Taylor Swift Treats ‘Carolina’ As ‘Folklore’ In Final Song Of ‘Crawdads’

Taylor Swift was Carolina on her mind on her new single, which was released at midnight on Thursday — the first freshly-written original song she’s released since her “Evermore” album in late 2020. that were for James Taylor.

“Carolina” is the end-credits theme of the movie “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which doesn’t hit theaters for another three weeks — July 15, to be exact — and the song provides a preview of the possibly shaken mood of the climax, where she and the movie’s protagonist are definitely not feeling 22.

As much as it’s a direct consequence of Swift loving the origin novel, fans can feel the song is a throwback… Dessner, back on board for a slightly heightened song with the American elements of mandolin and violin.

Swift provided more information about the song in an Instagram post. “About a year and a half ago,” she said, “I wrote a song about an incredible story, the story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Figuratively and literally. The juxtaposition of her loneliness and independence. Your desire and your stillness. Her curiosity and fear, all tangled up. Her persistent kindness… and the world’s betrayal of her. I wrote this one alone in the middle of the night and then Aaron Dessner and I painstakingly worked on a sound that we felt would be authentic for the moment this story takes place. I made a wish that one day you would listen. ‘Carolina’ is now available”.

Reese Witherspoon, the film’s producer, released her own statement about the song at the Midnight ET release: “Taylor Swift writing a song for the movie based on these characters was the greatest gift we could have received. We got a call from Taylor and her team to tell us that she had written a song, ‘Carolina’, that embodies many of the spooky elements of the film. I talked to her a few times about what inspired the song and how she wrote it. Obviously, she’s a beautiful songwriter who understands a lot about folk and country music, and it’s her appreciation of those genres that made the song so perfect for this film. And who doesn’t love a beautiful, haunting song by Taylor Swift?

The lyrics suggest that there are secrets that the main character, Kya, will keep until the end of the film and beyond. “Oh Carolina knows why they’ve been saying for years / That I was guilty as a sin and slept in a liar’s bed,” Swift sings in the final iteration of the chorus. “But sleep comes fast and I won’t find ghosts / It’s between me, the sand and the sea.”

Not only is it reminiscent of “Folklore” and “Evermore” at their most folksy and mellow, but also, like Swift’s movie songs, from her decade-old collaboration with Civil Wars on “Safe and Sound” to ” The Hunger Games”. ”

Anticipation has been high ever since Swift revealed in an Instagram Story post Thursday morning that new music was close. But in fact, this has been lingering in the minds of fans ever since the song’s existence was first teased on March 22, when a trailer was released that included snippets of music from her.

Additional information about the number was relayed by the film crew in a roundtable discussion about the film that was broadcast live on June 13.

The song was recorded in one take, using only instruments that existed in the early 1950s, when the first part of “Where the Crawdads Sing” takes place – points of interest that were revealed by Reese Witherspoon, who produced the film, and the director Olivia Newman at a recent roundtable.

Swift “wrote this beautiful letter to us,” Newman said, explaining how they chose instruments that were only available before 1953 and she recorded it in one fell swoop the way they recorded music at the time. … The first time I heard it, I started crying and said, ‘I don’t know what’s happening to me right now.’ I mean, I love singing along to Taylor Swift songs, but I never cry like that.”

Taylor Swift’s “Carolina” single art

The song was written to specification and shipped out of the blue by Swift, the filmmakers revealed.

Said Witherspoon: “She read this book and loved it so much, and then she heard we were making a movie. [during the period] she was doing her ‘Folklore’ album and then she wrote a song with that whole ‘Folklore’ team that was so haunting and magical and beautiful.”

“She went and wrote this song out of pure inspiration and kind of said, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to like it, but here it is,’” Newman confirmed.

The song’s existence was first revealed in a March 22 trailer for the film that included snippets of the track. Swift posted on Instagram at the time that “Carolina” was produced by Aaron Dessner, a key contributor to “Folklore” and “Evermore,” her latest pair of more acoustic albums, both released in 2020. “I wanted to create something haunting. and ethereal to match this mesmerizing story,” she wrote at the time.

The director said in the recent live discussion that Swift’s music reflects the tone of the story’s ending, as it plays in the credits. “We wanted to leave audiences with the same kind of emotional feeling” that was impactful to readers of the source novel, Newman said, “and her music just leans into that.”

Previous original songs Swift has written or co-written for feature films include “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (with Zayn Malik)” for “Fifty Shades Darker” in 2016, “Sweeter Than Fiction” for “One Chance” in 2013, “Safe and Sound” and “Eyes Open” for “The Hunger Games” in 2012, “Today Was a Fairytale” for “Valentine’s Day” in 2010 and “Crazier” and “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” for “The Hannah Montana Movie” in 2009.

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