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Midnight Rain

Single | Midnights (2022)

“Midnight Rain” is the sixth track on Taylor’s tenth studio album, Midnights (2022). Written and produced by Taylor and Jack Antonoff, she describes her former lover as sunshine and compares herself to midnight rain.

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 fourth edition on September 28, 2022, Taylor announced the title of the sixth track as “Midnight Rain.”

“Midnight Rain” was serviced to AllAccess for US Pop Radio programmers on November 29, 2022, as the third single from Midnights.

Lyrical Theme

“Midnight Rain” starts with an ominous voice chanting the differences between a couple who wanted separate things. The guy was in for the long haul and wanted to marry. The girl had other priorities in life. She had left her hometown to pursue her dream of becoming famous, not to be tied down as a wife. Throughout the song, the narrator (the girl) tries to justify why she did not want to be a wife back then. In that sense, this song could be a letter of apology – or a letter of explanation. Nowadays, the guy has moved on. The only times he remembers her is when he sees her on TV. She has moved on as well and only thinks of him on some midnights.

Commercial Performance

In the United States, songs from Midnights occupied the entire Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100; a historic feat. “Midnight Rain” debuted at No. 5 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

[Intro]
Rain
He wanted it comfortable
I wanted that pain
He wanted a bride
I was making my own name
Chasing that fame
He stayed the same
All of me changed
Like midnight…

[Verse 1]
My town was a wasteland
Full of cages, full of fences
Pageant queens and big pretenders
But for some it was paradise
My boy was a montage
A slow-motion, love potion
Jumping off things in the ocean
I broke his heart ’cause he was nice

[Chorus]
He was sunshine
I was midnight rain
He wanted it comfortable
I wanted that pain
He wanted a bride
I was making my own name
Chasing that fame
He stayed the same
All of me changed
Like midnight…

[Verse 2]
It came like a postcard
Picture perfect shiny family
Holiday peppermint candy
But for him it’s every day
So I peered through a window
A deep portal, time travel
All the love we unravel
And the life I gave away

[Chorus]
‘Cause he was sunshine
I was midnight rain
He wanted it comfortable
I wanted that pain
He wanted a bride
I was making my own name
Chasing that fame
He stayed the same
All of me changed
Like midnight rain

[Chorus Variation]
He wanted it comfortable
I wanted that pain
He wanted a bride
I was making my own name
Chasing that fame
He stayed the same
All of me changed
Like midnight…

[Outro]
I guess sometimes we all get
Just what we wanted, just what we wanted
And he never thinks of me
Except when I’m on TV
I guess sometimes we all get
Some kind of haunted, some kind of haunted
And I never think of him
Except on midnights like this
Midnights like this

General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
AlbumMidnights
ReleasedOctober 21, 2022
Recorded2021-2022
StudiosRough Customer (Brooklyn, NY)
Electric Lady (New York, NY)
GenreElectro Pop
Length2:54
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
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