet?’” — Taylor Swift

Taylor said that “Out Of The Woods” is one of her “favorite songs on this album because it best represents ‘1989’.” She gave a detailed explanation of the lyrics, especially the line “hitting the breaks too soon, 20 stitches in a hospital room”:

“That line is in there because it’s not only the actual, literal narration of what happened in a particular relationship I was in, it’s also a metaphor. ‘Hit the brakes too soon’ could mean the literal sense of, we got in an accident and we had to deal with the aftermath. But also, the relationship ended sooner than it should’ve because there was a lot of fear involved. And that song touches on a huge sense of anxiety that was, kind of, coursing through that particular relationship, because we really felt the heat of every single person in the media thinking they could draw up the narrative of what we were going through and debate and speculate. I don’t think it’s ever going to be easy for me to find love and block out all those screaming voices.” — Taylor Swift

MUSIC VIDEO
The music video for “Out Of The Woods” was filmed in New Zealand in November, 2015, and was directed by Joseph Kahn. It premiered on December 31, 2015, during “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC.

COMMERCIAL PERFORMANCE
“Out Of The Woods” was released to radio on February 5, 2016. The song went No. 1 in Israel and has reached the top 10 in Belgium, Canada, and New Zealand as well as the top 20 in Australia and the United States.

“Out of the Woods” has received critical acclaim. Lucas Villa of AXS praised the song, calling it her “most adventurous and breathtaking work yet.”

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Looking at it now
It all seems so simple
We were lying on your couch
I remember
You took a Polaroid of us
Then discovered (then discovered)
The rest of the world was black and white
But we were in screaming color
And I remember thinking

[Chorus]
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good

Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good
Are we out of the woods?

[Verse 2]
Looking at it now
Last December (last December)
We were built to fall apart
Then fall back together (back together)
Your necklace hanging from my neck
The night we couldn’t quite forget
When we decided (we decided)
To move the furniture so we could dance
Baby, like we stood a chance
Two paper airplanes flying, flying, flying
And I remember thinkin’

[Chorus]
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good

Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good
Are we out of the woods?

[Bridge]
Remember when you hit the brakes too soon?
Twenty stitches in the hospital room
When you started cryin’, baby, I did, too
But when the sun came up, I was lookin’ at you
Remember when we couldn’t take the heat
I walked out and said, “I’m settin’ you free”
But the monsters turned out to be just trees
And when the sun came up, you were lookin’ at me

You were lookin’ at me
You were lookin’ at me
I remember, oh, I remember

[Chorus]
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good

Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good

Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good

Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we out of the woods?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet? Good

General Information
Album1989
ReleasedOctober 14, 2014
Recorded2013
StudioJungle City Studios (New York)
GenreSynth Pop
Length3:55
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
Max Martin
1989 CHRONOLOGY
StyleOut Of The WoodsAll You Had To Do Was Stay
Single Certification
Hidden Message
They loved each other recklessly
Instagram Teaser
Music Video
Official Audio