Song of the Day #4,563: ‘Marjorie’ – Taylor Swift

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

#6. ‘Cowboy Like Me’

Marcus Mumford provides very effective backing vocals on this old-school country ballad. This is the most I want to hear any man’s voice on a Taylor Swift song! A yarn about two con artists who fall in love, this is a beautiful, sadly seductive character sketch.

#5. ‘Gold Rush’

‘Gold Rush’ is one of the only Jack Antonoff collabs on this album, and it differs from everything around it, in a good way. I love the different movements, from the ethereal opening to the rhythmic verses and the soaring chorus. This could have fit easily on any of her last several albums.

#4. ‘Marjorie’

This tribute to Swift’s late grandmother is a delicate stunner that builds beautifully. I love how the verses and chorus are very simple, alternating between pearls of wisdom from the grandmother and the repeated refrain that she remains alive in spirit, but the bridge opens up into a free association about the way she really lived. I might have this one ranked too low.

[Verse 1]
Never be so kind
You forget to be clever
Never be so clever
You forget to be kind

[Pre-Chorus]
And if I didn’t know better
I’d think you were talking to me now
If I didn’t know better
I’d think you were still around

[Chorus]
What died didn’t stay dead
What died didn’t stay dead
You’re alive, you’re alive in my head
What died didn’t stay dead
What died didn’t stay dead
You’re alive, so alive

[Verse 2]
Never be so politе
You forget your power
Nevеr wield such power
You forget to be polite

[Pre-Chorus]
And if I didn’t know better
I’d think you were listening to me now
If I didn’t know better
I’d think you were still around

[Chorus]
What died didn’t stay dead
What died didn’t stay dead
You’re alive, you’re alive in my head
What died didn’t stay dead
What died didn’t stay dead
You’re alive, so alive

[Bridge]
The autumn chill that wakes me up
You loved the amber skies so much
Long limbs and frozen swims
You’d always go past where our feet could touch
And I complained the whole way there
The car ride back and up the stairs
I should’ve asked you questions
I should’ve asked you how to be
Asked you to write it down for me
Should’ve kept every grocery store receipt
‘Cause every scrap of you would be taken from me
Watched as you signed your name Marjorie
All your closets of backlogged dreams
And how you left them all to me

[Chorus]
What died didn’t stay dead
What died didn’t stay dead
You’re alive, you’re alive in my head
What died didn’t stay dead
What died didn’t stay dead
You’re alive, so alive

[Outro]
And if I didn’t know better
I’d think you were singing to me now
If I didn’t know better
I’d think you were still around
I know better
But I still feel you all around
I know better
But you’re still around

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,563: ‘Marjorie’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Maddie thought you might put Marjorie as your favorite, so it’s interesting that you wonder if you have it ranked too low at 4. Such a moving song, and the emotional impact is intensified by the video, which I had not seen before.

  2. Peg says:

    Beautiful song and video ❤️

  3. Amy says:

    The fact that we, too, had a grandmother named Marjorie makes this song all the more poignant.

  4. Peg says:

    Amy that is so true ❤️

  5. Maddie says:

    Forgot to comment on this one!! Glad to see cowboy like me so high on your list. Such a vibe. “Forever is the sweetest con!!!” And genuinely a huge fan of this trio, they’d all be around here on my own nonexistent list.

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