I Know Places is the twelfth track of Taylor's fifth album 1989. It was released on October 27, 2014.
Meaning and Background
Taylor had sent her idea for the song to Ryan Tedder before they went into the studio, to make sure he'd like it and want to work on it. They recorded the song the next day.
“I had this idea of like, you know, when you’re in love, it’s very precious, it’s fragile. As soon as the world gets ahold of it, whether it’s your friends or people around town hear about it, it’s kind of like the first thing people want to do when they hear that people are in love is just kind of try to ruin it, if they’re not the greatest human beings. I kind of was in a place where I was like, ‘No one is gonna sign up for this. There are just too many cameras pointed at me. There are too many ridiculous elaborations on my life. It’s just not ever gonna work. But I decided to write a love song, just kind of like, ‘What would I say if I met someone really awesome and they were like, hey, I’m worried about all this attention you get?’ So I wrote this song called ‘I Know Places’ about, like, ‘Hey, I know places we can hide. We could outrun them. I’m so happy that it sounds like the urgency that it sings about.”- Taylor about I Know Places
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