Taylor Swift released evermore and the music video for its lead single "willow" at midnight, kicking the album off with a song rooted in lust, love, and romance. It also continues the practice she started on evermore‘s sister album folklore, blending fact with fiction to create a story. As she put it herself, "thematically, we still explored mythology, stories, and secrets" on the album.
Lyrics like "Life was a willow, and it bent right to your wind/They count me out time and time again/Life was a willow, and it bent right to your wind/But I come back stronger than a ’90s trend," may be partly inspired by Swift and her boyfriend of four years, Joe Alwyn’s, relationship and Swift’s reputation as a celebrity. But as Swift explained of the song’s meaning, "willow" is about wanting someone, the start of falling in love. Swift and Alwyn, meanwhile. have been together and in love for years.
Swift wrote about the song’s meaning during a YouTube Q&A during its release. She said, "’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 (an oddly specific visual)."
📲 YT | Taylor Swift on ‘willow’ in the #willowMusicVideo premiere chat
“willow is about intrigue, desire and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make someone fall in love with you (an oddly specific visual)” pic.twitter.com/D2g22yunL4
The lyrics create a compelling, whimsical image of that to pull you into evermore‘s world. You can read them, via Genius, below and watch the music video, too:
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.
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