Taylor Swift reveals who her August lyrics are actually about (2024)

15 March 2024, 11:32

Taylor Swift reveals who her August lyrics are actually about (1)

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Taylor Swift reveals who her August lyrics are actually about (2)

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Taylor Swift's August lyrics are about an affair and a love triangle and how they affected those involved.

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It's officially August season baby! Salt air is all around us, we're ready to meet someone behind the mall and we're definitely living for the hope of it all. Everyone is listening to Taylor Swift's 'August' on repeat...but what are the lyrics actually about?

As soon as Taylor Swift released Folklore in 2020, 'August' immediately became one of her most loved songs. Fans couldn't get enough of the longing and regret in the lyrics. The wistful production fully transports you back to a past relationship that was never built to last. 'August' is so popular that it's essentially become the 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' of August.

Who did Taylor write 'August' about though? Here's what Taylor's said about the real meaning behind her 'August' lyrics.

Who are Taylor Swift's August lyrics about?

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In 'August', Taylor tells the story of a romance that was always doomed to fail. Taylor is singing about an affair. In the chorus, Taylor sings: "But I can see us lost in the memory / August slipped away into a moment in time / 'Cause it was never mine / And I can see us twisted in bedsheets / August sipped away like a bottle of wine / 'Cause you were never mine."

Discussing the meaning behind 'August' in her Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions documentary, Taylor confirmed it's part of a trilogy with 'Cardigan' and 'Betty'. The songs tell the story of a fictional high school love triangle and they are told from the perspective of each person involved. 'August' is about a girl Taylor made up called Augustine.

Explaining how the songs connect, Taylor said: "What happened in my head was, 'Cardigan' is Betty’s perspective from 20 to 30 years later, looking back on this love that was this tumultuous thing. In my head, I think Betty and James ended up together. So, in my head, she ends up with him, but he really put her through it."

As for 'August', Taylor said: "'August' was about the girl that James had this summer with. She seems like she’s a bad girl, but really she’s not. She’s a sensitive person who really fell for him, she was trying to seem cool and seem like she didn’t care...but she really did, and she thought they had something really real."

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Taylor Swift – august (Official Lyric Video)

Taylor ended the conversation by saying: "And then he goes back to Betty. So, the idea that there’s some bad, villain girl in any type of situation who takes your man is actually a total myth because that’s not usually the case at all. Everybody has feelings, everybody wants to be seen and loved and all Augustine wanted was love."

No, I'm not crying. You are!

Taylor Swift - 'August' lyrics

VERSE 1
Salt air, and the rust on your door
I never needed anything more
Whispers of "Are you sure?"
"Never have I ever before"

CHORUS
But I can see us lost in the memory
August slipped away into a moment in time
'Cause it was never mine
And I can see us twisted in bedsheets
August sipped away like a bottle of wine
'Cause you were never mine

VERSE 2
Your back beneath the sun
Wishin' I could write my name on it
Will you call when you're back at school?
I remember thinkin' I had you

CHORUS
But I can see us lost in the memory
August slipped away into a moment in time
'Cause it was never mine
And I can see us twisted in bedsheets
August sipped away like a bottle of wine
'Cause you were never mine

BRIDGE
Back when we were still changin' for the better
Wanting was enough
For me, it was enough
To live for the hope of it all
Cancel plans just in case you'd call
And say, "Meet me behind the mall"
So much for summer love and saying "us"
'Cause you weren't mine to lose
You weren't mine to lose, no

CHORUS
But I can see us lost in the memory
August slipped away into a moment in time
'Cause it was never mine
And I can see us twisted in bedsheets
August sipped away like a bottle of wine
'Cause you were never mine

OUTRO
'Cause you were never mine
Never mine
But do you remember?
Remember when I pulled up and said "Get in the car"
And then canceled my plans just in case you'd call?
Back when I was livin' for the hope of it all, for the hope of it all
"Meet me behind the mall"
(Remember when I pulled up and said "Get in the car")
(And then canceled my plans just in case you'd call?)
(Back when I was livin' for the hope of it all, for the hope of it all)
("Meet me behind the mall")
Remember when I pulled up and said "Get in the car"
And then canceled my plans just in case you'd call?
Back when I was livin' for the hope of it all (For the hope of it all)
For the hope of it all, for the hope of it all
(For the hope of it all, for the hope of it all)

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FAQs

Who was August wrote about? ›

Is August a heartbreak song? ›

The lyrics are a first realization that the fling is over and will never be more than that. She sings, “'Cause you weren't mine to lose / You weren't mine to lose, no.” Here, she realizes the man never reciprocated feelings for her since he had feelings for someone else. He was never “August girl's” to claim.

