The Last Great American Dynasty – Taylor Swift

Folklore the album set a new 24-hour streaming record on Apple Music (35.47 million) and sold a reported 1.3 million copies worldwide in the first 24 hours, according to Republic Records.

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“I found myself not only writing my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I never knew, people I knew or wish I had not known,” Swift details of her new album. She refers to the song “the last great American dynasty” specifically when she writes about “a misfit widow who gleefully took revenge on the city that threw her out.”

Who Swift was writing about and why. The investigation quickly identified Rebekah Harkness, the former owner of Swift’s sprawling Rhode Island mansion. Chronicle of “Rebekah” Swift in “the last great American dynasty” is Rebekah Harkness, an heiress and divorcee from St. Louis who married William “Bill” Hale Harkness. According to The New York Times, Swift’s lyrics about Rebekah’s life and love with Bill are historically accurate. “Bill was the heir to the Standard Oil name and money, and the city said, ‘How did a middle-class divorcee do it?’” Swift sings. “They chose a house and called it Vacation Home, their parties were tasteful if a bit loud / The doctor had told her to calm down, it must have been her fault that her heart gave up.”

Rebekah Harkness

Rebekah West Harkness (April 17, 1915 – June 17, 1982) also known as Betty Harkness, was an American composer, sculptor, dance patron, and philanthropist who founded the Harkness Ballet. Her marriage to William Hale “Bill” Harkness, an attorney and heir to the Standard Oil fortune of William L.

Rebekah Semple West was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1915. She was the second daughter of three children of a socially prominent stockbroker and the co-founder of the G. H. Walker Company, Allen Tarwater, and Rebekah Cook (née Semple) West. Her grandfather founded the St. Louis Union Trust Company. Raised primarily by a series of nannies, Harkness took up dancing and ice skating to lose weight and was highly disciplined in both endeavors. She attended the Rossman School and John Burroughs School in St. Louis, then Fermata, a finishing school in Aiken, South Carolina. Harkness was friends with a young Potter Stewart, whom she affectionately called “Potsie”; their relationship was written about by her biographer Craig Unger.

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‘IS THERE A CHIC WAY TO GO?’

By Barbara Grizzuti Harrison This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them.

The Last Great American Dynasty – Taylor Swift

 

[Verse 1]


Rebekah rode up on the afternoon train, it was sunny
Her saltbox house on the coast took her mind off St. Louis
Bill was the heir to the Standard Oil name and money
And the town said, “How did a middle-class divorcée do it?”
The wedding was charming, if a little gauche
There’s only so far new money goes
They picked out a home and called it “Holiday House”
Their parties were tasteful, if a little loud
The doctor had told him to settle down
It must have been her fault his heart gave out

[Chorus]


And they said
There goes the last great American dynasty
Who knows, if she never showed up, what could’ve been
There goes the maddest woman this town has ever seen
She had a marvelous time ruining everything

[Verse 2]


Rebekah gave up on the Rhode Island set forever
Flew in all her Bitch Pack friends from the city
Filled the pool with champagne and swam with the big names
And blew through the money on the boys and the ballet
And losing on card game bets with Dalí

[Chorus]


And they said
There goes the last great American dynasty
Who knows, if she never showed up, what could’ve been
There goes the most shameless woman this town has ever seen
She had a marvelous time ruining everything

[Bridge]


They say she was seen on occasion
Pacing the rocks, staring out at the midnight sea
And in a feud with her neighbor
She stole his dog and dyed it key lime green
Fifty years is a long time
Holiday House sat quietly on that beach
Free of women with madness, their men and bad habits
And then it was bought by me

[Chorus]


Who knows, if I never showed up, what could’ve been
There goes the loudest woman this town has ever seen
I had a marvelous time ruining everything

[Outro]


I had a marvelous time ruining everything
A marvelous time ruining everything
A marvelous time
I had a marvelous time

Taylor Swift

taylor literally raised us so well that we figured it out in like 5 mins and i’m very proud of that and i hope she is too June 4, 2020: MESSAGE TO TAYLOR- It hurts me to much to say this but we are beyond disappointed with your lack of involvement towards the black lives matter movement.

Taylor Swift

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