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The Song “Marjorie” by Taylor Swift – Gabriela’s goosebump moment

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“Hi! My name is Gabriela, I’m from El Salvador, and my goosebump moment was when I first heard “Marjorie” by Taylor Swift. This song is very special because it reminds me of my grandma. It was realized in 2020 during the pandemic, so I couldn’t see my grandma much, but it made me realize that sometimes you think you won’t lose someone you love, but it happens, so I tried to make more memories with her. If she wrote something, I tried to keep that paper or tried to take more pictures, more videos, so I can remember her. So when she passed, I got all these memories with her and I’m very grateful because I heard that song in time. Because sometimes, when you are young, you don’t pay attention to the details, but those details matter when you lose someone. So every time I hear that song, it gives me goosebumps. It’s very special, it’s like she is always with me.”


A Beautiful Tribute

Taylor Swift’s song “Marjorie”, from her ninth studio album “Evermore” released in December 2020, is an ode to her late maternal grandmother, named Marjorie Finlay. Finlay was an accomplished opera singer and influenced Swift to take up music herself.

“She would get up and sing and, of course, she had a perfect, beautiful operatic voice,” she said of her grandmother in a 2014 interview with Esquire. Fans can see Finlay in several black and white photos and even in some home videos with Swift in the lyric video for “Marjorie”.

In the lyrics, fans can hear how Swift deeply misses her grandmother, who passed away in 2003, as she recounts the life lessons, she learned from her. “Never be so polite that you forget your power. Never wield so much power that you forget to be polite,” she softly sings. Swift also reminisces about memories with her grandmother, like swimming and driving together. The “Willow” singer also admits that she wishes she had been more curious about her grandmother and asked her questions, especially now that she’s no longer on Earth.

However, Swift goes back and forth with herself, singing that sometimes she has the feeling that Finlay is still present. “You’re alive in my head,” she confirms. “And if I didn’t know any better, I’d think you were still around,” she adds.

Swift found another way to keep her beloved grandmother alive: She used her voice as backing vocals on “Marjorie”. Swift clearly has a deep appreciation for Finlay, and even gave ‘Majorie’ the No. 13 spot (Swift’s lucky number) on the album.

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