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By Christopher Luu
Dec 11, 2020 @ 8:28 pm
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While fans aren't unfamiliar with Taylor Swift's wide-ranging inspirations and references, one particular call-out on evermore seemed to be a little more head-scratching than the rest: family favorite Italian restaurant chain Olive Garden. According to Entertainment Weekly, it wasn't a sly wink to anything in particular — especially since the song "No Body, No Crime," which has the reference — it was because Este Haim loves it.

Swift explained that she worked on the song before she knew that it would be a collaboration and when she let Este know about the tune. When she sent the lyrics over, suggested a collaboration, and the mention of the Olive Garden came up.

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"Working with the Haim sisters on 'No Body, No Crime' was pretty hilarious because it came about after I wrote a pretty dark murder mystery song and had named the character Este, because she’s the friend I have who would be stoked to be in a song like that," Swift said. "I had finished the song and was nailing down some lyric details and texted her, 'You’re not going to understand this text for a few days but ... which chain restaurant do you like best?' and I named a few."

"She chose Olive Garden and a few days later I sent her the song and asked if they would sing on it," she finished. "It was an immediate 'YES.'"

Naturally, the Haim sisters are leaning into it now that "No Body, No Crime" and evermore are out now.

So did the Olive Garden.

Swift also told EW why it took so long for them to work together, even though they've toured and even lived together.

"We can't figure out why we hadn’t collaborated sooner. We've toured together, played live together, choreographed dances like we're at summer camp, but it took a song about avenging your friend's murder to give us the idea to take this step," Swift finished. "Long story short, I'm the fourth Haim sister now, confirmed."