What song was Gracie Abrams listening to in the viral Taylor Swift pictures?

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Gracie Abrams revealed which song she was inspired by after an early trip to The “Tortured Poets” section.

In December, 24-year-old Abrams posted selfies on Instagram taken by Taylor Swift to celebrate Swift's 34th birthday. In the foreground, Swift is seen smiling and giving a thumbs up, while in the background, Abrams is seen lying on the floor with her hands covering her eyes.

Abrams captioned the photos: “Happy birthday, I love you so much I always land on the floor with joy.”

According to a profile from Tuesday, June 18 in BillboardThe pictures were taken shortly after Abrams first heard Swift’s “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived.” The song is featured on Swift’s latest album, The “Tortured Poets” sectionwhich was released in April.

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Gracie Abrams was a self-proclaimed Swiftie before she actually became friends with Taylor Swift. “Every formative memory in my life is tied to a Taylor Swift song that helped me get through,” Abrams told Vanity Fair in a July 2023 profile. “My friend did this thing the other day where we mixed her discography and […]

Abrams opened for Swift on the first North American leg of her major Epoch Tour last year and will be touring with Swift for the final North American dates of the tour — and end dates, period — in November.

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She even secured Swift's services for a collaboration on a song called “Us,” which appears on Abrams' second studio album. The secret of uswhich will be released on Friday, June 21st.

The song was produced by The National Co-founder — and frequent Swift contributor — Aaron Dessner.

“Something struck us very strongly and quickly at the same time,” said Abrams Billboard about working with Dessner, 48. “So we ran to the piano and started writing this song.”

Abrams added: “I always dreamed of something like this when I was a kid.”

Dessner went on to explain how much he enjoyed watching Abrams and Swift work together and how Swift eventually took on the role of mentor during the recording process.

“It was just fun to watch the chemistry between Gracie and Taylor,” said Dessner Billboard“Gracie is completely amazed and impressed when she sees Taylor recording and producing her vocal performances and creating the world.”

Dessner raved that the song manages to bring everything from Abrams' album “into focus in a beautiful way.”

The album, Abrams explained — which also includes the singles “Risk” and “Close to You” — allowed her to be more carefree and experimental than ever before.

“We just had fun realizing that we could do things that sounded completely different,” Abrams adds. “This album was permission to try anything we wanted.”