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Taylor Swift - Cardigan (mp3 download)

» With. Aaron Dessner
producer Folklore

Taylor Swift's "Cardigan" is narrated by a woman we'll later learn is named Betty, looking back with hindsight on an intense relationship from her youth.

(Taylor Swift says she was inspired by the image of "a cardigan that still bears the scent of loss 20 years later.") Betty remembers being lost and insecure, and she says her ex, James, made her feel held: "When I felt like I was an old cardigan under someone's bed / You put me on and said I was your favorite."

In her telling, they had a passionate romance that ended when James cheated on her. "Chase two girls, lose the one / When you are young, they assume you know nothing."

But Betty says, "I knew everything when I was young." She knew she'd wear the scars from the betrayal for years, that James "would haunt all of my what-ifs." And she knew too that James would "miss me once the thrill expired." That appears to be exactly what happened as Betty recalls the night James tried to win her back by showing up at her front door unannounced. We don't find out what came next: The song fades out as Betty repeats the wistful refrain "I knew you’d come back to me."

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