I’m not where I need to be, but thank god I’m not where I used to be.
If you wanted to write something or create something and you wanted inspiration, the way that I do it is if I want to tell someone something, if I’ve got something on my mind and I REALLY want someone to know something but I’m too scared to tell them in person…writing a song is like saying anything you wanted to say to that person, and then being able to push pause on the moment and not see their reaction. Writing songs is like writing everything you wanted to say to the person that you secretly are in love with. Or someone who absolutely broke your heart and you never told them that was a really terrible thing to do. Or someone that you miss that you’re not allowed to miss because they are bad for you. It’s like writing all of those things down and putting it in a bottle and throwing it out into the ocean, and maybe someday they’ll hear it and they’ll know it, but maybe they won’t. And maybe that’s a really cowardly way to live your life, or maybe it’s the bravest possible way to live your life. And I’m not quite sure if I know which one it is.
But this song I’m about to play for you is everything that I wanted to say to someone who really, really had a great effect on my life for better and also for very much worse. And the thing about him is that from beginning to end, from the day I’ve met him to the last time we ever talked I remember everything. I remember it all too well, you know.
- — Taylor’s new speech before “All Too Well”