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Forever Winter (From The Vault)

RED (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version) [From The Vault]” is a song recorded by Taylor for her album RED (Taylor’s Version) [2021], which is a re-recording of her 2012 album RED. She sings of her constant worry over the actions of someone close to her, speaking of the disrupted mental health the person endures day by day.

Background and Release

Following the dispute regarding her masters, Taylor announced RED (Taylor’s Version), a re-recording of her 2012 album RED, on June 18, 2021. Alongside the deluxe edition of the album, she revealed she would release nine songs, all dubbed “From The Vault” that did not make the 2012 album, one of them being “Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version) [From The Vault]”. The song was co-written by Mark Foster, frontman of the band Foster The People.

Lyrical Theme

It is unclear for whom Taylor wrote the song. Fans speculate that she could’ve penned it for one of her best friends from her teenage years who died from an overdose about two weeks after her third album, Speak Now, was released in October 2010. Taylor spoke about him when she accepted the “Songwriter of the Year” award at the BMI Country Awards the same week she attended his funeral in November 2010. She told Amazon Music in 2021:

«The song 'Forever Winter' is about being in a moment in your life where you love someone, or someone is such a good friend of yours, or you feel really close to someone, and you realize all at once that they've been struggling for a very long time. And you feel so guilty that you didn't see it sooner, and you wish you would've checked in on them more. That person means so much to you, but you didn't necessarily pick up on the signs that maybe they weren't okay. So, that's 'Forever Winter'.»

Taylor Swift

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
He says he doesn’t believe anything much he hears these days
He says, “Why fall in love, just so you can watch it go away?”
He spends most of his nights wishing it was how it used to be
He spends most of his flights getting pulled down by gravity

[Pre-Chorus 1]
I call just checking up on him
He’s up, 3am pacing
He says, “It’s not just a phase I’m in”
My voice comes out, begging

[Chorus]
All this time I didn’t know
You were breaking down
I’d fall to pieces on the floor
If you weren’t around
Too young to know it gets better
I’ll be summer sun for you forever
Forever winter if you go

[Verse 2]
He seems fine most of the time
Forcing smiles and never minds
His laugh is a symphony
When the lights go out it’s hard to breathe
I pull at every thread trying to solve the puzzles in his head
Live my life scared to death he’ll decide to leave instead

[Pre-Chorus 2]
I call just checking up on him
He’s up, 5am wasted
Long gone, not even listening
My voice comes out, screaming

[Chorus]
All this time I didn’t know
You were breaking down
I’d fall to pieces on the floor
If you weren’t around
Too young to know it gets better
I’ll be summer sun for you forever
Forever winter if you go

[Verse 3]
If I was standing there in your apartment
I’d take that bomb in your head and disarm it
I’d say I love you even at your darkest and
Please don’t go

[Chorus]
I didn’t know you were breaking down
I’d fall to pieces on the floor
If you weren’t around
Too young to know it gets better
I’ll be summer sun for you forever
Forever winter if you go

[Bridge]
I’ll be your summer sun forever
At 3am pacing
All this time I didn’t know
At 5am wasted
I’d be in pieces on the floor
Forever winter if you go

[Outro]
He says he doesn’t believe anything much he hears these days
I say, “Believe in one thing, I won’t go away”

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General Information
AlbumRED (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedNovember 12, 2021
Recorded2021
Written2010-2012
GenreCountry Pop
Length4:23
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Mark Foster
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
RED CHRONOLOGY
I Bet You Think About MeForever WinterRun
Lyric Video
Official Audio