Exile – Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver

Folklore is such a safe bet for Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys with the sonic influence of National's Aaron. Dessner produced and co-wrote much of the music. Vernon sings in the duet "Exile".

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Dessner and Swift created most of Swift’s eighth studio album, Folklore, which was released, July 24, announced the day before. Folklore is a shift towards an indie-folk sound.
Swift wrote several songs with regular producer Jack Antonoff, as well as songwriter William Bowery, who doesn’t have much of an internet presence. Vernon contributed singing on “Exile,” while Dessner’s brother and National bandmate Bryce Dessner helped orchestrate it.

“Taylor wrote that with singer-songwriter William Bowery. When Taylor sent it to me as a voice memo, she sang both the male and female parts, as much as she could without losing her breath, ”Dessner explained to the pitchfork. In a conversation with Rolling Stone, she added that Swift and Bowery “got to a certain point, then I performed it and developed a recording.”

 

Time for a Deep Dive on Taylor Swift’s New Song “Exile” and Its Revealing Toxic Relationship Lyrics

It’s a beautiful day to be a Taylor Swift fan, isn’t it? TBH, it’s always a good day to be a Taylor Swift fan, but today is ~special~ because Taylor blessed us all with a brand-new album called F olklore -one that we had only 24 hours to emotionally prepare ourselves for since she announced that it would be released, like…yesterday.

“Exile” with Bon Iver (the guy who won big at the Grammys in 2012). “Exile” also shows some parallels to “The Last Time” from Taylor’s Red album, in which she explores a failed relationship in which she gives her partner one last chance to repair the damage that was done.
At this point, the relationship has turned sour, because they both compare their toxic behaviors to the ending of a predictable movie. Rather than trying to solve her problems, Taylor chooses to “leave the side door” (leaving her relationship behind) because she has had enough of trying (and failing) to make it work.

The National’s Aaron Dessner Talks Taylor Swift’s New Album folklore

I hunkered down here and started to write a ton of music-more than I ever have. I thought maybe they were National or Big Red Machine ideas or maybe something totally different. Things were happening. So when [Taylor] reached out, I had this large folder of ideas that were pretty well on their way.

How Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift Stripped Down Her Sound on ‘Folklore’

At the beginning of March, the National’s Aaron Dessner traveled back to the United States from Paris, where he’d been living with his family, to shack up at Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas to work on the next Big Red Machine album with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.

Taylor Swift’s Exile featuring Bon Iver is making people ugly cry

Taylor Swift has left Swifties reaching for the tissues after they heard her emotional duet with Bon Iver. Titled Exile, the song featured the gruff-voiced Justin Vernon and saw the pair sing a tender ballad about a failing relationship which both lovers view as a war.

Taylor Swift, Bon Iver, and the Myth of the Isolation Album

In 2011, a 27-year-old musician named Tom Ruskin split from Chicago, frustrated with what his life had become. He wanted to get away from the city-from the struggle, from the noise, from the girlfriend who had just dumped him-and out of the creative rut he’d been stuck in.

Taylor Swift

In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness. Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory. I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve.

Exile – Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver

[Verse 1: Justin Vernon]


I can see you standing, honey
With his arms around your body
Laughin’, but the joke’s not funny at all
And it took you five whole minutes
To pack us up and leave me with it
Holdin’ all this love out here in the hall

[Chorus: Justin Vernon]


I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
You’re not my homeland anymore
So what am I defending now?
You were my town, now I’m in exile, seein’ you out
I think I’ve seen this film before

[Post-Chorus: Justin Vernon]


Ooh, ooh, ooh

[Verse 2: Taylor Swift]


I can see you starin’, honey
Like he’s just your understudy
Like you’d get your knuckles bloody for me
Second, third, and hundredth chances
Balancin’ on breaking branches
Those eyes add insult to injury

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]


I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
I’m not your problem anymore
So who am I offending now?
You were my crown, now I’m in exile, seein’ you out
I think I’ve seen this film before
So I’m leaving out the side door

[Bridge: Justin Vernon, Taylor Swift & Both]


So step right out, there is no amount
Of crying I can do for you
All this time
We always walked a very thin line
You didn’t even hear me out (You didn’t even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
All this time
I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn’t turn things around (You never turned things around)
‘Cause you never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
So many signs, so many signs
You didn’t even see the signs

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon, Taylor Swift]


I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
You’re not my homeland anymore
So what am I defending now?
You were my town, now I’m in exile, seein’ you out
I think I’ve seen this film before
So I’m leavin’ out the side door

[Outro: Justin Vernon & Taylor Swift]


So step right out, there is no amount
Of crying I can do for you
All this time
We always walked a very thin line
You didn’t even hear me out (Didn’t even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
All this time
I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn’t turn things around (You never turned things around)
‘Cause you never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
You never gave a warning sign (All this time)
(So many times) I never learned to read your mind
(So many signs) I couldn’t turn things around (I couldn’t turn things around)
‘Cause you never gave a warning sign (You never gave a warning sign)
You never gave a warning sign
Ah, ah

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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