Late Thursday night and early Friday morning, Taylor Swift revealed the names of all five of the remaining mystery track titles from her upcoming album Midnights, one each hour, until she eventually reached a grand finale at 4 a.m. ET. She was previously revealing title track names at midnight every day. Her latest reveal was in contrast to her usual practice in the lead-up to the Oct. 21 album release.
As she had promised, the last track revelation had “quite the twist of an ending,” with Lana Del Rey revealed to be the only highlighted guest appearance on the album. The fourth track on “Midnights,” “Snow on the Beach,” will feature a cameo from Del Rey.
The names of the album’s last four tracks were also disclosed in the early morning hours: “Lavender Haze,” which was to be the album’s opening tune; “You’re on Your Own,” track 5; “Labyrinth,” track 10; and “Sweet Nothing,” track 12.
Swift unveiled “Lavender Haze” at precisely 12 o’clock on the east coast and posted a video message on Instagram explaining the song’s significance, something she didn’t do for any of the other tracks being unveiled early Friday and something she had previously only done for the song “Anti-Hero.”
“‘Lavender Haze’ is Track 1 on ‘Midnights,’” she said in the video, “and I happened upon the phrase ‘lavender haze’ when I was watching ‘Mad Men.’ And I looked it up because I thought it sounded cool, and it turns out that it’s a common phrase used in the ’50s where they would just describe being in love.”
She continued, “Like, if you were in the lavender haze, then that meant that you were in that all-encompassing love glow — and I thought that was really beautiful.”
“And I guess theoretically, when you’re in the lavender haze, you’ll do anything to stay there and not let people bring you down off of that cloud. And I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just like ‘public figures,’ because we live in the era of social media, and if the world finds out that you’re in love with somebody, they’re going to weigh in on it.” she added.
“Like my relationship for six years: we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it. And so this song is about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff. I hope you guys like it.” she concluded.
Swift discussed “Anti-Hero” on Monday in her earlier explanation for the new song, referring to it as, “one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. I really don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before. You know, I struggle a lot with the idea that my life has become unmanageably sized, and that I, you know… not to sound too dark, but, like, I struggle with the idea of not feeling like a person. But don’t feel bad for me.”
“You don’t need to. But this song is a real guided tour through all the things that I tend to hate about myself. We all hate things about ourselves, and it’s all of those aspects of the things we dislike and like about ourselves that we have to come to terms with if we’re going to be this person. So, yeah, I like ‘Anti-Hero’ a lot because I think it’s really honest.”
A Target deluxe version will add two remixes, a 14th original song (whose name is still unknown), in addition to the standard 13 songs.