Taylor Swift Recounts Dream She Had About an Ex That Inspired Her Song, 'Stay'
By Jackie Willis
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Ryan Adams interviewed his muse, Taylor Swift, for GQ magazine, and got her almost immediately talking about one of her exes.
The 40-year-old rocker, who recently recorded a version of Swift's entire 1989 album, asked the "Shake It Off" singer if a dream had ever inspired one of her songs. Swift was eager to answer that "All You Had To Do Was Stay" came to her while sleeping.
"I had a dream that my ex showed up at my door, knocked on my door, and I opened it up, and I was about ready to launch into the perfect thing to say," she recalled. "And instead, all that would come out of my mouth was that high-pitched chorus of people singing, ‘Stay.'”
From there, she wrote the track. "You go to say something else, and it’s just like ‘Stay, stay, stay,'” Swift continued. “And I woke up and I was like, ‘Oh, that was mortifying, but that’s kind of a cool vocal part.'"
"My version of it is like, ‘All you had to do was stay. Sorry about it. I don’t miss you. And now you’re back,'" Swift explained. As for Adams' interpretation, the 25-year-old artist thought he was saying, “All you had to do was stay. You broke my heart. That’s all you had to do."