The old, non-political Taylor Swift is no where to be found because she’s out registering people to vote. In conjunction with her new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, Taylor, 30, released a political song for Swifties everywhere, “Only The Young.” The song, released on Jan. 31, is an upbeat anthem that is meant to inspire young people to vote.
Swift has said the song was inspired by her experience of speaking out in the 2018 midterm elections, where she endorsed several Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee. In the doc, she explains that despite the dark lyrics about students running in fear from a school shooting (“You go to clas scared/ Wondering where the best hiding spot would be,” the message she wants to send to the nearly four million Americans who will turn 18 before the next election is, “don’t lose hope.”
Listen to “Only the Young” below.