Everything You Need To Know About Taylor Swift’s Single “You Need To Calm Down”
We can’t calm down! (Is this joke overdone yet?) Last night, Taylor Swift released the second single off of her seventh studio album Lover. The cheeky single, entitled “You Need To Calm Down” has a lot going on. But don’t worry, we broke it all down for you.
In the grand tradition of Taylor Swift singles, “You Need To Calm Down” is all about shutting down the haters. But, unlike some of Swift’s past singles, “You Need To Calm Down” has some overtly political overtones. On the track, Tay shares her Pride Month spirit, singing “shade never made anybody less gay” and “why be mad when you could be GLAAD.” The messaging fits with Taylor’s recent vocal activism in support of LGBTQ+ rights. On June 1, the singer released a petition in support of the Equality Act, which would make discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender expression illegal.
The song also takes a shot at online trolls. TS seems unimpressed by people who hide behind their computer screens, and she calls out the bullies, singing, “Say it in the street, that’s a knock-out/But you say it in a Tweet, that’s a cop-out.” We’re pretty sure that Taylor Swift has never been in “the street,” whatever that means, but we get what she’s trying to say.
Dedicated Swifties might be wondering who the veteran songwriter worked with to produce her second single. The track listing has pop producer Joe Little listed as both a co-writer and producer of the song. Joe also helped Taylor produce the first single off of Lover, the Brendon Urie assisted track, “ME!”. For reference, Joe Little has produced pretty much all of your favorite Lorde songs as well as tracks with Khalid and the Jonas Brothers.
In the same Instagram live where Taylor announced the debut of “You Need To Calm Down” and the release date for Lover, the singer also said that the music video for the single would premiere on Good Morning America on June 17. Taylor said “The video is very worth the wait … there’s a lot going on in the video. I wanted that to be a separate discovery.” Based on the single’s cover art, we’re predicting that it will have an upbeat, pool party theme and be filled with Taylor’s famous friends. Perfect for this time of year! There are even rumors Katy Perry will be in it! “Bad Blood” 2.0 anyone?