Holy Ground

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  • This country-rock stomper finds Swift reminiscing about a relationship that ran on "New York time" where for a short period, "everywhere we stood is holy ground." Regarding whom she is singing about, as far as we're aware, two of Taylor's exes were based in New York - Joe Jonas whom she had a relationship with in 2008 and Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal whom the songstress dated for about three months in late 2010.
  • Jeff Bhasker, the man behind much of Kanye West's, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, produced this song. It is one of several tracks on Red that finds Swift collaborating with a variety of different writers and producers. She told CMT News: "This album was such an amazing experience because, for my last album, I just wrote it by myself. And so this one, I wanted to approach it differently because I never want to make the same album twice. So I would just call my songwriting and producing heroes and say, 'Hey, you want to work together?' And I got to work with some of my heroes, and I feel like I learned so much about other people's processes and other people's ways of doing things. It's so healthy as an artist to consistently put yourself in a room with people who are so different, style-wise, and so different in the way that they approach music than you are because it teaches you things. It teaches you new tricks."
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