Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Her discography spans multiple genres, and her narrative songwriting, which is often inspired by her personal life, has received widespread media coverage and critical praise.
Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 to pursue a career in country music. She broke into the country music scene with her eponymous self-titled debut studio album, "Taylor Swift" in 2006, which included the singles "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song".
“Lavender Haze,” the love life-inspired opening track, captures the feelings of a honeymoon-style relationship and is inspired by the classic 50’s phrase of the same name. Inspired by a line from a Mad Men episode, Swift wrote this song to convey the desire to focus on the passion of love rather than being swayed by the negative remarks of others.
On Instagram on October 6, 2022, Swift compares her six-year relationship (allegedly with Joe Alwyn) to the themes of the song, stating:
"I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just ‘public figures’ because we live in the era of social media. If the world finds out that you’re in love with somebody, they’re going to weigh in on it.”
"Lavender Haze” is track one on Midnights, and I happened upon the phrase “lavender haze” when I was watching Mad Men, and I looked it up, because I thought it sounded cool, and it turns out that it’s a common phrase used in the 50s where they would just describe being in love. Like, if you were in a lavender haze, that meant that you were in that all-encompassing love glow, and I thought that was really beautiful. And I guess theoretically when you’re in the lavender haze, you’ll do anything to stay there, and not let people bring you down off of that cloud. And I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just quote-unquote “public figures,” because we live in the era of social media and if the world finds out that you’re in love with somebody, they’re going to weigh in on it. Like my relationship, for six years we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it, and so this song is about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff. I hope you guys like it."
- via Instagram
The track was unveiled in Taylor’s TikTok game show, Midnight Mayhem With Me.
The track was released as the 2nd official single of Midnights on November 29th, 2022.