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What Is Taylor Swift ‘Carolina’ Lyrics Meaning?


Taylor Swift – Carolina Lyrics Meaning

The meaning of the lyrics for ‘Carolina’ by Taylor Swift is a lonely yet independent girl with persisting gentleness taken for granted. It is a juxtaposition of the girl’s loneliness and independence. As gentle as she was to this world, her delicate nature was used and betrayed by the world. The haunting and ethereal music matches perfectly the mesmerizing story of a lonely girl looking for a purpose in her life in pursuit of independence.

‘Carolina’ by Taylor Swift means a story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Both figuratively as well as literally.

Introduction: Carolina Lyrics

The lyrics of ‘Carolina’ by Taylor Swift are dreamy, haunting, mesmerizing, and mysterious. She has used ‘Carolina’ as a person, as the girl looking for freedom. There is a very unique personification throughout the song. At the face value, anyone would tell you that ‘Carolina’ is representing a person. There are many metaphors used in the lyrics of ‘Carolina’ that we are doing to analyze line by line.

Into the mist, into the clouds
Don’t leave
I make a fist, I’ll make it count
And there are places I will never, ever go
And things that only Carolina will ever know

Lyrics to ‘Carolina’ by Taylor Swift

Carolina Lyrics Meaning

Let’s analyze the meaning of the lyrics behind the song ‘Carolina’ by Taylor Swift line by line in detail.

‘Carolina’ is a song written for the 2022 movie ‘Where the Crawdads Sing‘. The release date of the song is the 24th of June, 2022.

[Verse 1]

“creeks running through my veins” means she has a very powerful connection to the place she is at right now. When she was born, she felt lost from within. The loneliness persists till today and she believes she will remain like this forever. Carolina (herself) knows why she has been roaming all alone for years. “Free as these birds, light as whispers” means she has nobody to go home to and she feels very light as there is no responsibility on her count.

[Pre-Chorus/ Chorus/ Bridge]

In the pre-chorus and bridge sections, Taylor Swift points out that Carolina was longing to be seen. Nobody cared enough to notice her. However, Kya, the girl, is still in Swift’s dreams. In the chorus section, an attempt is made to notice this girl. “I make a fist, I’ll make it count” means that the singer is willing to be a friend of her and she will make it count. But she is urging her not to leave through the mist into the clouds.

[Verse 2]

“Carolina stains on the dress she left” means that the girl, Kya, was abandoned by her mother as a kid and has stains on her dress. There are scars and marks which can never be healed. “Blue as the life she fled” means that Taylor Swift uses the color blue to signify sadness. Kya fled the life of sadness in the pursuit of happiness. She wants to be covered by pine trees in Carolina as she had no ‘Cardigan‘ to put on during the cold.


Kya had no say in her romance with Chase Andrews who was brutally murdered. But she was arrested for it even though she was previously romantically involved with him. The body was found near her hut in the forest. “Oh, Carolina knows why for years they’ve said that I was guilty as sin and sleep in a liar’s bed” which means Kya, as a social outcast, makes it difficult for her to receive a fair trial in the murder of Chase Andrews.

Conclusion: Carolina Meaning

The meaning of ‘Carolina’ by Taylor Swift is the God of the truth who can see and feel what Kya is going through but cannot speak for her. This song is a story about a girl who goes through so much in her life. Even when she tries to live in peace all alone, people find a way to betray her innocence by using her to hide their sin.

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Read the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘Carolina’ by Beyoncé line by line on Genius in detail.


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