Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation isn’t slated to drop until November 10, but that doesn’t mean that Swifites aren’t being treated to a taste of what the album will bring. Just over a week since “Look What You Made Me Do” sent the internet into a frenzy, Swift has released another new single, and nobody was ready for it.
Set among the backdrop of college football, “…Ready For It?” was first teased last night as an anthem for the Alabama and Florida State game, and was released in full Sunday morning.
"In the middle of the night / In my dreams / You should the things we do, baby, " Swift sings. "In the middle of the night / In my dreams / I know I'm gonna be with you so I'll take my time / Are you ready for it?"
The song, which will serve as the opening track on Reputation, further cements the belief that the old Taylor Swift is dead, albiet that it is a bit more reminiscent of old Taylor than LWYMMD. Gone are the days of a little southern twang, of banjos and acoustic guitars, curly hair and frilly dresses. Gone are the days of 1989, too. “…Ready For It?” continues with the biting ferocity that was heard in “Look What You Made Me Do,” introducing electro-pop and rap into the repertoire of musical genres Swift has explored.
Just as the first single had, “…Ready For It?” dives head first in addressing Swift’s reputation, while also staying true to Swift’s continuing theme of writing songs about relationships.
“Knew I was a robber/ First time that he saw me/ Stealing hearts and running off and never saying sorry/ But if I’m a thief then/ He can join the heist and/ We’ll move to an island/ and, and, he can be my jailer/ ‘Why’d you do this Taylor?’/ every love I’ve known in comparison is a failure/ I forget their names now/ I’m so very tame now/ never be the same now…”
As soon as the song dropped, fans took to social media to, for lack of a better term, freak out.
Taylor Swift outdid Taylor Swift on the same week Taylor Swift outdid Taylor Swift with the record made by Taylor Swift #ReadyForIt— Carly Heading (@carlyylalaa) September 3, 2017
Best good morning text I've ever received was a new song from Taylor Swift— Max Hill ?????????? (@m_hill92) September 3, 2017
First, Taylor Swift was coming for the pop girls and now she's coming for the raps girls too. #ReadyForIt— Taylor Swift Facts (@TSwiftFCT) September 3, 2017
Maybe three long years spent eagerly anticipating a new album was worth the wait.
Listen to the new tune below!