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This Love is the eleventh track of Taylor's fifth album 1989. It was released on October 27, 2014.

Meaning and Background

The last time I wrote a poem that ended up being a song, I was writing in my journal and I was writing about something that had happened in my life - it was about a year ago - and I just wrote this really really short poem, it said “This love is good / this love is bad / this love is alive back from the dead / these hands had to let it go free / and this love came back to me” and I just wrote it down and closed the book and put it back on my night stand and I was like “that was a fun, short little poem” and then all of a sudden in my head I just started hearing this melody happen and then I realised that it was going to be a song

- Taylor about This Love

Trivia

  • This is one of Taylor's favorite 1989 songs.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Clear blue water
High tides came and brought you in
And I could go on and on, on and on
And I will
Skies grew darker
Currents swept you out again
And you are just gone and gone, gone, and gone

[Pre-Chorus]
In silent screams and wildest dreams
I never dreamed of this

[Chorus]
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead oh-oh, oh
These hands had to let it go free, and
This love came back to me oh-oh, oh
oh-oh, oh, oh-oh, oh

[Verse 2]
Tossing, turning
Struggled through the night with someone new
And I could go on and on, on and on
Lantern burning
Flickered in my mind, only you
But you're still gone, gone, gone

[Pre-Chorus]
In losing grip on sinking ships
You showed up just in time

[Chorus]
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead oh-oh, oh
These hands had to let it go free, and
This love came back to me oh-oh, oh
This love left a permanent mark
This love is glowing in the dark oh-oh, oh
These hands had to let it go free, and
This love came back to me oh-oh, oh

[Post-Chorus]
(This love, this love, this love, this love, oh)
(This love, this love, this love, this love, oh)
(This love, this love, this love, this love, oh)
(This love, this love, this love, this love, oh)

[Bridge]
Your kiss, my cheek
I watched you leave
Your smile, my ghost
I fell to my knees
When you're young, you just run
But you come back to what you need

[Chorus]
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead oh-oh, oh
These hands had to let it go free, and
This love came back to me oh-oh, oh
(This Love) This love left a permanent mark
(This Love) This love is glowing in the dark oh-oh, oh
(This Love) These hands had to let it go free, and
(This Love) This love came back to me oh-oh, oh

[Post-Chorus]
(This love, this love, this love, this love, oh)
(This love, this love, this love, this love, oh)
(This love, this love, this love, this love)
This Love, this love came back to me oh-oh, oh


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