Ryan Adams Compares Taylor Swift To Shakespeare

Ryan Adams Compares Taylor Swift To Shakespeare

Say you’ll remember me.

Ryan Adams recently released a cover album centered around Taylor Swift’s massive 1989 record, and while we knew of his open adoration for the 25-year-old, we had no clue he idealized her next to one of the greatest playwrights in history.

He says in a new interview with The Guardian the first time he heard Swift’s “White Horse” off 2008’s Fearless, he “got chills head to toe,” adding “I remember feeling shocked by her voice, shocked at how clean that song was. I like stuff that sort of penetrates through my regular consciousness and hits me where I’m not looking. That’s usually stuff that’s a little darker.”

He continued, “You know, that song is really about disillusionment on such a grand scale. I just thought about how this is hitting me like a tidal wave, it’s so romantic and so beautiful, and yet so sad and so disillusioned – it’s all the stuff I love about the Smiths. That song fucked me up and I couldn’t believe it. Her voice does this thing. It just goes through all my bullshit detectors and right into my heart and soul.”

Adams said working through her latest LP was like “being in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare”. Meaning, he compares his work to the goofy block buster movie and Swift to classic literature. “Well, look, those songs are popular for a reason,” he says. “She’s a popular artist for a reason.”

He also compares himself and Swift to astronauts. “Some of us just go up and we work on the satellites, we do some space walks and we go back to Earth. Then there’s the Neil Armstrongs – those folks that go to the moon. They’re awesome. I’m just a dude who works on the satellites. And I’m happy with that. At least I get to go to space.”

We’re rolling with it.