With Taylor Swift gearing up to release her tenth studio album, Midnights, next month, it’s fair to say that the singer/songwriter has become an expert at writing hit songs. Whether she’s singing about love, breakups, writing music for movies and TV, or many other subjects in between, she’s written a lot of incredible music to soundtrack Swifties lives. When the singer accepted a major award at the Nashville Songwriter Awards, she revealed the secret way she’s been categorizing all her music for years.
Swift was honored with the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade award on Tuesday and during her acceptance speech, she shared that there are three genres she personally organizes each of her songs by. In Taylor Swift’s words:
Oh, don’t worry Swifties, the singer didn’t stay cryptic this time around. (I’m looking at you, All Too Well.) During her speech (via Billboard), Taylor Swift broke down each of her lyric genres along with some examples of songs that fall into them.
What Are Quill Lyrics?
The first of Taylor Swift’s personalized genres is her “Quill Lyrics.” Here’s how she defined it:
Alright Swifties, now it’ll be our turn to come up with more of her songs within the Quill genre. Personally, I’d categorize many of her newer songs from folklore and evermore as Quill lyrics. On to the next one…
What Are Fountain Pen Lyrics?
Then, there’s “Fountain Pen Lyrics,” which Swift shared “most” of her lyrics fall under. In her words:
Taylor Swift’s prime example of these songs the singer gave was All Too Well, which she re-released last year as a ten-minute song which she then directed a short about starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. I imagine a lot of songs from Fearless and Red fall into this category since so many of them seem focused on a particular narrative.
What Are Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics?
Lastly, Taylor Swift explained “Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics.” Before likening “Shake It Off” as part of the genre, the singer said this:
These seem to be the more poppy happy tunes within Taylor Swift’s library. I imagine “22,” “Welcome To New York,” and “ME!” are among this collection. While Swift was quick to call her method “dorky,” learning more about the singer’s writing process and the things she thinks about as she puts out music is really creative and interesting. I honestly can’t wait for Swifties to latch on to this and try and figure out which songs are which.
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