Taylor Swift Reveals the Story Behind One of Her Favorite 'Folklore' Lyrics


| LAST UPDATE 03/04/2021

By Chloe Becker
Taylor Swift Folklore Inspiration
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The 10-time Grammy-winning artist is sharing more on the inspiration for her record-breaking album, Folklore. Taylor Swift explained the story behind the album line she is "really proud" of. Read on for the details.

Taylor Swift Folklore Inspiration
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Taylor Swift is giving fans more details on the record-making process for Folklore, including the inspiration behind one of her favorite lyrics. "I'm 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," Swift explained.

Taylor Swift Folklore Inspiration
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"It can be a pearl-clutching moment for society when a woman owns her desires and wildness," the star 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."

Rebekah Harkness Folklore Inspiration
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The hit song was inspired by Rebekah Harkness, the late composer, and philanthropist who previously owned Taylor's Rhode Island home. Rebekah's marriage to Standard Oil heir William Harkness made her the talk of the town. Swift draws connections and similarities between the two women's lives, as the award-winning singer knows what it's like to be at the center of Hollywood gossip.

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The songwriter also discussed the music-making lessons she's learned in the last year, which has seen her spending a lot more time at home. "I think one of the revelations from this time that I'll take with me moving forward is that oftentimes less is more," Taylor said. "An album shoot can really be as simple as walking out into a field with one photographer at your friends' farm, and you can do your own hair and makeup for it."

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Taylor added, "I feel 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." That seems like a good idea considering how many Grammy nominations the "DIY" project received. Folklore is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, while the album's hit song Cardigan is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, and Exile is a candidate for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. No big deal, just Taylor killing the game, as usual.