If you're a Taylor Swift fan, you'll be familiar with her latest single “Willow,” which was released on Thursday. It’s the lead single off of her second surprise album of 2020, Evermore.
In the music video, Taylor Swift embarks on a fairy tale-like adventure, where she follows a glowing gold string back to her love interest. Some fans think that this song may be a tribute to her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, who she has been dating for four years now.
Lyrically, the track conveys hope using several metaphors. Specifically, the singer compares her romantic life to a willow tree. Willow trees typically have a large spread of branches that are bent to the ground. However, they have a strong and deep-running set of roots that can withstand the winds of a storm.
During the music video premiere, Swift told her fans that she was inspired by the willow tree for this song, which is her second number-one hit of 2020. She also said that it reflects her “intrigue, desire, and complexity” in wanting someone.
Another lyric that stood out to me is the line: "An open/shut case." This means that it's easy to decide a situation because the facts are clear. It could be a reference to the fact that her relationship with Joe has been a secret for a long time, but she's still very passionate about him.
She's also been very vocal about her passion for true crime, which is a huge inspiration behind many of her songs. She has even written a song called “No Body No Crime” that references true crime.