Taylor Swift – August | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review

“August” is the eighth track on Taylor Swift’s 2020 album ‘Folklore.’ Knowing Taylor’s love for symbolism, we cannot help but think that Taylor purposefully listed the song at #8 on the tracklist in correspondence with the calendar. However, the song narrates a bittersweet memory of a love that she hoped for but never was there.

Taylor Swift announced her 8th studio album ‘Folklore‘ just a few hours ahead of the album release on July 24, 2020. The album had no singles prior to the album release, and Taylor stated the reason for the ‘surprise’ album release as the “uncertainty” surrounding the world right now.

“august” is part of the three songs on the album that talk about a love-triangle Taylor was in one Summer. The other two songs are “cardigan” and “betty.” In this song, Taylor Swift breaks into the relationship of two others, by sleeping with the guy.

Listen to “august” by Taylor Swift


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Verse 1

Taylor narrates a very intimate scene where she is in the bed with this guy. She draws a not-so-appealing vibrance around them to give the idea that there is something off about what is to happen. But she is perfectly okay with it, as she only wanted him. He asks her ‘are you sure’ and she replies ‘never have I ever,’ giving consent. It is likely that this is the time when she lost her virginity, as the dialogue suggests something just more than a fling would have taken place.

Chorus

In the chorus of the song, Taylor Swift sings that it is all a memory in her head now, and he is long gone. What seemed like a beautiful consumation of love between a loving couple, we quickly realize, was an illicit affair!

The actions, memories, and people, all passed on just like the month of August did…never to return. Because, he was never hers to begin with.

Verse 2

More memories and visualizations haunt Taylor’s mind. She wonders if he would call her when they are back at school after Summer break!

Bridge

Taylor feels quite foolish to have thought that there ever was an “us” just because they had that one night of romance. She tries to embrace the harsh reality that he was not hers to lose.

Outro

In the outro, Taylor ties in one lyric with a similar lyric on “betty” to emphasize their connection.

Remember when I pulled up and said “Get in the car”

A different POV of this line appears in “betty” as “When she pulled up like…./She said “James, get in, let’s drive”.”

Let us know aht you think about this song in the comments below. Check out the complete lyrics and further meaning breakdown on Genius.

Adam McDonald

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