Forever & Always

Fearless (2008) | Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Forever & Always” is a song on Taylor’s second studio album, “Fearless” (2008). It was written about Joe Jonas, who broke up with her during a 27 second phone call in 2008. The re-recording of the song, “Forever & Always (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on April 9, 2021 on the album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”

Taylor wrote the song near the end of the recording process, after the break up with Joe Jonas. She had to plead with the president of her record label, Scott Borchetta, to let her add it to the album a day before the final version was due to be turned in. “Forever & Always” talks about holding on to every moment with her ex-boyfriend, since things didn’t last.

“It’s about watching somebody fade away in a relationship. They said they were going to be with you forever, that they loved you, and then something changed in the relationship and you don’t know what it is, but you’re watching them slowly drift. That emotion of rejection, for me, usually starts out sad and then gets mad. This song starts with this pretty melody that’s easy to sing along with, then in the end I’m basically screaming it because I’m so mad. I’m really proud of that.” — Taylor Swift

THE PIANO VERSION
On the Platinum Editon of the album, the song was redone with a softer piano melody. Taylor told The Los Angeles Times that on “Forever & Always (Piano Version)“, she felt as though she achieved something authentic and raw. She explained:

“When I go into the studio, it’s really more about portraying the song in a way that gets the feeling across, rather than every phrase being exactly perfect. I think it’s the writer in me that’s a little more obsessed with the meaning of the song than the vocal technique. All that stuff is like math to me. Over-thinking vocals and stuff — I never want to get to that point.” — Taylor Swift

Joe Jonas told the June 2009 issue of Seventeen Magazine that he wasn’t bothered about Taylor writing about the break-up of their relationship. He said: “It’s flattering. It’s always nice to hear their side of the story.”

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Once upon a time, I believe it was a Tuesday when I caught your eye
And we caught onto something
I hold onto the night, you looked me in the eye and told me you loved me
Were you just kidding?
‘Cause it seems to me, this thing is breaking down
We almost never speak
I don’t feel welcome anymore
Baby what happened, please tell me?
’cause one second it was perfect, now you’re halfway out the door

[Chorus]
And I stare at the phone, he still hasn’t called
And then you feel so low you cant feel nothing at all
And you flashback to when he said forever and always
Oh, and it rains in your bedroom
Everything is wrong
It rains when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone
‘Cause I was there when you said forever and always

[Verse 2]
Was I out of line?
Did I say something way too honest, made you run and hide
Like a scared little boy
I looked into your eyes
Thought I knew you for a minute, now I’m not so sure
So here’s everything coming down to nothing
Here’s to silence that cuts me to the core
Where is this going? Thought I knew for a minute, but I don’t anymore

[Chorus]
And I stare at the phone, he still hasn’t called
And then you feel so low you cant feel nothing at all
And you flashback to when he said forever and always
Oh, and it rains in your bedroom
Everything is wrong
It rains when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone
‘Cause I was there when you said forever and always
You didn’t mean it baby
I don’t think so

[Bridge]
Back up, baby, back up
Did you forget everything
Back up, baby, back up
Did you forget everything

[Chorus]
‘Cause it rains in your bedroom
Everything is wrong
It rains when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone
‘Cause I was there when you said forever and always

Oh, I stare at the phone, he still hasn’t called
And then you feel so low you cant feel nothing at all
And you flashback to when we said forever and always

[Final Chorus]
And it rains in your bedroom
Everything is wrong
It rains when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone
‘Cause I was there when you said forever and always
You didn’t mean it baby

You said forever and always
Yeah

General Information
AlbumsFearless
Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008
Re-ReleasedApril 9, 2021
GenreCountry Pop
Length3:45
LabelBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
Single Certification
Hidden Message
If you play these games we’re both going to lose
Official Audio