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Taylor Swift puts her lyrics in categories based on what tool she used to write with

Sep 22
Brianna Walmark

Taylor Swift puts her lyrics in categories based on what tool she used to write with

  • Taylor Swift just shared she has different genres for her lyrics 
  • In her acceptance speech for the songwriter-artist of the decade award at the annual Nashville Songwriter Awards 
  • she shares that she differentiates her lyrics based on the tool she used to write them with 


Taylor Swift never ceases to amaze fans with how witty and funny she can be. During her acceptance speech for winning the award of songwriter/ artist of the decade, she shared that this 10-year mark of her career has really shown all the mistakes and successes that have led up to this point. Taylor also gave insight on what she enjoys most about music making and she shared that lyricism is “possibly my favorite part of songwriting” and that over time she has “established genre categories for lyrics I write” when she is putting together the music we listen to. “Three of them, to be exact,” she explained at the ceremony. “They are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics, and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics.”

She went on to say in her acceptance speech, for quail lyrics “if the words and phrasings are antiquated if I was inspired to write it after reading Charlotte Brontë or after watching a movie where everyone is wearing poet shirts and corsets”. “Fountain pen style means a modern storyline or references, with a poetic twist. Taking a common phrase and flipping its meaning. The songs I categorize in this style sound like confessions scribbled and sealed in an envelope. But too brutally honest to ever send.”

And lastly “Glitter Gel Pen,” as “frivolous, carefree, bouncy, syncopated perfectly to the beat. “Glitter Gel Pen lyrics don’t care if you don’t take them seriously because they don’t take themselves seriously,” Swift said. “Glitter Gel Pen lyrics are the drunk girl at the party who tells you that you look like an angel in the bathroom. It’s what we need every once in a while in these fraught times in which we live.”

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