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Look What You Made Me Write: Taylor Swift’s New Music

Alexsenia Ralat

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It was Friday evening, and I was settling in for the night, as I was scrolling innocently through social media, I saw the words “new Taylor Swift song promo” above a commercial for Freeform. At first, I assumed that the one who posted the video had simply mistaken another artist for Swift. There was no way she would drop two new songs in two weeks, right? Eventually, my curiosity got the best of me, and I pressed play. I would be lying if I said that my stomach did not bottom out at the first few words of the chorus.

Yep, that was Taylor Swift alright, and she was singing a chorus that I had never heard before in my life. I loved it. The commercial was a little short for my liking, not because I was paying any attention to the trailers for Freeform’s popular shows. But because it only gave me part of the chorus, repeated over the video. I was a disappointed that I didn’t get to hear more, but I figured she’d release the full song eventually. Maybe within the next few weeks.

Then I woke up Saturday morning to “…Ready For It” and damn did it leave me with my jaw on the floor. You see, since I had heard part of the song the night before, I was expecting the rest of the song to have the kind of pretty, airy tune that the chorus had. I was wrong. I figured out that I was in for a surprise as soon as the song started. What kind of Taylor Swift song starts off with heavy bass?

So I guess it is safe to say that I had no idea what I was in for. After the initial surprise that the first few seconds of the song gave me, I was surprised yet again by Swift. The first thing you hear from her is a strong *ahem* before going straight into what I lovingly like to call an okay stream of half-baked rapping. She wasn’t terrible, but she wasn’t amazing either. Just…okay.

The lyrics are what brought me in. Starting out the song with “Knew he was a killer first time that I saw him/Wonder how many girls he had loved and left haunted/But if he’s a ghost, then I can be a phantom/Holdin’ him for ransom,” was genius and an excellent way to catch people’s’ attention if she didn’t have it already. Then she continued in verse after the chorus with “And he can be my jailer, Burton to this Taylor.” I love the lyrics in this song. They hit listeners hard, and she’s not pulling her punches.

The verse right after the chorus is my favorite. With lines like “Me, I was a robber first time that he saw me/Stealing hearts and running off and never saying sorry” and “Every lover known in comparison is a failure/I forget their names now, I’m so very tame now/Never be the same now, now,” Swift has you realizing that she wasn’t lying in “Look What You Made Me Do.” The old Taylor is dead.

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