Taylor Swift is the talk of the music world right now as The Eras Tour continues. She’s set to hit AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas tonight (March 31), but before taking the stage, she dropped a new acoustic version of Midnights highlight “Lavender Haze.” Given the electronic/pop nature of the original recording, this acoustic version is a significant aesthetic departure that presents the song in a completely new light.
Swift previously said of the song’s inspiration:
“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 was a common phrase that was used in the ’50s where they would just describe being in love. Like, If you were in the ‘Lavender Haze,’ that meant you were in that all-encompassing love glow, and I thought that was really beautiful.
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, like, 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 gonna weigh in on it.”
Listen to “Lavender Haze (Acoustic Version)” above and revisit our review of Midnights here.