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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 (2009). 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. “Jump Then Fall” was also part of the soundtrack. “Today Was A Fairytale” was re-issued as a single on February 15, 2011. By then, “Jump Then Fall” had already been released on the Platinum Edition of the Fearless album (2009).

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
ProducerNathan Chapman (original)
Christopher Rowe
Taylor Swift
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