Taylor previously opened up about the song on Instagram, explaining, "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. Like, if you were in the lavender haze, then that meant you were in that all-encompassing love glow. And I thought that was really beautiful."
She added that oftentimes people will “do anything to stay there” while others are “going to weigh in on it.”
Bringing up her relationship with Alwyn, she said at the time, "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 sort of about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff."
Taylor also partnered up with Joe, pseudonym William Bowery, to write the song “Sweet Nothing,”
The song says, “They said the end is coming / Everyone’s up to something / I find myself running home to your sweet nothings.”
She later seems to allude to a trip that the couple took to Ireland. “I spy with my little, tired eye / Tiny as a firefly a pebble that we picked up last July / Down deep inside your pocket we almost forgot it / Does it ever miss Wicklow sometimes?”
Taylor’s song “Vigilante Sh*t” has everyone talking, too. Listen here.
Swift sings of teaming up with an enemy’s ex-wife and helping the other woman during the divorce. There is lots of speculation about who she's referencing, and some think it might be Kanye West’s divorce from Kim Kardashian.
Taylor sings, “She needed cold, hard proof, so I gave her some / She had the envelope, where you think she got it from? / Now she gets the house, gets the kids, gets the pride / Picture me thick as thieves with your ex-wife.”
Another lyric drops some allegations against someone, as the song goes, “He was doing lines, and crossing all of mine / Someone told his white-collar crimes to the FBI.”
She also sings, “I don’t start sh*t, but I can tell you how it ends / Don’t get sad, get even / So on the weekends, I don’t dress for friends / Lately, I’ve been dressing for revenge.”
Taylor also dropped her first music video from the album, for the song "Anti-Hero."
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In the video, which Swift wrote and directed, she parties with herself while addressing her anxiety. The video ends with a funny moment where she visualizes her adult children fighting over her fortune at her funeral as she peeks out of a coffin.