the lakes is the seventeenth track of Taylor Swift's eight album folklore, the deluxe edition. It was released on August 18, 2020.

Meaning and Background

The song is a testament of what she has wanted to escape from. It was inspired by the poet districts of the Lake District in England where many poets moved to. When she went there, she could see how someone would want to live there. Taylor mentioned that in most of her career, she has written about a "cottage backup plan" she has. These poets had the same exit plan and did it, she's not the first person who felt this way. She is now going there in her head, which is working as her escape plan.[1]

Trivia

  • This song is the overarching theme of the album: trying to escape, having something you wanna protect and trying to protect your sanity.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Is it romantic how all my elegies eulogize me?
I'm not cut out for all these cynical clones
These hunters with cell phones

[Chorus]
Take me to the Lakes where all the poets went to die
I don't belong and, my beloved, neither do you
Those Windermere peaks look like a perfect place to cry
I'm setting off, but not without my muse

[Verse 2]
What should be over burrowed under my skin
In heart-stopping waves of hurt
I've come too far to watch some namedropping sleaze
Tell me what are my words worth

[Chorus]
Take me to the Lakes where all the poets went to die
I don't belong and, my beloved, neither do you
Those Windermere peaks look like a perfect place to cry
I'm setting off, but not without my muse

[Bridge]
I want auroras and sad prose
I want to watch wisteria grow right over my bare feet
'Cause I haven't moved in years
And I want you right here
A red rose grew up out of ice frozen ground
With no one around to tweet it
While I bathe in cliffside pools
With my calamitous love and insurmountable grief

[Chorus]
Take me to the Lakes where all the poets went to die
I don't belong and, my beloved, neither do you
Those Windermere peaks look like a perfect place to cry
I'm setting off, but not without my muse
No, not without you


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