4 "Bridgerton" Relationships As Taylor Swift Songs!
One thing about Taylor Swift is that she is always able to pen songs that are so distinctive yet so ubiquitous and universally felt. Think of any of your favorite movies or television shows and a Taylor song will likely be able to parallel it. Fans have long been taking notice of how several of the narratives in her songs align with the narratives in various cinematic worlds, especially Netflix's “Bridgerton”. Whether it’s Reddit threads connecting her songs with “Bridgerton” plot points or one of the actual show writers talking on Twitter about how she drew inspiration from afolklore favorite, it’s clear that the "TSBCU" exists (that's the "Taylor Swift X 'Bridgerton' Cinematic Universe), which we have just decided is a thing).
Let’s walk through the love story of each of our main “Bridgerton” relationships thus far and attach them to Taylor’s iconic songwriting!
1. Queen Charlotte and King George
With “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” being so fresh in our minds since its release, it’s difficult to refrain from connecting Taylor’s entire discography to this couple. Her song “peace” is a heartbreaking track about the narrator fearfully explaining to the love of her life that they may never experience peace as long as they’re standing by them. This song is extremely fitting from King George’s point of view because, no matter how hard he tries to express to Queen Charlotte that his illness will only allow him to give her “half a life”, she relentlessly and adamantly communicates that it would be enough for her.
Choice Lyrics: “And you know that I'd swing with you for the fences / Sit with you in the trenches / Give you my wild, give you a child / Give you the silence that only comes when two people understand each other…”
Not only is this one of Taylor’s most romantic pieces of songwriting, but it also captures the essence of the private, deeply personal love between King George and Queen Charlotte. In their better moments, the two were building a partnership based on genuine understanding and care. “Call It What You Want” is completely representative of the King and Queen’s phrase, “you and me,” which is repeated throughout the show to demonstrate Queen Charlotte’s unwavering support and commitment to their unity.
Choice Lyrics: “I did one thing right / I'm laughing with my lover, makin' forts under covers / Trust him like a brother…”
Similar to “peace”, this tune precisely depicts King George’s struggle with his illness. Taylor’s song “this is me trying” is an achingly honest declaration of someone doing their best amidst all of their inner pain and turmoil. This is very King George, seeing as the man put himself through literal torture just so he could be with Queen Charlotte.
Choice Lyrics: “They told me all of my cages were mental / So I got wasted like all my potential / And my words shoot to kill when I'm mad / I have a lot of regrets about that…”
Despite all of their trials and tribulations, King George and Queen Charlotte were still bolstered by their sturdy foundation of love and loyalty. For better or for worse, they were a team. “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” crafted a profound pairing of these two, and “You Are In Love” is a beautiful song to portray the unfeigned relationship they developed.
Choice Lyrics: “Time moved too fast, you play it back / Buttons on a coat, lighthearted joke / No proof, not much, but you saw enough…”
2. Kate and Anthony
Next, we have Kate and Anthony, or, as we like to call them, enemies-to-lovers perfection. This Season 2 slow-burn was one for the books (literally!), and their whole love story was like one big Taylor song. “Speak Now”, which is a fictional scenario in which Taylor crashes the wedding of the man she’s meant to be with, feels like a theatrical version of what would be Kate’s internal monologue during that Edwina and Anthony wedding scene.
Choice Lyrics: “I am not the kind of girl / Who should be rudely bargin' in on a white veil occasion / But you are not the kind of boy / Who should be marrying the wrong girl…”
Word for word, “Dress” is the ultimate representation of Kate and Anthony. Enemies-to-lovers tropes revolve around tension and slow-burn chemistry; therefore, this track is the exact musical counterpart of their fierce, incandescent relationship storyline.
Choice Lyrics: “All of this silence and patience, pining and anticipation / My hands are shaking from holding back from you…”
Both Kate and Anthony's love story and Taylor’s “Treacherous” offer us a master class in portraying impermissible love. “Treacherous” is all about a relationship that appears wrong but feels right, and feelings are growing at a rapid speed despite the fact that it could cause problems down the road. Sound familiar? Kate and Anthony were hyperconscious of how their love could negatively affect the shiny facade of their families, and that is what kept them apart until they both decided to drop their masks.
Choice Lyrics: “Your name has echoed through my mind / And I just think you should, think you should know / That nothing safe is worth the drive / And I would follow you, follow you home…”
3. Daphne and Simon
This song deserves to be associated with Daphne and Simon for obvious reasons; however, it's not just because the instrumental version of it appeared in Season 1. Both lyrically and sonically, “Wildest Dreams” captures their whirlwind romance. Daphne and Simon embody this song through the turbulent, soaring emotions felt between them at every stage of their journey.
Choice Lyrics: “And his voice is a familiar sound / Nothin' lasts forever / But this is gettin' good now…”
At its core, “gold rush” feels as though it was written purely about Daphne and Simon. Daphne’s the Diamond of the Season, and everyone is captivated by her as they try to earn her attention. In spite of being the belle of the ball, it is ultimately only Simon she can focus on, and this requires her to tear down her defenses.
Choice Lyrics: “Gleaming, twinkling / Eyes like sinking ships on waters / So inviting, I almost jump in…”
Season 1 exemplified the fake-dating trope, and let’s just say that their plans to fulfill this artificial relationship were utterly wrecked. Turns out, it’s pretty hard to execute the whole fake-dating thing when you’re actually in love with each other. Although they tried to stick to their delicately designed scheme, they eventually accepted these repressed feelings of theirs.
Choice Lyrics: “Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind / Head on the pillow, I could feel you sneakin' in…”
4. Penelope and Colin
It won’t be long now before we get Season 3 of “Bridgerton”, a.k.a. Penelope and Colin’s time to shine! Even though we haven’t seen their season yet, their love story has slowly but surely begun unfolding throughout Seasons 1 and 2. Penelope is unquestionably in love with her friend Colin, but he has yet to return her affection. In the meantime, she has simply been silently waiting for him to realize that love is right under his nose.
Choice Lyrics: “If you could see that I'm the one who understands you / Been here all along, so why can't you see? / You belong with me…”
This track thoroughly encapsulates Penelope and Colin’s soulmate connection. The title “invisible string” is inspired by the ancient Chinese belief that an imperceptible, fateful red thread connects two individuals who are destined to be together. It is one of the loveliest, sweetest songs Taylor has penned, and it is the perfect depiction of Penelope and Colin’s charming love story that is still evolving.
Choice Lyrics: “And isn't it just so pretty to think / All along there was some / Invisible string / Tying you to me?”
Every time Penelope catches sight of Colin, we can’t help but feel like the chorus lyrics “I just wanna know you better” repeat in her head (Penelope definitely would have been a Swiftie). Colin has been oblivious to her love in the first two seasons, but from what we already know about Season 3, this friends-to-lovers relationship will take a turn, and it will be Colin who must confront his growing feelings.
Choice Lyrics: “And all I feel in my stomach is butterflies / The beautiful kind, making up for lost time / Taking flight, making me feel right…”
Which Taylor Swift songs get you in your "Bridgerton" feels?