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"I Don’t Wanna Live Forever" feat. Zayn Malik is a single by American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift, written for the Fifty Shades Darker movie soundtrack. It was released on December 9, 2016 by Universal Music Group.

Composition[]

The song's lyrics and composition were based on situations portrayed in the film.[1] "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" is an electro-R&B ballad. On the track, the pair trade "romantic overtures", while Zayn uses a falsetto on parts of the song, and Swift ponders what the relationship means.

"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" is written in the key of A minor and moves at a tempo of 118 beats per minute in common time. The song follows a chord progression of F–C–G–Am–F–C–G–G♯dim–Am, and the vocals span two octaves, from E3 to E5.

Live performances[]

Taylor performed this song for the first time at Super Saturday Night Concert at Club Nomadic on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

She performed the song at some of her 2017 appearances at a few small music festivals, including the Jingle Bell Ball. She also performed the song as a surprise song on the Reputation Stadium Tour on June 9, 2018, in Manchester, England.

"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" was performed twice as a surprise song on the Eras Tour: once on June 3, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois, and once on March 2, 2024, in Singapore, mashed-up with "Dress".

Music video[]

The music video for "I Don’t Wanna Live Forever" is released on three Vevo YouTube accounts i.e, at Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik's Youtube account's at the same time, and after a short period of time, the video was also released on the Fifty Shades Vevo account.

Awards and nominations[]

"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" has received 4 awards from 9 nominations.

Year Organization Award Result
2017 MTV Millenial Awards Collaboration of the Year Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Collaboration Won
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music Collaboration Nominated
2018 BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs Won
Brit Awards British Video of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Titanium Awards Won
Satellite Awards Best Original Song Nominated

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1: ZAYN]
Been sittin' 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

[Pre-Chorus: ZAYN]
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?

[Chorus: 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

[Verse 2: 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, oh

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
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?

[Chorus: Taylor Swift, ZAYN]
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

[Bridge: Taylor Swift, ZAYN, 'Both']
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?'

[Chorus: ZAYN]
I don't wanna live forever
'Cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit (Fit) wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name
Until you come back home (Home)
I just wanna keep calling your name
Until you come back home (Back)
I just wanna keep calling your name
Until you come back home

[Post-Chorus: ZAYN]
I just wanna keep calling your name
Until you come back home (Back home, until you)
I just wanna keep calling your name
Until you come back home

[Outro: Taylor Swift, ZAYN]
I just wanna keep calling your name
Until you come back home
Until you come back home

References[]

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