Taylor Swift reminded fans on Tuesday (Aug. 18) that the deluxe editions of Folklore feature the bonus song, “The Lakes,” now on streaming.
The pastoral, spare track written and produced by Swift and Jack Antonoff is full of pointed lyrics delivered over acoustic guitar and elegant strings.
“Is it romantic how all of my elegies eulogize me?/ I’m not cut out for all these cynical clones These hunters with cell phones,” Swift sings in the first verse before diving into the quickening chorus. “Take me to the lakes, where all the poets went to die/ I don’t belong and, my beloved, neither do you/ Those Windermere peaks look like a perfect place to cry/ I’m setting off, but not without my muse,” she sings, with yet another lyrical allusion to England, this time to Windemere, the largest natural lake in the nation.
The song, which appears on the eight different deluxe versions of the album, also features one of Swift’s signature lyrics daggers, aimed at unnamed people who try to get her goat. “What should be over burrowed under my skin/ In heart-stopping waves of hurt/ I’ve come too far to watch some namedropping sleaze/ Tell me what are my words worth.”
The song reveal comes just a day after Swift dropped a behind-the-scenes video version of “Cardigan” that reveals all the Easter eggs hidden in the single from the album that has been No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for three weeks.
folklore deluxe edition featuring bonus song “the lakes” is now available to stream/download 🌊https://t.co/OTi6HJH2ir
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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 18, 2020
Listen to “The Lakes” below.