Taylor Swift Surprises Fans With Favorite ‘Folklore’ Lyric
Taylor Swift has always had a way with words, and her recent quarantine release “folklore” was no exception.
Recorded and produced entirely in COVID-19 lockdown, Swift, 31, embraced a new direction as she shifted from the previous pop elements of “Lover” into a more indie-folk direction.
If fans had to choose a favorite song on the album, it might just be “The Last Great American Dynasty.” The song captures Swift’s classic storytelling style and chronicles Rebekah Harkness and her short marriage to Standard Oil heir William Harkness, and their infamous “Holiday House” in Rhode Island, which Swift bought in 2013 amidst public scrutiny.
For fans who might not be familiar with the “Love Story” singer’s Rhode Island home, Swift makes the reveal clear at the end of the song, singing: “Fifty years is a long time/ Holiday House sat quietly on that beach/ Free of women with madness/ Their men and bad habits/ And then it was bought by me.”
In a recent interview, Swift admitted that she was “really proud of ‘She had a marvelous time ruining everything’ from ‘The Last Great American Dynasty’ because it’s about what happens when women step out of their cages and run.”
“It can be a real pearl-clutching moment for society when a woman owns her desires and wildness,” Swift continued. “I love the idea that the woman in question would be too joyful in her freedom to even care that she’s ruffling feathers, raising eyebrows, or becoming the talk of the town. The idea that she decided there were marvelous times to be had, and that was more important.”
The previously private singer-songwriter has become increasingly outspoken about sexism in the music industry.
In her critically acclaimed 2020 Netflix documentary, “Miss Americana,” Swift explains, “I’m trying to be as educated as possible on how to respect people, on how to de-program the misogyny in my own brain. Toss it out, reject it, and resist it. Like, there is no such thing as a slut. There is no such thing as a bitch. There is no such thing as someone who’s bossy, there’s just a boss.”
The “Bad Blood” singer also made headlines this week when she clapped back at Netflix for including a sexist joke about her love life in the show, “Ginny & Georgia.”
The “willow” singer, who is nominated for six Grammys this month, seems to appreciate the novel approach that working in a pandemic required.
“You can write songs without traveling or being in the same space as another collaborator,” she shared. “You can tell your fans about what you made without going on an international promo tour. These things are options I didn’t explore before and I’m glad that I know they exist now.”
Although she hasn’t announced plans for a third indie album just yet, the self-sufficient Swift admits that she’s proud of “the DIY elements of these albums, and, in the future, I will always explore that option before adding any other layers to a project. If I can do it myself, I will.”