Fans have yet to calm down after Taylor Swift made an exciting announcement about new music on Thursday.
While speaking to thousands of fans on her Instagram live, the “ME!” songstress revealed that her second single, “You Need To Calm Down” would be available Friday, June 14, along with the ability to pre-order or pre-save her new 18-track album, Lover.
At the stroke of midnight, fans shared their thoughts on the new track, which seemingly takes on social media trolls while also becoming an anthem for Pride Month.
“Say it in the street that’s a knock out/But you say it in a tweet that’s a cop out,” the lyrics read.
“You need to calm down/You’re being too loud/And I’m just like oh oh/You need to just stop/Like can you just not step on my gown/You need to calm down,” the chorus belts out.
The 29-year-old also takes aim at anti-LGBTQ+ groups, calling them out for being stuck in the “dark ages.”
“You are somebody that we don’t know/But you’re coming at my friends like a missile/Why are you mad?/When you could be GLAAD?” Swift sings, referencing the LGBTQ media organization. “Sunshine on the street at the parade/But you would rather be in the dark ages/Making that sign/Must have taken all night.”
“Cause shade never made anybody less gay,” the lyrics continue.
On Friday, GLAAD announced that they started a Facebook fundraiser for fans to support their LGBTQ advocacy work, with $1300 dollars being the goal. This comes after GLAAD received an influx of small donations in the amount of $13, a.k.a. Swift’s favourite number.
“Taylor Swift is one of the world’s biggest pop stars,” Anthony Ramos, Director of Talent Engagement at GLAAD said in a statement. “The fact that she continues to use her platform and music to support the LGBTQ community and the Equality Act is a true sign of being an ally. ‘You Need to Calm Down’ is the perfect Pride anthem, and we’re thrilled to see Taylor standing with the LGBTQ community to promote inclusivity, equality, and acceptance this Pride month.”
In the bridge, the Grammy Award winner takes a shot at people who continue to pit successful women against each other: “And we see you over there on the internet / Comparing all the girls who are killing it / But we figured you out / We all know now we all got crowns / You need to calm down”.
In an interview with Beats 1, Swift shared the inspiration for the track, saying that the constant negativity around her made her think that “you just need to calm down.”
Just as Swifties always do, they took to Twitter to break down all the powerful messages behind the new single. Check them out below.