Why I Think Kiss Me Slowly is About Taylor Swift
Okay, so somebody else here on Tumblr had one of these written up awhile back, but it’s since been lost. In an attempt to clarify this for a friend, I’ll write one for myself. Here’s exactly why I believe Parachute’s song Kiss Me Slowly (written by Will Anderson with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum) was written about Taylor Swift. Please forgive me if I miss anything!
I can see you there with the city lights,
Fourteenth floor, pale blue eyes.
I can breathe you in.
Taylor has multiple residences, but her main one is the condo in the Adelicia in Nashville. The building has 18 floors: the lower 4 being studio apartments, then regular condos and the top 2 floors as penthouse suites. Counting from the condo entrances on the amenities deck (just above the studios) up to the top of the penthouse suites would be 14 floors. If you’re looking at the Adelicia from the outside, it would be an easy mistake to make. Also, it’s a given, but Taylor has very pretty pale blue eyes. ;)
But with my eyes closed all I see
Is the skyline, through the window,
The moon above you and the streets below.
These penthouse suites sell themselves on their fabulous views, so being able to see the city lights, moon and streets below all lit up in such a fashion would absolutely make sense if viewed from a high-rise penthouse condo.
She shows me everything she used to know,
Picture frames and country roads
Taylor went to high school in Nashville, lived in Hendersonville and has generally called the area home since 2004-2005. She’d definitely be able to drive him down old backroads where she and her friends used to hang out. She actually gave this tour to Rolling Stone a few years ago, so it’s logical to assume she’d do the same for a good friend/crush, especially when you take into account that Will had only recently moved to Nashville at that point.
She stood by as it fell apart,
Separate rooms and broken hearts,
But I won’t be the one to let you go.
I feel like this is a double reference, both to Taylor’s most recent failed relationship at the time (Jake Gyllenhall) and to her own parents. Back in August 2012, gossip columns broke the story that Taylor’s parents were filing for legal separation. However, they’d been unofficially separated/living apart for at least 18 months (if not longer)…landing us exactly in the right timeline. Basically, I think she watched her parents’ marriage crumble while her own relationship crashed and burned too. Notable is the use of “stood by,” furthering the implication that there was nothing she could do to stop it from falling apart.
Don’t run away…
And it’s hard to love again,
When the only way it’s been,
When the only love you’ve known,
Just walked away…
If it’s something that you want,
Darling you don’t have to run,
You don’t have to go…
Taylor herself has said that she has a tendency to run away from love about the time it gets serious, as she noted while talking about her song Mine. Interesting lyrics from that song:
You learn my secrets and figure out why I’m guarded,
You say we’ll never make my parents’ mistakes.
Do you remember all the city lights on the water?
You saw me start to believe for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
You are the best thing that’s ever been mine.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Mine was written around 2009/2010, which fits the timeline of when the Swifts might have started having significant problems. Also of note: Taylor's relationship with Jake shattered her and it took her quite awhile to move past it. Jake walked out on her both symbolically and literally, all while she was watching her parents walk away from each other. It’s easy to see why Will is pleading with her to not run away from the thing growing between them, to not give into her well-founded fears that he’d walk away just like everyone else.
Here’s another interesting bit that further solidifies my theory about this: Will Anderson posted this awhile back that he found on his computer of a recording that eventually became Kiss Me Slowly. The lyrics in it are a bit different, but very telling:
She drives me out on country roads
Shows me all she’s ever known
Points out places, takes it slow
Things that still remind her
When days felt like a hundred years
When life was close and home was near
But all that I want her to hear
Is love is right behind her
This tells me that the girl he’s writing about hasn’t just lost in her own love life…she’s lost her anchor and sense of home. Most girls with good relationships with their mothers (myself included) tend to come home to cry to mom after having their hearts broken, to open arms reminiscent of childhood and comfort. Coming home needing that comfort only to find your loving parents falling apart before your eyes does something to you that’s hard to explain, but leaves permanent scars. Obviously, Will sees this wonderful girl that he’s starting to fall for going through an especially dark period of her life and wants nothing more than to hold her close and block out the pain, if only she’d let him.
Will himself said this about it:
“I can’t let the cat out of the bag and say exactly who ‘Kiss Me Slowly’ is about (and it IS about a very specific person whom a lot of people know), but 'Kiss Me Slowly’ was simply inspired by my friend who I have always thought was so great and lovely even with the scars and imperfections that came as a result of past attempts with love,” Will admits about the song. “Honestly, I just felt like she deserved a song for herself, so I sat down and wrote it about her.”
Yet another hint that it’s about someone famous and/or well-known (“very specific person a lot of people know”), but also seems to support the idea that the girl in question was going through a difficult time. All of the above, taken with things that have been posted and spotted previously about Taylor’s friendship/relationship with Will Anderson, lead me to believe that this song was written about Taylor Swift. Those are my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours.