Song of the Day #4,261: ‘New Romantics’ – Taylor Swift

The second Taylor Swift non-album track I’d like to highlight is ‘New Romantics,’ a bonus cut from 1989.

Like the rest of that album, ‘New Romantics’ eschews Swift’s country-pop sound for pure pop, embracing the 80s influence referenced in the album’s title.

I’m not sure why this song didn’t make the album’s final tracklist. It’s one of her very best efforts. I guess it’s smart to hold back some really good material in order to sell the deluxe edition.

‘New Romantics’ sees Swift embracing the messiness and freedom of adult life. This is an anthem for all those ready to brush off criticism and live life on their own terms.

Swift has been too quick to embrace victimhood in earlier songs, but here she has fun with her detractors. “The rumors are terrible and cruel,” she laments, before slyly adding “but honey, most of them are true.”

[Verse 1]
We’re all bored, we’re all so tired of everything
We wait for trains that just aren’t coming
We show off our different scarlet letters
Trust me, mine is better
We’re so young, but we’re on the road to ruin
We play dumb, but we know exactly what we’re doing
We cry tears of mascara in the bathroom
Honey, life is just a classroom
(Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)

[Chorus]
‘Cause baby, I could build a castle
Out of all the bricks they threw at me
And every day is like a battle
But every night with us is like a dream
Baby, we’re the new romantics
Come on, come along with me
Heartbreak is the national anthem
We sing it proudly
We are too busy dancing to get knocked off our feet
Baby, we’re the new romantics
The best people in life are free

[Verse 2]
We’re all here, the lights and boys are blinding
We hang back, it’s all in the timing
It’s poker
You can’t see it in my face
But I’m about to play my Ace (ahh)
We need love, but all we want is danger
We team up, then switch sides like a record changer
The rumors are terrible and cruel
But honey, most of them are true
(Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)

[Chorus]
‘Cause baby, I could build a castle
Out of all the bricks they threw at me
And every day is like a battle
But every night with us is like a dream
Baby, we’re the new romantics
Come on, come along with me
Heartbreak is the national anthem
We sing it proudly
We are too busy dancing (yeah) to get knocked off our feet
Baby, we’re the new romantics
The best people in life are free

[Post-Chorus]
(Oh, oh, oh-oh, oh)
Oh-oh
(Oh, oh, oh-oh, oh)
So, come on, come along with me
(Oh, oh, oh-oh, oh)
The best people in life are free
(Oh, oh, oh-oh, oh)

[Bridge]
Please take my hand and
Please take me dancing, and
Please leave me stranded
It’s so romantic (it’s so romantic)
(Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)

[Breakdown]
Oh, ’cause baby, I could build a castle
Out of all the bricks they threw at me
And every day is like a battle, oh-oh
But every night with us is like a dream

[Chorus]
‘Cause baby, I could build a castle (castle)
Out of all the bricks they threw at me
And every day is like a battle
But every night with us is like a dream
Baby, we’re the new romantics
Come on, come along with me
Heartbreak is the national anthem
We sing it proudly
We are too busy dancing to get knocked off our feet
Baby, we’re the new romantics
The best people in life are free

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,261: ‘New Romantics’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Maddie says:

    Big time agree on this choice! I love this song and it’s probably the one non-album T Swift single that I play the most.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I personally don’t see Swift ever having embraced victimhood. She has addressed incident, whether it be Kanye or criticisms or breakups in a classy, sharp and strong way imo.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    This is one of T Swift’s biggest bops! I was impressed that even though it was a bonus it seemed to be getting a lot of radio play. It does make sense given its infectious melody and beat. Def one of my favorites from “1989”!

  4. Amy says:

    I was never as big a fan of the pure pop Swift songs, so this one was never a favorite of mine, though I have a soft spot for it because Maddie does love it so. I’m with Dana in disagreeing with you (as I have for years) in your assessment that Taylor has ever embraced victimhood. That’s such an insulting and dismissive way to describe a songwriter working through tough patches in her life in a melodic way. Meanwhile, watching this video after watching the documentary, I want to give 1989 Taylor a burger and fries.

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