Sexual Innuendo Behind Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” [Song Review]

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The 9th track on Taylor SwiftThe highest performing album of “1989” is a song titled “Wildest Dreams,” which seems to be about an unshakeable relationship the singer had. The lyrics of the song very clearly refer to certain intimate situations. It’s an interesting turn of events from little innocent Taylor Swift (well, not anymore, she’s a big girl of 25 now).

The Evolution of Taylor Swift’s Music from Speak Now and Red Eras to the ‘1989’ Era

“Wildest Dreams” is an emotional song, there’s no doubt about it. But it’s not a heartbreaking song. If this track had been released around the time of “Speak Now” or “Red”, it would have been a whole different song. It would have been a lot more about how the singer was betrayed and how it left her heart bleeding. But it’s ‘1989’ era, the happy era – the POP era – the heartache era. Therefore, it counted a lot in the whole album ‘1989’ and obviously in the track ‘Wildest Dreams’. In this song, we don’t hear Taylor cry, but rather ask her lover to cherish all the good memories about her. This goes along the lines of what Taylor Swift said in an interview when asked about the theme behind “Wildest Dreams”;

“When I meet someone, and we have a connection, the first thought I have is, ‘I hope you’ll think of me when this is over.'”

All of this is true and just. But what Taylor cleverly omitted was the sexual innuendo in “Wildest Dreams.” We will come back to this when we go through the lyrics of the song.

“Wildest Dreams” Lyrics Breakdown

[Verse 1]

He said, “Let’s get out of this town
Drive out of this town, away from the crowd”
I thought, heaven can’t help me now
Nothing lasts eternally
But it’s gonna bring me down

The first verse itself begins with the trap Taylor currently finds himself in. Her boyfriend (guy) asks if he could leave this town and city. According to him, the city is too crowded, which is a reference to all the people (there must be so many) against their relationship. And the singer has doubts about this. She wants to stay and he wants to move. The relationship has now come to an end. Immediately, Taylor knows that nothing can be done to save this relationship, not even heaven! Maybe she expected it. As soon as she realized the relationship had run its course, she was already making up her mind, moving on…“nothing lasts eternally”. But like every end of a relationship, this too will hurt a lot.

Had this been the Speak Now or Red era, the events of the song would have unfolded in the verse alone. However, in the era of 1989, Taylor Swift wants to move on, hence the following verses.


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[Pre-chorus]

He’s so big and handsome as hell
He’s so bad, but he does it so well
I can see the end as it begins
My only condition is

Taylor is a hopeless romantic. This pre-chorus section is about how she sees her partner. Tall and handsome seems to work really well with Taylor (*wink*wink*). The guy in the song is a “bad boy” and Taylor doesn’t care because he “does it so well”. Taylor, you kind of hopeless romantic, she’s completely enchanted by this guy. The “bad boy” package comes with a heartbreaking dish towards the end, and so the next line says she knew this relationship was doomed from the moment it started. But she still wanted the thrill ride.

[Chorus]

Say you’ll remember me
Standing in a nice dress, watching the sunset, baby
Red lips and rosy cheeks, say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just in your
Wildest dreams, ah-aah ha
Wildest dreams, ah-aah ha

The chorus of “Wildest Dreams” perfectly sums up Taylor’s feeling about the relationship. She doesn’t want heartache in her life. She wants them both to remember only the good memories – the good ones – the beautiful dresses, the sunsets, the red lips, her rosy cheeks are all they have left to cherish. And she wants him to see her in his dreams, not just in his dreams, but in his wildest dreams! The “wildest dreams” in literature mean “a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep,” according to TheFreeDictionary. Again, Taylor is showing signs of a positive attitude towards this whole breakup.

[Verse 2]

I said, “No one must know what we do”
Her hands are in my hair, her clothes are in my room
And her voice is a familiar sound, nothing lasts forever
But it’s getting good now

OK, here’s the NSFW content. I’m just kidding! “Wildest Dreams” describes the sex scene in a very subtle way. It looks like Taylor is leading the guy with that very motivating front line. It’s clear that they both want to keep this relationship secret, maybe because the whole town is against them (I wonder if the guy who is a bad boy has something to do with it. Comment). Sex is represented with a very intimate love scenario. Her hands in her hair is a reference to the pleasure of what she is experiencing. Her clothes are on the bedroom floor (duh!). It looks like a very spontaneous and adventurous encounter. Moreover, the singer says that it has been going on for a while, that she knows her “voice” well. And just when it was starting to feel good, it all falls apart. Poor Taylor!

[Bridge]

You see me with hindsight
Tangled up with you all night
Burn it
One day when you leave me
I bet these memories
follow you everywhere

The next sexual reference in “Wildest Dreams” appears in the bridge of the song. ‘Tangled’ in bed ‘all night’ is how these sexual encounters usually go (phew). These words scream intense physical love (I try to water it down as much as possible. lol). This is by far the most graphic lyrics I’ve seen from Taylor so far. And Taylor wants him to remember THAT! Maybe Taylor wants him to remember what he misses when he leaves her. She even bets that these memories will follow him everywhere (duh!). She specifically uses the word “one day” here to convey how sure she is of their eventual fallout.

[Chorus-variant]

Say you’ll remember me
Standing in a nice dress, watching the sunset, baby
Red lips and rosy cheeks, say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just to pretend

“Wildest Dreams” ends with a variation of the chorus – a slight modification of the original chorus. Last line changed to “Even if it’s just to pretend”, replacing “Even in your wildest dreams”. This further strengthens his attempt to give the theme of “Wildest Dreams”. She wants to feel good, after the eventual and undeniable fall. She wants him to remember the good times they had and she wants to believe that is in fact what will happen, even though it is an unlikely reality.

I love this song. I said that to almost every song on Taylor’s best-selling “1989” album. And that’s not even an exaggeration.

Lyrically, it’s not Taylor’s best work, but it gets the job done. I don’t think Taylor was aiming for a lyrical masterpiece with “Wildest Dreams” anyway. She wanted it to be simple, humble and discreet. So I guess she also wanted the lyrics to match the overall appeal of the song.

Taylor Swift and Max Martin produced “Wildest Dreams” together. Absent from this track is Max Martin’s signature rhythmic electric drums. In its place, a solemn, quiet, loud beat veiled the track. Kudos to Max Martin for the music!

So overall, the 9th track from the ‘1989’ album is a total win!!!

Let us know what you think of the song “Wildest Dreams”, your interpretation of the song, and anything else you want to share with the community.

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