The Grammys are one thing, but it’s safe to say a band has officially “made it big” when object-of-America’s-affection-and-attention Taylor Swift covers one of their songs — so congratulations Mumford & Sons! You’ll be the taste of tweens and their minivan-driving moms in no time!
Swift performed the British folk outfit’s “White Blank Page,” off their breakout 2009 debut Sigh No More, for BBC’s Radio 1 — and, musically, it’s a perfect fit. In the hands of the pop star and her six-piece band, the song is a heart wrenching ballad with banjo, three acoustic guitars, violin, piano, and aching backing vocals — and it’s played at a slightly slower tempo than the original, adding emotional oomph.
It’s no surprise the lyrics appeal to Swift, who has built a career from the drama of young love and heartbreak: “Can you lie next to her / And give her your heart / As well as your body? / And can you lie next to her / And confess your love / As well as your folly? You desired my attention / But denied my affections.”
WATCH: Taylor Swift Cover Mumford & Sons