Song of the Day #5,283: ‘Karma’ – Taylor Swift

Guest blogger Daniel continues his countdown of the year’s top albums…

Best Albums of 2022 – #8
Midnights – Taylor Swift

Now, I would say it’s likely that many reading right now who know me are shocked by this low placement of one of my favorite artists. It is true. I am a diehard Swifty. She could drop an absolute turd of an album and I would still revere it as a gold. This album is far from trash and much closer to treasure, but 2022 was a trove.

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Song of the Day #5,275: ‘Sweet Nothing’ – Taylor Swift

My Favorite 2022 Albums
#4 – Midnights – Taylor Swift

I just spent a week ranking every song on this album, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here. Suffice it to say that Swift is both a great artist and a great superstar, with a keen sense of how she’s evolving in both of those roles, and Midnights is perhaps the best synthesis yet.

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Song of the Day #5,264: ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights

#2. ‘Sweet Nothing

I was such a big fan of the direction Swift took on folklore and evermore that it’s no surprise I’m drawn to the Midnights song that could have appeared on either of those albums. Co-written with beau Joe Alwyn, this is a delicate and comforting ballad that finds Swift at her most content. Faced with the pressures of the industry, she retreats to the safety and warmth of her love. A beautiful song.

#1. ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’

Swift always serves up something special on track five of her albums, and Midnights is no exception. ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’ was the song on this record that grabbed me instantly, and it has remained my favorite through repeated listens. Perhaps that’s because it is stylistically closer to her earlier releases.

This is a deceptively deep song that serves as both a look back at Swift’s life and career and an empowerment anthem for her young fans. It uses the phrase “you’re on your own” as the sad realization that nobody is truly looking our for you, but also the reassurance that you are enough.

[Verse 1]
Summer went away, still, the yearning stays
I play it cool with the best of them
I wait patiently, he’s gonna notice me
It’s okay, we’re the best of friends
Anyway

I hear it in your voice, you’re smoking with your boys
I touch my phone as if it’s your face
I didn’t choose this town, I dream of getting out
There’s just one who could make me stay
All my days

[Pre-Chorus]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I waited ages to see you there
I search the party of better bodies
Just to learn that you never cared

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

[Verse 2]
I see the great escape, so long, Daisy May
I picked the petals, he loves me not
Something different bloomed, writing in my room
I play my songs in the parking lot
I’ll run away

[Pre-Chorus]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I called a taxi to take me there
I search the party of better bodies
Just to learn that my dreams aren’t rare

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

[Instrumental Break]

[Bridge]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I gave my blood, sweat, and tears for this
I hosted parties and starved my body
Like I’d be saved by a perfect kiss
The jokes weren’t funny, I took the money
My friends from home don’t know what to say
I looked around in a blood-soaked gown
And I saw something they can’t take away
‘Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned
Everything you lose is a step you take
So, make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it
You’ve got no reason to be afraid

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
Yeah, you can face this
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

Song of the Day #5,262: ‘Vigilante Shit’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights

#6. ‘Anti-Hero

The album’s first single is a blast, breaking the pattern of weak lead singles on her last few pop albums. Swift turns her critical eye on herself and delivers the world’s catchiest therapy session.

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Song of the Day #5,261: ‘Lavender Haze’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights

#9. ‘Maroon

I like the chorus of this song better than the verses, which suffer from awkward phrasing. Overall a decent vibe.

#8. ‘Snow On the Beach

As a big Lana Del Rey fan, I was eagerly anticipating this collaboration. Unfortunately, it’s a stretch to call it that. Del Rey shares a writing credit, but her vocal contribution is relegated to some backing vocals and a couple of lines in the chorus. I wish she’d been given a verse like Phoebe Bridgers on the excellent ‘Nothing New.’ Apart from that criticism, this is a decent song.

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