This song is about the breakup of Swift's relationship with Joe Jonas. She told The Los Angeles Times October 26, 2008: "It's about watching somebody fade away in a relationship. They said they were going to be with you forever, that they loved you, and then something changed in the relationship and you don't know what it is, but you're watching them slowly drift. That emotion of rejection, for me, usually starts out sad and then gets mad. This song starts with this pretty melody that's easy to sing along with, then in the end I'm basically screaming it because I'm so mad. I'm really proud of that."
Swift told The Los Angeles Times that on this song, she felt as though she achieved something authentic and raw. She explained: "When I go into the studio, it's really more about portraying the song in a way that gets the feeling across, rather than every phrase being exactly perfect. I think it's the writer in me that's a little more obsessed with the meaning of the song than the vocal technique. All that stuff is like math to me. Over-thinking vocals and stuff - I never want to get to that point."
Swift wrote this near the end of the recording process after she broke up with Joe Jonas. The singer had to plead with the president of her record label, Scott Borchetta, to let her add it to the album a day before the final version was due to be turned in.
Joe Jonas told the June 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine that he wasn't bothered about Taylor writing about the break-up of their relationship. He said: "It's flattering. It's always nice to hear their side of the story."
Karen from Manchester, NhReading what she said about not wanting to overthink the vocals...that is what I love most about her. Singers like Carrie Underwood have technically beautiful voices - she hits all of the right notes - but there is no emotion, no dynamics. Just volume. While Taylor's voice may not be the most technically perfect, she DOES put dynamics and emotion into all of her songs and that, to me, is great singing.
Bailey from Toronto, Onwhat joe jonas said, are you kidding me? what a butt. really.... but forever and always has always been one of my favorite songs.
Joel from Los Angeles, CaUgh. Why the hell would Taylor Swift date that puto Joe Jonas? That dude broke Demi Lovato's heart. Back to the song: It's a good song. Taylor really knows how to invoke emotions in her writing. My favorite Taylor Swift songs include Crazier and You Belong With Me. I will add this one to my playlist. Sorry Jonas Brothers fans but the dudes really suck.
Julie from Pittsburgh, Paaww taylor! :) i love this songg!
Jennifer from Terre Haute, InI think its a good idea to right down your feelings and if you are talented enough to turn it into a soing then thats wonderful.!
Hope from Naperville, Ilwhat a good message.
Emily from Around Chicago, IlIn the booklet that comes w/the CD, there are hidden messages in the lyrics. You take all the capital letters and put them in order to spell a phrase. Forever & Always's message is: IF YOU PLAY THESE GAMES WERE BOTH GOING TO LOSE.
Natalie. from Beverly Hills , Cathis song is amazing. you dont need joe darlin!