The tune, which dropped at midnight on Friday (June 14), follows the dreamy pop collab with Brendon Urie, “ME!” This time, TayTay is in a mid-tempo electro mood as she takes on the haters and homophobes.
On it, she sings: “And I ain’t tryna mess with your self-expression / But I’ve learned a lesson that stressin’ and obsessin’ ’bout somebody else is no fun / And snakes and stones never broke my bones.”
“The video is very worth the wait,” she said in an Instagram live the day before. The clip will premiere on Good Morning America on June 17. “There’s a lot going on in the video; I wanted that to be a separate discovery.”
“This album in tone, it’s very romantic. And not just thematically, like it’s all love songs,” Swift said of Lover as a whole. “I think the idea of something being romantic, it doesn’t have to be a happy song. You can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through a conflict or dealing with things in your life … It looks at things with a very romantic gaze.”
Watch the lyric video to “You Need to Calm Down” below.