Swift has long had a playful relationship with fan theories about her work and the messages she hides; she openly admits to lurking on Tumblr and has been known to engage with fans and their ideas online. But the universe she has built over a decade-plus career is rich with its own legends. Driving and synth-forward with co-production from Jack Antonoff and St. Swift knows a thing or two about being treated differently in the music industry. But more than anything, Swift gets to play with her attitude, dropping in signature vocal quirks over the toe-tapping beat, backgrounded by a chorus of dramatic sighs. Since breaking out in her teens as a rising country star, Swift has been consistently associated with the hallmarks of the American high school experience: homecomings and football teams, proms and cliques. With a juicy, unhurried synth beat, it sees Swift sing-talking her way through a series of quotable lyrics.
2. Cruel Summer
Confession: The song "Lover" has been stuck in my head since it came out in August Not the entire song, but rather the way Swift croons the word "table" at When Swift sings about domestic bliss with her boyfriend, it sounds like she means it—and it's this authenticity, combined with a haunting melody, that turns "Lover" into such an iconic love song. It's also the first song Swift has written by herself since " This Love, " back in A slow, dreamy song, "Lover" is a callback to early Swift, all confessions and country vibes. However, whereas these earlier songs were tinged with fantasy and longing, "Lover" is written from the perspective of a woman content in a relationship.
2. “Cruel Summer”
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. The track itself sits on the No. Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever? And ah, take me out, and take me home You're my, my, my, my lover. We could let our friends crash in the living room This is our place, we make the call And I'm highly suspicious that everyone who sees you wants you I've loved you three summers now, honey, but I want 'em all. And ah, take me out, and take me home forever and ever You're my, my, my, my lover. Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand? With every guitar string scar on my hand I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover My heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue All's well that ends well to end up with you Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover And you'll save all your dirtiest jokes for me And at every table, I'll save you a seat, lover.
It was released on August 16, , through Republic Records , as the third single from the album. Inspired by Swift moving-in with her romantic partner, the song puts a spin on marriage vows and sees the singer deliver intimate lyrics exhibiting devotion. The song received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its nostalgic quality and whimsical lyricism. On the Billboard Hot , it peaked at number ten, becoming the album's third consecutive top-ten single in the United States.