Taylor Swift, trying to decipher her own lyrics.
Photo: Republic Records
In the first 24 hours of release, Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnight, gave us a lot to chew on. Its appearance has raised questions like, how many guests is too many? Where is Lana del Rey? And just What? What does Taylor mean when she calls everyone a sexy baby?
Lyrics, Midnight still like Swiftian: There’s a box of colored reference Crayolas, a fair share of Easter eggs (including a lyric that Taylor sneaked into her NYU graduation speech in May) and an impossible memorable song Not is about John Mayer. Of course, there is a revenge song. I really doubt Swift had a thesaurus while writing, because the range of vocabulary on display is really impressive.
In that circuit, Midnight also has some of Taylor’s most complicated metaphors, meaning, it’s sometimes hard to understand what the hell she’s talking about. (Case case: sexy baby.) From history, we know that her songs almost always have specific reference points, many of which are from her life. But amid all the inclement weather, bizarre backdrops, and vivid revenge fantasies, not everything is clear. Album of The release isn’t over yet, so we could very well learn more about Taylor’s meaning through some of these enigmatic lyrics. However, some of them provide more questions than answers. Here are the most confusing code snippets.
And I chose you
The one I danced with
In New York, there are no shoes
This is the chorus of “Maroon” where I say, Taylor, where are your shoes? Nowhere in New York is it safe to stand or sanitary, let alone dance without shoes on. Alteration does not make you immune to tetanus.
Sometimes I feel like everyone is a charming kid
And I’m a monster on the hill
Too big to hang out, slowly drift towards your favorite city
Pierce the heart but never kill
Sexy baby tells stories. Taylor is a talented director, but this plot really blew me away. What could she mean? Does she feel that we, the sexy children, are threatened by her, an invisible monster? Is this city overwhelmed by sexy babies? Please, Taylor, I won’t know peace until you tell me what you mean by this, your most confusing metaphor.
From splashing fountains to fireplace ash
I called a taxi to take me there
I look for the group of better bodies
Just to know that my dreams are not rare
“You’re on Your Own, Kid” sounds like it’s about a high school sweetheart who also realizes she wants to be a musician, but the party she sings to simply sounds bad. I hope she finds some more uplifting parties where the guests support her dreams.
Have you ever had someone kiss you in a crowded room?
And each of your friends are mocking you
But 15 seconds later, they clapped too?
No, Taylor, this has never happened to me, but your friends seem like they’re sending you a lot of mixed messages. Please leave this room immediately.
She needed hard evidence so I gave her some
She has the envelope, where do you think she got it from?
Now she’s got the house, the kids, the pride
Picture me as thick as a thief with your ex-wife
She is, as the title of this song indicates, in “Vigilante Shit.” I’m going to assume Taylor took the creative freedom here, but if you know of any divorced friends she has, feel free to send them my way for thorough questioning.
Sapphire tears on my face
Sadness has become my whole sky
But some people say that my aura is the moon
Just because he’s tall
And we danced all night
God, she’s been to some horrible parties. This is probably in Bushwick. Here, Taylor is threatening her rude boyfriend that she will go out and flirt with someone who appreciates her more, but I feel I have to warn her that any guy who says on aura wouldn’t be a better choice. However, I would like to know who he is, for research purposes only.
Spider boy, king of thieves
Weave your little opaque net
My coins made your crown
Fool me once, cheat me twice
Don’t you know that cash is not the only price?
Rub! You might actually find the thesaurus useful here. This is the song “Karma”, you can guess its content. To my knowledge, Taylor has not dated Tom Holland, who recently played Spider-Man, nor has he had any romantic relationships with Spider-Man in the past, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. There are too many specific references here that they are random, but the studious Swifties on Reddit will have to decipher it for me.
This is the first time I feel the need to confess
And I swear I’m just confusing and Machiavellian ’cause I care
I appreciate that Taylor included a small, encouraging lyric on the album’s final track, “Mastermind,” even though it sounded like something a Disney villain would say. If she really “cares”, won’t she tell us exactly what all her lyrics mean?!
Do you really want to know where I was on April 29?
Do I really have to chart the constellations in his eyes?
Of course, we also have to dissect the album’s seven bonus tracks, including “High Infidelity,” about cheating on a guy with a passion for music. (That might as well have been a cute nod to Zoë Kravitz’s presence on the album.) Again, we have a reference too specific to be random, where Taylor seems to be pinpointing the exact date she cheated on someone. She has a lot of musician boyfriends (Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Harry Styles, Calvin Harris), and this could be about any of them, although I really hope it’s not Styles – he has enough drama at the moment.
I had to sweat for you
To search for glorious developments of chance on someone else’s playground
But it’s been two thousand one hundred and ninety-nine days our love lost power
Sex math hour! 2,199 days or just over six years, roughly the same amount of time Taylor has been dating her current boyfriend, London actor and guy Joe Alwyn. Consider this a mystery that can be solved on Midnight.
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