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"Getaway Car" is the ninth track and seventh single from Taylor Swift's sixth studio album, Reputation (2017). The song was serviced to Australian and New Zealand radio stations as the album's fifth and last single in both countries and seventh and last overall on September 6, 2018.[2] Swift co-wrote and co-produced the track with Jack Antonoff. This was also Taylor Swift's final single overall with Big Machine, due to her contract expiring and leaving the label.


Writing

Taylor released a clip of her working on the song with Jack Antonoff on DirecTV’s Taylor Swift NOW, as a part of the series “The Making of a Song”

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Taylor Swift NOW- The Making of a Song (Getaway Car)

Critical reception

The song was praised by critics. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone ranked "Getaway Car" as Swift's sixth best song.[3] Zack Schonfeld of Newsweek called the song as an "excellent, radiant song" and claimed that the hook is "massive, in both catchiness and energy".[4]

Chart performance

The song debut at number 9 on New Zealand Hot Single, and number 33 on Australian Digital Track.

Live performances

The song had its debut performance at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on May 8, 2018, as the third to final song for the Reputation Stadium Tour.[5]

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Getaway Car (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX)

Reputation Stadium Tour live recording for Netflix.

Lyrics

[Intro]
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

[Verse 1]
It was the best of times, the worst of crimes
I struck a match and blew your mind
But I didn't mean it
And you didn’t see it
The ties were black, the lies were white
In shades of grey in candlelight
I wanted to leave him
I needed a reason

[Pre-chorus]
X marks the spot where we fell apart
He poisoned the well, I was lyin' to myself
I knew it from the first Old Fashioned, we were cursed
We never had a shot, gunshot in the dark

[Chorus]
You were drivin' the getaway car
We were flyin’, but we'd never get far
Don't pretend it's such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
Ridin' in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
I shoulda known I'd be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car, oh-oh
No, they never get far, oh-ahh
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

[Verse 2]
It was the great escape, the prison break
The light of freedom on my face
But you weren't thinkin'
And I was just drinkin’
Well, he was runnin’ after us, I was screamin', "go, go, go!"
But with three of us, honey, it’s a sideshow
And a circus ain't a love story
And now we're both sorry (we're both sorry)

[Pre-chorus]
X marks the spot where we fell apart
He poisoned the well, every man for himself
I knew it from the first Old Fashioned, we were cursed
It hit you like a shotgun, shot to the heart

[Chorus]
You were drivin’ the getaway car
We were flyin', but we'd never get far
Don't pretend it's such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
Ridin' in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
I shoulda known I'd be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car, oh-oh
No, they never get far, oh-ahh
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

[Bridge]
We were jet-set, Bonnie and Clyde
Until I switched to the other side
To the other si-i-i-i-ide
It's no surprise I turned you in
'Cause us traitors never win
I'm in a getaway car
I left you in a motel bar
Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys
That was the last time you ever saw me

[Final chorus]
Drivin' the getaway car
We were flyin', but we never get far (don't pretend)
Don't pretend it's such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
Ridin' in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart (should've known)
I shoulda known I'd be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car, oh-oh
No, they never get far, oh-ahh
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

[Outro]
I was ridin' in a getaway car
I was cryin' in a getaway car
I was dyin' in a getaway car
Said goodbye in a getaway car
Ridin' in a getaway car
I was cryin' in a getaway car
I was dyin' in a getaway car
Said goodbye in a getaway car

Official audio

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Getaway Car

References

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