STORY OF SONG
“the last great American dynasty” is third track on Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album “folklore” which was released in July 2020. “the last great american dynasty” has been praised by many music critics for its wonderful storytelling of Rebekah Harkness, one of the richest women in American history, a patron of the arts, a composer and a philanthropist.
“the last great American dynasty” was written by Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift, with Dessner producing the song. In 2013, Swift bought a Rhode Island mansion that was once owned by Harkness, and is known as the “Holiday House”. Throughout the song, Swift draws comparisons between her and Harkness, as well as telling listeners about Harkness and her legacy.
The official lyric video for the track was uploaded Swift’s YouTube channel on the 24th July 2020 and shows shots of Rhode Island while the lyrics appear on the screen. As of the beginning of October 2020, the video has 9.9 million views and 230 thousand likes.
Release Date: 24th July 2020
Songwriter/s: Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift
Producer: Aaron Dessner
Label: Republic Records
Chart Rankings: After its release, “the great last great american dynasty” charted at #7 in Australia, #56 in Austria, #13 in Canada and New Zealand; #10 in Malaysia, #81 in Portugal, #9 in Singapore, #87 in Sweden, #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #6 on the US Rolling Stone Top 100 chart.
The lyrics to “the last great american dynasty” can be read here: LINK