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You're On Your Own, Kid

Midnights (2022)

“You’re On Your Own, Kid” is track five 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 recounts how Taylor has always longed for love and purpose ever since she was a kid and how she eventually realized that she’s on her own on this journey.

Background and Release

On August 28, 2022, Taylor announced her tenth studio album, Midnights, set for release on October 21, 2022. Exactly 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 tenth edition on October 7, 2022, Taylor announced the title of the ninth track as “You’re On Your Own, Kid.”

On the Lavender Marbled deluxe edition of the album, the fifteenth track is a remix of the song called “You’re On Your Own, Kid (Strings Remix)”.

Lyrical Theme

When she was young, Taylor despised the small town she grew up in. She yearned to move away to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter. Once she and her family moved away and Taylor became a star, she also started experiencing the downsides of fame. Among many other things, she had to maintain appearances and keep up with society’s expectations. At some point, her friends from home didn’t recognize her anymore. These bridges were burned. But lessons were learned. So is life.

Commercial Performance

In the United States, songs from Midnights occupied the entire Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100; a historic feat. “You’re On Your Own, Kid” debuted at No. 8 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]
Summer went away
Still the yearning stays
I play it cool with the best of them
I wait patiently
He’s gonna notice me
It’s okay, we’re the best of friends
Anyway
I hear it in your voice
You’re smoking with your boys
I touch my phone as if it’s your face
I didn’t choose this town
I dream of getting out
There’s just one who could make me stay
All my days

[Pre-Chorus 1]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I waited ages to see you there
I search the party of better bodies
Just to learn that you never cared

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

[Verse 2]
I see the great escape
So long, Daisy May
I picked the petals, he loves me not
Something different bloomed Writing in my room
I play my songs in the parking lot
I’ll run away

[Pre-Chorus 2]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I called a taxi to take me there
I search the party of better bodies
Just to learn that my dreams aren’t rare

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

[Instrumental Break]

[Bridge]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I gave my blood, sweat, and tears for this
I hosted parties and starved my body
Like I’d be saved by a perfect kiss
The jokes weren’t funny, I took the money
My friends from home don’t know what to say
I looked around in a blood-soaked gown
And I saw something they can’t take away
‘Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned
Everything you lose is a step you take
So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it
You’ve got no reason to be afraid

[Outro]
You’re on your own, kid
Yeah, you can face this
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
AlbumMidnights
ReleasedOctober 21, 2022
Recorded2021-2022
StudiosRough Customer (Brooklyn, NY)
Electric Lady (New York, NY)
GenrePop
Length3:14
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
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