"It just kind of conjured up all these like feelings of anxiety that I had had in a relationship where everybody was watching," Taylor Swift says

By Michele Corriston
Updated October 13, 2015 02:25 PM
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Taylor Swift is going strong with Calvin Harris, but before dating the EDM artist, she chronicled the end of a past relationship on her record-breaking pop album 1989.

Swift, 25, discusses her songwriting process for “Out of the Woods” in a new Grammy Pro Listening Session video, describing the ups and downs of a “fragile relationship.”

She remembers co-writer and producer Jack Antonoff (boyfriend of squad member Lena Dunham) sending her a demo of the music for the song and, within an hour, coming up with lyrics to lay on top.

“Hearing this track, it just kind of conjured up all these like feelings of anxiety that I had had in a relationship where everybody was watching, everybody was commenting on it,” she says. “You’re constantly just feeling like, are we out of the woods yet? What’s the next thing gonna be? What’s the next hurdle we’re gonna have to jump over? Are we gonna make it to next week?”

“It was interesting to write about a relationship where you’re just honestly like, this is probably not gonna last, but how long will it last?” she adds. “Those fragile relationships, it doesn’t mean they’re not supposed to happen. How the whole time we were having happy memories or crazy memories or ridiculously anxious times, in my head it was just like, are we okay yet, are we there yet, are we out of this yet?”

Sleuthing Swifties have zeroed in on Harry Styles as the single’s inspiration: The lyrics “your necklace hanging from my neck” and “two paper airplanes flying” seemingly refer to a piece of jewelry Swift and the One Direction singer were both photographed wearing during their 2012-13 romance, and she also appears to describe Styles’ snowmobile accident: “Remember when you hit the brakes too soon? / Twenty stitches in the hospital room.”