Forever & Always

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Not to be confused with "Forever And For Always", a song by Shania Twain. For other uses, see Always and Forever (disambiguation).
"Forever & Always"
Song by Taylor Swift from the album Fearless
Recorded 2008; 2009
Genre Country pop (Original version)
Piano pop (Piano version)
Length 3:46 (Original version)
4:27 (Piano version)
Writer Taylor Swift

"Forever & Always" (sometimes stylized "Forever and Always") is a song written by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her second studio album, Fearless (2008). It was a last-minute addition to the album[1] but went on to become a fan favorite, becoming certified Platinum by the RIAA[2] and peaking within the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 despite not being individually released or promoted as a single. "Forever & Always" revolves lyrically around a breakup and the resultant heartache, and is musically one of the most decidedly pop-oriented songs on the album.

Background and recording[edit]

Inspired by her recent break-up with Joe Jonas,[3] Swift quickly wrote and recorded the song at the last minute for inclusion on Fearless. As Swift explained in a track-by-track insight into the album, the song was written about a man in her life who she could see "slowly [slipping] away" from her and the confusion she felt in dealing with a crumbling relationship.[4] In an interview with Rolling Stone, Swift described the fallout of that relationship as a "really dramatic and crazy" experience that she "[needed] to address" through her music.[1]

Jonas addressed the song in the June 2009 issue of Seventeen Magazine. When talking about it, he said he wasn't bothered by Swift writing a song about their relationship. "It's flattering," said Jonas. "It's always nice to hear their side of the story."[5]

In 2009, Swift re-recorded the song in an acoustic ballad style for the Platinum Edition re-issue of Fearless. This remastered cut is officially titled "Forever & Always (Piano version)".

Live performances[edit]

Swift performed "Forever & Always" at the 2009 CMA Awards and nightly on her 2009–2010 Fearless Tour.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 34


External links[edit]

Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics