You may have missed it amidst the madness of the last week, but Taylor Swift finally released the two bonus songs off evermore, titled right where you left me and it’s time to go. Now, I wasn’t a huge Taylor Swift fan until folklore (apparently I am now???), but I’ve been in fandom long enough to know that there is a Taylor Swift song for every OTP, and an OTP for every Taylor Swift song. Naturally, this latest album has inspired a flood of fandom content, with every fandom finding at least one song that represents their OTP. I’ve made a few fandom playlists myself, and they’ve all ended up full of Taylor Swift songs. That’s just how it works, apparently.
Since I’m apparently a Taylor Swift stan now (it’s 2021, I’ve embraced it), I’m now trying my hand at this, with a list of a few songs off evermore that remind me of some of my favourite ships.
willow – Percy and Annabeth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
“I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night
Rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife”
Alright, so first of all, the water imagery at the start of this song is very Percy. Also, the whole theme of taking someone’s hand and following them wherever they go has very strong percabeth vibes:
“The more that you say, the less I know
Wherever you stray, I follow
I’m begging for you to take my hand
Wreck my plans, that’s my man”
champagne problems – James and Cordelia (The Last Hours)
“Because I dropped your hand while dancing
Left you out there standing
Crestfallen on the landing
I mean. James did quite literally drop Cordelia’s hand while dancing and leave her out there standing, so I don’t know how much more obvious you can get here. Plus, all the wedding talk makes us think of the ending of Chain of Gold, and the whole idea of “champagne problems” relates to where they are as of right now, since Cordelia is complaining about being engaged to the love of her life, which doesn’t seem like a real problem. This is a Jordelia song.
gold rush – Alex and Henry (Red, White & Royal Blue)
“What must it be like to grow up that beautiful?
With your hair falling into place like dominoes
I see me padding across your wooden floors
With my Eagles t-shirt hanging from the door“
This song just makes me think of Alex and his complicated feelings toward Henry at the start of Red White & Royal Blue. He’s admiring him, but he doesn’t want to be just one of the many people vying for his attention.
tolerate it – Kara and Lena (Supergirl)
“While you were out building other worlds, where was I?
Where’s that man who’d throw blankets over my barbed wire?
I made you my temple, my mural, my sky
Now I’m begging for footnotes in the story of your life“
Alright, so maybe some of this is more fanfic Kara and Lena than canon Kara and Lena, but it’s still valid. This song screams of unrequited love. Also, that part about feeling like a footnote in someone’s life, about being left behind while someone was “out building worlds?” What superhero love interest hasn’t felt that?
happiness – Alexis and Ted (Schitt’s Creek)
“There’ll be happiness after you
But there was happiness because of you
Both of these things can be true“
This is such a bittersweet song, and I think it really fits the way Alexis and Ted’s relationship ended on the show. Yes, they were happy as a couple, but they’re going to be happy apart as well. It’s sad, but it’s just the way it had to end.
coney island – Steve and Bucky (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
“Do you miss the rogue
Who coaxed you into paradise and left you there?
Will you forgive my soul
When you’re too wise to trust me and too old to care?“
I’m not even sure I can properly explain why this is a Stucky song, but it just is. It makes me think of so many different moments in their relationship – when they first went off to war, when Bucky came back but he was brainwashed, when Steve left to be with Peggy. It makes me think about them reminiscing about their childhood and wondering what went wrong.
ivy – Tessa and Will (The Infernal Devices)
My pain fits in the palm of your freezing hand
Taking mine, but it’s been promised to another
Oh, I can’t
Stop you putting roots in my dreamland
My house of stone, your ivy grows
And now I’m covered“
So many songs on this album could fit this couple, but this one most of all. It’s probably my favourite song off the album. The part about her hand having been “promised to another” makes me think of Tessa in Clockwork Princess, when she was engaged to Jem but still had feelings for Will. “I wish to know the fatal flaw that makes you long to be magnificently cursed” is extremely Will Herondale.
cowboy like me – Dean and Castiel (Supernatural)
“Never wanted love
Just a fancy car
Now I’m waiting by the phone
Like I’m sitting in an airport bar“
I’ve never even watched Supernatural, but I’ve learned enough about it since November 5th to know that cowboy like me is a Destiel song. Congrats, Destiel shippers.
long story short – Anne and Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables)
I wanna tell you not to get lost in these petty things
Will defeat themselves before you get the chance to swing
And he’s passing by
Rare as the glimmer of a comet in the sky
And he feels like home
If the shoe fits, walk in it everywhere you go“
This feels like a Shirbert song to me because the lyrics speak of finally finding someone you want to spend your life with after a lot of misfortune. Yes, it’s very specifically about Taylor’s relationship, but it makes me think of Anne finally realizing that she’s meant to be with Gilbert.
right where you left me – Anna and Ariadne (The Last Hours)
“Did you ever hear about the girl who got frozen?
Time went on for everybody else, she won’t know it
She’s still twenty-three inside her fantasy
How it was supposed to be“
Just one last Shadowhunter Chronicles couple! I have to do it! This makes me think of Ariadne in between Every Exquisite Thing and Chain of Gold. It’s about feeling stuck after someone leaves you, watching life move on as you can’t seem to do the same. Maybe I’m reaching here, but this makes me think of Ariadne’s process of figuring out that she needs to live her life authentically and be with Anna.
Which evermore songs remind you of your OTPs? Let us know in the comments or on social media!