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Taylor Swift Reveals Why She Finally Dropped an F-Bomb in a Song on 'Folklore'

Taylor Swift Reveals Why She Finally Dropped an F-Bomb in a Song on 'Folklore'

Taylor Swift is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s Entertainers of the Year issue.

Here’s what the 30-year-old singer-songwriter had to say…

On folklore “attacking” her previous albums: “I almost didn’t process it as an album. This was just my daydream space…I have this weird thing that I do when I create something where in order to create the next thing I kind of, in my head, attack the previous thing. I don’t love that I do that but it is the thing that has kept me pivoting to another world every time I make an album. But with this one, I just still love it. I’m so proud of it. And so that feels very foreign to me. That doesn’t feel like a normal experience that I’ve had with releasing albums.”

On recording her first F-bomb on “Mad Woman”: “Every rule book was thrown out. I always had these rules in my head and one of them was, You haven’t done this before, so you can’t ever do this. ‘Well, you’ve never had an explicit sticker, so you can’t ever have an explicit sticker.’ But that was one of the times where I felt like you need to follow the language and you need to follow the storyline. And if the storyline and the language match up and you end up saying the F-word, just go for it. I wasn’t adhering to any of the guidelines that I had placed on myself. I decided to just make what I wanted to make. And I’m really happy that the fans were stoked about that because I think they could feel that. I’m not blaming anyone else for me restricting myself in the past. That was all, I guess, making what I want to make. I think my fans could feel that I opened the gate and ran out of the pasture for the first time, which I’m glad they picked up on because they’re very intuitive.”

On “This Is Me Trying”: “I think I was writing from three different characters’ perspectives…I was channeling the emotions I was feeling in 2016, 2017, where I just felt like I was worth absolutely nothing. And then, the second verse is about dealing with addiction and issues with struggling every day. And every second of the day, you’re trying not to fall into old patterns, and nobody around you can see that, and no one gives you credit for it. And then, the third verse, I was thinking, what would The National do? What lyric would Matt Berninger write? What chords would The National play? And it’s funny because I’ve since played this song for Aaron [Dessner], and he’s like, “That’s not what we would’ve done at all.’ He’s like, “I love that song, but that’s totally different than what we would’ve done with it.’”

She also explained the meaning behind her song, “Peace.”

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