Taylor Swift Gets Political on Her New Song, “Only the Young,” from Her ‘Miss Americana’ Documentary

By | January 31, 2020
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  • Taylor Swift just released a new song, titled “Only the Young.”
  • In the song, Taylor references the 2018 midterm elections, Donald Trump, and gun violence in the United States.

    Taylor Swift is done being silent about politics, and she’s letting it be known loud and clear in her brand new documentary, Miss Americana. It’s no secret that Taylor has been hesitant to share her views in the past, because as she’s stated before, she felt like she didn’t know enough about politics to contribute to the conversation surrounding it and possibly impacting her fans views in the process.

    “I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people,” Taylor told Time Magazine in 2012. “And I don’t think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for.”

    Now, Taylor has changed significantly—she just released her brand-new song, “Only the Young,” and it’s her most political song to date. The song details Taylor’s feelings following the 2018 midterm elections and how heartbreaking it was for her to see young people fail at getting their choice candidates into the race.

    “There were so many young people who rallied for their candidate, whether it was a senator or congressman or congresswoman,” Swift said in an interview with Variety. “It was hard to see so many people feel like they had canvassed and done everything and tried so hard. I saw a lot of young people’s hopes dashed.”

    “I found that to be particularly tragic,” she added, “because young people are the people who feel the worst effects of gun violence, and student loans and trying to figure out how to start their lives and how to pay their bills, and climate change, and are we going to war— all these horrific situations that we find ourselves facing right now.”

    These themes (and a few others) are crystal clear in the song, which you can hear and read the lyrics to in full, below:

    [Verse 1]
    It keeps me awake
    The look on your face
    The moment you heard the news
    You’re screaming inside
    And frozen in time
    You did all that you could do
    The game was rigged, the ref got tricked
    The wrong ones think they’re right
    You were outnumbered this time

    According to Genius, the last few lines of the first verse possibly makes a reference to our current president, Donald Trump. During the 2016 election, Trump frequently called the elections process rigged…despite the fact he won and Republicans (his party) were accused of manipulating the polls multiple times. “You were outnumbered this time,” sees Taylor leaving her listeners with a glimmer of hope now that Trump has a chance at being voted out of office in the 2020 elections, especially considering his recent impeachment.

    [Chorus]
    But only the young
    Only the young
    Only the young
    Only the young can run
    Can run, so run
    And run, and run

    [Verse 2]
    So every day now
    You brace for the sound
    You’ve only heard on TV
    You go to class, scared
    Wondering where the best hiding spot would be

    And the big bad man and his big bad clan
    Their hands are stained with red
    Oh, how quickly, they forget

    Easily one of the most powerful lines in the song, this references the devastating amount of mass shootings that occur in the United States—as of today, there has already been 21 mass shootings with four or more people injured at the scene.

    [Pre-Chorus]
    They aren’t gonna help us
    Too busy helping themselves
    They aren’t gonna change this
    We gotta do it ourselves
    They think that it’s over
    But it’s just begun

    [Chorus]
    Only one thing can save us
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young

    [Post-Chorus]
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young
    Only the young (Only the young)
    (Don’t say you’re too tired to fight
    It’s just a matter of time
    Up there’s the finish line
    )
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young (Only the young)
    Only the young
    Can run
    Don’t say you’re too tired to fight
    It’s just a matter of time (Can run)
    Up there’s the finish line
    So run, and run, and run
    Don’t say you’re too tired to fight
    It’s just a matter of time (So run)
    Up there’s the finish line
    And run, and run, and run

    [Outro]
    Only the young
    Only the young
    Only the young

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