No Body, No Crime
by Taylor Swift (featuring Haim)

Album: Evermore (2020)
Charted: 19 34

Songfacts®:

  • Here, the California sister trio Haim join Swift for a song about a small-town murder mystery. A girl called Este is missing and the locals suspect her cheating husband of killing her. The dude has moved his mistress in, but can't be tried because without a body he can't be accused of murder. As the song progresses, Swift makes it clear the death of her friend Este must be avenged.
  • Swift said the song was inspired by her "obsession with true crime podcasts/documentaries." She has previously claimed in interviews that if her music career hit the skids, she'd pursue an alternative career as a police detective.
  • Este wasn't there Tuesday night at Olive Garden
    At her job or anywhere


    Swift explained to Entertainment Weekly that she named the character Este, as Este Haim is "the friend I have who would be stoked to be in a song like that."

    Olive Garden is a restaurant chain specializing in homestyle Italian-American food. Swift chose it as a location after Este Haim told her it is her favorite chain restaurant. In a Songfacts analysis of the restaurants most mentioned in lyrics, Olive Garden placed #10.
  • Swift has form for using friends' names in her songs. She named the three characters on her track "Betty," James, Inez, and Betty, after the children of Swift's close friends, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
  • Taylor Swift and the Haim sisters are long-term friends and have vacationed together in Maui. Haim also opened for Swift at select dates on The 1989 World Tour. "We can't figure out why we hadn't collaborated sooner," Swift said. "We've toured together, played live together, choreographed dances like we're at summer camp, but it took a song about avenging your friend's murder to give us the idea to take this step."

    "Long story short, I'm the fourth Haim sister now, confirmed," she added.
  • This is the only Evermore song that Swift wrote on her own. The National's Aaron Dessner oversaw production and arrangements.
  • The country-folk song finds Swift returning to her Nashville roots. Its credits include harmonium and lap steel guitar from Josh Kaufman, who won the sixth season of The Voice.
  • After writing the song, Swift sent Dessner a voice memo of her playing it on a rubber-bridge guitar that he'd gotten her. He used the same kind of guitar to play on "Invisible String."

    Dessner started building on Swift's voice memo. "Taylor had specific ideas from the beginning about references and how she wanted it to feel, and that she wanted the Haim sisters to sing on it," he recalled to Rolling Stone. "We had them record the song with Ariel Reichshaid."

    After receiving Haim's recording from LA, Dessner and Swift then put it all together with the band at New York's Long Pond Studios.
  • The song debuted at #2 on the Country chart, matching Swift's highest arrival on the tally when "Red" landed at #2 in October 2012.

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