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I Don't Wanna Live Forever is a single by Taylor Swift and ZAYN that was written for the 2017 movie Fifty Shades Darker. It was released on December 9, 2016.

Meaning and Background

"We were kind of in separate places when I mentioned the idea to her. I spoke to her on the phone, and she heard the song ‘cause Jack had played it to her. She really liked it, and she went in the studio the next day. The interesting thing was she’s actually friends with Gi, so she already reached out because Jack had just played her the song anyway. She mentioned to me that she liked the song so I already kind of knew in the back of my head that she liked it, so I asked her if she wanted to be on it and she was cool with it."

- Zayn about recording the song with Taylor[1]

The song describes someone feeling hopeless without their lover.

Trivia

Music Video

The music video was released on January 27, 2017. It was directed by Grant Singer. It's uploaded on both Taylor's, Zayn's and Fifty Shades' Vevo channel.

Storyline
The video starts with Zayn arriving in his car at a hotel while it's dark and raining. Paparazzi is waiting for him and taking pictures as he enters the lobby. A paparazzi follows him into the hotel, but a guard stops him. Zayn enters an elevator and the camera pans over to Taylor in an elevator. She steps out and also walks through the hotel until she enters a room. Zayn is also in this room. Taylor pours a glass to champagne. They both sit on a couch. Zayn starts smashing objects, like lamps and glasses. Taylor sits on a bed and throws with objects. Then, Zayn and Taylor stand back to back to each other and they eventually turn around and face each other.

Lyrics

[Verse 1: ZAYN]
Been sitting eyes wide open behind these four walls, hoping you'd call
It's just a cruel existence like it's no point hoping at all

[Pre-Chorus: ZAYN]
Baby, baby, I feel crazy
Up all night, all night and every day
Give me something, oh, but you say nothing
What is happening to me?

[Chorus: ZAYN]
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

[Verse 2: Taylor Swift]
I'm sitting eyes wide open and I got one thing stuck in my mind
Wondering if I dodged a bullet or just lost the love of my life

[Pre-Chorus 2: Taylor Swift]
Baby, baby, I feel crazy
Up all night, all night and every day
I gave you something, but you gave me nothing
What is happening to me?

[Chorus: ZAYN & Taylor Swift]
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit (fit, babe) wherever (wherever)
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

[Bridge: Taylor Swift & ZAYN]
I've been looking sad in all the nicest places
Baby, baby, I feel crazy
I see you around in all these empty faces
Up all night, all night and every day
I've been looking sad in all the nicest places
Give me something, oh, but you say nothing
Now I'm in a cab, I tell 'em where your place is
What is happening to me?

[Chorus: ZAYN]
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

[Outro: Taylor Swift & ZAYN]
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
Until you come back home


Videos

References

  1. Big thanks to Zayn for stopping by the... - SiriusXM Morning Mash Up (facebook.com) - https://www.facebook.com/morningmashup/videos/10155500693736124/