Song of the Day 4,070: ‘False God’ – Taylor Swift

A new Taylor Swift album is always cause for rejoicing, meme-ifying and hot takes from every corner of the internet. Her latest, Lover, released last Friday, will certainly be no exception.

I haven’t spent enough time with the album yet to offer my own in-depth assessment, but after a listen and a half I can make a few early observations.

First, this is the best album she has released since 2010’s Speak Now.

Two, like many of her albums, Lover would be better if it were three or four songs shorter. In this case, the first two singles should have been left off, along with the ill-advised opening track ‘I Forgot That You Existed.’ Sometimes less is more.

Three, I don’t know if Swift’s relationship with actor Joe Alwyn will last forever, but she has never sounded this in love on record and it suits her. Many of these tracks — including some of the very best ones — are about him. Give me a delightful love song like ‘Paper Rings’ over the bitter break-up anthems any day. Long live Happy Taylor!

Finally, I am seriously digging today’s SOTD, ‘False God.’ This has a slinky R&B groove of a sort Swift has teased with before but never this completely. She delivers a fantastic vocal and completely sells the sexiness. ‘False God’ also features what might be the first saxophone on a Taylor Swift song.

I like a lot of the songs on Lover after one listen, but this is my early favorite.

[Verse 1]
We were crazy to think
Crazy to think that this could work
Remember how I said I’d die for you?
We were stupid to jump
In the ocean separating us
Remember how I’d fly to you?

[Pre-Chorus]
And I can’t talk to you when you’re like this
Staring out the window like I’m not your favorite town
I’m New York City
I still do it for you, babe
They all warned us about times like this
They say the road gets hard and you get lost
When you’re led by blind faith, blind faith

[Chorus]
But we might just get away with it
Religion’s in your lips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship
We might just get away with it
The altar is my hips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love

[Verse 2]
I know heaven’s a thing
I go there when you touch me, honey
Hell is when I fight with you
But we can patch it up good
Make confessions and we’re begging for forgiveness
Got the wine for you

[Pre-Chorus]
And you can’t talk to me when I’m like this
Daring you to leave me just so I can try and scare you
You’re the West Village
You still do it for me, babe
They all warned us about times like this
They say the road gets hard and you get lost
When you’re led by blind faith, blind faith

[Chorus]
But we might just get away with it
Religion’s in your lips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship
We might just get away with it
The altar is my hips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love, ah

[Outro]
Still worship this love
Even if it’s a false god
Even if it’s a false god
Still worship this love

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day 4,070: ‘False God’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I know Amy and Maddie have plunged into the new album, so I look forward to their takes. You are always harsh on the hit singles, but I’m fine with them, especially “You Need to Calm Down.”

    Amy played me “Paper Rings,” which I understand to be an early favorite of Maddie, “Death by a Thousand Cuts” and the heart wrenching song about her mother, “Soon You’ll Get Better.” All quite good, though I must admit I continue to long for the old Taylor sound over the sleeker pop to which she has gravitated.

  2. Amy says:

    I’ve been listening to it quite a bit since Friday, declaring songs 8 – 18 my favorite part of the album, though I’d want to swap out the first two singles for “Lover” and “The Archer.” So… it seems we are in early agreement on the album’s strengths.

    “Soon You’ll Get Better” may be one of the single most devastating songs I’ve ever heard. I’ve yet to get through it without crying. Taylor’s fans being what they are, Andrea Swift is loved (or some iteration of that) was trending for a good part of the weekend. Taylor said that it was a family decision whether to include the song on the album. I’m so glad that they did, as its inclusion certainly deepens and broadens the scope of love that is the album’s subject.

    I love the album Red, which you seem to have skated past in your post, so I’d say this is the best album since Red for sure. Have you watched the new video? One theory has each room in the house represent a different one of her albums with Reputation, I believe, stuck up in the attic. Have to check out the video again to further explore.

  3. Madison says:

    So glad to be delving into more Taylor Swift. I guess it isn’t surprising, but I’m fully and completely in love with this album. Each song impresses me in some way. ‘Me’ is ironically the weakest track, but I even have fun with that one too. My early favorites are Paper Rings, Cruel Summer, Cornelia Street and It’s Nice to Have a Friend, but I haven’t been this holey and immediately impressed by an album in a while. So excited to keep listening and get to know each one of these tracks frighteningly well.

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