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"Karma" is the eleventh track from the standard edition of American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album, Midnights, released on October 21, 2022, through Republic Records. The song became the third single from the album on May 1, 2023.

A remix of the song feat. Ice Spice is the twenty-first track from the Late Night edition and the twenty-third track from the Til Dawn edition, released on May 26, 2023, through Republic Records.[1]

Background[]

Swift announced that the eleventh track on Midnights would be titled "Karma" on October 5, 2022, as episode eight out of thirteen on Midnights Mayhem with Me.[2]

In April 2023, American trade publication Hits reported that "Karma" is set to be serviced to US radio as the album's third single, following "Anti-Hero" and "Lavender Haze". Mediabase affiliate AllAccess confirmed the single's release date to US hot adult contemporary radio as May 1, 2023, followed by its release to contemporary hit radio on May 2.

On April 27, 2023, as per American Songwriter, Atlantic and Capitol Records former music executive Shawn Barron suggested that the American rapper Ice Spice could collaborate with Swift on a single after they had met at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards. On May 24, Swift and Ice Spice announced via social media a remixed version of "Karma" featuring the latter and posted the cover artwork. The remix is a bonus track on the special editions of Midnights, released on May 26. The same night of the release, May 26, Swift brought out Ice Spice during her Eras Tour at her stop in East Rutherford, New Jersey for their first live performance of the Karma remix. Swift revealed in a Spotify interview that Ice Spice's team reached out first to suggest a collaboration as Ice Spice had been a fan of Swift, who had been listening to Ice Spice's music while rehearsing for the Eras Tour (2023–2024). Swift also dubbed Ice Spice "[her] new favorite artist".

Music video[]

Swift directed the music video for "Karma". She premiered it on May 26, 2023, at the first East Rutherford show of her Eras Tour (2023), where she was joined by Ice Spice as a surprise guest to perform the song. The video was released to YouTube on May 27.

The video features heavy digital effects, incorporating "cosmic or celestial" imagery, and packed with Easter eggs recalling some of Swift's earlier albums. Swift adopts various attires and personifications, in several locations. For example, she appears as a comical "Dorothy" on a yellow brick road featured in a Wizard of Oz-themed storybook; as a woman dressed in turquoise, backed by an enormous photo of her cat Olivia curled up sleeping; and as a green "giantess" covered by forest and mountain, whereas Ice Spice is in a "heavenly cloud formation." Ice Spice delivers her rap verse from inside a golden clamshell. Swift and Ice Spice climb a staircase from opposite sides and lasso the Moon and Saturn, respectively; this was seen as a reference to a verse from Swift's song "Seven". The final scene shows Swift's hands carrying a cup of coffee, the surface of which shows a foam clock with hands jumping to midnight.

The video received positive reviews. Billboard journalist Katie Atkinson said "the video is packed with stunning visuals". Jennifer Zahn of Vulture called it a "magic-heavy" music video.

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Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
You're talking shit for the Hell of it
Addicted to betrayal, but you're relevant
You're terrified to look down
'Cause if you dare, you'll see the glare
Of everyone you burned just to get there
It's coming back around

[Pre-Chorus]
And I keep my side of the street clean
You wouldn't know what I mean

[Chorus]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey
Karma is a cat, purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Verse 2]
Spider boy, king of thieves
Weave your little webs of opacity
My pennies made your crown
Trick me once, trick me twice
Don't you know the cash ain't the only price?
It's coming back around

[Pre-Chorus]
And I keep my side of the street clean
You wouldn't know what I mean

[Chorus]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey
Karma is a cat, purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Bridge]
Ask me what I learned from all those years
Ask me what I earned from all those tears
Ask my why so many fade but I'm still here
(I'm still here, I'm still here)

[Breakdown]
'Cause karma is the thunder
Rattling your ground
Karma is on your scent like a bounty hunter
Karma's gonna track you down
Step by step, from town to town
Sweet like justice, karma is a queen
Karma takes all my friends to the summit
Karma is the guy on the screen
Coming straight home to me

[Chorus]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend (Karma is my boyfriend)
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend (Weekend)
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey
Karma is a cat, purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Outro]
Karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god (Ah)
Uh-huh, mmm
Karma is a relaxing thought

[Verse 1]
You flip the script for the Hell of it
Addicted to betrayal, but you're relevant
You're terrified to look down
'Cause if you dare, you'll see the glare
Of everyone you burned just to get there
It's coming back around

[Pre-Chorus]
And I keep my side of the street clean
You wouldn't know what I mean

[Chorus]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey
Karma is a cat, purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a Vegas acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Verse 2]
Spider boy, king of thieves
Weave your little webs of opacity
My pennies made your crown
Trick me once, trick me twice
Don't you know the cash ain't the only price?
It's coming back around

[Pre-Chorus]
And I keep my side of the street clean
You wouldn't know what I mean

[Chorus]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey
Karma is a cat, purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a Vegas acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Bridge]
Ask me what I learned from all those years
Ask me what I earned from all those tears
Ask my why so many fade but I'm still here
(I'm still here, I'm still here)

[Breakdown]
'Cause karma is the thunder
Rattling your ground
Karma is on your scent, like a bounty hunter
Karma's gonna track you down
Step by step, from town to town
Sweet like justice, karma is a queen
Karma takes all my friends to the summit
Karma is the guy on the screen
Coming straight home to me

