Taylor Swift – Dress (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

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“Dress” is the twelfth song from Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album “Reputation.” This song breaks Taylor Swift’s good girl persona as it gets very sexual in the lyrics. In a way, these explicit lyrics are in line with the theme of “reputation”, which is that the old Taylor is dead and gone and a new Taylor is born who is not afraid to express her feelings about everything.

“Dress” is clearly about Taylor Swift getting naked. This could be another song gifted to her current boyfriend Joe Alwyn, whom she seems to be madly in love with. The songs “Gorgeous” and “Delicate” are about this blue-eyed British boyfriend.

Lyrics of “Dress” by Taylor Swift


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Since it’s the most sexually explicit Taylor Swift has gotten after “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Zayn, it would be interesting to skim through some of the lyrics.

Review of the lyrics and meaning of the song “Dress”

“Dress” from the album “Reputation” is said to be the most explicit text Taylor Swift has had in a song. She talks about a dress that was torn from her by her lover.

Our secret moments in a crowded room
They have no idea about you and me

It is very unclear whether the first verse was taken from Taylor’s personal experience, which is highly unlikely.

Another important feature of “Dress” is that the pre-chorus is an almost rap verse. This is the first time we’ve heard Taylor Swift come close to a hip hop beat in one of her own songs.

Say my name and it’s all over
I don’t want you to be a best friend
I only bought this dress so I could take it off
Take it off, oo-off

The chorus of “Dress” is the most explicit in the song. Taylor Swift says she dresses up to meet her boyfriend but at the end of the night she expects the dress to be taken off by him. It does not mean in a “dirty” way, but a simple offering of her soul and her body to her lover.

Carve your name in my bed
‘Cause I don’t want you to be a best friend
I only bought this dress so I could take it off
Take it off, oo-off

The metaphors are vaguely evident in the chorus as she says she would scream his name so loudly it would be carved into the wooden bedpost. Taylor clearly isn’t ready to become his best friend, which would make it a friends-with-benefits relationship.

I spill wine in the tub
You kiss my face and we’re both drunk

Once again, Taylor Swift draws sultry images of herself soaking in a bathtub full of wine and they’re both drunk with love.

The bridge to “Dress” is about when Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn first met.

Flashback when you met me
Your buzzcut and my bleached hair
Even in my worst times you could see the best of me

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn met in late 2016. Taylor Swift had bleached white hair and Joe Alwyn had an army haircut for his role as a soldier in the movie ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’.

Taylor Swift with her bleached hair and Joe Alwyn with his buzzcut as said in

Taylor Swift with her bleached hair and Joe Alwyn with his buzzcut as said in “Dress”

Taylor Swift admits she’s bounced back. Shortly after breaking up with Calvin Harris, she started dating Tom Hiddleston which lasted less than two months. She admits her mistakes and blesses her timing for meeting Joe Alwyn.

Joe Alwyn had really made a dent in his life like puzzles fitting together perfectly.

More than a sexual intent, Taylor Swift might have meant that she’s not the narcissistic girlfriend.

What do you think of “Dress up”? Too explicit or about the times, Taylor Swift has actually expressed how she feels, without conforming to the iron bars of society. Let us know in the comments below and share this article with other Swifties.

Check out more ‘Reputation’ album lyric reviews below.

1. …Ready?
2. End Game (with Ed Sheeran and Future)
3. I did something wrong
4. Don’t Blame Me
5. Delicate
6. Look what you made me do
7. So it’s okay…
8. Gorgeous
9. Getaway Car
10. King of My Heart
11. Dancing with your hands tied
12. Dress
13. This is why we can’t have nice things
14. Call it what you want
15. New Year’s Day

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