“invisible string” is the eleventh track from Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album “folklore”. Written by Aaron Dessner and Swift, “invisible string” is one of the more upbeat songs on the album, discussing love, soulmates and the process of meeting a romantic soulmate.
“invisible string” references an east Asian folk myth about a red string of fate that ties two soulmates together. This track is rumoured to be about Swift’s current partner Joe Alwyn, a British actor who Swift has been with for around three years. In the track, Swift references Alwyn’s old job at a frozen yoghurt shop in London, as well as romantic moments between them and also some of Swift’s songs. In an interview with producer and co-writer Aaron Dessner in July 2020, Dessner spoke about “invisible string” to Vulture Magazine:
“That was another one where it was music that I’d been playing for a couple of months and sort of humming along to her. It felt like one of the songs that pulls you along. Just playing it on one guitar, it has this emotional locomotion in it, a meditative finger-picking pattern that I really gravitate to. It’s played on this rubber bridge that my friend put on [the guitar] and it deadens the strings so that it sounds old. The core of it sounds like a folk song.
It’s also kind of a sneaky pop song, because of the beat that comes in. She knew that there was something coming because she said, “You know, I love this and I’m hearing something already.” And then she said, “This will change the story,” this beautiful and direct kind of recounting of a relationship in its origin.”
The lyric video for “invisible string” was uploaded to Swift’s YouTube channel on the 24th July 2020. As of late August 2020, the video has 5.8 million views and 173 thousand likes.
Release Date: 24th July 2020
Songwriter/s: Taylor Swift & Aaron Dessner
Producer: Aaron Dessner
Chart Rankings: “invisible string” reached the peak chart position of #36 on the American iTunes chart.
The lyrics to “invisible string” can be accessed here: LINK