The devil works hard but Taylor Swift works harder. The proof? In the last two years, the pop singer released five full-length albums—two were re-recordings: “Fearless” (Taylor’s Version) and “Red” (Taylor’s Version)—like it was a mindless feat.
Swift has quite a catalogue of masterpieces under her belt and her 10th studio album, “Midnights,” is a recent addition. At the day of its release, Swifties (Taylor Swift fans) on Twitter clamored for the new tracks; everyone had their pick of the litter. That’s the beauty of a Taylor Swift album: everyone has a song they could say is written for them, with how relatable it is.
Here are five tracks from “Midnights” that are agreeably every Swifties and non-Swifties favorite:
“He wanted a bride, I was making my own name.”
A lot of Swifties resonated with the sixth track of the new album. It was a homage to people who dream of leaving their one-horse towns and searching for better things and having a partner who does not share the same sentiments.
The song flawlessly narrates the juxtaposition between two people: the one who’s used to pain and craves it and the one who only knows comfort. This contrast between the two people is ultimately what drives them apart in their own paths.
“And you can change my mind, but you might have to wait in line.”
There is a collective agreement on the internet that “Bejeweled” is for those people who relate to “Mirrorball,” another crowd favorite from Swift’s eighth studio album, “Folklore.”
But this time, “Bejeweled,” is for those who are starting to learn their worth. The thematic narrative in “Mirrorball” centers around people who tend to people-please, hence, failing to put themselves first.
All of these are countered in “Bejeweled.” The song urges its listeners to set boundaries and not have others walk all over them and most of all, not to be scared in letting their shine out; even when it makes the people around them spiteful.
“Karma is a relaxing thought. Aren’t you envious that for you its not?”
Not all karma is bad karma. This song proves just that. Initially, when Swift gave a peek at the title of the tracks in the new album, a lot of her fans thought “Karma” is about her long-standing beef with rapper Kanye West. If you’re on the internet, you’d know just how messy their fight was.
Upon release, we learn that Swift is basking at the good fortune that came her way after being put through so much. Karma, in one way or another, will give you what you deserve. And Ms. Swift only deserves the best after keeping her side of the street clean.
And you know who’s not having a great time right now? No one other than Mr. Kanye West himself.
“It’s me. Hi. I’m the problem, it’s me.”’
An anti-hero is neither a hero nor a villain. They lack the conventional heroic attributes and sometimes act only for their own benefit. They don’t desire to be revered as the good guy. In “Anti-Hero,” the singer pays tribute to those who feel like they are the problem. This song is the anthem for those who have good intentions but could sometimes be misunderstood.
“You’re On Your Own, Kid”
“You’re on your own, kid. You always have been.”
The fifth track of every Taylor Swift album packs a punch to the heart and “You’re On Your Own, Kid” is no different.
The song is an ode to people who have felt alone their entire lives and no matter how hard they try to belong, it seems like they’ve been destined to be by themselves with no safety net to fall into. People who relate to this song have stayed on the sidelines all their life, yearning for genuine connections but falling short
.No one can best Taylor Swift in her storytelling capabilities. Swifties should brace themselves for more heartbreaking tracks since Ms. Swift has hinted on releasing yet another re-recording of her previous album, “Speak Now.”
Until then, we have “Midnights” to keep us company in the wee hours of the night when our thoughts can only be lulled by comforting words of being seen.
November 03, 2022
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