In her on-camera description of “Out Of The Woods,” Swift calls the track “one of my favorite songs on this album” and discusses the breakup that inspired her latest offering from 1989.
“One of the goals I set out to accomplish when I wanted to make this album is I wanted to make sure that these songs sounded exactly the way that the emotions felt when I felt them,” says Swift. “This song is about the fragility and kind of breakable nature of some relationships. This was a relationship where it was kind of living day-to-day, wondering where it was going, if it was gonna go anywhere, if it was gonna end the next day. It was a relationship where you never feel like you’re standing on solid ground.
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"And that kind of a feeling brings on excitement, but also extreme anxiety, and kind of a frantic feeling of wondering,” she continues. “Endless questions. And this song sounds exactly like that frantic feeling of anxiety and questioning, but it stresses that, even if a relationship is breakable and fragile and full of anxiety, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile, exciting, beautiful and all the things that we look for.”
“Out Of The Woods” is the second song — though not the second single — to come from 1989, which is due out on Oct. 27. Lead single “Shake It Off” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart upon its release, and has spent five consecutive weeks at No. 2 on the chart, behind Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”