This Love

1989 (2014)

“This Love” finds Taylor using cyclical metaphors to ponder on the cycles of her relationship. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, but regardless, it’s still love. This is also the only song on her fifth studio album, “1989” (2014), to be solely written by her.

Taylor initially began writing the chorus of “This Love” as a part of a poem, which evolved into the song. It was the very first song written for “1989” and was recorded shortly before the release of her fourth studio album, “RED” (2012). Taylor described the song as a metaphor for “Saying goodbye to the past and the previous four albums”. Fittingly, “This Love” was produced by her longtime producer Nathan Chapman. It was the last time the two collaborated. She said:

“The last time I wrote a poem that ended up being a song, I was writing in my journal and I was writing about something that had happened in my life — it was about a year ago — and I just wrote this really really short poem, it said “This love is good / this love is bad / this love is alive back from the dead / these hands had to let it go free / and this love came back to me.” And I just wrote it down, closed the book and put it back on my night stand […] All of a sudden in my head I just started hearing this melody happen, and then I realized that it was going to be a song.” — Taylor Swift

When asked by Pop Crush which of her “1989” tracks she listens to the most, Taylor replied:

“I think the one that I kept going back to, over and over and over again, is a song called ‘This Love,’ actually. It’s a song that I wrote by myself. It’s kind of hypnotic in a way, and it is somewhat romantic and wistful and relaxing.” — Taylor Swift

“This Love” was certified “Platinum” by the RIAA in 2018, despite never receiving any kind of promotion whatsoever.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Clear blue water, high tides came and brought you in
And I could go on and on, on and on
And I will
Skies grew darker, currents swept you out again
And you are just gone and gone and gone, and gone
In silent screams and wildest dreams I never dreamed of this

[Chorus]
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me

[Verse 2]
Tossing, turning
Struggled through the night with someone new
And I could go on and on
On and on
Lantern burning, flickered in my mind for only you
But you’re still gone, and gone and gone, and gone
In losing grip and sinking ships you showed up just in time

[Chorus]
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me

This love left a permanent mark
This love is glowing in the dark
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me
This love, this love, this love

[Bridge]
Your kiss, my cheek
I watched you leave
Your smile, my ghost
I fell to my knees
When you’re young, you just run
But you come back to what you need

[Chorus]
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me

This love left a permanent mark
This love is glowing in the dark
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me
This love, this love, this love

General Information
Album1989
ReleasedOctober 27, 2014
Recorded2013
StudioPain In The Art Studios (Nashville)
GenreDream Pop
Length4:10
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersNathan Chapman
Taylor Swift
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