Who did Taylor Swift write Bad Blood about? ›

Back in 2014, Swift told Rolling Stone that “Bad Blood” was about a fellow pop star without naming Perry. “It had to do with business,” Swift explained at the time. “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”

Why is Cruel Summer so popular? ›

Basically, “Cruel Summer” had its own bespoke narrative. For one thing, it's one of Swift's best pop-qua-pop songs of the past decade, a throwback to country-era Taylor songs of teen longing but with more modern production.

Are illicit affairs about cheating? ›

As with multiple tracks on Folklore, "Illicit Affairs" is based on a fictional narrative with imagined story arcs and characters; some critics wrote that the song is about "clandestine romance". The lyrics tell a story of infidelity about a disloyal narrator who wants to continue her deceitful relationship.

How are Cardigan Betty and August related? ›

The third piece of folklore's love-triangle triad of songs is "cardigan," which is sung from Betty's perspective. The whole of "cardigan" recounts Betty's thoughts on the demise of her relationship. "Chase two girls, lose the one" is an obvious reference to James' affair with Augustine.

What is voted as the saddest song of all time? ›

  • #1 “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. ...
  • #2 “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. ...
  • #3 “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan. ...
  • #4 “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton. ...
  • #5 “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley. ...
  • #6 “Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime” by The Korgis. ...
  • #7 “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel.
Feb 1, 2023

What is the saddest song in the universe? ›

Of course, R.E.M.'s anthemic 'Everybody Hurts' takes the second spot, but the saddest song of all time, according to science, is Nirvana's 'Something In The Way'. Recorded on a four-string charity shop guitar, the track, recorded for Nevermind, remains a gut-wrenching tune.

Which song is best after breakup? ›

Listen here.
  • Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ...
  • King Princess - "Talia" ...
  • A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - "Say Something" ...
  • Ariana Grande - "Thank U, Next" ...
  • Harry Styles - "Falling" ...
  • Billie Eilish - "Happier Than Ever" ...
  • Giveon - "Heartbreak Anniversary" ...
  • Noah Kahan - "Stick Season"
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Who is Taylor Swift's best friend? ›

You'd think being part of Taylor Swift's “squad” of A-list pals is something you'd want to shout about, but the singer's long-term bestie Ash Avignone has tended to keep their friendship low key and out of the spotlight over the years.

How many boyfriends has Taylor Swift had? ›

She has 12 publicly-known exes. Here is more about each one. According to Elle, Swift dated Joe Jonas in 2008, but their relationship only lasted a couple of months. Later, Swift revealed that Jonas broke up with her on a 25-second phone call and it served as an inspiration for her album, “Fearless.”

Did Harry Styles ever write about Taylor Swift? ›

Is "Two Ghosts" by Harry Styles About Taylor Swift? "Ever Since New York" wasn't the only track on Styles's self-titled debut album that seems to be about Swift. The first couple lines of the song "Two Ghosts" seem to clearly riff off Swift's song "Style," which is widely believed to be about — you guessed it — Styles.

What's Taylor Swift's favorite color? ›

Taylor Swift's fav color... Fandom. When? She said at the Eras tour, when she performed Enchanted, it was Purple, which inspired the theme for the song!

What was the first Taylor Swift song to hit 1? ›

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Despite writing ubiquitous hits like "You Belong With Me" and "Love Story" earlier in her career (which peaked at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively), "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was Swift's first-ever song to top the chart.

Which girl is lying in Cruel Summer? ›

While some viewers might feel like some of the weight of that reconciliation is lost when it's later revealed that Jeanette was still lying to Kate and the world, Napolitano sees it as a valuable moment that shows how far the two teenage girls have come.

Who was Joanne written about? ›

The track was written and produced by Gaga and Mark Ronson, with additional production from BloodPop. Inspired by the singer's late aunt, Joanne Germanotta, the song became a focal point for the musical direction of the album. Gaga intended the song to have a healing effect for those dealing with loss and pain.

Who showed August around the school in wonder? ›

They have arranged for three students to give Auggie a tour of the school. Julian, Charlotte, and Jack show him around.

Who wrote August and everything after? ›

“August and Everything After” was one of many lyric ideas in the notebook of Adam Duritz back when the band first entered the studio in early 1993, but his efforts to record the nine-minute song never went anywhere. “It was just me on the piano, which was probably a bad arrangement for it,” says Duritz.

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