Song of the Day #4,562: ‘Willow’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s Evermore

#9. ‘Champagne Problems’

I really like the melody of these verses, and the piano work on this song is sublime. The bridge is very familiar (especially the “one for the money, two for the show” part). I’m not sure if it sounds like a specific Taylor Swift song or just shares a general sound and style.

#8. ‘No Body, No Crime’

The most fun song on the album, this feels like a tribute to one of Swift’s favorites, The Dixie Chicks (or is it The Chicks even when we’re referring to their older work?). Nice to hear the Haim ladies fresh off of their incredible 2020 album. I’d love to see more collaborations between them and Taylor.

#7. ‘Willow’

The opening track of Evermore, this is a beautiful song. It’s very well produced and Taylor is in peak form as a vocalist. This is a sister song to Folklore‘s ‘Cardigan,’ and while it’s close, I think I like this one better.

[Verse 1]
I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night
Rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife
And if it was an open-shut case
I never would’ve known from that look on your face
Lost in your current like a priceless wine

[Chorus]
The more that you say, the less I know
Wherever you stray, I follow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man

[Verse 2]
Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind
Head on the pillow, I could feel you sneakin’ in
As if you were a mythical thing
Like you were a trophy or a champion ring
And there was one prize I’d cheat to win

[Chorus]
The more that you say, the less I know
Wherever you stray, I follow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man
You know that my train could take you home
Anywhere else is hollow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man

[Bridge]
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

[Verse 3]
Wait for the signal, and I’ll meet you after dark
Show me the places where the others gave you scars
Now this is an open-shut case
I guess I should’ve known from the look on your face
Every bait-and-switch was a work of art

[Chorus]
The more that you say, the less I know
Wherever you stray, I follow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man
You know that my train could take you home
Anywhere else is hollow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man
The more that you say, the less I know
Wherever you stray, I follow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man
You know that my train could take you home
Anywhere else is hollow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man

[Outro]
Hey, that’s my man
That’s my man
Yeah, that’s my man
Every bait-and-switch was a work of art
That’s my man
Hey, that’s my man
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,562: ‘Willow’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    These are all quality songs.

    I particularly enjoy “No Body, No Crime,” though I think it skews far closer to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” lyrically, musically and thematically than a Chicks song.

  2. Maddie says:

    Great trio here! I think the bridge on “champagne problems” is Taylor at her peak lyric writing game. She tells the full story so beautifully and intensely. I’ve seen this song compared again and again to the Jo and Laurie relationship in Little Women and I think that gives an added weight to the song for me.

  3. Amy says:

    I also prefer “Willow” to “Cardigan,” though, in general, I like folklore more as an album (at least at this point in my listening journey). I have to listen to “Champagne Problems” with the Little Women connection in mind.

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