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Where The Crawdads Sing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | 2022

“Carolina” is a song inspired by and written for the 2022 movie Where the Crawdads Sing. It follows the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina. Taylor wrote the haunting song alone, with frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner on the production side.
“Carolina” was the first all-new material from Taylor since she had issued her ninth studio album evermore at the end of 2020. Between those releases, she had had her attention on the expansive rollout campaigns for the re-recorded (Taylor’s Version) editions of Fearless and RED.

Background and Release

Taylor had read the book that the movie is based on and loved it so much that she felt compelled to write a song for it. That was before the film was even in production. When Olivia Newman, the director, heard the song, she was amazed by how tonally perfect it is. She told News Express US, “It is so beautiful. Every time the movie ends and that song comes on, it captures the feeling where you need to sit and digest what just happened. The song is the perfect vessel for those feelings. It sets exactly the right tone. But [Taylor writing a song] was very serendipitous because we hadn’t shot the movie yet. For it to be such a perfect match was a gift. What a gift.”

“Carolina” was first announced via Taylor’s Instagram account on March 22, 2022. On the post’s caption, she said:

«Where The Crawdads Sing is a book I got absolutely lost in when I read it years ago. As soon as I heard there was a film in the works starring the incredible Daisy Edgar Jones and produced by the brilliant Reese Witherspoon, I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side. I wrote the song “Carolina” alone and asked my friend Aaron Dessner to produce it. I wanted to create something haunting and ethereal to match this mesmerizing story.»

Taylor Swift
Producer Aaron Dessner added: “As always, it was such a pleasure to produce a song with Taylor Swift – and ‘Carolina’ is one of my absolutely favorite songs she’s written. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”


[Lyrics from Trailer]
Ooh, ooh
They never saw me
You didn’t see me here (You didn’t see me)
No, they never did see me here
There are places I will never, ever go to
Things that only Carolina will ever know

Into the mist, into the clouds
No, you didn’t see me here
They’ll make a fest, I’ll make it count
Carolina knows

General Information
LabelRepublic Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducerAaron Dessner