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Question...?

Promotional Single | Midnights (2022)

“Question…?” is the seventh track on Taylor’s tenth studio album, Midnights (2022). It was released on October 21, 2022, through Republic Records. Written and produced by Taylor and Jack Antonoff, the song is reflecting on a past relationship in which both parties made wrong choices.

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 third edition on September 25, 2022, Taylor announced the title of the seventh tack as “Question…?.”

Lyrical Theme and Production

Reflecting upon a past relationship on “Question…?,” Taylor asks her former lover if their newer romantic experiences compare to the time that they spent together. Implicitly, she hopes that her ex is similarly unable to move on from her and that their newer attempts at love are only “second best after that meteor strike.”

The track opens with an interpolation from “Out of the Woods” off of Taylor’s 1989 (2014) album. Like “Question…?” it is a song looking back on the memories of a now-dead relationship. The crowd vocals in the last chorus of “Question…?” were provided by Austin Swift, Dylan O’Brien, Jack Antonoff and his sister Rachel Antonoff.

Commercial Performance

In the United States, songs from Midnights occupied the entire Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100; a historic feat. “Question…?” debuted at No. 7 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]
I remember

[Verse 1]
Good girl, sad boy
Big city, wrong choices
We had one thing going on
I swear that it was something
‘Cause I don’t remember who I was before you
Painted all my nights a color I’ve searched for since
But one thing after another
Fuckin’ situations, circumstances
Miscommunications and I
Have to say
By the way
I just may like some explanations

[Chorus]
Can I ask you a question?
Did you ever have someone kiss you in a crowded room
And every single one of your friends was making fun of you
But 15 seconds later thеy were clapping too?
Then what did you do?
Did you lеave her house in the middle of the night? Oh
Did you wish you’d put up more of a fight, oh
When she said it was too much?
Do you wish you could still touch her?
It’s just a question

[Verse 2]
Half-moon eyes, bad surprise
Did you realize out of time?
She was on your mind
With some dickhead guy
That you saw that night
But you were on something
It was one drink after another
Fuckin’ politics and gender roles
And you’re not sure and I don’t know
Got swept away in the gray
I just may like to have a conversation

[Chorus]
Can I ask you a question?
Did you ever have someone kiss you in a crowded room
And every single one of your friends was making fun of you
But 15 seconds later they were clapping too?
Then what did you do?
Did you leave her house in the middle of the night? Oh
Did you wish you’d put up more of a fight, oh
When she said it was too much?
Do you wish you could still touch her?
It’s just a question

[Bridge]
Does it feel like everything’s just like second best after that meteor strike?
And what’s that that I heard, that you’re still with her?
That’s nice, I’m sure that’s what’s suitable
And right
But tonight

[Chorus]
Can I ask you a question? (Can I ask you a question?)
Did you ever have someone kiss you in a crowded room? (In a crowded room)
And every single one of your friends was making fun of you (Was making fun of you)
But 15 seconds later they were clapping too?
Then what did you do?
Did you leave her house in the middle of the night? Oh
Did you wish you’d put up more of a fight, oh (More of a fight)
When she said it was too much?
Do you wish you could still touch her?
It’s just a question

General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
AlbumMidnights
ReleasedOctober 21, 2022
Recorded2021-2022
StudiosRough Customer (Brooklyn, NY)
Electric Lady (New York, NY)
GenreSynth Pop
Length3:30
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
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