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1 step forward, 3 steps back

Olivia Rodrigo

Album SOUR

“1 step forward, 3 steps back” is the fourth track from American singer, songwriter and actress Olivia Rodrigo and her debut album “SOUR”, which was released through Geffen Records on the 21st May 2021. The pop song contains a slight interpolation of Taylor Swift’s 2017 song “New Year’s Day” as well as Swift’s 2010 song “Dear John”.

“1 step forward, 3 steps back” talks about the ups and downs of a romantic realationship as well as navigating a partner who is inconsistent in their emotions and actions, feeling as if whenever they make “1 step forward” in their relationship, they take “3 steps back”.

Rodrigo has openly admitted the love and respect she has for Swift as a writer and a businesswoman, speaking to Nylon Magazine about the artist:

“Obviously, I think she’s the best songwriter of all time, but she’s so business-savvy and she really cares about her career in that regard, too. That’s been really inspiring for me to watch somebody take control of her career life like that.”

The audio video was uploaded to Rodrigo’s YouTube channel on the 21st May 2021 and in only 3 days, the video has 2.4 million views and over 208 thousand likes.

The lyrics to “1 step forward, 3 steps back” can be accessed here.

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Release Date

21st May 2021


Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift & Jack Antonoff


Dan Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo



Chart Rankings

As of Monday 24th May 2021, “1 step forward, 3 steps back” is charted at #10 on Spotify’s UK Top 50 Chart.

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