In a recent chat with Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift spoke about the process of creating the song “Only The Young,” which featured in the 31-year-old’s 2020 Netflix documentary, Miss Americana.
“I have an idea,” Swift is seen remarking the film, followed by a clip in which she whips out her iPhone and records what was to become the chorus of the song in question.
“This particular song, and the process of creating it, was a perfect example of how visceral writing a song can be,” the singer shared with the magazine via e-mail.
She added, “With songwriting, you try to transport yourself back to a time you felt intense emotion and write from that place. Every once in a blue moon, you end up in the studio at the exact moment you’re feeling that raw emotion.”
The song was written in 2018, shortly after she had decided to break her silence regarding her personal political views by publicly endorsing Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen in the Tennessee Senate race against Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.
“Almost the entire process of creating that song, I was fighting back tears because I was so sad about the results of the midterm elections in my state and the losses faced by superb Democratic candidates in states like Georgia and Texas,” she wrote, referencing the fact that Blackburn went on to win the race despite Swift having caused a surge in voter registration, as well as Stacey Abrams’s defeat in Georgia and Beto O’Rourke’s loss in the Texas Senate race.
“I didn’t want the defeat and hopelessness I felt for our country’s future to get the best of me. I didn’t want to weep. I wanted to have hope. Writing ‘Only the Young’ helped me push through that moment in my life and gave me the hope to keep fighting for what I believe is right,” she added.
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