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evermore is the fifteenth and also the title track of Taylor's ninth album evermore. It was released on December 11, 2020. It features Bon Iver.

Meaning and Background

"There's sort of a meaning to the months and the feelings that are mentioned. One of the meaning is that I wrote this song and the lyrics when we were coming up to the election and I didn't know what was going to happen. I was almost preperating for the worst to happen and trying to see some sort of glimmer at the end of the tunnel. The song goes through walking through the forest barefoot in the middle of winter or standing on the balcony and letting the icy wind just hit you and you're catching your death. Then in the last chorus, the person goes inside and is finally warm and safe. It's about sort of the process of finding hope again, but it also reflected back to an experience I had that was pretty life-altering. When I went through a lot of bad stuff in 2016, like July, November, all those times were just taking it day by day to get through, trying to find some glimmer of hope through all of that. I was coming from both of these perspectives, and we wrote it the exact same way we did exile where Joe [Alwyn] did the piano and I based the vocal melody on the piano and we sent it to Justin (from Bon Iver) who then added that bridge. Joe had written the piano part so the tempo speech up and it changes, the music completely changes to a different tempo in the bridge and Justin really latched onto that. He hundrerd procent embraced it and wrote this beautiful, sort of the clutter of all your anxieties in your head and they're all speaking at once. Then we got the bridge back and I wrote this narrative of when I was shipwrecked I thought of you. That sort of thing where there was this beacon of hope and in the end you realize the pain wouldn't be forever, it could get better. So that was why I wanted to end it there."

- Taylor about evermore[1]

Trivia

  • Taylor's boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, co-wrote the song and played piano on it.

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Taylor Swift]
Gray November
I've been down since July
Motion capture
Put me in a bad light
I replay my footsteps on each stepping stone
Trying to find the one where I went wrong
Writing letters
Addressed to the fire

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
And I was catching my breath
Staring out an open window
Catching my death
And I couldn't be sure
I had a feeling so peculiar
That this pain would be for
Evermore

[Verse 2: Taylor Swift]
Hey December
Guess I'm feeling unmoored
Can't remember
What I used to fight for
I rewind thе tape but all it does is pause
On thе very moment, all was lost
Sending signals
To be double-crossed

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
And I was catching my breath
Barefoot in the wildest winter
Catching my death
And I couldn't be sure
I had a feeling so peculiar
That this pain would be for
Evermore
(Evermore)

[Bridge 1: Justin Vernon]
Can't not think of all the cost
And the things that will be lost
Oh, can we just get a pause?
To be certain, we'll be tall again
Whether weather be the frost
Or the violence of the dog days
I'm on waves, out being tossed
Is there a line that I could just go cross?

[Bridge 2: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
And when I was shipwrecked (Can't think of all the cost)
I thought of you (All the things that will be lost now)
In the cracks of light (Can we just get a pause?)
I dreamed of you (To be certain we'll be tall again, if you think of all the costs)
It was real enough (Whether weather be the frost)
To get me through (Or the violence of the dog days)
(Or the violence of the dog days)
(I'm on waves, out being tossed)
(I'm on waves, out being tossed)
I swear (Is there a line that we could just go cross?)
You were there

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
And I was catching my breath
Floors of a cabin creaking under my step
And I couldn't be sure
I had a feeling so peculiar
This pain wouldn't be for
Evermore
Evermore
Evermore
This pain wouldn't be for evermore
Evermore


Videos

References

  1. Taylor Swift: folklore, evermore and Songwriting | Apple Music Awards 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQacWbsLbS4