On Oct. 21, Taylor Swift released her tenth studio album titled Midnights, containing 13 pop tracks that dropped at midnight with seven extra songs that she surprised fans with at 3 a.m.. In true Taylor Swift fashion, the artist implemented many lyrical hints that fans have been dissecting. Let’s dive in.
Swift’s first song on this album is titled “Lavender Haze.” The artist disclosed that this song would be about her long-term relationship with Joe Alwyn, and the pressures they have faced due to dating in the public eye.
“My relationship for six years, we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff — and we just ignore it,” Swift told Today. “This song is sort of about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”
To address ongoing rumors that the couple is engaged, Swift sings, “All they keep asking me is if I’m gonna be your bride. The only girl they see is a one night or a wife.”
The song “Anti-Hero” has quickly become one of her most popular on this album. She released a video on Instagram of her explaining that she’s never “delved this deep into [her] insecurities before.” The song is about the feeling of self-hatred and feeling like “the problem.”
Swift released a music video for “Anti-Hero” on Oct. 21, where she has a self-destructive double, who wrecks the house and teaches her toxic phrases like “everyone will betray you” on a chalkboard. She also steps on a scale that reads “FAT,” insinuating that the artist has dealt with scrutiny about her weight.
In her documentary Miss Americana, Swift touched on the topic of restrictive eating.
She said in the documentary she has seen “a picture of me where I feel like I looked like my tummy was too big, or… someone said that I looked pregnant … and that’ll just trigger me to just starve a little bit — just stop eating.”
“Vigilante Sh-t” is a track on Midnight that is all about getting revenge. Theorists are speculating that this is about her drama with Scooter Braun, in which the music manager purchased her master records.
In 2019, Swift wrote in a Tumblr post stating that Braun was an “incessant, manipulative bully.” She then went on to re-record the albums Fearless and Red in 2021, and urged fans to listen to those instead, in hopes of minimizing Braun’s financial benefits from the original albums.
In “Vigilante Shit,” Swift sings “I don’t start shit, but I can tell you how it ends. Don’t get sad, get even. So on the weekends, I don’t dress for friends. Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge.”
“Midnight Rain” is a song about breaking up with someone, starting new and escaping her small town. Some believe that this breakup is referring to either Taylor Lautner or Tom Hiddleston, two notable relationships that she ended.
“Anti-Hero” is currently ranked number one on Spotify’s Top 50 global list, with a number of her other Midnights hits following close behind. Midnights has also grabbed the number one album spot on iTunes.
Fans of Swift have mentioned that the tone of Midnights is reminiscent of her other pop albums like Lover, 1989 and Reputation. The edgy persona of Reputation is evident in “Vigilante Shit”; the two creations are centered around enacting revenge.
Swift’s past two albums Folklore and Evermore were much more melancholic and had softer impressions than Midnights, which is a pop album, through and through.
In regards to the artist’s next steps, she will presumably be releasing more music videos showcasing Midnights. Fans have speculated that a video for “Vigilante Shit” will be released next, but nothing has been confirmed by Swift herself.