[Chorus]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend (Karma is my boyfriend)
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend (Weekend)
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey
Karma is a cat, purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a Vegas acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Outro]
Karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god (Ah)
Uh-huh, mmm
Karma is a relaxing thought

[Intro: Ice Spice]
Karma is that girl, like (Grah)

[Verse 1: Taylor Swift]
You're talking shit for the hell of it
Addicted to betrayal, but you're relevant
You're terrified to look down
'Cause if you dare, you'll see the glare
Of everyone you burned just to get there
It's coming back around

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
And I keep my side of the street clean
You wouldn't know what I mean

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Verse 2: Ice Spice]
Karma is your checks boutta bounce (Damn)
Karma is the fire in your house (Graah)
And she 'bout to pop up unannounced, like
And she never leavin' you alone (Damn)
Watch it put your opps up on the throne
Got you waving pretty white flags, fiening for that cash
Thinking it'll save ya', now you switching up your behavior
It's okay, baby, you ain't gotta worry, karma never gets lazy
So, I keep my head up, my bread up, I won't let up
Promise you that you never endeavor with nothing lesser, ever-ever
I be dragging that wagon, karma is a beauty
Winning that pageant, grah

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Bridge: Taylor Swift]
Ask me what I learned from all those years
Ask me what I earned from all those tears
Ask me why so many fade, but I'm still here
(I'm still here, I'm still here)

[Breakdown: Taylor Swift & Ice Spice]
'Cause karma is the thunder
Rattling your ground
Karma's on your scent like a bounty hunter
Karma's gonna track you down
Step by step, from town to town
Sweet like justice, karma is a queen
Karma takes all my friends to the summit (Facts)
Karma is the guy on the screen
Coming straight home to me

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
'Cause karma is my boyfriend (Karma is my boyfriend)
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend (Weekend)
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Purring in my lap, 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

[Outro: Taylor Swift, Ice Spice]
Karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god (Ah)
Karma is my bestie (Yeah)
Karma's a relaxing thought
Karma's gonna hold you down

Lyric video[]

Live performances[]

"Karma" is performed as the final song on the Eras Tour. From May 26 to May 28, 2023, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Ice Spice joined Swift to perform the remix of the song. When her boyfriend Travis Kelce is in attendance, Swift alters the lyric "karma is the guy on the screen" to "karma is the guy in the Chiefs", representing her relationship with Travis.

Ice Spice remix audio[]

References[]

Midnights
"Lavender Haze" • "Maroon" • "Anti-Hero" • "Snow On The Beach" • "You're On Your Own, Kid" • "Midnight Rain" • "Question...?" • "Vigilante Shit" • "Bejeweled" • "Labyrinth" • "Karma" • "Sweet Nothing" • "Mastermind"
Lavender Edition
"Hits Different" • "You're On Your Own, Kid" (Strings remix) • "Sweet Nothing" (Piano remix)
3am Edition
"The Great War" • "Bigger Than The Whole Sky" • "Paris" • "High Infidelity" • "Glitch" • "Would've, Could've, Should've" • "Dear Reader"
The Late Night Edition
"You're Losing Me" • "Snow On The Beach" (Feat. More Lana Del Rey) • "Karma" (Feat. Ice Spice)
Collaborations
Taylor Swift songs featuring other artists
"Anti-Hero" (Bleachers) • "Bad Blood" (Kendrick Lamar) • "Breathe" (Colbie Caillat) • "Castles Crumbling" (Hayley Williams) • "coney island" (The National) • "Electric Touch" (Fall Out Boy) "End Game" (Ed Sheeran, Future) • "evermore" (Bon Iver) • "Everything Has Changed" (Ed Sheeran) • "exile" (Bon Iver) • "Florida!!!" (Florence + The Machine) • "Fortnight" (Post Malone) • "I Bet You Think About Me" (Chris Stapleton) • "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (ZAYN)• "Karma" (Ice Spice) • "Lover" (Shawn Mendes) • "ME!" (Brendon Urie) • "no body, no crime" (HAIM) • "Nothing New" (Phoebe Bridgers) • "Run" (Ed Sheeran) • "Safe & Sound (The Civil Wars) • "Snow On The Beach" (Lana Del Rey) • "Soon You'll Get Better" (The Chicks) • "That's When" (Keith Urban) • "The Last Time" (Gary Lightbody) • "You All Over Me" (Maren Morris)
Songs featuring Taylor Swift
"Babe" (Sugarland) • "Best Days of Your Life" (Kellie Pickler) • "Birch" (Big Red Machine) • "Both of Us" (B.o.B) • "Gasoline" (HAIM) • "Half of My Heart" (John Mayer)
"Highway Don't Care" (Tim McGraw ft. Keith Urban) • "Renegade" (Big Red Machine) • "The Alcott" (The National) • "The Joker and the Queen" (Ed Sheeran) • "This Is What You Came For" (Calvin Harris) • "Thug Story" (T-Pain) • "Three Sad Virgins" (Pete Davidson, from SNL) • "Two Is Better Than One" (Boys Like Girls) • "us." (Gracie Abrams)
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