All The Easter Eggs You Missed In Taylor Swift’s 'Cardigan' Music Video
While Taylor is known for hiding Easter eggs in her music videos, she usually leaves it up to Swifties to spot them. This time, however, the singer-songwriter decided to throw her fans a bone, sharing in a new episode of Vevo's Footnotes (which goes BTS on music videos), the clip's every deliberate detail.
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Some of the most clever highlights from 'cardigan'?
The clock on the cabin’s wall
The clock inside the cabin (pic below) has its hands pointing to one and three ‘cos 13 is Taylor’s favourite number, of course.
The framed photo
The framed photo of the man, sitting on the desk in the cabin, is actually Taylor’s grandfather, Dean, who landed on the beaches at the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. Her grandad is also referenced in the song “Ephiphany”.
The painting of a white house
The painting of a white house next to the piano (seen above)? Apparently it was painted by Taylor during her first week of quarantine.
Fans took it one step further, pointing out that the painting most likely depicts Tay Tay’s holiday home in Rhode Island, given they look quite similar.
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The forest and ocean scenes
While the music video in general was inspired by period pieces and fantasy films Taylor was watching at the time, she singled out two scenes in particular – the forest and ocean scenes – saying they were metaphors for life situations.
The forest scene, she said, represented the start of a relationship when everything seems “magical and full of beauty”, while the scene showing her flailing about in the sea represents the isolation and fear associated with a relationship breakdown.
All the other stuff we learnt about folklore & "cardigan"
We also learned in the clip that Swift wrote and recorded the entirety of folklore while in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I was inspired by the feeling of isolation and how that can be either freeing or terrifying, and how it causes you to reminisce on the past,” she says. Later, she adds: “I view folklore as wistful and full of escapism. Sad, beautiful, tragic. Like a photo album full of imagery and all the stories behind that imagery.”
The majority of the album was produced by Aaron Dessner from The National, one of Taylor’s favourite bands. The friendship/collaboration came about after Taylor met Dessner at a gig. She later reached out to him during quarantine to see if he'd help put together some of her songs. The resulting collaborations, Taylor Swift said, had been “effortless”. “I’m very lucky to have met him,” she said.
Watch the full BTS for yourself here:
Main Image Credit: "cardigan", Taylor Swift
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