Taylor Swift isn’t exactly the most open book when it comes to her personal and dating life, and that certainly reflects in her music. While generally open about her creative process and the inspiration behind many of her hits, the genius singer-songwriter maintains an air of mystery about her music and likes to leave most of her songs open to interpretation. And the same goes for her new album, Midnights, which finally got released on October 21st after months of waiting (and sleepless nights). Speaking of the record on Twitter, Swift described “Midnights” as the “tales of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life.” “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” she wrote.
Given how careful Swift is about what she reveals in her music, it’s no surprise that fans are going wild for what appears to be her most vulnerable lyrics yet on “Mastermind,” the album’s final track.
Taylor Swift sings about her lonely childhood
A text from Taylor Swift’s “Mastermind” is making waves on social media for containing a surprisingly heartbreaking confession from Swift about her childhood and how it impacted her relationship with fame and love.
While “Mastermind” is clearly a song about how Swift strategically got her lover to fall in love with her (“What if I had told you none of this was accidental?”), the song’s bridge tells one different story – one that has certainly surprised some Swifties for its well hitting level of reflection. It talks about Swift’s reportedly lonely childhood, how according to Genius, “no one played with me when I was a little kid.” She goes on to sing, “So like a criminal I’ve been making plans ever since / To make her love me and make it seem effortless / This is the first time I’ve felt the need to confess.” It’s safe assuming that “she” refers to her romantic partners or, to an even greater extent, her fans.
Over on Twitter, several fans of Swift shared their reaction to Swift’s heartbreaking confession in “Mastermind,” with most saying the lyrics made them see and hear them. “The bullied little kid in me felt heard for the first time,” one fan wrote. Another said, “The bridge is tearing me apart because I was bullied so much as a kid and it messed me up all over again.” Like a Swiftie emphasized, “As a little kid nobody wanted to play with me, she really wanted us to scream, cry and throw up at midnight.” BRB, howl!