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"Exile" (stylized as "exile") feat. Bon Iver is the fourth track from American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift's eighth studio album, folklore, released on July 24, 2020, through Republic Records. The song became the second single from the album on August 3, 2020.

Background[]

Swift confirmed the existence of the song through social media on July 23, 2020.

In Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, it's revealed that the name William Bowery is a pseudonym that Swift's ex-boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, used in order to be credited as a writer on the song anonymously. Alwyn wrote the piano portion of the song.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1: Justin Vernon]
I can see you standing, honey
With his arms around your body
Laughin', but the joke's not funny at all
And it took you five whole minutes
To pack us up and leave me with it
Holdin' all this love out here in the hall

[Chorus: Justin Vernon]
I think I've seen this film before
And I didn't like the ending
You're not my homeland anymore
So, what am I defending now?
You were my town, now I'm in exile, seein' you out
I think I've seen this film before
Ooh, ooh, ooh

[Verse 2: Taylor Swift]
I can see you starin', honey
Like he's just your understudy
Like you'd get your knuckles bloody for me
Second, third and hundredth chances
Balancin' on breaking branches
Those eyes add insult to injury

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
I think I've seen this film before
And I didn't like the ending
I'm not your problem anymore
So, who am I offending now?
You were my crown, now I'm in exile, seein' you out
I think I've seen this film before
So, I'm leaving out the side door

[Bridge: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
So, step right out, there is no amount
Of crying I can do for you
All this time
We always walked a very, thin line
You didn't even hear me out (You didn't even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
All this time
I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn't turn things around (You never turned things around)
'Cause you never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
So many signs, so many signs
You didn't even see the signs

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Justin Vernon]
I think I've seen this film before
And I didn't like the ending
You're not my homeland anymore
So, what am I defending now?
You were my town, now I'm in exile, seein' you out
I think I've seen this film before
So. I'm leavin' out the side door

[Outro: Justin Vernon & Taylor Swift]
So, step right out, there is no amount
Of crying I can do for you
All this time
We always walked a very thin line
You didn't even hear me out (Didn't even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
All this time
I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn't turn things around (You never turned things around)
'Cause you never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
You never gave a warning sign (All this time)
(So many signs) I never learned to read your mind
(So many signs) I couldn't turn things around (I couldn't turn things around)
'Cause you never gave a warning sign (You never gave a warning sign)
You never gave a warning sign
Ah, ah

Awards and nominations[]

"exile" received one nomination.

Year Organization Award Result
2021 Grammy Awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated

Live performance[]

Swift and Bon Iver performed "exile" for the first time in London, England, on October 26, 2022. "Exile" was performed as a surprise song twice on the Eras Tour, once on August 7, 2023, in Los Angeles, and twice as part of a mashup with "Haunted": on February 25, 2024, in Sydney, Australia, and on June 9, 2024, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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"
Deluxe Edition
"the lakes"
Collaborations
Taylor Swift songs featuring other artists
"Anti-Hero" (Bleachers) • "Bad Blood" (Kendrick Lamar) • "Breathe" (Colbie Caillat) • "Castles Crumbling" (Hayley Williams) • "coney island" (The National) • "Electric Touch" (Fall Out Boy) "End Game" (Ed Sheeran, Future) • "evermore" (Bon Iver) • "Everything Has Changed" (Ed Sheeran) • "exile" (Bon Iver) • "Florida!!!" (Florence + The Machine) • "Fortnight" (Post Malone) • "I Bet You Think About Me" (Chris Stapleton) • "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (ZAYN)• "Karma" (Ice Spice) • "Lover" (Shawn Mendes) • "ME!" (Brendon Urie) • "no body, no crime" (HAIM) • "Nothing New" (Phoebe Bridgers) • "Run" (Ed Sheeran) • "Safe & Sound (The Civil Wars) • "Snow On The Beach" (Lana Del Rey) • "Soon You'll Get Better" (The Chicks) • "That's When" (Keith Urban) • "The Last Time" (Gary Lightbody) • "You All Over Me" (Maren Morris)
Songs featuring Taylor Swift
"Babe" (Sugarland) • "Best Days of Your Life" (Kellie Pickler) • "Birch" (Big Red Machine) • "Both of Us" (B.o.B) • "Gasoline" (HAIM) • "Half of My Heart" (John Mayer)
"Highway Don't Care" (Tim McGraw ft. Keith Urban) • "Renegade" (Big Red Machine) • "The Alcott" (The National) • "The Joker and the Queen" (Ed Sheeran) • "This Is What You Came For" (Calvin Harris) • "Thug Story" (T-Pain) • "Three Sad Virgins" (Pete Davidson, from SNL) • "Two Is Better Than One" (Boys Like Girls) • "us." (Gracie Abrams)
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