Taylor Swift in the song admits that she sometimes still feels Marjorie speaking and singing to her. Her grandmother passed away in 2003.
Taylor Swift finally kicked off her most awaited record-breaking Eras tour on March 17. While there were several impressive moments on the tour, the one that got everyone emotional was when she paid tribute to her late grandmother by playing "Marjorie," which was released in 2020 as part of her studio album "Evermore."
The heartfelt performance was dedicated to Marjorie Finlay, reports BuzzFeed News. In the tribute, Swift recalled the advice that Finlay gave her when she was a child and also expressed regret for not taking some time to know her better. She acknowledged Finlay's career as an opera singer, a classically trained virtuoso who relished success with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.
In the song, Swift admits that she sometimes still feels Finlay, who passed away in 2003, speaking and singing to her. The singer also included her grandmother's recordings to act as backing vocals in the song. "Marjorie" was part of the 44 songs, three-hour setlist of the Eras Tour on March 17, 2023.
Swift's fans were surprised when she released the album "Evermore," just five months after her last album, "Folklore." At that time, she shared that her mother found a bunch of the old records of her grandmother singing opera and that she sent them to Aaron Dessner, who added them to the song. "It says, 'If I didn't know better, I'd think you were singing to me now,' and then you hear her, you hear Marjorie actually sing," Taylor said.
I will never get over Taylor Swift playing marjorie in a stadium full of people to honor her grandmother. I’m begging you to try to understand how special this must be to her and her family. The vulnerability she puts on display for us this tour is insanely different.— Sammie (@samanthtweets) March 22, 2023
Finlay majored in music at college and her career took off in Puerto Rico. She used to sing with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the supper clubs of San Juan. She even hosted her own TV show, reports Rolling Stone.
Unfortunately, Finlay did not live long enough to see her granddaughter become a star. As Swift sings, she died with "All your closets of backlogged dreams / And how you left them all for me." However, Swift managed to honor her late grandmother with her vocals filling the 69,000-seat capacity State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on March 17 and 18, 2023.
Taylor Swift honoring “marjorie” through her career:— Taylor Swift Facts (@blessedswifty) March 20, 2023
— First post on Instagram
— Pays tribute on “Wildest Dreams” MV
— Wrote a song and named after her
— Featured on “Anti-Hero” MV
— Pays tribute on “The Eras Tour” by making her dream come true pic.twitter.com/fPK8x739v2
Swift broke the record for the most-attended female concert in US history with an audience of 69,000 people, reports CapitalFM. Her fans on Twitter couldn't stop talking about the tour. @stepyoutake commented, "I still cannot believe that the first words out of Taylor Swift's mouth on her first tour in five years were 'it's been a long time coming but it's you and me that's my whole world' like that's the cutest sh*t in the world she loves us so much I'm gonna throw up.'"
"I will forever love Taylor Swift for playing 'Marjorie' on this tour. My grandmother passed away in December and I used that song to help me cope with the loss. Some people truly do not know just how far a grandparent's love can go and I think that Taylor honoring her grandmother is a wonderful thing. You can count on me bawling my eyes out and screaming that song at the top of my lungs in June. We love you, Taylor. And I miss you, grandma," tweeted @MidnightTVEra13.
@TMlovesRED expressed, "I'm so mesmerized by the opening performance of The Eras Tour, the way Taylor Swift introduced her eras while 'It's been a long time coming' being played in the background gave me the goosebumps."