Daylight: Song Meaning, Lyrics, & Hidden Easter Eggs

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Daylight is the final song on Taylor Swift’s Lover album. It’s also the alternate name for the seventh studio album, as Swift revealed during a YouTube live lounge in the hours leading up to the album’s release.

Though Daylight is the last track on the album, it might be the most romantic and profound song of all eighteen tracks. Throughout the song, Swift compares her new relationship to coming up for daylight after “sleeping so long in a twenty year dark night.”

The song ends with an uplifting surprise memo by Swift:

“I wanna be defined by the things that I love
Not the things I hate
Not the things that I’m afraid of, I’m afraid of
Not the things that haunt me in the middle of the night
I, I just think that
You are what you love”

Here’s what you need to know:


Daylight Full Lyrics: ‘I Only See Daylight’

Here are the full lyrics to Daylight, per Genius:

[Verse 1]
My love was as cruel as the cities I lived in
Everyone looked worse in the light
There are so many lines that I’ve crossed unforgiven
I’ll tell you the truth, but never goodbye

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you
I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you
I’ve been sleeping so long in a 20-year dark night
And now I see daylight, I only see daylight

[Verse 2]
Luck of the draw only draws the unlucky
And so I became the butt of the joke
I wounded the good and I trusted the wicked
Clearing the air, I breathed in the smoke
Maybe you ran with the wolves and refused to settle down
Maybe I’ve stormed out of every single room in this town
Threw out our cloaks and our daggers because it’s morning now
It’s brighter now, now

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you
(I can never look away)
I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you
(Things will never be the same)
I’ve been sleeping so long in a 20-year dark night
(Now I’m wide awake)
And now I see daylight (Daylight), I only see daylight (Daylight)
I only see daylight, daylight, daylight, daylight
I only see daylight, daylight, daylight, daylight

[Bridge]
And I can still see it all (In my mind)
All of you, all of me (Intertwined)
I once believed love would be (Black and white)
But it’s golden (Golden)
And I can still see it all (In my head)
Back and forth from New York (Singing in your bed)
I once believed love would be (Burning red)
But it’s golden
Like daylight, like daylight
Like daylight, daylight

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you
(I can never look away)
I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you
(Things will never be the same)
I’ve been sleeping so long in a 20-year dark night
(Now I’m wide awake)
And now I see daylight (I see daylight), I only see daylight (Ah)
I only see daylight, daylight, daylight, daylight
I only see daylight, daylight, daylight, daylight (Ah)
(And I can still see it all)
I only see daylight, daylight, daylight, daylight
(And I can still see it all, back and forth from New York)
I only see daylight, daylight, daylight, daylight
(I once believed love would be)

[Outro]
Like daylight
It’s golden like daylight
You gotta step into the daylight and let it go
Just let it go, let it go
I wanna be defined by the things that I love
Not the things I hate
Not the things that I’m afraid of, I’m afraid of
Not the things that haunt me in the middle of the night
I, I just think that
You are what you love


Daylight Song Meaning & Hidden Easter Eggs

Daylight is a song of redemption and romance. Swift sings about coming out of a “20 year dark night” that she was stuck in. She also talks about enduring “loves as cruel as the cities she lived in.”

There are many references to Alwyn in the song. For example, she talks about flying back and forth between London and New York City: “Back and forth from New York (Singing in your bed)”

She also seems to reference a “golden” love. However, that also appears to be a callback to something Swift wrote in the Red album: “Realizing that real love shines golden like starlight…”

Now, three albums later, Swift reiterates that truth in Daylight: “I once believed that love would be burning red but it’s golden.”

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