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"Need" is an unreleased song by American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift. A snippet of the song leaked on February 6, 2023.[1] The song leaked in full on March 1, 2023. The song is an outtake from her seventh studio album, Lover.

Background[]

Taylor’s Inner Circle obtained the song in March 2020.

They described the song by saying: “The music is unlike any other Taylor song with the chords played in a unique way starting and stopping (sometimes with vocal effects added over). Taylor gives fascinating insight intoner thoughts on want, desire, passion, lust, danger and fear. What Taylor needs most is to be with the person she loves. It's essential, like breathing for her. The music is stripped down during the bridge. A really good song that would have fit well on the album and would have one-hundred percent been a fan favorite."[2][3]

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
Want is the cigarette smoke on a jacket
You wore to the wrong part of town
Desire is the sound of the whiskey
Telling me you miss me
Can you come around?

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Passion is a passing thing
It's accidental chemistry
Lust is a liar, a short-lived fire
It ain't what you and I are at all

[Chorus]
Oh, It's a need, it's a need
I would go anywhere that you lead
I am hopeless, breathless, burning slow
Touch me, hold me, tell me, "I won't let you go
I won't leave, it's a need"

[Verse 2]
Danger is a thousand prickles on my neck
That tell me to run or to freeze
Fear is the nightmare I had
You were with someone else
You forgot about me

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Passion is a passing thing
It's accidental chemistry
Caught up in a feeling, it can be deceiving
This is like breathing for me

[Chorus]
Oh, It's a need, it's a need
I would go anywhere that you lead
I am hopeless, breathless, burning slow
Touch me, hold me, tell me, "I won't let you go
I won't leave, it's a need"

[Bridge]
Baby, it's always a new kiss
Every time we do this
The truth is
It's essential to me
That you love me
More than wishing, longing

[Chorus]
Oh, it's a need, (It's a need) it's a need
I would go (I would go) anywhere (Anywhere) that you lead
I am hopeless, breathless, burning slow (Burning slow)
Touch me, hold me, tell me, "I won't let you go
I won't leave, (Won't leave) it's a need"

References[]

Unreleased songs
Leaked songs 10 Dollars and a 6 Pack4 UA Little More Like YouAll Night DinerAmerican BoyAm I Ready for Love?AngelinaBaby BlueBeautiful DaysBeing with My BabyBetter OffBrand New WorldBrought Up That WayBy the WayCan I Go with YouCannonballCheck Out This ViewClosest to a CowboyCross My HeartDark Blue TennesseeDiary of MeDon't Hate Me for Loving YouDown Came the Rain (feat. Deric Ruttan) • Drama QueenFall Back On YouFall Into Me (feat. Emerson Drive) • FireFireflyGracieHalf-Way to TexasHerHoney BabyHouston RodeoI Know What I WantI Used to FlyI Wished On a PlaneI'd LieIn the Pouring RainJust South of Knowing WhyKid in the CrowdLet's Go (Battle) • Live for the Little ThingsLong Time GoingLook at You Like ThatLove They Haven't Thought of YetLove to LoseLucky YouMade Up YouMaking Up For Lost LoveMandolinMary JoMatchesMe and BritanyMy Turn to Be MeNeedNeed You NowNever FadeNevermindOne-Sided GoodbyeOur Last NightPerfect Have I LovedPermanent MarkerPoint of ViewPretty WordsR-E-V-E-N-G-ERain SongRide OnSame GirlSmokey Black NightsSpinning AroundSugarSweet Tea and God's GracesTell MeTennesseeThat's LifeThinkin' 'Bout YouThirteen Blocks (Can't Call It Love) • This Here GuitarThis Is Really HappeningTonight (a.k.a. VMA Side Story) • Til Brad Pitt Comes AlongUnder My HeadWait for MeWelcome DistractionWhat Do You SayWhat to WearWho I've Always BeenWhy Do You Tell Me?Wonderful ThingsWriting Songs About YouYou DoYou Don't Have to Call MeYour AnythingYour Heart's Somewhere ElseYour Face
Unleaked songs Acting Like a BoyAnymoreBother MeFamilyGail's SongGo SlowGoodbye ButterflyHeavenHis LiesI'm Looking Out for YouIt's Still YouNashvilleNone of the AboveNot One DayOne More DayScreamSomeone Just Told MeSomeone Loves YouThis One's DifferentTodayToo BeautifulUnknown Craig Wiseman outtakeUnknown Ryan Adams Red outtakeUnknown Harry Styles outtakesUnknown Reputation outtake with DrakeUnknown Midnights outtake with The 1975WildflowerYouYou Walk AwayYour Picture
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