Only the young can save us.
Taylor Swift pulls exactly zero punches on the new urgent, clear-eyed song "Only The Young," from her just-released Netflix documentary, Miss Americana. The song, out today (Jan. 31) along with the doc, was written and produced by the singer and Joel Little (Lorde, Sam Smith) and it finds Swift giving voice to her disillusionment about our stuck society.
"They aren't gonna help us/ Too busy helping themselves/ They aren't gonna change this/ We gotta do it ourselves/ They think that it's over/ But it's just begun," she sings over the song's spare, ominious beat and backing vocals from what sounds like a children's choir.
It's a sad concession and a defiant warning to the older generation that their greed and failure to act has given rise to a youth movement determined to turn the page.