Monday, October 15, 2012

"Long Live" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Long Live" from her "Speak Now" album.

Who is this song about?

The Agency, Taylor Swift's band
Her band, her producers, and her fans!

In the lyric liner notes the words "THANK YOU" are in all caps.

On her website, Taylor said, "This song is about my band, and my producer, and all the people who have helped us build this brick by brick. The fans, the people who I feel that we are all in this together, this song talks about the triumphant moments that we've had in the last two years. We've had times where we just jump up and down, and dance like we don't care how we're dancing, and just scream at the top of our lungs, "How is this happening?" And, I feel very lucky to even have had one of those moments, nonetheless all the ones that I got to have. 'Long Live' is about how I feel reflecting on it.

This song for me is like looking at a photo album of all the award shows, and all the stadium shows, and all the hands in the air in the crowd. It's sort of the first love song that I've written to my team."

In the first verse Taylor talks about some of the first times they performed, "The night you danced like you knew our lives/Would never be the same."  While I have never been in a band there are definite moments in my life where I knew life would never be the same, my first day of college, my wedding, and the birth of my first child.  Those are all profound events that changed my life forever.  There are also times when I've taken a certain path and as I am heading down I know life is not going to be the same.

She speaks out to the critics, "When they gave us our trophies/And we help them up for our town/And the cynics were outraged/Screaming this is absurd."  There have been many critics, but Taylor just keeps pulling out those awards and getting better and better.

Then she talks about what she wants if it all ends, "But if god forbid fate should step in/And force us into a goodbye/If you have children some day/When they point to the pictures/Please tell them my name/Tell them how the crowds went wild."  She wants her band to remember the good times and to remember her.

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Long Live".

The Agency got it's name when they filmed the video for "Picture To Burn", where they were all wearing suits.

Members of the band include: Taylor Swift (lead singer, songwriter, guitar, @taylorswift13), Al Wilson (drummer, band leader, @alsdrum), Grant Mickelson (guitarist, @GrantMickelson), Amos J. Heller (bass player, @amosjheller), Caitlin Elizabeth Evanson (fiddle player, vocals, @caitlinbird), Paul Sidoti (guitarist, vocals, @paulsidoti), Michael Meadows (banjo player, @smalltownmike), David Cook (keyboards, piano, @davidcookmusic), Daniel Sadownick (percussion, congas, @DSadownick)

The backup singers are: Carly Thomas Smith, Melanie Nyema (@melanienyema), Clare Turton, and Kamilah Marshall (@kamilahmarshall).

The dance crew include: Claire Callaway (@ClaireCallaway2) and Charity Lynne Baroni (@ChaeLynne).

Former band members include: Elizabeth Huett, (backup singer, @elizabethhuett), Ben Clark (banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar and piano, @banjobenclark), and Emily Poe (fiddle).

(Information courtesy of

"Long Live" live performance in Hollywood, CA


  1. Long Live is about her fans :), she said it on the Speak Now World Tour

    1. Yep, she wrote this song about her fans, her band, her producer everyone. Love it!

  2. Actually the secret message is 'FOR YOU' not 'THANK YOU'.


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