Taylor Swift wrote ‘Out of the Woods’ about ‘feelings of anxiety’
In October 2014, Taylor Swift released her album 1989. She went on to win Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards for the album. During a Grammy Pro listening session, Swift detailed how she did 1989and she revealed she made the song ‘Out of the Woods’ about the “feelings of anxiety” she had about a relationship.
Taylor Swift’s Song ‘Out of the Woods’ Is About ‘Feelings of Anxiety’
“Out of the Woods” marks one of Swift’s first collaborations with producer Jack Antonoff. The two have since collaborated on Swift’s albums Reputation, Lover, folklore, always, Fearless (Taylor version)and Red (Taylor’s version).
During the Grammy-Pro interview, Swift went into detail about her work with Antonoff. Swift also explained what “Out of the Woods” is all about.
“The song itself, what I wrote, hearing that track, it kind of brought up all those feelings of anxiety that I had in a relationship where everyone was watching, everyone was commenting on it. “said Swift.
She continued, “You constantly feel like ‘Are we out of the woods yet? What’s the next thing gonna be? What’s the next hurdle? We’ll have to jump on it. Are we going to do it until next week? »
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The singer based ‘Out of the Woods’ on ‘fragile relationships’
During the Grammy Pro listening session, Swift went into more detail about the creative process behind creating “Out of the Woods.” The singer-songwriter noted that the song is based on “fragile relationships”.
“It was interesting to write about a relationship where you honestly say to yourself, ‘It’s probably not going to last, but how long is it going to last?'” Swift said. “These fragile relationships, there’s something about it, that doesn’t mean they’re not meant to happen.”
The singer continued, “How all the time we had happy memories, or crazy memories, or ridiculously anxious times. In my head, it was just like, ‘Are you okay again? Are we already there? Are we out of this yet?
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Taylor Swift wrote the song in a “different way” than previous songs
During the introduction of the concept of “Out of the Woods” during the Grammy Pro listening session, Swift played the first vocal memo she had ever recorded of the song.
Before doing so, Swift opened up about how she wrote the song and why her writing process for “Out of the Woods” was so “different.”
“I’m not used to writing to follow. I know it’s done all the time in pop music, but I’ve never written that way,” Swift said.
The singer explained that just before boarding a plane, Antonoff sent her the track for “Out of the Woods.” On the plane, Swift ended up writing most of the song.
“And I listen to it, and I’m like listening to it and mumbling melodies. Because the song came to me immediately as in its entirety,” she said.
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