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Delicate is the fifth track and fourth single of Taylor Swift's sixth album reputation. It was released on November 10, 2017.

Meaning and Background

“Delicate is a song about the vulnerability that immediately surfaces in all of us the minute we meet someone we want to like us. We think about everything they might’ve heard about us, every reason they wouldn’t want us. Every step forward toward that other person scares us, but it thrills us too. Delicate is about the balancing act of the rush and the fear, and hoping it’s really worth it to take that chance.”

Taylor about Delicate[1]

The song was written when Taylor was in a low, vulnerable place.

Trivia

  • During live performances of Delicate, fans often scream "1, 2, 3, let’s go bitch!" between the pre-chorus and chorus.

Music Video

The music video was released on March 11, 2020 at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The video was directed by Joseph Kahn.

Storyline
The video starts out with Taylor at a red carpet, looking sad as she's getting photographed by interviewed. Someone gives her a piece of paper. Next, she walks through a hotel lobby with her bodyguards as everyone moves out of the way and looks at her. She takes photos with some fans when someone grabs her. Her security drags him away and makes Taylor leave. Taylor starts to test out how the security mimics her. In her dressing room, she looks into the mirror and makes a few silly faces. She stops when a group women walk in. As she stands up, the piece of paper is on the counter. She doesn't see herself in the mirror anymore and the group of women doesn't see her either; she realizes she's invisible. She finds out that nobody can see her anymore. She's really excited about it and joyfully starts to dance through the hotel. In between, she tries to talk to a woman, but isn't able to because the woman can't see her. Taylor is saddened by this. Taylor continues to dance outside in the pouring rain. She then arrives at a bar and opens the note. Now, everyone can see her again. She looks around, recognizes someone (presumably her lover) and smiles, finding happiness.

Trivia

  • In the subway station, 'track 5' is graffied on a wall. Delicate is the fifth track of Reputation. The lyrics 'Echoes of your footsteps' can also be seen on the walls.
  • Taylor is wearing a snake ring in the video (snakes can be seen all through reputation).
  • The rain scene references to Fearless' lyrics "I don't know why but with you I'd dance / In a storm in my best dress".

Lyrics

[Intro]
This ain't for the best
My reputation's never been worse, so
You must like me for me…
We can't make
Any promises now, can we, babe?
But you can make me a drink

[Verse 1]
Dive bar on the east side, where you at?
Phone lights up my nightstand in the black
Come here, you can meet me in the back
Dark jeans and your Nikes, look at you
Oh damn, never seen that color blue
Just think of the fun things we could do
'Cause I like you

[Pre-Chorus]
This ain't for the best
My reputation's never been worse, so
You must like me for me…
Yeah, I want you
We can't make
Any promises now, can we, babe?
But you can make me a drink

[Chorus]
Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it chill that you're in my head?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it too soon to do this yet?
'Cause I know that it's delicate
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it delicate?

[Verse 2]
Third floor on the west side, me and you
Handsome, you're a mansion with a view
Do the girls back home touch you like I do?
Long night, with your hands up in my hair
Echoes of your footsteps on the stairs
Stay here, honey, I don't wanna share
'Cause I like you

[Pre-Chorus]
This ain't for the best
My reputation's never been worse, so
You must like me for me…
Yeah, I want you
We can't make
Any promises now, can we, babe?
But you can make me a drink

[Chorus]
Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it chill that you're in my head?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it too soon to do this yet?
'Cause I know that it's delicate
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it delicate?

[Bridge]
Sometimes I wonder when you sleep
Are you ever dreaming of me?
Sometimes when I look into your eyes
I pretend you're mine, all the damn time
'Cause I like you

[Chorus]
Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it chill that you're in my head?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
(Yeah, I want you)
Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it too soon to do this yet?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
'Cause I like you
Is it cool that I said all that?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Is it chill that you're in my head?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
'Cause I know that it's delicate
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
(Yeah, I want you)
Is it cool that I said all that?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Is it too soon to do this yet?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
'Cause I know that it's delicate
Isn't it delicate?


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2018 BreakTudo Awards Video of the Year Nominated
2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards ASCAP Pop Award Won
BMI Pop Awards BMI Award Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Pop Song Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Music Video Won
Titanium Award Won
Myx Music Awards Favorite International Video Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards ASCAP Pop Award Won

Videos

References

  1. Spotify