Soooooo, Taylor Swift dropped two albums in just ONE YEAR!!! Insane right? I know right? Taylor Swift dropped Folklore earlier in 2020 and then a surprise album which is also the sister album to Folkore a month ago called Evermore. With this comes the obvious fan theories and speculations relating to her and her music. And like every song has hidden easter eggs, references and hidden themes this album was no exception.
The album has a total of 15 songs and today we will discuss in detail what each song is all about. There are lots of references from previous experiences of Taylor Swift and evermore just like folklore has lots of literary references to writers, poets, and their works. We may touch and talk about them in brief sometimes but we won’t go into the details as it will really stretch the article.
We won’t be talking about the easter eggs or theories just the meanings. So, here is for you Every Song in Evermore EXPLAINED. So, without further ado let’s jump right into it. But before that I hope you have listened to the album already or else you may face lots of spoilers.
Every Song in Evermore EXPLAINED
The first track and also the lead track from the album i.e evermore is willow. The music video is kind of a continuation of the music video of cardigan from the album of folklore. We see Taylor holding to a thread of gold which is a reference from the song ‘invisible string‘ where she says ‘One single thread of gold tied me to you‘. The song is about desire and wanting for someone in life. The song uses the figure of speech simile where she is been compared to a willow tree. She describes the relationship to the firmness of willow trees but it also is chaotic sometimes like willow trees look. Sh says this about the song, “willow is about intrigue, desire and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make somebody fall in love with you”
The song has lots of references from the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. In the book, the writer writes about an invisible connection of two people tied with string from the ribs of one to another. Likewise in cardigan from folklore, Taylor writes, ‘I knew you tried to change the ending, peter losing wendy‘ which is picked up from the book Peter Pan where Wendy realises she cannot stay with Peter forever and exits Neverland to reality telling a lot about the song.
2. champagne problems
The second track from the album is champagne problems which are also co-written by Taylor’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Whenever you see someone called William Bowery in the credits just know that it’s actually Joe Alwyn. It is also one of the most popular and loved track from the album, evermore
The song is about a boy who proposed to his girl before Christmas in front of his family and friends but is rejected shocking him and all his people. His heart is broken and follows the gossips, his sadness and awareness among friends, and how things gradually change for him. The song may have pointed towards some sort of mental problem for the girl. The song also has a sweeter ending where two scenarios are possible. First being, he finds another girl who didn’t break him like the first time or the girl wishing good for the boy of having someone who doesn’t break and disappoints him as she did.
3. gold rush
The third track from the album is a gold rush. Gold rush is about desire and lust for that perfect person who everyone wants to be with. It gives one of the high school vibes where everyone is crushing over the most wanted and popular faces and everyone wants to be with them. The word ‘gold’ is signifying that person who is as valued, attractive and wanted as gold. The use of the word ‘rush’ is self-explanatory now I feel. Anyways, the track has a realistic ending where she snaps out of that dream and decides not to chase a person who is wanted by all and is only valid from outside.
4. ’tis the damn season
While we talked about Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte in willow and Peter Pan, ’tis the damn season has references to Robert Frosts’s poem The Road Not Taken which I’m sure that most of you may have noticed. A similar reference was made in the track from folklore called illicit affairs where she says, ‘Take the road less traveled by‘ and in this track i.e ’tis the damn season she sings, ‘And the road not taken looks real good now‘ which maybe connecting the storylines of both of the songs at some level.
’tis the damn season is about a girl called Dorfia who visits her parents’ house and recollects an old casual flame that she wants to keep even if it’s for a weekend or where both don’t need to keep themselves exclusive towards each other. She wants it to last even when her return to Hollywood is guaranteed.
5. tolerate it
Another song that brought tears to the listener’s eyes was tolerate it. It is the fifth song of the album evermore and like most albums, the fifth track ought to be emotional. The song is about a woman with a man who doesn’t pay attention or love her as such as she does. The song is about a relationship that has no meaning and purpose. A woman showering all her love only to receive nothing from the other side. But the song is the thoughts that run through the mind of the woman as the song begins and ends with ‘i sit and watch‘.
The song has strong references from Daphne du Maurier’s book Rebecca. The book is about a woman who marries a more wise mature man, only to find he still is in love with his dead ex-wife Rebecca. Therefore, he pays little to no attention to her. The lyrics ‘Use my best colors for your portrait‘ is a reference to a scene in Rebecca where the woman dresses the same as the ex-wife Rebecca’s portrait.
6. no body, no crime
This song that is no body, no crime is more like a murder mystery in form of a song. Here Taylor mentions a friend called Este. She sings about Este’s husband cheating on her and Este is suddenly is missing (actually murdered). They report her but eventually, the husband’s mistress moves in and everyone believes she kills Este. Taylor then plans to kill the husband and Este’s sister will act as an alibi to ultimately put all allegations on the mistress. This will be further established as she had taken out a big lump sum of the husband’s life insurance money. Whether Taylor pursues her plans is a mystery.
Remember, Daphne du Maurier’s book Rebecca that we mentioned in the song, tolerate it? There is a reference to it here too. In the book, the husband is the one who kills Rebecca. Her body is found years later drowned in the lake with a boat. Hence, the lyrics, ‘Good thing my daddy made me get a boating license when I was fifteen‘. Taylor says she drew inspiration from all the thrilling podcasts she listened to during quarantine.
Happiness is about relationship and self-worth. She expresses how one finds a different self when they meet their soulmates and new kind of happiness is found. But then she sings, ‘There’ll be happiness after you. But there was happiness because of you‘ that talks about how even after the person goes away her happiness won’t be stolen and taken away as well. She expresses this feeling more, ‘There’ll be happiness after me. But there was happiness because of me‘ which talks about her self worth and her capacity to be independently happy before and after that relationship. The story is about Taylor’s relationship with a boy which is broken after seven years. She thinks about all the things his new girlfriend would be doing that was once done by Taylor.
This song has some straight forward reference from the popular classic The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lyrics, ‘I hope she’ll be a beautiful fool‘ is a direct quote from the book. And then there is the reference of the green light in the line, ‘All you want from me now is the green light of forgiveness’ which is a reference to the part in the book where Gatsby is looking for the green light across the bay.
Last Words from “Every Song in Evermore EXPLAINED”
So, this was it from our article, Every Song in Evermore EXPLAINED. I know not all the songs are covered and that only because that would have made the blog super long and boring. Without going much deep so keep it simple to read, enjoy and above all understand Taylor Swift especially Folklore & Evermore better. I will surely continue this with a SECOND PART but hoping to get adequate support and love so that I know you all love this type of write-ups and it also keeps me motivated.
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