The very first tune Taylor Swift teamed up on with her previous partner Joe Alwyn, the ballad appears on 2020’s Folklore as a duet with Bon Iver At the time of the album’s release, Joe was credited under the pseudonym William Bowery, though Taylor validated William and Joe were one and the very same throughout her Disney+ performance movie, Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions
Taylor exposed Joe had actually composed the whole piano part, in addition to singing, “I can see you standin’ honey/With his arms around your body/Laughin’ but the joke’s not funny at all.” She went on to state The Favourite star was “always just playing and making things up and kind of creating things,” however the couple might have never ever interacted if it wasn’t for the COVID-19 shutdown.
“I was like, ‘Hey, this could be really weird, and we could hate this,'” she described, “‘because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to see what it’s like if we write this song together?'”
The outcome of their expert partnership? Winning Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys.
“We’re so proud of ‘Exile,'” Taylor gushed. “All I have to do is dream up some lyrics and come up with some gut-wrenching, heart-shattering story to write with him.”