STORY OF SONG
“peace” is the second to last track from Taylor Swift’s latest album “folklore” which was released in July 2020. Written by Swift and Aaron Dessner, with Dessner on production as well, “peace” is a slow guitar led track discussing the concept of peace in a relationship.
“peace” shows Swift being vulnerable to her lover, warning them that their life will not be peaceful if they choose to be with her. Dessner spoke to Vulture Magazine a few days after the release of “folklore”, and spoke about each track and his thoughts about the process and its meaning. For “peace”, Dessner said: “I wrote this, and Justin provided the pulse. We trade ideas all the time and he made a folder, and there was a pulse in there that I wrote these basslines to. In the other parts of the composition, I did it to Justin’s pulse. Taylor heard this sketch and she wrote the song. It reminds me of Joni Mitchell, in a way — there’s this really powerful and emotional love song, even the impressionistic, almost jazz-like bridge, and she weaves it perfectly together. This is one of my favorites, for sure. But the truth is that the music, that way of playing with harmonized basslines, is something that probably comes a little bit from me being inspired by how Justin does that sometimes. There’s probably a connection there. We didn’t talk too much about it [laughs].”
There is currently no music video for “peace”, however there is an official lyric video that was uploaded to Swift’s YouTube channel on the day of the album release, 24th July 2020. The video features moving grey clouds in a dark sky while the lyrics show in the top left screen. As of late August 2020, the lyric video has 2.9 million views and almost 120 thousand likes.
Release Date: 24th July 2020
Songwriter/s: Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift
Producer: Aaron Dessner
Chart Rankings: “peace” peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Alternative Streaming Songs chart.
The lyrics to “peace” can be accessed here: LINK