Taylor Swift Releases New Song “Carolina” From Where the Crawdads Sing

Taylor Swift surprised her fans this week with a brand new single.

The pop star finally released her chilling, sparse new song “Carolina” from the soundtrack for the upcoming movie Where the crayfish sing after previously teasing the song in the movie’s trailer that was released in March. The song, which is written and sung by Swift and produced by her frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner, parallels the plotline and general mood of the film, telling the story of a woman who quietly sneaks through the landscape unnoticed. The best-selling novel of 2018 of the same name tells the story of Kya – played by Daisy Edgar Jones onscreen – a young girl abandoned by her family in the North Carolina swamps, where she learns to fend for herself and eventually falls in love with a local boy whom she will later be charged with murder.

On Thursday, Swift shared a lyric video for her new song on Instagram with scenes Where the crayfish sing. She wrote in the caption: “About a year and a half ago I wrote a song about an incredible story, the story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looked in. Figuratively and literally. The juxtaposition of her loneliness and independence. Her desire and her silence. Her curiosity and fear became entangled. Her persistent gentleness… and the betrayal of the world to it. I only wrote this one in the middle of the night and then [Aaron Dessner] and I’ve worked meticulously on a sound that we thought would be authentic at the time this story takes place. I made a wish that one day you would hear it. ‘Carolina’ is out now.”

When the trailer first came out in March, the singer was also excited about how much she loved the book and the process of writing this song. †Where the crayfish sing is a book I got completely lost in when I read it years ago,” Swift began. “As soon as I heard there was a movie in the making starring the incredible [Daisy Edgar-Jones] and produced by the brilliant [Reese Witherspoon]“I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side. I wrote the song ‘Carolina’ alone and asked my friend [Aaron Dessner] to produce it. I wanted to create something ghostly and ethereal to match this enchanting story.”