Album: Lover (2019)
Charted: 75
Play Video


  • "Afterglow" finds Taylor Swift apologizing to her beau after overreacting to an incident. The songstress admits their fight was caused by her tendency to assume the worst.

    I blew things out of proportion, now you're blue
    Put you in jail for something you didn't do

    Taylor desires to keep the fire going in the romance and asks her lover to forgive her for the outburst.

    I don't wanna lose, I don't wanna lose this with you
    I need to say, hey, it's all me, just don't go
    Meet me in the afterglow

    The singer wants a reconciliation so their relationship can shine again.
  • Swift teased the song title in the music video for "Lover" during a scene when a hand plays the words "After" and "Glow," on a scrabble board. The board is titled "King of Hearts," a nod to her Reputation track "King Of My Heart, which is about her boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Swift is likely indicating that the two songs are about the same person.
  • Swift has apologized before in a song for the way she mistreated a lover. Her Speak Now track "Back To December" finds her saying sorry to a former boyfriend for the way she messed up their relationship.
  • An "afterglow" is a radiance in the sky after the sun has set. Other artists that have used the post-sunset glow as a metaphor in a song include INXS, Black Country Communion, Wilkinson, Small Faces, Chvrches and Young Guns.
  • Taylor Swift co-wrote and co-produced "Afterglow" with Louis Bell and Frank Dukes. The three also wrote together the Lover tracks "I Forgot That You Existed" and "It's Nice to Have a Friend."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Daryl Hall

Daryl HallSongwriter Interviews

Daryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - only one of these developments excites him.

Gilby Clarke

Gilby ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.

Corey Hart

Corey HartSongwriter Interviews

The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."

Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke ParksSongwriter Interviews

U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.

Bob Daisley

Bob DaisleySongwriter Interviews

Bob was the bass player and lyricist for the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums. Here's how he wrote songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.

Tom Keifer of Cinderella

Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews

Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.