evermore

Featuring Bon Iver | evermore (2020)

“evermore”, the titular closing track on the standard edition of Taylor’s ninth album, “evermore” (2020), is a meditative piano ballad tracking the narrator’s journey from a seemingly unending period of deep depression and hurt to a place of hope.

Like “happiness,” “evermore” deals strongly with themes of mental health, though this track lays out a more linear path towards healing. Fittingly, Taylor has publicly discussed her struggles with significant periods of depression in the past.

This marks Justin Vernon’s (singer of the band Bon Iver) second feature on a song with Taylor. Taylor and Justin worked together on her previous album, “folklore” for the fourth song on the album, “exile.” This time around, Justin further contributed to the “evermore” album by playing various instruments and helping with some backing vocals on a few tracks. Additionally, Taylor’s partner Joe Alwyn wrote and plays the piano melody under the pseudonym William Bowery. Producer Aaron Dessner told Rolling Stone in December, 2020:

“William [Joe] plays the piano on ‘evermore,’ actually. We recorded that remotely. That was really important to me and to them, to do that, because he also wrote the piano part of ‘exile,’ but on the record, it’s me playing it because we couldn’t record him easily. But this time, we could. I just think it’s an important and special part of the story.” — Aaron Dessner

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Taylor Swift]
Gray November
I’ve been down since July
Motion capture
Put me in a bad light
I replay my footsteps on each stepping stone
Trying to find the one where I went wrong
Writing letters
Addressed to the fire

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
And I was catching my breath
Staring out an open window
Catching my death
And I couldn’t be sure
I had a feeling so peculiar
That this pain would be for
Evermore

[Verse 2: Taylor Swift]
Hey December
Guess I’m feeling unmoored
Can’t remember
What I used to fight for
I rewind thе tape but all it does is pause
On thе very moment, all was lost
Sending signals
To be double-crossed

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
And I was catching my breath
Barefoot in the wildest winter
Catching my death
And I couldn’t be sure
I had a feeling so peculiar
That this pain would be for
Evermore
(Evermore)

[Bridge 1: Justin Vernon]
Cannot think of all the cost
And the things that will be lost
Oh, can we just get a pause?
To be certain, we’ll be tall again
Whether weather be the frost
Or the violence of the dog days
I’m on waves, out being tossed
Is there a line that I could just go cross?

[Bridge 2: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
And when I was shipwrecked (Can’t think of all the cost)
I thought of you (All the things that will be lost now)
In the cracks of light (Can we just get a pause?)
I dreamed of you (To be certain we’ll be tall again, if you think of all the costs)
It was real enough (Whether weather be the frost)
To get me through (Or the violence of the dog days) (Or the violence of the dog days)
(Out on waves, being tossed)
(I’m on waves, out being tossed)
I swear (Is there a line that we can just go cross?)
You were there

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
And I was catching my breath
Floors of a cabin creaking under my step
And I couldn’t be sure
I had a feeling so peculiar
This pain wouldn’t be for
Evermore
Evermore
Evermore
This pain wouldn’t be for evermore
Evermore

evermore by Taylor Swift (Republic Records, 2020)
General Information
Albumevermore
FeatureBon Iver
ReleasedDecember 11, 2020
Recorded2020
StudiosLong Pond (Hudson, NY)
Scarlet Pimpernel (UK)
GenreAlternative
Indie Folk
Length5:04
LabelRepulic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
William Bowery (Joe Alwyn)
Justin Vernon
ProducersAaron Dessner
Taylor Swift
Official Lyric Video
Official Audio