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marjorie is the thirteenth track of Taylor's ninth album evermore. It was released on December 11, 2020.

Meaning and Background

This song is about Taylor's late grandmother, Marjorie Finlay. Footage of her features in the lyric video.

"The experience writing that song was really surreal because I was kind of a wreck at times writing that, I'd sort of break down sometimes. It was hard to actually sing it in the vocal booth sounding like I had sort of a break, because it was just really emotional. I think that one of the hardest forms of regret to sort of work through is the regret of being so young when you lost someone that you didn't have the perspective to learn and appreciate who they were fully. I'd open up my grandmother's closet and she had beautiful dresses from the sixties. I wish I asked her where she wore every single one of them, things like that. She was a singer and my mom will look at me so many times a year and say: "oh, you're just like her". You know, some mannerism that I don't recognize as being anymore as being anyone other than mine. (...) One of the things about this song that still kind of rips me apart when I listen to it, is that she's singing with me on this song. My mom found a bunch of her old records, of her singing opera, and I sent them to Aaron and he added them to the song. It says ‘if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were singing to me now’ and then you hear her, you hear Marjorie actually sing."

- Taylor about marjorie[1]

Trivia

  • Taylor's grandmother's (an opera singer) vocals are used as the backing vocals.
  • The song about her grandfather on folklore and this song about her grandmother are both the thirteenth track of the albums.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Never be so kind
You forget to be clever
Never be so clever
You forget to be kind

[Pre-Chorus]
And if I didn't know better
I'd think you were talking to me now
If I didn't know better
I'd think you were still around

[Chorus]
What died didn't stay dead
What died didn't stay dead
You're alive, you're alive in my head
What died didn't stay dead
What died didn't stay dead
You're alive, so alive

[Verse 2]
Never be so politе
You forget your power
Nevеr wield such power
You forget to be polite

[Pre-Chorus]
And if I didn't know better
I'd think you were listening to me now
If I didn't know better
I'd think you were still around

[Chorus]
What died didn't stay dead
What died didn't stay dead
You're alive, you're alive in my head
What died didn't stay dead
What died didn't stay dead
You're alive, so alive

[Bridge]
The autumn chill that wakes me up
You loved the amber skies so much
Long limbs and frozen swims
You'd always go past where our feet could touch
And I complained the whole way there
The car ride back and up the stairs
I should've asked you questions
I should've asked you how to be
Asked you to write it down for me
Should've kept every grocery store receipt
'Cause every scrap of you would be taken from me
Watched as you signed your name: Marjorie
All your closets of backlogged dreams
And how you left them all to me

[Chorus]
What died didn't stay dead
What died didn't stay dead
You're alive, you're alive in my head
What died didn't stay dead
What died didn't stay dead
You're alive, so alive

[Outro]
And if I didn't know better
I'd think you were singing to me now
If I didn't know better
I'd think you were still around
I know better
But I still feel you all around
I know better
But you're still around


Videos

References

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