The real meaning behind Taylor Swift’s Evermore lyrics
Calling all Swifties: Christmas has come early as singer-songwriter Taylor Swift dropped yet another album, Evermore — and she’s pulling out all of the stops, just as she did with its sister album, Folklore.
Taylor Swift first collaborated with Bon Iver on her album Folklore, which she released in July 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the soulful duet, “Exile,” Swift sang the story of two forlorn lovers who just couldn’t quite get it right. The indie folk band has teamed up with Swift once more to recreate the magic from Folklore, this time on Evermore‘s title track. And once again, Swift stuck with the star-crossed lovers theme, but contrary to “Exile,” she wraps “Evermore” on a more positive note, closing with the lyrics, “This pain wouldn’t be for evermore.”
But is there a hidden, deeper meaning to the collab? And is there any significance to the fact that her current beau Joe Alwyn aka “William Bowery” played piano for the track (via Parade)? Keep reading after the jump to find out!
Taylor Swift's Evermore is a continuation of Folklore's storytelling
As it turns out, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is adamant that just like Folklore, Evermore is deeply rooted in fiction — not reality (via Elle).
Echoing those sentiments about the similarity of both albums, Swift took time to answer questions and explain her creative process on her YouTube page prior to the release of her music video for the track “Willow“ (via E!). “I wanted evermore to represent fall & winter while folklore represents spring & summer,” she revealed to a fan. “I’ve always wanted to do a 2part anthology that’s a collective body of work & it just kind of happened naturally,” the wordsmith explained.
So while it’s fun to try and draw tidbits of romantic information from Swift’s love life here and there, it appears that the songs from Evermore, including its title track, are simply a continuation of the storytelling from Folklore, recounting love stories and fairytales from the depths of Swift’s mind and told from the third person perspective.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to get back to listening to “Evermore” on loop whilst curled up in the fetal position.
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