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Ryan Adams Says Covering Taylor Swift Was Like Doing Shakespeare

And his own stuff is like "being in 'Ghostbusters'."

By Paige Gawley

Taylor Swift as the new Shakespeare? Well, Ryan Adams certainly thinks so.

In a recent interview with The Guardian Adams likened working on his own version of 1989 to "being in 'Ghostbusters' or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare."

Yes, it's true. Apparently Adams considers himself to be a work of comedy while he considers Swift to be equal with arguably the most famed writer of all time. What this means for the teaching of Shakespeare in school is still unclear, but we would totally be down for a hardcore class on Taylor Swift's lyrics. It'd be an easier A than gym.

Adams's fascination with Swift began back in 2008 when he heard the song "White Horse" off of Swift's album Fearless.

"The first time I heard it I got chills head to toe. I remember feeling shocked by her voice, shocked at how clean that song was," Adams told The Guardian. "I just thought about how this is hitting me like a tidal wave, it’s so romantic and so beautiful, and yet so sad and so disillusioned -- it’s all the stuff I love about the Smiths."

The feeling is clearly mutual as Swift tweeted "Is this true??????? I WILL PASS OUT," back in August of this year when news of Adams's full cover of 1989 broke. She continued to promote his album on Twitter and Instagram while she and the rest of the world waited for the album to drop.

According to Adams, the two even collaborated on an unreleased song together around the time Swift was working on her album Red.

"She got a hold of me, and she came over, and we just dove into a tune," Adams said. "It was already a great tune, I didn’t need to do anything to it. I just kind of messed around it. We finished it and it was great.

As if this wasn't enough praise for one interview, Adams also basically said that Swift was as cool as an astronaut, and we can't say that we disagree. "Some of us just go up and we work on the satellites, we do some space walks and we go back to Earth," Adams explained. "Then there’s the Neil Armstrongs -- those folks that go to the moon. They’re awesome. I’m just a dude who works on the satellites. And I’m happy with that. At least I get to go to space."