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Superman

Bonus Track | Promotional Single | Speak Now (2010)

“Superman” is a track on the deluxe edition of Taylor’s third studio album, Speak Now (2010). In the song, Taylor describes a boy who left her, but she hopes he will eventually come back to her when the time is right.

Background and Release

Despite the sad premise, the melody and words of “Superman” are hopeful. Taylor wrote the track alone and produced in together with Nathan Chapman. She first performed the song during her solo acoustic segment at her September 24, 2011, concert in Kansas City on the “Speak Now World Tour“. Before performing it, she explained:

«This is about, well, a guy, as usual. This was a guy that I was sort of enamored with. This song got its title by something that I just said randomly in conversation. [When] he walked out of the room, I turned to one of my friends and said, 'It's like watching Superman fly away.»

Taylor Swift
“Superman” was released as promotional single together with “If This Was A Movie” on November 8, 2011.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Tall, dark and superman
He puts papers in his briefcase and drives away
To save the world or go to work
It’s the same thing to me
He’s got his mother’s eyes, his father’s ambition
I wonder if he knows how much that I miss him
I hang on every word you say

[Pre-chorus 1]
And you smile and say, “How are you?”
I’ll say, “Just fine.”
I always forget to tell you, I love you, I’ll love you forever

[Chorus]
I watch superman fly away
You’ve got a busy day today
Go save the world, I’ll be around
And I watch superman fly away
Come back I’ll be with you someday
I’ll be right here on the ground
When you come back down

[Verse 2]
Tall, dark and beautiful
He’s complicated, he’s irrational
But I hope someday you’ll take me away and save the day, yeah
Something in his deep brown eyes has me sayin’
He’s not all bad like his reputation
And I can’t hear one single word they say

[Pre-chorus 2]
And you’ll leave, got places to be
And I’ll be OK
I always forget to tell you I love you, I loved you from the very first day

[Chorus]
I watch superman fly away
You’ve got a busy day today
Go save the world I’ll be around
And I watch superman fly away
Come back I’ll be with you someday
I’ll be right here on the ground
When you come back down

[Bridge]
And I watch you fly around the world
And I hope you don’t save some other girl
Don’t forget, don’t forget about me
I’m far away but I never let you go
I’m love-struck and looking out the window
Don’t forget, don’t forget where I’ll be

Right here wishing the flowers were from you
Wishing the card was from you
Wishing the call was from you

‘Cause I loved you from the very first day

[Chorus]
I watch superman fly away
You’ve got a busy day today
Go save the world, I’ll be around
Forever and ever here
I watch superman fly away
I swear I’ll be with you someday
I’ll be right here on the ground
When you come back down

[Outro]
When you come back down

General Information
AlbumSpeak Now
ReleasedOctober 25, 2010
Recorded2009–2010
GenreCountry Pop
Length4:38
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersNathan Chapman
Taylor Swift
SPEAK NOW CHRONOLOGY
If This Was A MovieSuperman
Official Audio