Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street
Faster than the wind, passionate as sin ending so suddenly
Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you're already flying through the free fall
Like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all

Losing him was blue like I'd never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red
Loving him was red

Touching him was like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you
Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song
Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there's no right answer
Regretting him was like wishing you never found out that love could be that strong

Losing him was blue like I'd never known
Missing him was dark gray all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red
Oh red
Burning red

Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes
Tell myself it's time now, gotta let go
But moving on from him is impossible
When I still see it all in my head
Burning red
Burning it was red

Oh losing him was blue like I'd never known
Missing him was dark gray all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
'Cause loving him was red
Yeah, yeah red
We're burning red

And that's why he's spinning 'round in my head
Comes back to me, burning red
Yeah, yeah
His love was like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street



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"Red" as written by Taylor Swift

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  • +2
    General Comment:Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
    Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly
    Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall
    Like the colors in autumn, so bright, just before they lose it all

    Losing him was blue, like I’ve never known
    Missing him was dark grey, all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    But loving him was red
    Loving him was red

    Touching him was like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in ront of you
    Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song
    Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there’s no right answer
    Regretting him was like wishing you’d never found out that love could be that strong

    Losing him was blue, like I’ve never known
    Missing him was dark grey, all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    But loving him was red
    Loving him was red

    Oh, red
    Burning red

    Remembering him comes in flashbacks, in echoes
    Tell myself it’s time now, gotta let go
    But moving on from him is impossible when I still see it all in my head
    Burning red
    Loving him was red

    Oh, losing him was blue, like I’ve never known
    Missing him was dark grey, all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    ‘Cause loving him was red
    Yeah, yeah red
    Burning red

    And that’s why he’s spinning round in my head
    Comes back to me, burning red
    Yeah, yeah
    His love was like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
    thrwmyhrtawy.on October 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:Well the lyrics are wrong, I don't even know why this was allowed.

    Obviously this song is about an impossible love. The guy (or girl) that's hard to get over. Not just hard, but nearing impossible.

    They obviously had something really great, didn't work out, and now she's reflecting on exactly what it was, and he'll always have a section of her heart.
    SMUSER17183523on October 03, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:She was describing her love for a guy and how she still loves the guy. She was reminiscing those memories of him.
    "Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
    Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly
    Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall
    Like the colors in autumn, so bright, just before they lose it all"

    But then, they broke up. That's why it says
    "Losing him was blue, like I’ve never known
    Missing him was dark grey, all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    But loving him was red
    Loving him was red"

    Summary: They broke up but the girl still loves the boy but he's already gone.
    itsokayeon November 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:She was describing her love for a guy and how she still loves the guy. She was reminiscing those memories of him.
    "Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
    Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly
    Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall
    Like the colors in autumn, so bright, just before they lose it all"

    But then, they broke up. That's why it says
    "Losing him was blue, like I’ve never known
    Missing him was dark grey, all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    But loving him was red
    Loving him was red"

    Summary: They broke up but the girl still loves the boy but he's already gone.
    itsokayeon November 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:She was describing her love for a guy and how she still loves the guy. She was reminiscing those memories of him.
    "Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
    Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly
    Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall
    Like the colors in autumn, so bright, just before they lose it all"

    But then, they broke up. That's why it says
    "Losing him was blue, like I’ve never known
    Missing him was dark grey, all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    But loving him was red
    Loving him was red"

    Summary: They broke up but the girl still loves the boy but he's already gone.
    itsokayeon November 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Taylor previewed this upbeat track on the October 1, 2012 episode of ABC's Good Morning America. The song finds the Country-Pop star playing with the idea of colors in relation to her emotions about a former beau, as she sings: "Losing him is blue, like I'd never known. Missing him was dark grey, all alone. Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met. But loving him was red." Before playing the track, Swift explained its meaning: "I wrote this song about the fact that some things are just hard to forget," she said, "because the emotions involved with them were so intense and, to me, intense emotion is red."

    This seems like a good time to point out that Taylor's ex, John Mayer (likely the subject of her song "Dear John"), has synaesthesia, which means he sees music as colors.


    Taylor first announced the title of the album during a web-chat on August 13, 2012. The Country star explained that she decided to name the LP after this song, as its lyrics encompass the entire theme of the project. "Thinking about what that means to me and all the different emotions that are written about on this album - they're all pretty much about the tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I've experienced in the last two years," she noted. "All those emotions - spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion - in my mind, all those emotions are red. There's nothing in between; there is nothing beige about any of those feelings."


    Writing this song was a turning point for Taylor, when she decided to work with different songwriters rather than Nathan Chapman, whom she wrote with on her first three albums. "I turned in 20 songs and I had this immediate sinking feeling, this can't be done, this can't be it," she explained to Billboard magazine. "I think the reason I said that was because I made the record exactly the same way I made the last three. I knew I hadn't jumped out of my comfort zone, which at the time was writing alone and working with Nathan. 'Red' the song was a real turning point for Red the album. When I wrote that song my mind started wandering to all the places we could go. If I were to think outside the box enough, go in with different people, I could learn from and have what they do rub off on me as well as have what I do rub off on them."


    Red sold 1.208 million copies in its debut week, which was more than any album since 2002, when Eminem sold 1.322 million copies of The Eminem Show in its first seven days.
    This meant that Taylor became the first woman ever to have two million-selling weeks since SoundScan started keeping track of album sales in 1991. (2010's Speak Now, sold 1.047 million copies in its first week).
    musicrocks13on November 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:I feel horrible but I think I like the fake lyrics better :(
    jojoinpink54on October 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:love love love love
    bperfetuoon October 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:To me this song is about a rocky relationship, but its worth it cause you are so in love
    Vegancocoon October 31, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:...in my head?
    vulnaviaon November 20, 2012   Link

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