Taylor Swift-a-Thon: evermore

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

One of the most unexpected parts of 2020 was Taylor Swift release of her eighth studio album folklore. When she announced that evermore, her ninth studio album was going to be released, I was beyond excited. Folklore has become one of my favorite albums she has ever put out and I was beyond excited to listen to the sister album. Well folklore is still my favorite of the set, I really enjoyed evermore. I knew that I couldn’t leave off this album so I am going to talk about my favorite lyrics from this album. evermore was released on December 11, 2020.

1. "Willow”

  • I'm like the water when your ship rolled in that night
    • And so the battleships will sink beneath the waves (my tears ricochet)
    • Eyes like sinking ships on waters (gold rush)
    • When I was shipwrecked, I thought of you (evermore)
  • Lost in your current like a priceless wine
    • August sipped away like a bottle of wine (august)
  • Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind
  • Wherever you stray, I follow
    • Lover
  • Show me the places where the others gave you scars
    • “You drew stars around my scars” (cardigan)
    • With every guitar string scar on my hand (lover)
  • You know that my train could take you home /Anywhere else is hollow

2. "Champagne Problems"

  • "Champagne problems”
    • I actually didn’t know what the meaning of the song was until I looked it up. Essentially “champagne problems“ is a saying about the types of problems extremely rich people face. Champagne, for the most part, is expensive and Dom Perignon, as mentioned in the song, is extremely expensive.
  • “"She would've made such a lovely bride
  • What a shame she's fucked in the head," they said”
    • “Mad woman” from folklore “No one likes a mad woman”
  • She'll patch up your tapestry that I shred

3. "Gold Rush”

  • "Eyes like sinking ships on waters"
    • “Willow” on evermore
  • "Everybody wants you / But I don't like a gold rush"
    • “Lover” from lover “I’m highly suspicious that everyone who sees you wants you”
  • "I see me padding across your wooden floors"
    • “Barefoot in the kitchen, sacred new beginnings” cornelia street
  • “My mind turns your life into folklore”
    • “Passed down like folk songs” seven

4. "'Tis the Damn Season”

  • "And the road not taken looks real good now"
    • “Take the road less traveled by” illicit affairs
  • And wonder about the only soul / Who can tell which smiles I'm fakin' / And the heart I know I'm breakin' is my own

  • Time flies, messy as the mud on your truck tires

5. "Tolerate It"

  • I wake and watch you breathing with your eyes closed
    • “Now I wake up in the night and watch you breathe” paper rings
  • "If it's all in my head, tell me now / Tell me I've got it wrong somehow"
  • "Where's that man who'd throw blankets over my barbed wire?"
    • “Something wrapped all of my past mistakes in barbed wire” invisible string

6. "No Body, No Crime" (featuring Haim)

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7. "Happiness”

  • "Honey, when I'm above the trees"
    • “Please picture me in the trees” seven
  • Showed you all of my hiding spots
    • “I know places” and “cardigan”
  • There'll be happiness after you / But there was happiness because of you / Both of these things can be true
  • "When did all our lessons start to look like weapons / Pointed at my deepest hurt?"
  • “You haven't met the new me yet”
    • “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now / Why? Oh, ‘cause she’s dead!”

8. “Dorothea”

  • "A tiny screen's the only place I see you now"
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  • "And if you're ever tired of being known for who you know / You know, you'll always know me, Dorothea"

9. "Coney Island" (featuring the National)

  • "If I can't relate to you anymore / Then who am I related to?"
  • "Did I close my fist around something delicate?"
    • Delicate, afterglow
  • "Will you forgive my soul / When you're too wise to trust me and too old to care?"
  • "Did I paint your bluest skies the darkest grey?"

  • "The sight that flashed before me was your face"
    • But when the sun came up, I was looking at you
  • "I'm on a bench in Coney Island / Wondering where did my baby go? / The fast times, the bright lights, the merry go" 

10. "Ivy”

  • "I'd meet you where the spirit meets the bones"
  • "Oh, I can’t / Stop you putting roots in my dreamland / My house of stone, your ivy grows / And now I'm covered in you"
  • "I'd live and die for moments that we stole / On begged and borrowed time"
  • Or dare to sit and watch what we'll become / And drink my husband's wine"
  • "So yeah, it's a fire / It's a goddamn blaze in the dark / So yeah, it's a war / It's the goddamn fight of my life"

11. "Cowboy like Me"

  • Unfortunately, this is one of my feast favorite songs on the album. This is very country and I’m not a fan of the genres generally.
  • "Never wanted love / Just a fancy car / Now I'm waiting by the phone / Like I'm sitting in an airport bar"
  • "Eyes full of stars / Hustling for the good life"

12. "Long Story Short"

  • "I tried to pick my battles 'til the battle picked me"
  • "If the shoe fits, walk in it 'til your high heels break"
  • "Clung to the nearest lips / Long story short, it was the wrong guy"
  • "No more keepin' score / Now I just keep you warm (Keep you warm)"
  • "Past me / I wanna tell you not to get lost in these petty things"
  • "Your nemeses / Will defeat themselves before you get the chance to swing"
  • "And he's passing by / Rare as the glimmer of a comet in the sky / And he feels like home"
  • "And my waves meet your shore / Ever and evermore"
  • "Long story short, it was a bad time / Long story short, I survived"

13. "Marjorie"

  • I basically sobbed like a baby listening to the song. I lost my grandfather in July and processing those feelings were not easy. There is just something about the way Taylor Swift is able to write about grief that I have been unable to put into words.v The video for this song also destroyed me because there are so many videos of her grandmother.
  • "Never be so kind / You forget to be clever / Never be so clever / You forget to be kind"
  • "What died didn't stay dead / You're alive, you're alive in my head"
  • "Never be so politе / You forget your power / Nevеr wield such power / You forget to be polite"
  • "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"

14. "Closure"

  • "Yes, I got your letter / Yes, I'm doing better / It cut deep to know ya, right to the bone"

  • "Yes, I got your letter / Yes, I'm doing better / I know that it's over, I don't need your / Closure, your closure"

  • "I know I'm just a wrinkle in your new life / Staying friends would iron it out so nice / Guilty, guilty, reaching out across the sea / That you put between you and me / But it's fake and it's oh so unnecessary"

15. "Evermore" (featuring Bon Iver)

  • 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
  • "That this pain would be for / Evermore"
    • “New Years Day”
  • "To be certain, we'll be tall again"
    • "Paper Rings": “Honey, without all the exes, fights, and flaws / We wouldn’t be standing here so tall”
  • And when I was shipwrecked (Can't think of all the cost)
    • “Willow” and “gold rush”
  • "I had a feeling so peculiar / This pain wouldn't be for / Evermore"

16. "Right Where You Left Me" (bonus track) 

  • Right where you left me / You left me no choice but to stay here forever
  • If our love died young / I can't bear witness / And it's been so long / But if you ever think you got it wrong / I'm right where / You left me / You left me no choice but to stay here forever

17. "It's Time To Go" (bonus track) 

  • "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 / 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"

  • "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"

I’ll be very honest and admit that I prefer folklore to evermore. I can definitely understand why Taylor Swift would consider this to be a sister album to folklore.

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