Untouchable

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

In “Untouchable”, Taylor 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 song first appeared on the Platinum Edition of her second studio album, “Fearless” (2008). The re-recording, “Untouchable (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on April 9, 2021 on the album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”

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 have been wondering, 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?” — Nathan Barlowe

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
Untouchable, burning brighter than the sun
And when you’re close, I feel like coming undone

[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 gotta 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
But you’re untouchable, burning brighter than the sun
Now that you’re close,
I feel like coming undone

[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 gotta 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 wanna feel you by my side, standing next to me
You gotta 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
But your untouchable,
burning brighter than the sun
Now that you’re close,
I feel like coming undone

[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 gotta come on, come on,
say that we’ll be together
Come on, come on, oh

In the middle of the night
when I’m in this dream
It’s like a million little stars
spelling out your name
You gotta 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 wanna feel you by my side,
standing next to me
You gotta come on, come on,
say that we’ll be together

Come on, come on, little taste of heaven
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 gotta come on, come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, oh, oh, oh

[Outro]
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
Recorded2009
GenreCountry
Length5:11
LabelBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwriterCary Barlowe
Nathan Barlowe
Tommy Lee James
Taylor Swift
ProducersNathan Chapman
Hidden Message
We always want what we can’t reach
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