“Karma” is the eleventh track on Taylor Swift’s 2022 album ‘Midnights.’ Very much in the opposite direction to the “Vigilante Sh*t” track from the same album, in “Karma,” Taylor Swift takes a passive approach to deal with people who broke her heart–romantically or otherwise.
‘Midnights‘ is the tenth studio album by Taylor Swift following her ‘evermore‘ and ‘folklore‘ album releases in 2020. Announcing the album, Taylor Swift said “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” The album was released on October 21, 2022.
One lyric in the song, “my pennies made your crown,” may give a hint at who this song is about. This lyric implies that someone stole her work and earned money from her hard work. One of the most publicized feuds Taylor Swift had was with her former record label manager Scooter Braun, who allegedly refused to sell the masters to Taylor Swift’s albums when she wanted to switch record labels. This led Taylor to re-record all of her first five albums to retain rights for her own music. Scooter Braun allegedly also sold Taylor’s catalog for over $300 million.
Regardless, karma comes for everyone who deserves it.
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Taylor Swift “Karma” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Karma is a universal force. What goes around comes back around. If you do bad, you get bad results. If you do good, you get good results. It might not happen instantly, but it will follow you through. This is the beauty of karma. All those who deserve it, get it, so you don’t have to spoil your own karma trying to bring justice.
In the first verse of the song, Taylor talks about a person who has built an empire on top of the blood, sweat, and tears of others. These empires usually crumble to the ground, as soon as the first person walks out. But this person is a little ‘relevant’ in the present climate and this helps him maintain his evil empire. This relevancy could come in the form of money, power, connections, or gender.
Taylor Swift says that she keeps her side of the street clean no matter what. This implies that Taylor does not want to get dirty with her rivals and have karma chasing her. Yes, vigilantism is cool, but you are not supposed to take matters into your own hand.
In the chorus of the song, Taylor Swift pretty much worships karma. This is understandable. It is a sweet feeling to see your enemies getting what they deserve without you having to dig to their level. Then you know the universal forces have your back.
In the second verse, Taylor Swift also brings in another interesting lyric; “Don’t you know that cash ain’t the only price?”
Often a lot of atrocities are caused motivated by monetary gains. They fail to see what they could lose whilst gaining these monetary edges. The ‘price’ they could pay can come in the form of reputation, family, health, and other non-physical things. These prices are tough prices to pay and cannot be bought back with monetary gains.
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