“Hit’s Different” is the fourteenth track on Taylor Swift’s 2022 album ‘Midnights’ extended edition. In the song, we find a heartbroken Taylor trying to move on from a devastating breakup. While she has been through similar experiences before, this time, it feels different. Maybe, there was something more to it. But every time, it usually, feels like there was something more.
‘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. A surprise ‘3am Edition’ was released just three hours later from the main album containing seven bonus tracks.
Taylor Swift describes the end of the relationship as ‘catastrophic.’ She confesses that she has never had much trouble moving on from relationships. However, this time it was different. This time felt different. It’s all because of him.
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Taylor Swift “Hit’s Different” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Taylor Swift walks out of the club. She is quite tipsy, by choice, hoping that the alcohol could give her mind a break not to think about him. She went to the club to forget about him–it has been long enough since their breakup. But instead, she keeps picturing him at the club and elsewhere, dancing with his new girl. This image sickens her. It could be either this image or the fact that she is drunk that is making her almost throw up just outside the club.
After a breakup, it is often said that a lot of things remind us of past relationships. A song that made no significant impact before, reminds us of them now. Movies seem to narrate our story. Seemingly insignificant things from a while ago, seem to prick our hearts. Even the songs played in the club remind Taylor of this boy from a few months back.
Oh, my, love is a lie
Every heartache reminds us of the fragility of relationships. Everything feels hopeless and what seemed like the purest thing in the world looks like a complete lie now.
In the second verse of the song, Taylor talks about how she was able to swiftly move on from past breakups. In fact, she is the one to walk out of a relationship at the sight of the first red flag. Back then, this felt like freedom–running on an endless sandy beach. This time, the same sandy beach gives her sunburns and hurts her feet.
Taylor’s talent to bend environmental phenomena to support her cause is quite impressive.
Clubs and bars have had little effect on Taylor even in the past. She admits that she has never not cried at a bar thinking about someone whom she thought to be the one. It’s not a pretty sight–she babbles his name and tears wash down her makeup–a real scene!
In the bridge of the song, Taylor reminisces all the good things that were. She often cries over the artifacts left over from this relationship. She hates that this wound is still bleeding and painful. Taylor still thinks that she could be the one for him–that she could be the one to rock his world–remembering how she was once called the ‘dream girl’ by this guy.
Back in reality, Taylor tries to move on. But the odd familiar sound, like turning a door lock, freezes her heart for a second wondering if it’s him coming back. So far, it’s only her imagination playing games with her.
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