Forever & Always
|"Forever & Always"|
|Song by Taylor Swift from the album Fearless|
|Genre||Country pop (Original version)
Piano pop (Piano version)
|Length||3:46 (Original version)
4:27 (Piano version)
"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 but went on to become a fan favorite, becoming certified Platinum by the RIAA 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
Inspired by her recent break-up with Joe Jonas, 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. 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.
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."
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||37|
|US Billboard Hot 100||34|
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