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Clean is the thirteenth track of Taylor's fifth album 1989. It's the final track of the standard edition. It was released on October 27, 2014.

Meaning and Background

Imogen and Taylor had met up in a studio in London; Taylor already had come up with lyrics, chorus and the chords. Imogen put some noises to it and played various instruments on it. All Taylor's vocals were recorded during that session.

I had this metaphor in my head about being in this house, there’s been a drought but you feel like there’s a storm coming. Instead of trying to block out the storm you punch a hole in the roof and just let all the rain come in, and when you wake up in the morning, it’s washed away.

- Taylor about Clean[1]

Trivia

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
The drought was the very worst (oh-oh, oh-oh)
When the flowers that we'd grown together died of thirst
It was months and months of back-and-forth (oh-oh, oh-oh)
You're still all over me like a wine-stained dress I can't wear anymore

[Pre-Chorus]
Hung my head as I lost the war
And the sky turned black like a perfect storm

[Chorus]
Rain came pouring down
When I was drowning, that's when I could finally breathe
And by morning
Gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean
(oh, oh, oh, oh)

[Verse 2]
There was nothing left to do (oh-oh, oh-oh)
When the butterflies turned to
Gust that covered my whole room
So I punched a hole in the roof (oh-oh, oh-oh)
Let the flood carry away all my pictures of you

[Pre-Chorus]
The water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud
But no one heard a thing

[Chorus]
Rain came pouring down
When I was drowning, that's when I could finally breathe
And by morning
Gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean
(oh, oh, oh, oh)
I think I am finally clean
(oh, oh)
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh
Said, I think I'm finally clean
(oh, oh)
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh

[Bridge]
Ten months sober, I must admit
Just because you're clean, don't mean you don't miss it
Ten months older, I won't give in
Now that I'm clean, I'm never gonna risk it

[Breakdown]
The drought was the very worst (oh-oh, oh-oh)
When the flowers that we'd grown together died of thirst
(Oh)

[Chorus]
The rain came pouring down
When I was drowning, that's when I could finally breathe
And by morning
Gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean
Rain came pouring down
When I was drowning, that's when I could finally breathe
And by morning
Gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean

[Outro]
(Oh, oh)
Finally clean
Think I'm finally clean
(Oh, oh)
Oh-oh, oh-oh
(Oh, oh, oh)
Think I'm finally clean


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References

  1. The Oral History of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ | by Recording Academy | Cuepoint | Medium

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