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it's time to go is the seventeenth track of Taylor's ninth album evermore. It's a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album. It was released on January 7, 2020.

Meaning and Background

Taylor said that the song is about listening to your gut when it's time to leave.[1]

This song, specifically verse 4 and 5, is presumably about Scott Borchetta from Taylor's old label Big Machine Records. Taylor was with the label for about 15 years. The label didn't allow her to own her albums and didn't give her a lot of freedom to make her own decisions. After she left the label, they sold her albums to Scooter Brown, who she accused of bullying.

Trivia

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
When the dinner gets cold and the chatter gets old
You ask for the tab
Oh that moment again, he's insisting that friends
Look at each other like that

[Verse 2]
When the words of a sister come back in whispers
That prove she was not in fact what she seemed
Not a twin from your dreams
She's a crook who was caught

[Chorus]
That old familiar body ache
The snaps from the same little breaks in your soul
You know when it's time to go

[Verse 3]
Twenty years at your job
Then the son of the boss gets the spot that was yours
We're trying to stay for the kids
When keeping it how it is will only break their hearts worse

[Chorus]
That old familiar body ache
The snaps from the same little breaks in your soul
You know when it's time to go

[Post-Chorus]
Sometimes giving up is the strong thing
Sometimes to run is the brave thing
Sometimes walking out is the one thing
That will find you the right thing
Sometimes giving up is the strong thing
Sometimes to run is the brave thing
Sometimes walking out is the one thing
That will find you the right thing

[Verse 4]
Fifteen years, fifteen million tears
Begging 'til my knees bled
I gave it my all, he gave me nothing at all
Then wondered why I left

[Verse 5]
Now he sits on his throne in his palace of bones
Praying to his greed
He's got my past frozen behind glass
But I've got me

[Chorus]
That old familiar body ache
The snaps from the same little breaks in my soul
I know when it's time to go

[Post-Chorus]
Sometimes giving up is the strong thing
Sometimes to run is the brave thing
Sometimes walking out is the one thing
That will find you the right thing
Sometimes giving up is the strong thing
Sometimes to run is the brave thing
Sometimes walking out is the one thing
That will find you the right thing

[Outro]
That will find you the right thing
And you know in your soul
And you know in your soul
When it's time go
You know, you know, you know, you know
When it's time to go
So then you go
Then you go
You just go


Videos

References

  1. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) • Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/CJyV8WYD6Uj/
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