Taylor Swift mentions the word “gold” and “golden” a lot in her songs and in true Taylor fashion, it must mean something!
So what does it mean exactly?
The first mention of “gold” or “golden” appeared on Swift’s debut album. According to Swift, the song was dedicated to a friend that was struggling with body image issues.
“Tied Together With A Smile”
Then on her second studio album, Fearless, there’s mention of “golden” in a song dedicated to her mother.
“The Best Day”
That’s really it until her 6th studio album, reputation. It’s a big theme on this album theme on with songs like So It Goes and Dress mentioning gold cages and golden feelings.
“Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
“So It Goes”
“King Of My Heart”
This idea later explored more on Lover as Swift writes in Lover’s prologue notes, “This album is a love letter to love itself — all the captivating, spellbinding, maddening, devastating, red, blue, gray, golden aspects of it.
Then, the gold theme continues on folklore and evermore with songs like Invisible String using a gold thread to connect her to her lover.
“Invisible String” (again)
The gold theme is obviously personal to Swift and definitely seems to mean something important to her.
As for what it means exactly? That is up for interpretation… but I hope you enjoyed this brief deep dive into Taylor’s golden lyrics.