Taylor Swift Discusses The Inspiration Behind ‘1989’ Tracks
Speaking about "Out of the Woods," Taylor admits writing the song was a brand-new process for her, and more collaborative than she's used to. Jack Antonoff sent her the track, and Taylor says she thought of the melody and lyrics to it "immediately, in full."
As for the meaning behind "Out of the Woods" -- a song largely rumored to be about her short-lived relationship with Harry Styles -- Taylor said, "The song itself, it just kind of conjured up all these feelings of anxiety I had in a relationship where everybody was watching, everybody was commenting on it. You’re constantly just feeling like, ‘Are we out of the woods yet? What’s the next thing gonna be? What’s the next hurdle we’re gonna have to jump over? Are we gonna make it to next week?’"
She continued, saying, "It was interesting to write about a relationship where you’re just honestly like, ‘This is probably not gonna last, but how long is it gonna last?’ Those fragile relationships…It doesn’t mean they’re not supposed to happen. The whole time we were having happy memories or crazy memories or ridiculously anxious times, in my head it was just like, ‘Are we OK yet? Are we there yet? Are we out of this yet?'"
Taylor went on to reveal the process behind writing the frenetic "I Know Places," which she worked on with One Republic's Ryan Tedder. She said, "I kind of was in a place where I was like, ‘No one is gonna sign up for this. There are just too many cameras pointed at me. There are too many ridiculous elaborations on my life. It’s just not ever gonna work.' But I decided to write a love song, just kind of like, ‘What would I say if I met someone really awesome and they were like, hey, I’m worried about all this attention you get?’ So I wrote this song called ‘I Know Places’ about, like, ‘Hey, I know places we can hide. We could outrun them.’”
You can check out the video of Taylor recounting her songwriting process in full over on the Grammy Pro website.
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