“I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me,” she sings. Later she makes no bones about who she’s dissing: “I don’t like your tilted stage.”
Three years after smash record 1989, the enigmatic and rivalry prone Swift seems to be targeting her enemies with fire and fury (West, Katy Perry, famous ex-boyfriends). She even got acclaimed director Joseph Kahn to helm the lyrics video, while fans wait for the proper music video to reportedly premiere Friday on Good Morning America.
A defiant Swift makes clear that she’s not here to make friends on the theatrical revenge song: “I’m sorry, but the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now,” she says. “Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead.”
Online it became an instant conversation piece, dominating late-night Twitter trends in the U.S.
Taylor Swift at home rn pic.twitter.com/szgaxuMudW— Jensen "Mutie Pie" Karp (@JensenKarp) August 25, 2017
Taylor's new song is awful. She will never have a song as good as anything Britney ever did. Carly and Cardi B are the queens of summer 2017— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) August 25, 2017
Over on Swift’s online merchandise store, the singer began selling snake-emblazoned gear, including a snake ring, hoodie, and phone holder. She’s embracing the serpent aesthetic on this imminent album cycle—leaving behind folksy, optimistic pop, and going full-on mean girl.
kanye interupts taylor swift mtv award moment— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) August 25, 2017
taylor (8 years later): pic.twitter.com/25LyXIqE4V
The song was co-produced by Jack Antonoff of pop-rock band Bleachers.
Now’s a good time to make sure you and Swift are in good standing.