Taylor Swift Meaning - Coney Island

March 7, 2023

coney island taylor swift meaning

Whether you're looking for a good laugh or a serious insight into the mind of the star, Taylor Swift has been known to include plenty of lyric parallels and hidden references within her music. Thankfully, this is no exception when it comes to her latest album Evermore.

One such theory revolves around a single track from the album, entitled “Coney Island.” This song features American rock band The National, and was released to US alternative radio on January 18, 2021, as the third single from her new album. Written by Swift, Joe Alwyn (under the pseudonym William Bowery), and National members Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, it was produced by both men, as well as the band's drummer Matt Berninger.

The song is a heartbreaking and regretful look at a separated couple's memories in Coney Island, a famous amusement park in Brooklyn, New York City. Featuring a melodic voice from Swift, the lyrics evocatively describe how the two people are reminiscing about their time in Coney Island and wonder what might have been had they not neglected their relationship.

It’s a sad song that also contains a few hints about Swift’s current relationship with actor Joe Alwyn. The song was recorded in New York and features an instrumental that Aaron Dessner reportedly sent to Swift for inspiration.

The lyrics are reminiscent of another song from her folklore album, "Marjorie," which was credited to her grandmother and even featured nods to her grandfather. The song also has a few nods to the Willow Lake Trail in Utah, where Swift has been spending time with Alwyn.


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