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Like many others, Taylor Swift is in her 40s remembering the vacation she took during the long lost golden age of 2019. The singer released the Jack Antonoff co-production folklore bonus track “The Lakes”, available from August 7 (or a few days earlier, if you were sneaky) as a treat for those who have purchased physical copies of the album. And, as fans have predicted, the title lakes are indeed those of England’s scenic Lake District, a national park renowned for its romantic and romantic getaways. (Many 19th century poets hung out there; this is also where this author’s parents met.) Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn apparently visited the area last year for what the best album track, “invisible string,” said to be a trip to the third anniversary. This, of course, means the Lake District has officially joined New York and Tennessee’s Hendersonville High School as places that have inspired several songs by Taylor Swift. Take this, London!
But back to the new song. Thematically, it’s pretty Reputation: Swift escapes a legion of haters and losers by retreating into the wilderness, as generations of writers before her did (though I suspect they didn’t have to face “those hunters with mobile phones ”). Lyrically, it’s appropriately melodramatic. “Take me to the lakes, where all the poets have gone to die,” she sings. “These Windermere peaks look like a perfect place to cry.” She also can’t resist a shameless pun: “I’ve come too far to watch a sleaze to knock down / Tell me what my words are worth.” It looks like the Big Machine – Scooter Braun drama has left its mark.