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Taylor Swift Talks ‘All You Had to Do Was Stay’ + More With TIME

Taylor Swift
Martin Schoeller, TIME

Did Taylor Swift reveal to TIME that she had a dream about Harry Styles? When the superstar sat down with the iconic magazine, she revealed that the ‘1989’ track ‘All You Had to Do Was Stay’ was in part inspired by a dream she had about an ex.

“I was having this dream, that was actually one of those embarrassing dreams, where you’re mortified in the dream, you’re like humiliated,” she said. “In the dream, my ex had come to the door to beg for me to talk to him or whatever, and I opened up the door and I went to go say, ‘Hi,’ or ‘What are you doing here?’ or something—something normal—but all that came out was this high-pitched singing that said, ‘Stay!’ It was almost operatic.”

“So I wrote this song, and I used that sound in the song. Weird, right?” she continued. “I woke up from the dream, saying the weird part into my phone, figuring I had to include it in something because it was just too strange not to. In pop, it’s fun to play around with little weird noises like that.”

And despite the frequent analyses of her lyrics, Taylor explained that her goal is to put out all of those genuine and raw feelings into her songs.

“I see a lot of celebrities build up these emotional walls around themselves, where they let no one in, and that’s what makes them feel very lonely at the top,” she revealed. “I just keep writing songs. And I kind of stay open to feeling humiliated and rejected, because before being a quote-unquote celebrity, I’m a songwriter. … Being a songwriter means you’re very attuned to your own intuition and your own feelings even if they hurt.”

For more on Taylor’s interview with TIME (and these were just some of the quotes that didn’t make it into their piece!), head over here and here for the full interview.

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