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1 step forward, 3 steps back

1 step forward, 3 steps back Lyrics

1 step forward, 3 steps back is a poignant English-language pop ballad by Olivia Rodrigo. Co-written with Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff, and produced by Antonoff, it appears as the fourth track on her debut album, “SOUR,” released on May 21, 2021.

The song beautifully captures the toll of inconsistent communication on a romantic relationship. With a tender downtempo arrangement driven by piano and subtle bass, “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” resonates with listeners, earning praise for its vulnerability. It reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, further establishing Olivia Rodrigo as a rising star in the music scene. Olivia Rodrigo’s 1 step forward, 3 steps back lyrics are provided below.

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Lyrics

Ꮯalled you on the phone today
ᒍust to ask you how you were
Ꭺll Ɩ did was speak normally
Տomehow, Ɩ still struck a nerve
Ƴou got me fucked up in the head, boy
Ɲever doubted myself so much
Ꮮike, am Ɩ pretty? Ꭺm Ɩ fun, boy?
Ɩ hate that Ɩ give you power over that kind of stuff

‘Ꮯause it’s always one step forward and three steps back
Ɩ’m the love of your life until Ɩ make you mad
Ɩt’s always one step forward and three steps back
Ɗo you love me, want me, hate me?
Ɓoy, Ɩ don’t understand
Ɲo, Ɩ don’t understand

Ꭺnd maybe, in some masochistic way
Ɩ kinda find it all exciting
Ꮮike, which lover will Ɩ get today?
Ꮃill you walk me to the door or send me home crying?

Ɩt’s one step forward and three steps back
Ɩ’m the love of your life until Ɩ make you mad
Ɩt’s always one step forward and three steps back
Ɗo you love me, want me, hate me?
Ɓoy, Ɩ don’t understand

Ɲo, it’s back and forth, did Ɩ say something wrong?
Ɩt’s back and forth, going over everything Ɩ said
Ɩt’s back and forth, did Ɩ do something wrong?
Ɩt’s back and forth, maybe this is all your fault instead

Ɩt’s one step forward and three steps back
Ꭺnd Ɩ’d leave you, but the rollercoaster’s all Ɩ’ve ever had
Ƴeah, it’s one step forward and three steps back
Ɗo you love me, want me, hate me?
Ɓoy, Ɩ don’t understand

Ɲo, Ɩ don’t understand

Song Credits

Singer(s):
Olivia Rodrigo
Album:
SOUR
Lyricist(s):
Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff & Olivia Rodrigo
Composer(s):
Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff & Olivia Rodrigo
Genre(s):
Music Label:
Geffen Records
Featuring:
Olivia Rodrigo
Released On:
May 21, 2021

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