Today Was A Fairytale

"Valentine's Day" Soundtrack (2010) | Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Today Was A Fairytale” was originally written for a movie Taylor acted in, “Valentine’s Day“. As a song originally released by Big Machine Records, it was included in the release of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” since it was written around the same time as much of the 2008 version of “Fearless“.

BACKGROUND AND RELEASE
Taylor solely penned “Today Was A Fairytale” in the summer of 2008 and stored it away for a while. After being cast as Felicia Miller on “Valentine’s Day”, Taylor offered the song to the film producers for the soundtrack as she did not believe it fit on her upcoming album. “When this movie opportunity came about, I reached back into my pocket and thought, ‘I think this is perfect for the soundtrack. I hope it’s perfect for the soundtrack'”, Taylor told The Tennessean.

“Today Was A Fairytale” was released as a single from the “Valentine’s Day” soundtrack on January 22, 2010, exclusively through the iTunes Store. The single was re-released on February 15, 2011.

CRITICAL RECEPTION AND COMMERCIAL PERFORMANCE
“Today Was A Fairytale” received generally positive reception from contemporary critics, some who deemed it the best song on the soundtrack, and enjoyed commercial success by reaching the top ten in three countries. In Canada, “Today Was A Fairytale” became Taylor’s first No. 1 song. The song debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Taylor promoted “Today Was A Fairytale” at several venues and included it on a revised set list for the continuation of her “Fearless Tour” in 2010.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Today was a fairytale
You were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
I wore a dress
You wore a dark gray t-shirt
You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess
Today was a fairytale

[Pre-chorus 1]
Time slows down whenever you’re around

[Chorus]
But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

[Verse 2]
Today was a fairytale
You’ve got a smile that takes me to another planet
Every move you make everything you say is right
Today was a fairytale

Today was a fairytale
All that I can say is now it’s getting so much clearer
Nothin’ made sense ’til the time I saw your face
Today was a fairytale

[Pre-chorus 2]
Time slows down whenever you’re around
Yeah yeah

[Chorus]
But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

[Bridge]
Time slows down whenever you’re around
I can feel my heart
It’s beating in my chest
Did you feel it?
I can’t put this down

But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way

[Chorus]
But can you feel this magic in the air?
It must have been the way you kissed me
Fell in love when I saw you standing there
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale
It must have been the way
Today was a fairytale

[Outro]
Oh oh yeah yeah oh
Today was a fairytale

General Information
AlbumFearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedJanuary 19, 2010
Re-ReleasedApril 9, 2021
Written2008
GenreCountry Pop
Length4:01
LabelsBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducerChristopher Rowe
Nathan Chapman
Taylor Swift
FEARLESS CHRONOLOGY
The Other Side Of The DoorToday Was A FairytaleYou All Over Me
Single Certification
Cover Artworks
Official Lyric Video
Official Audio
Original Audio