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Taylor Swift: The Inspiration for 1989

Oct 20, 2015

Taylor Swift revealed what inspired one of the best albums of the year! Like most of Taylor's music, most of the song lyrics are about relationships - but she was single when she wrote it. Musician Ryan Adams (who did a cover album of 1989) interviewed Taylor for GQ.

"For 1989, I would watch John Hughes movies, and I would think, 'OK, pause. Freeze frame. What's she thinking in this moment? What's he thinking in this moment?' Because 1989 I wrote when I was single. I didn't have much, you know, intense drama going on. I was like living for my friends and I was living in New York and everything was exciting, so to access those emotions again I would kind of put myself into other people's perspectives."

Taylor tapped into her imagination, and dreams for the song 'Stay': "In the song 'All You Had to Do Was Stay,' there's this really high-pitched 'Stay.' I had a dream that my ex showed up at my door, knocked on the door, and I opened it up and I was about ready to launch into like the perfect thing to say, and instead, all that would come out of my mouth was that high-pitch chorus of people singing 'Stay!'"

Watch the full interview below!


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