Bigger Than The Whole Sky

Album: Midnights (3am Edition) (2022)
Charted: 21
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Songfacts®:

  • "Bigger Than The Whole Sky" is a heartbreaking ballad where Taylor Swift talks of losing someone important. She sings in the chorus:

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
    You were bigger than the whole sky
    You were more than just a short time
    And I've got a lot to pine about


    Swift longs for this loved one even though she's lost them.

    I've got a lot to live without
    I'm never gonna meet
    What could've been, would've been
    What should've been you


    She wonders what it would have been like if things had turned out differently. She will never see what this person would have become.
  • Swift leaves the reason for her grief and heartache open to interpretation. Many fans believe she's talking about a miscarriage ("I'm never gonna meet") or the death of a child ("What could've been, would've been. What should've been you").
  • Some TikTokkers resonated with the song's interpretation of pregnancy loss. The chorus went viral on the platform as users shared their experiences with miscarriages.
  • Swift co-wrote and co-produced "Bigger Than The Whole Sky" with Jack Antonoff, a longtime collaborator who had worked with her since her 2014 album 1989. Antonoff also plays all the instruments on the song (synthesizer, piano, slide guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass).
  • Bigger Than The Whole Sky is a bonus track on Midnights (3am Edition), which was surprise released at 3am, three hours after the standard Midnights release.

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