Taylor Swift Drops 'Emotional and Vulnerable and Personal' New Song 'The Archer' — Listen Now
Fans still have a month to wait until Taylor Swift drops her new album Lover, but the singer gave Swifties another taste of her upcoming music Tuesday afternoon when she dropped a third song off her upcoming record.
“The Archer” was released as Swift revealed new details about the special editions of her upcoming album in her latest Instagram Live.
“There’s a lot that’s covered emotionally and I really wanted to give you track five before the album came out,” said Swift. “I didn’t realize I was doing this, but as I was making albums, I guess I was just kind of putting a very vulnerable, personal, honest, emotional song as track five.”
“So because you noticed this, I kind of started to put the songs that were really honest, emotional, vulnerable and personal as track five, so that has definitely happened in the case of track five on this album Lover,” she added.
“I’ve been the archer / I’ve been the prey / Screaming, ‘Who could ever leave me darling? / But who could stay?'” she sings on the wistful song.
Swifties have been clamoring for “Track 5” since the Grammy winner, 29, announced her seventh studio album.
As Swift — who’s been dating British actor Joe Alwyn for nearly three years — noted, the fifth track of her albums have traditionally been especially heart-wrenching songs, including ballads “Dear John” and “All Too Well.”
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“The Archer” is the first music the superstar has dropped since she publicly slammed Scooter Braun and Big Machine Label co-founder Scott Borchetta over the manager’s $300 million purchase of her former label.
During her Instagram Live on Tuesday, the star revealed the four special editions of her upcoming album will include 120 pages of diary pages written throughout her life.
“I found some crazy stuff in there. I found the original lyrics of ‘All Too Well,’ which I didn’t even know that I had in my diaries,” she said. “It’s everything from being 13 and coming home from a bad day at school to Grammy night to processing my life as a teenager.”
Swift previously released “ME!” and “You Need to Calm Down” from Lover, which is set for release on Aug. 23.