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Taylor Swift – Castles Crumbling Ft. Hayley Williams | Lyrics Meaning Revealed

“Castles Crumbling” is one of the six brand new tracks on Taylor Swift’s re-release of ‘Speak Now’ album 13 years later than the original release. This track is special as it features one of Taylor’s long-term friends Hayley Williams of Paramore, marking their first-ever collaboration. The song, however, talks about the fall from grace.

‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’ was released on July 7, 2023, as part of Taylor Swift’s ongoing re-releases of her original albums following a dispute with her first label Big Machine Records. She has, so far, released ‘Red’ and ‘Fearless’ albums fully re-recorded giving her the rights to own her own masters.

“Castles Crumbling” talks about the eventual descent everyone has to take from the top. The higher you climb, the hard you fall. Although Taylor Swift wrote this song over a decade ago, she is right now the highest-grossing live tourer in the history of music. But, it is a concept that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives.

Listen to “Castles Crumbling” by Taylor Swift featuring Hayley Williams

Taylor Swift “Castles Crumbling” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review

In the first verse of the song, Taylor Swift talks about her empire in a golden era. While this could allude to several things, we can imagine she is talking about her career.

They used to cheer when they saw my face

Taylor Swift has been through a lot in her career as well as her personal life. During the very beginning of her career, she shot up to the spotlight and to stardom–almost overnight. What happens when you get to the top? There’s no more space to go up–only down. While Taylor Swift never really left the spotlight or crashed down, she did run through her fair share of problems both within and outside of the music industry.

There were times when Taylor Swift couldn’t even face the public. She had to take extreme measures to hide from the paparazzi. There must have been times when she felt as if she definitely lost it all and fallen from all the graces.

Taylor and Hayley Williams both confess that at times they did push it too far. There were people who trusted them and they tested their limits–even without knowledge. In the pre-chorus of the song, Taylor Swift seems to admit that ‘power went to her head’ and she might have enjoyed it a little too much. The hardest role to play is to know that you are the king and still bow down to the whims of your subjects. Everyone fails this test.

When someone goes down, both their friends and foes look closely. ‘Friends,’ not real ones, want to see if they should jump ship before it sinks. Foes want to take her spot. It is a difficult battle, this life. The more eyes on you, the more difficult it gets.

All that said, at this point in her life, Taylor Swift seems to have it nailed down. *knock on wood*

Let us hear what you think about this song in the comments below. Read the complete lyrics to the song on Genius.

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