Sweet Nothing

Album: Midnights (2022)
Charted: 15
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Songfacts®:

  • Over sighing saxophone and electric piano, Taylor Swift sings of her tranquil, romantic relationship with her boo, Joe Alwyn.

    Outside, they're push and shovin'
    You're in the kitchen hummin'
    All that you ever wanted from me was sweet nothin'


    Amid the overwhelming feeling of the world spinning out of control and her hectic superstar lifestyle, Swift's simple domestic life with her partner is a safe haven. Her union with Alwyn offers her peace and stability, and he asks for nothing in return.
  • Swift confirms that "Sweet Nothing" is about Joe Alwyn with a shout-out to the Irish seaside town Wicklow. Her actor partner was filming there for the TV series Conversations With Friends.

    We almost forgot it
    Does it ever miss Wicklow sometimes?
  • Joe Alwyn is a co-writer, credited under his pseudonym William Bowery. Alwyn previously made contributions to Swift's Folklore tracks "Exile" and "Betty," and her Evermore songs "Coney Island," "Champagne Problems," and "Evermore." Alwyn derived his pseudonym from the first name of his composer and conductor great grandfather William Alwyn, and the New York City neighborhood Bowery, where he stayed when he first arrived in the US.
  • Swift co-produced "Sweet Nothings" with Jack Antonoff, who worked on every Midnights track. The musicians are:

    Piano: Jack Antonoff
    Saxophone: Zem Audu and Evan Smith
    Violin: Bobby Hawk
    Synthesizer: Evan Smith, Jack Antonoff and Mikey Hart
    Electric Guitar: Jack Antonoff
    Percussion: Jack Antonoff
    Drums: Jack Antonoff and Michael Riddleberger

    Evan Smith, Mikey Hart, Mike Riddleberger and Zem Audu are all members of Antonoff's rock project Bleachers, and Bobby Hawk tours with them.

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