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Untouchable

Fearless [Platinum Edition] (2009) | Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Untouchable” first appeared on the Platinum Edition of Taylor’s second studio album, Fearless (2008). She sings that she dreams about her crush in her sleep and that she wishes they were together. The song was originally written by rock band Luna Halo. Taylor got a co-writing credit because she changed the melody and verses drastically. The re-recording “Untouchable (Taylor’s Version)” was released on April 9, 2021, on the album Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

Background and Recording

Taylor covered the originally upbeat rock song as a slow and soothing ballad and added it to the Platinum Edition Fearless. Upon its release, many wondered how “Untouchable” made on the album in the first place, since it is a cover and not a song originally written by her. Nathan and Cary Barlowe, the members of Luna Halo and co-writers of “Untouchable”, talked about how Taylor ended up covering the song.

«It originally happened when Scott Borchetta, who’s the president of her label, gave her [our] CD to listen to. Then, when she was doing a TV show called 'Stripped,' he told her she had to come up with a cover. She could have chosen any cover in the world, but that’s what she chose. And we had heard from other people that she was a fan of Luna Halo, so I think it was a combination of those things. We lucked out, really. She covered the song and it sounded amazing, so from there, there were so many YouTube hits on it, and so many people watching it and doing imitations of it. That’s when the label decided that they should put it on the record.»

Nathan Barlowe
Regarding the changes Taylor made to the song, Nathan Barlowe said the following: “She changed the verse quite a bit. The chorus is still pretty true to what it was. When I first heard it, it caught me off guard because I didn’t even recognize the melody of the verse and some of the arrangement. But she’s one of, if not the biggest artist in the world right now, and when she wants to change a little thing about your song, I’m fine with it, you know?”

Live Performances

Taylor first performed “Untouchable” at her show for “Live From Clear Channcel Stripped” in 2008, and later again at Saturday Night Live in 2009 and the Sacramento show during her “Speak Now World Tour” in 2011.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Untouchable like a distant diamond sky
I’m reaching out and I just can’t tell you why
I’m caught up in you, I’m caught up in you

[Pre-Chorus]
Untouchable, burning brighter than the sun
And when you’re close, I feel like coming undone

[Chorus 1]
In the middle of the night when I’m in this dream
It’s like a million little stars spelling out your name
You got to come on, come on, say that we’ll be together
Come on, come on, little taste of heaven

[Verse 2]
It’s half full and I won’t wait here all day
I know you’re saying that you’d be here anyway

[Pre-Chorus]
But you’re untouchable, burning brighter than the sun
And now that you’re close, I feel like coming undone

[Chorus 2]
In the middle of the night when I’m in this dream
It’s like a million little stars spelling out your name
You got to come on, come on, say that we’ll be together
Come on, come on, oh
In the middle of the night waking from this dream
I want to feel you by my side, standing next to me
You got to come on, come on, say that we’ll be together
Come on, come on, little taste of heaven

[Bridge]
I’m caught up in you
Oh-oh, oh, oh-oh
But you’re untouchable, burning brighter than the sun
Now that you’re close, I feel like coming undone

[Chorus Variation]
In the middle of the night when I’m in this dream
It’s like a million little stars spelling out your name
You got to come on, come on, say that we’ll be together
Come on, come on, oh-oh-oh

[Final Chorus]
In the middle of the night when I’m in this dream
It’s like a million little stars spelling out your name
You got to come on, come on, say that we’ll be together
Come on, come on, come on
In the middle of the night waking from this dream
I want to feel you by my side, standing next to me
You got to come on, come on, say that we’ll be together
Come on, come on, little taste of heaven

[Outro]
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh
And in the middle of the night when I’m in this dream
It’s like a million little stars spelling out your name
You got to come on, come on, oh, come on, come on
Come on, come on, oh, oh, oh, oh
Like a million little stars spelling out your name
They’re spelling out your name, oh

General Information
AlbumsFearless [Platinum Edition]
Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedOctober 26, 2009
Re-ReleasedApril 9, 2021
GenreCountry
Length5:11
LabelsBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwritersCary Barlowe
Nathan Barlowe
Tommy Lee James
Taylor Swift
ProducersNathan Chapman (original)
Christopher Rowe
Taylor Swift
FEARLESS CHRONOLOGY
Jump Then FallUntouchableForever & Always (Piano Version)
Hidden Message
We always want what we can’t reach
Song Artwork
Live Performance
Lyric Video
Taylor's Version
Original Audio