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The Archer is the fifth track of Taylor Swift's seventh album Lover. It was released on August 23, 2019.

Meaning and Background

Taylor said the following about the song: "With my songwriting, I wanted to take a moment, a snapshot of a feeling and encapsulate the feeling of love, the fear that goes along with finding something really good. Like maybe we can't trust a good feeling. That's what I wrote The Archer about."[1]

Trivia

  • The song was made in two hours.[2]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Combat
I’m ready for combat
I say I don’t want that
But what if I do?
‘Cause cruelty wins in the movies
I’ve got a hundred thrown out speeches I almost said to you

[Pre-Chorus]
Easy they come, easy they go
I jump from the train
I ride off alone
I never grew up, it’s getting so old
Help me hold on to you

[Chorus]
I’ve been the archer.
I’ve been the prey
Who could ever leave me darling?
But who could stay?

[Verse 2]
Dark side
I search for your dark side.
But what if I’m all right, right, right, right here?
And I cut off my nose
Just to spite my face
Then I hate my reflection for years and years

[Pre-Chorus]
I wake in the night
I pace like a ghost
The room is on fire
Invisible smoke
And all of my heroes die all alone
Help me hold onto you

[Chorus]
I’ve been the archer.
I’ve been the prey
Screaming who could ever leave me darling?
But who could stay?

[Bridge]
‘Cause they see right through me
They see right through me
They see right through me
Can you see right through me?
They see right through
They see right through me
I see right through me
I see right through me

[Pre-Chorus]
All the king’s horses
All the king’s men
Couldn’t put me together again
‘Cause all of my enemies
Started out friends
Help me hold onto you

[Chorus]
I’ve been the archer
I’ve been the prey
Who could ever leave me darling?
But who could stay?
Who could stay?
Who could stay?
Who could stay?
You could stay
You could stay

[Outro]
Combat
I’m ready for combat


Videos

References

  1. City of Lover concert
  2. jackantonoff on Twitter - https://twitter.com/jackantonoff/status/115407585572072652