Maroon

Midnights (2022)

“Maroon” is the second track on Taylor’s tenth studio album, Midnights (2022). Written and produced by Taylor and Jack Antonoff, it was released on October 21, 2022, through Republic Records. In the past, she has often used different colors to express her emotions. The color red specifically has been one of Taylor’s trademarks, from her red lips to the album RED (2012) and its re-recording. “Maroon,” albeit a shade of red, does not evoke as much emotion as red.

Background and Release

On August 28, 2022, Taylor announced her tenth studio album, Midnights, set for release on October 21, 2022. One month later, she began unveiling the track-list in a randomized order through a video series on TikTok, called Midnights Mayhem With Me. It consisted of 13 episodes, with one song revealed in per episode. In the fifth edition on September 30, 2022, Taylor announced the title of the second track as “Maroon.”

Lyrical Theme

With the Midnights album, Taylor is taking a deep dive into the thoughts that keep her awake in the middle of the night. In this song, she reminisces about a past relationship and remembers the first days and nights she spent with this person. Someone with whom she felt free to dance around New York City with no shoes on. But then the rust appears, scarlet turns to maroon. All in all, “Maroon” captures what happens when the intense, passionate, burning red of a relationship’s beginning slowly burns out and turns into maroon.

When the silence began to grow between the couple, at first both parties could not understand what was happening. But they could not keep the fire burning and they watched as it trickled down to amber and then to ashes. Now, the only thing that’s left off of this relationship is the memories. They might not hurt her as much as they used to, but much like wine stains, they are hard to get rid of and have turned maroon – a faint memory of what once was.

Commercial Performance

In the United States, songs from Midnights occupied the entire Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100; a historic feat. “Maroon” debuted at No. 3 on the chart. Taylor became the first artist to simultaneously occupy the Top 10 spots of the Hot 100; the female artist with the most Top 10 songs (40); and the first act to occupy the entire Top 10 of the Hot 100, Streaming Songs, and Digital Songs charts simultaneously. Midnights also became the first album in history to contain ten Top 10 songs.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
When the morning came
We were cleaning incense off your vinyl shelf
‘Cause we lost track of time again
Laughing with my feet in your lap
Like you were my closest friend
“How’d we end up on the floor anyway?”
You say, “Your roommate’s cheap-ass screw top rosé, that’s how”
I see you every day now

[Chorus]
And I chose you
The one I was dancing with
In New York, no shoes
Looked up at the sky and it was
The burgundy on my t-shirt when you splashed your wine into me
And how the blood rushed into my cheeks
So scarlet, it was
The mark you saw on my collarbonе
The rust that grew between tеlephones
The lips I used to call home
So scarlet, it was maroon

[Verse 2]
When the silence came
We were shaking, blind and hazy
How the hell did we lose sight of us again?
Sobbing with your head in your hands
Ain’t that the way shit always ends?
You were standing hollow-eyed in the hallway
Carnations you had thought were roses, that’s us
I feel you, no matter what
The rubies that I gave up

[Chorus]
And I chose you
The one I was dancing with
In New York, no shoes
Looked up at the sky and it was
The burgundy on my t-shirt when you splashed your wine into me
And how the blood rushed into my cheeks
So scarlet, it was
The mark you saw on my collarbonе
The rust that grew between tеlephones
The lips I used to call home
So scarlet, it was maroon

[Bridge]
And I wake with your memory over me
That’s a real fucking legacy, legacy (It was maroon)
And I wake with your memory over me
That’s a real fucking legacy to leave

[Chorus Variation]
The burgundy on my t-shirt when you splashed your wine into me
And how the blood rushed into my cheeks
So scarlet, it was maroon
The mark you saw on my collarbone
The rust that grew between telephones
The lips I used to call home
So scarlet, it was maroon

[Outro]
It was maroon
It was maroon

General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
AlbumMidnights
ReleasedOctober 21, 2022
Recorded2021-2022
StudiosRough Customer (Brooklyn, NY)
Electric Lady (New York, NY)
GenreSynth Pop
Length3:38
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
MIDNIGHTS CHRONOLOGY
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