True to her word, Taylor Swift is keeping her promise of releasing new music before the debut of her upcoming seventh studio album, Lover.
On July 23rd, Taylor released to digital service providers the fifth cut from Lover, the looming and mysterious “The Archer.”
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As many of Taylor’s songs have done in the past, the verses and chorus suggest an event in the singer-songwriter’s life that may have led to great disappointment and heartbreak.
“I’ve been the archer / I’ve been the prey / Who could ever leave me, darlin’ / But who could stay?,” she sings.
However, the song is bookended with the same opening and closing that invokes a spirit of strength and resilience.
“Combat / I’m ready for combat / I say I don’t want that / But what if I do?”
Of course, there’s plenty of speculation regarding what the song is about…or WHO the song is about. In a live stream about the “The Archer,” Taylor said, “So track 5 is kind of a tradition that really started with you guys because I didn’t realize I was doing this but…instinctually I was putting a very vulnerable, honest, emotional song as track 5. So because you noticed this, I started to put the songs that were honest, emotional, vulnerable, and personal as track 5.”
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That may not give listener’s much to go on, but they’re still wondering. Comments have been disabled on Tay’s Instagram, but Twitter is providing plenty of space for thoughts and opinions, including one astute fan who found a “like” on a Tumblr post that insightfully said: “‘The Archer’ is her saddest and most haunting song because it’s not about a betray of a lover, a friend or the media/greater society. It’s about feeling like you’ve betrayed yourself.”
It bears noting that in less than 24 hours, the lyric video for “The Archer” has been viewed well over 4-million times.