Sweeter Than Fiction

"One Chance" Soundtrack | 2013

“Sweeter Than Fiction” is a song recorded by Taylor for the film “One Chance”. It was the first collaboration between her and Jack Antonoff, who has since become one of her most trusted producers. The song was released as the lead single from the soundtrack album on October 21, 2013.

Taylor admitted she had to fight her former label to be allowed to release “Sweeter Than Fiction”, as she tried to maintain a dormant period between album releases. Big Machine reportedly told her “no new music until the next album comes out”, but Taylor explained that after seeing the film, she insisted “I have to be a part of this.”

BACKGROUND AND RELEASE
“One Chance” producer Simon Cowell approached Taylor with the idea of becoming involved with the project. Taylor was reportedly “so moved” by the film’s concept she was inspired to write a song for it. She revealed in an interview with country music blog Taste of Country that she viewed the film as a love story in addition to a chronicling of a man’s road to success, and approached the songwriting process from that perspective:

“I’m very inspired by the concept of love. And this movie is, in a lot of ways, … a story of the love his wife…has for him. That was the story that hit me and really affected me. I wanted to tell a story musically from that perspective.” — Taylor Swift

The song was released to digital retailers as the lead single from the “One Chance” soundtrack on October 21, 2013.

CRITICAL RECEPTION
The song was well received by critics. Entertainment Weekly praised Taylor’s approach to the subject matter and described the song as “addictive”. Rachel Mcrady of US Weekly felt “Sweeter Than Fiction” possessed “all the makings of another hit” in Taylor’s career. MTV blogger Jenna Hally Rubenstein summarised the song as “a masterfully crafted pop song that should do a killer job of soundtracking any and all uplifting moments in “One Chance”.” Carl Williott of Idolator called the song “pretty great”, saying “it’s a … sweet song, but the confident synth-pop/New Wave stylings keep it from being an overly saccharine affair, resultingly in a surprisingly bold offering from Swift.”

CHART PERFORMANCE
“Sweeter Than Fiction” debuted at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100, her 43rd top forty hit, thus tying Taylor with Aretha Franklin for the second-most top forty entries among women in the chart’s history. It’s also Taylor’s fifth movie song to crack the top forty, following “Crazier” from “Hannah Montana: The Movie” which reached No. 17 in 2009, “Today Was A Fairytale” from “Valentine’s Day” which reached No. 2 in 2010 and two songs from “The Hunger Games”: “Safe & Sound” with The Civil Wars which reached No. 30 in 2012, and “Eyes Open” which reached No. 19 in 2012. On Hot Digital Songs, “Sweeter Than Fiction” entered at No. 6 with 114,000 downloads sold. It was Taylor’s twenty-eighth song to reach the top ten of the Digital Songs chart, thus tying with Rihanna for the most top ten hits among all acts.

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATION
“Sweeter Than Fiction” was nominated for “Best Original Song” at the 71st Golden Globe Awards. This was Taylor’s second consecutive nomination in the category, after “Safe & Sound” the previous year.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Hit the ground, hit the ground, hit the ground, oh oh
Only sound, only sound that you hear is “No”
You never saw it coming
Slipped when you started running
And now you’ve come undone and I, I, I, I

[Pre-chorus1]
Seen you fall, seen you crawl on your knees, eh eh
Seen you lost in a crowd, seen your colors fade
Wish I could make it better
Someday you won’t remember
This pain you thought would last forever and ever

[Chorus]
There you’ll stand, ten feet tall
I will say, “I knew it all along.”
Your eyes – wider than distance
This life is sweeter than fiction

[Verse 2]
Just a shot, just a shot in the dark, oh oh
All you got, all you got are your shattered hopes
They never saw it coming
You hit the ground running
And now you’re onto something, I, I, I say

[Pre-chorus 2]
What a sight, what a sight when the light came on
Proved me right, proved me right when you proved them wrong
And in this perfect weather
It’s like we don’t remember
The rain we thought would last forever and ever

[Chorus]
There you’ll stand, ten feet tall
I will say, “I knew it all along.”
Your eyes – wider than distance
This life is sweeter than fiction

There you’ll stand, next to me
All at once, the rest is history
Your eyes – wider than distance
This life is sweeter than fiction, fiction

[Bridge]
I’ll be one of the many saying,
“Look at you now, look at you now, now.”
I’ll be one of the many saying,
“You made us proud, you made us proud, proud.”
I’ll be one of the many saying,
“Look at you now, look at you now, now.”
I’ll be one of the many saying,
“You made us proud, you made us proud, proud.”

And when they call your name
and they put your picture in a frame
You know that I’ll be there time and again
‘Cause I loved you when, when you

Hit the ground, hit the ground, hit the ground, oh oh
Only sound, only sound that you heard was “No”
Now in this perfect weather
It’s like we don’t remember
The rain we thought would last forever and ever (forever)

[Chorus]
There you’ll stand, ten feet tall
I will say, “I knew it all along.”
Your eyes – wider than distance
This life is sweeter than fiction

There you’ll stand next to me
All at once, the rest is history
Your eyes – wider than distance
This life is sweeter than fiction, fiction

[Outro]
It’s sweeter than fiction
It’s sweeter, yeah
It’s sweeter than, sweeter
Sweeter than fiction

General Information
ReleasedOctober 21, 2013
Recorded2012
GenreNew wave
Synth Pop
Length3:54
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
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