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How Taylor Swift Has Used Imaginary Pens to Curate The Playlists of Our Dreams

How Taylor Swift Has Used Imaginary Pens to Curate The Playlists of Our Dreams

As we all know, Taylor Swift is an amazing lyricist. From the beautiful storytelling displayed in albums like folklore and evermore to the deeply personal lyrics of songs like ‘All Too Well,’ Taylor is able to use her lyrics in a way that is distinctly hers and wholly unique. With over fifty solo song credits under her belt, a number of co-writing credits, and vaults upon vaults worth of unreleased songs, Taylor’s lyrical capabilities are truly enviable and have inspired artists like Maisie Peters, Maya Hawke, and Olivia Rodrigo

Eighteen years on from the release of her self-titled debut album, Taylor Swift has revealed her secret way of categorizing her songs and their lyrical content. Taylor has blessed us with this knowledge through collaboration with Apple Music, releasing three curated playlists encapsulating different vibes. However, Taylor has categorized these vibes as ‘Quill Pen Songs,’ ‘Fountain Pen Songs,’ and ‘Glitter Gel Pen Songs.’ 

Taylor categorizes her songs like this based on what she pictures herself writing a certain song with. When talking to Apple Music, Taylor stated: 

“Most of my lyrics are Fountain Pen lyrics. They’re modern personal stories, written like poetry, about those moments you remember all too well where you can see, hear, and feel everything in screaming detail. Glitter Gel Pen songs have lyrics that make you want to dance, sing and toss glitter around the room. They remind you not to take yourself too seriously, which is something we all need to hear these days. Quill Pen songs are songs with lyrics that make you feel all old fashioned, like you’re a 19th century poet crafting your next sonnet by candlelight.”

So, we’re here today to break down each of these three playlists for all of you Swifties and try to explain what each of them means! 

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Quill Pen Songs

Consisting of fifteen songs, Taylor’s Quill Pen lyrics are described as songs that have a period-piece feel and use antiquated language. While Taylor cites Emily Dickinson as an example, we have seen her make multiple classic literary allusions throughout her discography. For instance, in ‘Happiness,’ we see her reference F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and she even paraphrases Charles Dickens in ‘Getaway Car.’ This playlist, unsurprisingly, largely features songs from evermore and folklorebut Taylor has also included two songs from Red and ‘Carolina’ from the Where The Crawdads Sing soundtrack. This playlist feels so warm and intimate, perfect for anyone wanting to get into a cozy Fall vibe. 

Source: Apple Music

Fountain Pen Songs

Like Quill Pen Songs, Taylor’s Fountain Pen lyrics are also used to tell a story. However, it does so in a way that is distinctly different and separate from her Quill Pen lyrics. Fountain Pen lyrics are more rooted in modern narratives and invite Swifties to create vivid images and stories while they listen. The best example of a Fountain Pen song is perhaps ‘All Too Well,’ Taylor’s iconic 2021 single that we seriously think of every single day. In ‘All Too Well,’ Taylor uses images like the red scarf and her references to the weather, to narrate a story to her audience. Fountain Pen songs are some of our favorite Taylor Swift songs, including tracks like ‘champagne problems,’ ‘Cruel Summer,’ and ‘White Horse.’ This nineteen-song playlist is perfect for any Swiftie that wants to be super immersed in Taylor’s lyrics and stories. We can’t recommend it enough!

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Source: Apple Music

Glitter Gel Pen Songs

Glitter Gel Pen songs are some of Taylor’s best-known songs, described by Taylor herself as being “Frivolous, carefree, bouncy.” Glitter Gel Pen lyrics are super fun and lighthearted, capturing that signature Taylor pop song vibe that we all adore. Examples of Glitter Gel Pen songs include iconic singles such as ‘You Belong With Me,’ ’22,’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and b-side tracks like ‘London Boy’ and ‘Hey Stephen.’ These kinds of songs are perfect for dancing around and singing along at the top of your lungs. This playlist is also, however, super good for any newer Swifties who are only really familiar with Taylor’s singles but want to get into her music before Midnights drops next week. 

Source: Apple Music

So, are you a Glitter Gel Pen Swiftie, a Fountain Pen Swiftie, or a Quill Swiftie? Do you have any more Taylor songs that you would add to these playlists? Be sure to let us know by tweeting us @TheHoneyPop or visiting us on our Facebook and Instagram.


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