I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn ft. Taylor Swift




The Experience: I don't wanna fit wherever. I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home... Love means linking your happiness to someone else. And that is a huge risk...



Music video: Zayn and Taylor Swift are in the same hotel, in the very same suite. But they are worlds apart - no one is coming back home. They imagine or remember being together, but there's a wall there. And it's not coming down. So both of them walk and sit and scream and break things... alone and silent. And in Taylor Swift's case, with the phantoms of what their relationship was frolicking in the room with her.

The Meaning of I Don't Wanna Live Forever: The song touches on deep questions about love. Why do we need love - it's just a cruel existence like there's no point hoping at all without love. Why can't anything else fill our hearts - I've been looking sad in all the nicest places. Why can't I control my feelings - what is happening to me? Why don't people love back - I gave you something but you gave me nothing. Those are very real questions, and it's too bad that a song that wants to explore them ends up on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, smothered under a BDSM theme.

Ask yourself: Why can love be so hard? Even painful? And why is it so easy to keep looking for love in the wrong places and relationships?

Soundtrack: Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

LYRICS:

[Zayn]
Been sitting eyes wide open behind these four walls, hoping you'd call
It's just a cruel existence like there's no point hoping at all

Baby, baby, I feel crazy
Up all night, all night and every day
Give me something, oh, but you say nothing
What is happening to me?

I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

[Taylor Swift]
I'm sitting eyes wide open and I got one thing stuck in my mind
Wondering if I dodged a bullet or just lost the love of my life

Baby, baby, I feel crazy
Up all night, all night and every day
I gave you something, but you gave me nothing
What is happening to me?

[Zayn and Taylor Swift]
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit (fit, babe) wherever (wherever)
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

I've been looking sad in all the nicest places
Baby, baby, I feel crazy
I see you around in all these empty faces
Up all night, all night and every day
I've been looking sad in all the nicest places
Give me something, oh, but you say nothing
Now I'm in a cab, I tell 'em where your place is
What is happening to me?

[Zayn]
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

[Taylor Swift and Zayn]
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
Until you come back home


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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