Cornelia Street

Album: Lover (2019)
Charted: 57
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • In June 2016, Taylor Swift moved into 23 Cornelia Street, in New York's West Village. The singer had arranged to rent the Manhattan townhouse for several months while her Tribeca apartment was being renovated.

    Not long after Swift moved into the property, she met and began dating British actor Joe Alwyn. This song is all about Swift's memories of the early days of their relationship while she was living in Cornelia Street.

    We were in the backseat
    Drunk on something stronger than the drinks in the bar
    "I rent a place on Cornelia Street"
    I say casually in the car

    During the chorus, Swift recalls how she started to develop feelings for Alwyn. The pop star remembers fearing she would be so heartbroken if they were ever to break up, she would never be able to return to Cornelia Street again.

    I hope I never lose, I hope it never ends,
    I'd never walk Cornelia Street again
    That's the kind of heartbreak could never mend
  • Swift explained on the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show that she wanted to write a nostalgic song about how "we kind of bond our memories to those places where those memories happened; it's just something we do if we romanticize life, which I tend to do."
  • Swift wrote the ballad on her own. She co-produced it with Jack Antonoff, who has frequently collaborated with the songstress; he is credited as a co-writer on eight of the 18 Lover tracks.
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Richie McDonald of LonestarSongwriter Interviews

Richie talks about the impact of "Amazed," and how his 4-year-old son inspired another Lonestar hit.

SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Meet the "sassy basket" with the biggest voice in country music.

Petula ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.

Joe Elliott of Def LeppardSongwriter Interviews

The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.

Trucking Songs That Were #1 HitsSong Writing

The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.

TV Theme SongsFact or Fiction

Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?