STORY OF SONG
“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.
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Songwriter/s: Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift & Jack Antonoff
Producer/s: Dan Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo
Official Audio Video Release Date: 21st May 2021
Chart Rankings: As of Monday 24th May 2021, “1 step forward, 3 steps back” is currently at #10 on Spotify’s UK Top 50 Chart.
The lyrics to “1 step forward, 3 steps back” can be accessed here.
Listen to “1 step forward, 3 steps back” on Apple Music.
Listen to “1 step forward, 3 steps back” on Spotify.