The primary track Taylor Swift collaborated on with her former boyfriend Joe Alwyn, the ballad seems on 2020’s Folklore as a duet with Bon Iver. On the time of the album’s launch, Joe was credited below the pseudonym William Bowery, although Taylor confirmed William and Joe have been one and the identical throughout her Disney+ live performance movie, Folklore: The Lengthy Pond Studio Classes.
Taylor revealed Joe had written the whole piano half, together with singing, “I can see you standin’ honey/Together with his arms round your physique/Laughin’ however the joke’s not humorous in any respect.” She went on to say The Favorite actor was “at all times simply taking part in and making issues up and sort of creating issues,” however the couple might have by no means labored collectively if it wasn’t for the COVID-19 shutdown.
“I used to be like, ‘Hey, this might be actually bizarre, and we may hate this,'” she defined, “‘as a result of we’re in quarantine and there is nothing else happening, may we simply attempt to see what it is like if we write this track collectively?'”
The results of their skilled collaboration? Profitable Album of the 12 months on the 2021 Grammys.
“We’re so pleased with ‘Exile,'” Taylor gushed. “All I’ve to do is dream up some lyrics and provide you with some gut-wrenching, heart-shattering story to jot down with him.”