When Taylor Swift announced her surprise new album folklore almost a month ago, she revealed that physical editions would contain a bonus cut titled ‘the lakes’. Earlier this month, that song started circulating as CDs and vinyls reached their destinations. Now, the cut has appeared on streaming services along with an official lyric video. Check it out below.
‘the lakes’ was co-written and co-produced by longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, and unlike much of folklore, The National’s Aaron Dessner was not involved in the making of the song. It’s titled after the Lake District in the United Kingdom, a place popularized by Romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, and finds her yearning for a simpler time: “A red rose grew up out of ice frozen ground with no one around to tweet it,” she sings, “While I bathe in cliffside pools with my calamitous love and insurmountable grief.”
“Take me to the lakes, where all the poets went to die/I don’t belong and my beloved neither do you,” she sings on the chorus.
folklore recently became the top-selling album of 2020, selling 846,000 equivalent album units in the first week since its release on July 24.