Fearless

Single | Fearless (2008) | Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Fearless” is a song about the “best first date” Taylor hadn’t had yet. It’s about the feelings present when a new relationship begins. It is also the title track of her second studio album. The re-recording of the song, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on April 9, 2021 on the album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”

Taylor composed the song while traveling on tour to promote her eponymous debut album, “Taylor Swift“. She continued writing it with her frequent songwriting partner at the time, Liz Rose. She then called on songwriter Hillary Lindsey, who is best known for Carrie Underwood’s hit “Jesus, Take The Wheel” to complete it. Taylor explained what the song means to her:

“This is a song about the fearlessness of falling in love. No matter how many break up songs you write, no matter how many times you get hurt, you will always fall in love again. When I wrote ‘Fearless,’ I wasn’t dating anyone. I wasn’t even in the beginning stages of dating anybody. I really was all by myself out on tour and I got this idea for a song about the best first date. I think sometimes when you’re writing love songs, you don’t write them about what you’re going through at the moment, you write about what you wish you had. So, this song is about the best first date I haven’t had yet.” — Taylor Swift

COMMERCIAL PERFORMANCE
“Fearless” received acclaim from contemporary critics, many of whom complimented it for appealing to different age groups. The song was the fifth and final single released from the album, on January 4, 2010. In the United States, “Fearless” debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. When the song became the fifth track from “Fearless” to reach the country chart top 10, Taylor became the first solo female to collect five top 10s on the chart from each of her first two albums. The only previous acts to achieve this feat were Brooks & Dunn and The Chicks.

MUSIC VIDEO
Footage from the “Fearless Tour” performances were used to comprise a music video for “Fearless”, directed by Todd Cassetty. The video features both footage of the tour itself and backstage.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
There’s somethin’ ’bout the way
The street looks when it’s just rained
There’s a glow off the pavement
You walk me to the car
And you know I wanna ask you to dance right there
In the middle of the parking lot
Yeah
Oh yeah

We’re drivin’ down the road
I wonder if you know
I’m tryin’ so hard not to get caught up now
But you’re just so cool
Run your hands through your hair
Absent mindedly makin’ me want you

[Chorus]
And I don’t know how it gets better than this
You take my hand and drag me head first
Fearless
And I don’t know why but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress
Fearless

[Verse 2]
So baby drive slow
‘Til we run out of road in this one horse town
I wanna stay right here in this passenger’s seat
You put your eyes on me
In this moment now capture it, remember it

[Chorus]
‘Cause I don’t know how it gets better than this
You take my hand and drag me head first
Fearless
And I don’t know why but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress
Fearless

[Bridge]
Well you stood there with me in the doorway
My hands shake
I’m not usually this way but
You pull me in and I’m a little more brave
It’s the first kiss
It’s flawless
Really something
It’s fearless

[Chorus]
And I don’t know how it gets better than this
You take my hand and drag me head first
Fearless
And I don’t know why but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress
Fearless

[Outro]
Oh, oh
Oh, yeah

General Information
AlbumsFearless
Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008
Re-ReleasedApril 9, 2021
GenreCountry Pop
Length4:01
LabelBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Liz Rose
Hillary Lindsey
ProducersNathan Chapman
Taylor Swift
Single Certification
Hidden Message
I loved you before I met you
Music Video
Official Audio