Holy Ground (Taylor Swift song)

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"Holy Ground"
Song by Taylor Swift from the album Red
Genre Country rock[1]
Length 3:23
Label Big Machine
Writer Taylor Swift
Producer Jeff Bhasker

Holy Ground is a country rock song featured on American recording artist Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, Red (2012). It was written by Swift herself, while the track was one of two on the album produced by Jeff Bhasker.

Lyrically, the song finds the narrator reminiscing about the good times in a former relationship. An upbeat and uptempo song, "Holy Ground" blends a strong drum line and soft rock production style with Swift's country pop sound.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was generally well-received, with some critics highlighting it as a stand-out track. Chris Willman of The Hollywood Reporter cited "Holy Ground" as "one of the two or three finest tracks" of the album, and remarked that the "driving drum and rhythm guitar ... grab your attention from [the] first verse to [the] last".[1] In Idolator's review of Red, Sam Lansky called "Holy Ground" "the most startling song on the album" due to strong lyricism and dynamic production: "A storming drum beat brings a sense of urgency that Swift’s sprawling soft-rock productions have rarely had. But the lyrics are classic Swift, with a couplet that’s brilliantly tight and so obvious it seems like it should have been the hook in a thousand pop songs already: “Tonight I’m gonna dance for all that we’ve been through/But I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you.” "[2] Slant Magazine praised that "the driving rhythm section on "Holy Ground" reflects Swift's reminiscence of a lover who "took off faster than a green light, go."" and noted before that that "the tracks that work best are those on which the production is creative and contemporary in ways that are in service to Swift's songwriting." [3]


Chart (2012) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 89
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) 12
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 37


  1. ^ a b Willman, Chris (Oct 23, 2012). "Taylor Swift's 'Red': Track-By-Track". Music. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Lansky, Sam (Oct 22, 2012). "Taylor Swift's 'Red': Album Review". Idolator. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/taylor-swift-red/2900
  4. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Taylor Swift.
  5. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Taylor Swift.

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