When Taylor Swift releases her music, it’s like a party everyone is invited. I can feel the excitement built up in the air, people counting down like in New Year’s Eve.
I’m not a hardcore fan, but I do keep a certain level of anticipation for her releases. It’s hard not to. Matti likes Taylor Swift, he introduces me to tswiftdaily on tumblr. They update frequently (coming in full force now actually), and I like what I see. I follow Taylor herself on tumblr, too, and it’s a good thing she’s there because I can’t really follow what’s going on on facebook (I think the system there – facebook news feed – is a mess) and I’m barely on twitter (I’m there mostly only for IU’s updates). So yeah, with all the things bombarding my dashboard (interviews, videos, beautiful edited pictures with quotes, gifs,…), it’s hard not to be in the know and naturally inhale the excitement.
I like the song from the first time I hear. When I listen to it, I feel as if I’m swirling in an invisible pool of emotions with my eyes closed. There’s something alluring and hypnotizing from it, like I’ve tasted a sip of wine and I dive in deeper and deeper in a daze of… love. My heart beats fast and it gives me so much feels.
Taylor explains it better than anyone else.
Out Of The Woods is one of my favorite songs on this album because one of the goals I set out to accomplish when I made this album was that I wanted to make sure that these songs sounded exactly the way the emotions felt.
This song is about the fragility and breakable nature of some relationships. This was a relationship where I was kind-of living day to day wondering where it was going, if it was going to go anywhere, if it was going to end the next day. It was a relationship where you never felt like you were standing on solid ground. And that kind of a feeling brings on excitement but also extreme anxiety and a frantic feeling of wondering.
And this song sounds exactly like that frantic feeling but it stresses that even if a relationship is breakable and fragile and full of anxiety, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile, exciting, beautiful, and all of the things that we look for.
— Taylor Swift talking about her new song Out Of The Woods on GMA 10.13.14 (x)
And Jack Antonoff, too, co-writer/co-producer.
She’s [Taylor] very natural — when she gets an idea, it just happens very quickly. I would send her these tracks, and when an idea would happen, we’d be 5000 miles [apart] or whatever but she would start emailing me these voice notes like crazy and it would just be happening so quickly that there’d be this excitement.
There’s a frantic feeling in the song. What’s interesting about ‘Out Of The Woods’ is that it doesn’t really let up. It starts with a pretty big anthemic vocal sample that’s me, and then there’s a drum sample that kicks in that’s kind of huge, and then you don’t really know how you’re going to get any bigger but then the chorus hits and it just explodes even larger. And then the bridge hits, and it gets even more huge.
When I was working on the track, I was thinking a lot about My Morning Jacket and how everything they do, every sound is louder than the last, and somehow it feels like everything is just fucking massive. And that’s the feeling that I went for. It started out big, and then I think the obvious move would have been to do a down chorus, but the idea was to keep pushing.
This song means a great deal to me. On a production level, on a writing level, Taylor’s lyrics and her melodies — there’s something very important about this song.”
— Jack Anotonoff on working on ‘Out Of The Woods. (x)
I love the lyrics. All the metaphors and how it’s all beautifully written, it’s amazing. I really wish she could make a lyric video of it. Like, seriously. I especially love these parts.
Looking at it now
Last December, we were built to fall apart
Then fall back together
Your necklace hanging from my neck
The night we couldn’t quite forget
When we decided
To move the furniture so we could dance
Baby, like we stood a chance
Two paper airplanes flying, flying…
And I remember thinking
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
In the clear yet, good.
Remember when we couldn’t take the heat
I walked out, I said “I’m setting you free”
But the monsters turned out to be just trees
When the sun came up
You were looking at me.
I like some of her songs and some I don’t, but this song is certainly somewhere at my top favorites from her right now. The emotion it brings is no joke. I listen to it again and again, and it manages to remain its special effect on me every single time.
I’m glad Taylor stays true to herself and keeps bringing out good music. Other people can say whatever they want, Taylor is free to make whatever kind of music she likes and for people who appreciate it. As for me, she has my thumbs up.