folklore (2020)

Track seven on Taylor’s eighth studio album, “folklore” (2020), is fittingly called “seven”. It is a story about a childhood friend of Taylor’s who seemed to have an unhappy life at home. Taylor reflects back on her innocence back then, how she thought the problems could be easily solved.

The song is reminiscent of  “It’s Nice To Have A Friend”, from Taylor’s August 2019 album “Lover“, which tells the story of childhood friends that grew up together and eventually married. This time around, Taylor thought about what we lose when we grow up:

“With ‘seven’ I was looking back. When I see a kid throwing a massive tantrum in a grocery store, part of me is like, ‘Man, I feel you. When did I stop doing that when I was upset? When did I stop being so outraged that I would throw myself on the floor and throw the cereal at my mom?’ So the idea is, ‘Please, picture me in the trees because I learned civility. I used to scream anytime I wanted.’ Obviously, we can’t be throwing tantrums all the time and we learn that that’s not the right thing to do. But there’s something lost there, too.” — Taylor Swift

Producer Aaron Dessner told Vulture:

“This is the second song we wrote. It’s kind of looking back at childhood and those childhood feelings, recounting memories and memorializing them. It’s this beautiful folk song. It has one of the most important lines on the record: ‘And just like a folk song, our love will be passed on.’ That’s what this album is doing. It’s passing down. It’s memorializing love, childhood, and memories. It’s a folkloric way of processing.” — Aaron Dessner

The lines “Please picture me in the trees” and “Please picture me in the weeds” were used to name two versions of the collector’s edition of the “folklore” album: the “in the trees” and “in the weeds” editions with the cover arts depicting Taylor in a forest and on a field respectively.

“seven” debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the chart week of August 8, 2020.


[Verse 1]
Please picture me in the trees
I hit my peak at seven
Feet in the swing over the creek
I was too scared to jump in
But I, I was high in the sky
With Pennsylvania under me
Are there still beautiful things?

Sweet tea in the summer
Cross your heart, won’t tell no other
And though I can’t recall your face
I still got love for you
Your braids like a pattern
Love you to the Moon and to Saturn
Passed down like folk songs
The love lasts so long

[Verse 2]
And I’ve been meaning to tell you
I think your house is haunted
Your dad is always mad and that must be why
And I think you should come live with me
And we can be pirates
Then you won’t have to cry
Or hide in the closet
And just like a folk song
Our love will be passed on

Please picture me in the weeds
Before I learned civility
I used to scream ferociously
Any time I wanted
I, I

Sweet tea in the summer
Cross my heart, won’t tell no other
And though I can’t recall your face
I still got love for you
Pack your dolls and a sweater
We’ll move to India forever
Passed down like folk songs
Our love lasts so long

General Information
ReleasedJuly 24, 2020
StudioKitty Committee Studio
(Los Angeles)
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Aaron Dessner
ProducerAaron Dessner
Official Lyric Video
Official Audio
Official Live Audio