Taylor Swift releases a new song called “You Need to Calm Down”, and the internet is NOT calm about it. This is the second song from her upcoming album Lover.
You Need To Calm Down
Taylor announced that a new track was coming on Instagram Live earlier today. She also shared the title, cover art, and release date of her seventh studio album. Her reputation follow-up album titled Lover is releasing on August 23 via Republic.
“You Need to Calm Down” aims at haters, especially the anti-gay Twitter and legislative ones. Some of Taylor’s lyrics include, “You just need to take several seats / and then try to restore the peace / And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate / Cause shade never made anybody less gay.”
The song questions, “Why are you mad? / When you could be GLAAD?” This is asked in reference to the Trump administration’s treatment of LGBTQ people.
Pride Month started on 1st June. On that day Swift wrote an open letter to Tennessee’s Republican Senator Lamar Alexander in support of the Equality Act. The bill is an expansion of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits employers from discriminating against anyone because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. She wrote, “The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”
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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office.
Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.
Swift wants to bring a change
Swift urged her fans to contact senators in her home state of Tennessee and elsewhere to demand passage of the Equality Act. Later that night, she made much the same appeal at an iHeart Wango Tango concert in Los Angeles. She appeared in full rainbow garb, leaving fans to wonder whether the fringe of many colors might make its way into the next video.
Swift wrote social media post at the start of Pride Month criticizing Trump. She wrote, “For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion is un-American and cruel.”
Taylor Swift has gone from the personal pride of her seven-week-old single, “Me!,” and moved on to Pride with a capital P in its just-released followup, “You Need to Calm Down.” This time Swift is dedicating a significant portion of the song to taking on homophobes.
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“You need to calm down”
The first verse sings, “You are somebody that I don’t know / But you’re takin’ shots at me like it’s Patron / And I’m must like, damn / it’s 7 a.m / Say it in the street, that’s a knockout / But you say it in a tweet, that’s a cop-out.”
In verse 2, she’s getting socially conscious, “Why are you mad / when you could be GLAAD? / Sunshine on the street at the parade / But you would rather be in the dark age / Makin’ that sign / must’ve taken all night.”
A fully produced video for the song is due June 17. Swift wrote, “I wanted you to hear the song first, then see the video. Because the video is very worth the wait. There’s a lot going on in the video so I wanted that to be a separate discovery.”
Hours before the midnight release of the track, Swift unloaded a battery of coming-attractions news on social media, revealing the title and release date for her forthcoming album.
Taylor explained the meaning behind her new single in a brief video posted on Twitter by Beats 1. Taylor says in the clip, “I’ve observed a lot of different people in our society who put so much energy and effort into negativity. And it made me feel like, ‘you need to just calm down.”
Check out the video below for “You need to calm down”
The 18-track “Lover” will come out August 23.