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Books to read based on your favorite ‘Midnights’ track // hickory dickory dock

“Midnights” is the anthem for all of those late night gworlies prone to overthinking and tend to enjoy the head bopping fantastic-ness of the “Lover,” “1989” and “Reputation” confusion-fusion we have going on here. 

Which is like,,, me. In my very essence. We do see the blog title, yeah? Screams late night reading gremlin. 

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail / Strategy sets the scene for the tale

Orchestrator of an anonymous relationship advice column — run out of the mysterious Lock 89, naturally — Darcy Phillips is convinced she knows it all. For the most part that’s true; she does have a 98% success rate when it comes to doling out advice after all. While she’s hardly masterminding her own romantic endeavors (yeah, that’s quite the story), it is impossible to deny she has a knack for masterminding her way into others. 

My hand was the one you reached for / All throughout the Great War

But diesel is desire, you were playing with fire / And maybe it’s the past that’s talking

We can plant a memory garden / Say a solemn prayer, place a poppy in my hair

Literal fire. Peeta and his garden. Relying on each other due to circumstance and finding comfort in that. Tell me it isn’t perfect. Thank you and goodnight. 

I didn’t start it, but I can tell you how it ends / Don’t get sad, get even / … Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge

Is this one of my least favorite tracks on “Midnights”? Yes. Yes it is. (I simply cannot with the wannabe edge vibes. Seriously, if I wanted that energy I would just watch “Twilight” on a continuous loop.) Does it pain me, just a skosh, to associate The Great Sophie Gonzales’ work with this piece of mediocre lyricism? *thought gritted teeth* Mhm. Are the similar vibes too perfect to ignore? Ultimately and unequivocally, yes. 

The whole premise of “Never Getting Back Together” is two girls teaming up on a Bachelor-esque show to get revenge on their shared ex. You best believe they’re dressing for revenge on that one. 

It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me / At tea time, everybody agrees

Yeah, Aideen babe, you are the problem. While you’re busy fixing everyone else’s problems (i.e. pushing people down the stairs and helping them beat World Guinness Records), you’re neglecting your own problems, fully embracing the out-of-mind-out-of-sight mentality. Which, spoiler alert, does not work. So yeah, you are the problem. Time to face it. 

But it’s coming down, no sound, it’s all around / Like snow on the beach

“Snow on the Beach” gives such cozy, sleepy vibes. Which makes it very dull to listen to in comparison to bangers like “Anti-Hero” and “Lavender Haze,” but perfect to encapsulate the winter vibes that being trapped in an arcade during a blizzard would bring. Overwhelmingly soft, both the song and book feel like a fuzzy blanket that has been toasted up by a crackling fire. 

I spy with my tired eye / Tiney as a firefly / A pebble that we picked up last July

OK, this is a slightly alternative interpretation, but for some reason the holding onto memories and nostalgia of “The Lucky List” and “Sweet Nothings” rings true. “The Lucky List” follows Emily the summer after her mother’s death as she tries to complete her highschool bucket list, and “Sweet Nothings” is more about the simplicity of love. Same vibes though. That’s as intellectual as I can get about it tbh. 

Have you listened to “Midnights”? What are your favorite tracks? Least favorites?

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