Song of the Day #4,565: ‘Ivy’ – Taylor Swift

After Taylor Swift blessed fans with two surprise full-length albums in 2020, the records were invariably paired up in interesting ways.

Swift called the second album, Evermore, a “sister record” to the earlier Folklore, prompting fans to match “sister songs” on the albums. Track 13 on one is about Swift’s grandfather, while track 13 on the other is about her grandmother. The video for ‘Willow’ picks up where ‘Cardigan’s video left off. Both albums feature duets with Bon Iver. And so on.

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Song of the Day #4,424: ‘Betty’ – Taylor Swift

Concluding my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s folklore

#3. ‘invisible string’

One of the few songs on folklore written about Swift’s current relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, ‘invisible string’ is soul-soothing in its vision of romantic fate. It contains clever references to Swift’s previous work (“Bad was the blood of the song in the cab on your first trip to LA”) and the resolution she has found with former flames (“Now I send their babies presents”). She sounds thrillingly at peace.

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Song of the Day #4,421: ‘exile’ – Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver

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

#12. mad woman

A trademark Taylor Swift kiss-off song — this one at least partially about the battle with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta over ownership of her early material — that works better than most because of the mood created by its minor-key piano line.

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