Taylor Swift is back with another catchy single! Following the release of “ME!” with Panic! at the Disco singer Brendon Urie in April, the singer dropped “You Need to Calm Down” at midnight on the night of June 13. (This girl and her 13’s!) In classic Swift form, the track features a fun pop beat as she sings about the importance of minding your own business with lyrics like, “I’ve learned a lesson that stressin’ and obsessing about somebody else is no fun,” and “Say it in the street, that’s a knockout / But you say it in a Tweet, that’s a cop-out.”
If you couldn’t tell from all the rainbow imagery in her new era, Swift also seems to be doubling down on her recent public support of the LGBTQ+ community. Lyrics to the new track also include pointed references of support, like “Why are you mad, when you could be GLAAD?,” “Control your urges to scream about the people you hate / ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay,” and “You need to just stop, like can you just not step on his gown? / You need to calm down.”
The new single comes after Swift announced her seventh album, Lover, which will be released on Aug. 23. Interestingly enough, the title of her album was hidden in plain sight all along. In her Easter egg-filled music video for “ME!” you can make out a sign that says “Lover” in the background of one of the scenes. Swift also teased the title of the second single with the music video’s opening scene, when Urie shouts, “You need to calm down” in French. Ugh, her mind!
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