OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Covers Fall Out Boy

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“There’s a song that was all I listened to my freshman year in high school,” Taylor Swift told the crowd at her sold-out concert in Chicago last night (Aug. 9). “And the band who sings it is from Chicago. I feel like if you knew it, it’d be amazing if you’d sing along. Could you do that?”

Then she launched into a quiet little take on Fall Out Boy’s 2005 pop punk hit, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” which is actually a really pretty song when she sings it. Except that part about the loaded God complex, cock it and pull it. But Swift did the song from the revolving stage at the back of the arena floor, where she sat under a lighted tree, with just her voice and a guitar. That’s enough to make any song sound sweet.

Fall Out Boy, by the way, was one of my predictions since Swift started doing these city-specific tributes at her shows. And it was a much better fit for her and her acoustic guitar than, say, a Styx song. That said, she plays Chicago again tonight, so maybe she’ll throw in a “Come Sail Away” cover.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.