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“marjorie” is the thirteenth track on Taylor Swift’s ninth studio album “evermore”, which was released through Republic Records on the 11th December 2020. “majorie” was written by Swift and Aaron Dessner and is an indie-folk tribute to Swift’s grandmother and opera singer Marjorie Finlay.
“marjorie” honours Swift’s maternal grandmother, who was an opera singer born in Memphis, Tennesse and passed away in June 2003.Finlay had inspired Swift to pursue a career in music, hence the song’s tribute. The song’s lyrics consist of advice that Marjorie used to offer Swift, such as “never be so kind, you forget to be clever / never be so clever you forget to be kind”. The song is almost chant like, with lyrics repeating itself throughout the song. The track also samples Finlay’s soprano in the backing vocals and is deemed to be the sister song to “epiphany” from Swift’s previous “folklore” album, which is about Swift’s paternal grandfather Dean.
There is currently no music video for the track, but an official lyric video for “marjorie” was uploaded to Taylor Swift’s YouTube channel on the 11tH December 2020. The video includes clips and photos of Finlay throughout her life, also shown with a young Swift where they are playing piano. Since its upload, the video has received 2.6 million views and 170 thousand likes.
Release Date: 11th December 2020
Songwriter/s: Taylor Swift & Aaron Dessner
Producer: Aaron Dessner
Chart Rankings: “marjorie” has not yet secured a place in the mainstream charts. However, the song does have 11.3 million streams on Spotify.
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