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"cardigan" is the lead single and second track from Taylor Swift's eighth studio album, folklore. This song was confirmed on Taylor’s social media accounts on July 23, 2020. It was released on July 24, 2020, through Republic Records, along with its official music video.

Music video

The music video was released on July 24, 2020, and it was edited by Chancler Haynes, with special effects by David Lebensfeld and Grant Miller and set design by Ethan Tobman. The entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and Taylor did her own hair, makeup, and styling.[1] It was directed by Taylor, with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto, production by Jil Hardin, it was executively produced by Rebecca Skinner and AD Joe ‘Oz’ Osborne.[2]

Premise

The video revolves around pianos, Taylor travels through them to different locations, sometimes through the top, also through the piano bench. In the end of the video, Taylor puts on a cardigan, the same one available for merchandise.

Trivia

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Vintage tee, brand new phone
High heels on cobblestones
When you are young, they assume you know nothing
Sequined smile, black lipstick
Sensual politics
When you are young, they assume you know nothing

[Chorus]
But I knew you
Dancin' in your Levi's
Drunk under a streetlight, I
I knew you
Hand under my sweatshirt
Baby, kiss it better, I

[Refrain]
And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

[Verse 2]
A friend to all is a friend to none
Chase two girls, lose the one
When you are young, they assume you know nothing

[Chorus]
But I knew you
Playing hide-and-seek and
Giving me your weekends, I
I knew you
Your heartbeat on the High Line
Once in twenty lifetimes, I

[Refrain]
And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

[Bridge]
To kiss in cars and downtown bars
Was all we needed
You drew stars around my scars
But now I'm bleedin'

[Chorus]
'Cause I knew you
Steppin' on the last train
Marked me like a bloodstain, I
I knew you
Tried to change the ending
Peter losing Wendy, I
I knew you
Leavin' like a father
Running like water, I
And when you are young, they assume you know nothing

[Verse 3]
But I knew you'd linger like a tattoo kiss
I knew you'd haunt all of my what-ifs
The smell of smoke would hang around this long
'Cause I knew everything when I was young
I knew I'd curse you for the longest time
Chasin' shadows in the grocery line
I knew you'd miss me once the thrill expired
And you'd be standin' in my front porch light
And I knew you'd come back to me
You'd come back to me
And you'd come back to me
And you'd come back

[Refrain]
And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

Videos

folklore
"the 1" • "cardigan" • "the last great american dynasty" • "exile" • "my tears ricochet" • "mirrorball" • "seven" • "august" • "this is me trying" • "illicit affairs" • "invisible string" • "mad woman" • "epiphany" • "betty" • "peace" • "hoax" • "the lakes"

References

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