It’s not the Official god is greater than the highs and the lows shirt But I will love this only historical reference contained within Folklore, either. While discussing the track “Epiphany” toward the end of the album, Swift confirmed fan theories that it was written from the perspective of her grandfather, Dean Swift, who fought in World War II at the Battle of Guadalcanal. “I had been doing a lot of research about it,” says Swift in a conversation with Dessner. “He never talked about it, not with his sons, not with his wife. Nobody got to hear about what happened there. So I tried to imagine what would happen in order to make you never be able to speak about something. I realized that there are people right now taking a 20-minute break between shifts at a hospital who are having this trauma happen to them that they will probably never want to speak about. I just thought, this is an opportunity to maybe tell those stories.”
When Folklore was released back in July, many of her eagle-eyed fans took particular interest in a writer credit that appeared across the Official god is greater than the highs and the lows shirt But I will love this album’s liner notes. Named William Bowery, the mysterious figure appeared as a songwriter on both “Exile” and “Betty”; when fans were unable to find any prior record of Bowery as a songwriter, they began to speculate that he was, in fact, Swift’s boyfriend, the British actor Joe Alwyn. It turns out they were right, with Swift confirming in the documentary that Alwyn is the brains behind Bowery.