Invisible

Bonus Track | Taylor Swift (2006)

“Invisible” is the thirteenth track on Taylor’s eponymous debut album, Taylor Swift (2006). It finds her lamenting on someone who doesn’t notice her.

Background and Lyrical Theme

It has never been confirmed, but in an email exchange about her summer days at the Jersey Shore, Taylor said that she was inspired to write “Invisible” as she looked back on one of the summers she spent there. She frequented the Shore with her family until she was about fourteen years old and wrote the song when she was fifteen. The guy in question was the son of her parent’s friends. They would spend a lot of time at the Swift’s summer house. Taylor said:

«I wrote this song about a guy that I really liked. And he liked somebody else. It was sort of like I would chase him, he would chase her. She didn't even notice him, he didn't even notice me. And as tragic as that is, the way that I was able to get over it was to write this song.»

Taylor Swift
“Invisible” is one of Taylor’s favorite songs on her debut record, even though it ended up being a bonus track. “I really wanted to put this on the album because it’s one of my favorites. And it was just almost on the first album.”

Live Performances

In total, Taylor has performed “Invisible” 12 times. She often sang it in promotion of her debut album when she was a tour opening act for many country music superstars. Taylor most recently performed “Invisible” on August 14, 2018, as an acoustic surprise song during her “reputation Stadium Tour” concert in Tampa, Florida. When introducing the song, she said:

«One of the last couple of shows there was someone who I met and he said that he was coming to this show too. He told me a really beautiful story about how he listened to this song before he came out. It truly honors me to really have had any part in that journey. And he asked me to play this song 'cause when he was a teenager who was going through that and living his life in a different part of the country, I was a teenager who wrote this song for my first album.»

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
She can’t see the way your eyes light up when you smile
She’ll never notice how you stop and stare whenever she walks by
And you can’t see me wanting you the way you want her
But you are everything to me

[Chorus]
And I just wanna show you
She don’t even know you
She’s never gonna love you like I want to
You just see right through me, but if you only knew me
We could be a beautiful miracle, unbelievable
Instead of just invisible

[Verse 2]
There’s a fire inside of you that can’t help but shine through
She’s never gonna see the light, no matter what you do
And all I think about is how to make you think of me
And everything that we could be

[Chorus]
And I just wanna show you
She don’t even know you
She’s never gonna love you like I want to
You just see right through me, but if you only knew me
We could be a beautiful miracle, unbelievable
Instead of just invisible

[Bridge]
Like shadows in a faded light
Oh, we’re invisible
I just wanna look in your eyes and make you realize

[Chorus 2]
I just wanna show you she don’t even know you
Baby let me love you, let me want you
You just see right through me
But if you only knew me
We could be a beautiful miracle, unbelievable
Instead of just invisible

[Outro]
She can’t see the way your eyes light up when you smile

General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
AlbumTaylor Swift
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
Written2004
GenreCountry
Length3:23
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersNathan Chapman
Scott Borchetta (exec.)
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