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You Need to Calm Down” is the second single and the fourteenth track from Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover.

History

In the Spotify storyline for this song, Taylor states that she "wrote this song about the energy and effort that some people put into spreading negativity. With all of the trolling, cancel culture, telling people how to live their lives, or pitting women against each other... you're being too loud. This is a song where I'm just saying, "You Need to Calm Down." Go outside, it's the summer." This song touches heavily on the topic of negativity in many different forms, and Taylor is telling these people to focus their energy away from tearing other people down, as negativity is unnecessary.

Music video

The music video, filmed on a set in Santa Clarita, California, was released on June 17, 2019 as a premiere on Good Morning America and YouTube. It featured over 21 special guests, most of which were a part of the LGBT+ community.

Much of Taylor’s new merchandise was featured in the video as part of the wardrobe and accessories worn by Taylor, like the Cat watch, sleeping mask that says “calm down”, and her glittery phone case that reads “Lover”.

Full list of who was in the video in order of appearance, not counting Swift herself:

  • Dexter Mayfield
  • Hannah Hart
  • Laverne Cox
  • Chester Lockhart
  • Todrick Hall
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Justin Mikita
  • Ciara
  • Queer Eye‘s Fab Five:
    • Tan France
    • Bobby Berk
    • Karamo Brown
    • Antoni Porowski
    • Jonathan Van Ness
  • Adam Rippon
  • Adam Lambert
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Billy Porter
  • RuPaul
  • Katy Perry
  • Ryan Reynolds

Drag queens as female pop singers

  • Tatianna as Ariana Grande
  • Trinity Taylor as Lady Gaga
  • Delta Work as Adele
  • Trinity K. Bonet as Cardi B
  • Jade Jolie as Taylor Swift
  • Riley Knox as Beyoncé
  • Adore Delano as Katy Perry
  • A’keria C. Davenport as Nicki Minaj

Behind the scenes

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Result Ref
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Song Nominated [1]
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Won [2]
Song of the Year Nominated
Video for Good Won
Best Pop Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Art Direction Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
Best Power Anthem Nominated
Song of Summer Nominated
BreakTudo Awards International Clip of the Year Nominated [3]
American Music Awards Favorite Music Video Won [4]
Telehit Awards Best English Video Nominated [5]
People's Best Video Nominated
2020 Grammy Awards Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated [6]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics Nominated [7]
Queerty Awards Anthem Runner-up [8]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated [9]
Berlin Music Video Awards Best Cinematography Nominated [10]
BMI Pop Awards Award-winning Song Won [11]
Publisher of the Year Won

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You are somebody that I don’t know
But you’re taking shots at me like it’s Patrón
And I’m just like damn
It’s 7 am

Say it in the street
That’s a knock out
But you say it in a tweet
That’s a cop out
And I’m just like hey
Are you ok?

[Pre-chorus]
And I ain’t trying to mess with your self expression
But i’ve learned the lesson that stressin’ and obsessing
‘Bout somebody else is no fun
And snakes and stones never broke my bones so

[Chorus]
Oh you need to calm down
You’re being too loud
And I’m just like ohh
You need to just stop
Like can you just not
Step on my gown
You need to calm down

[Verse 2]
You are somebody that we don’t know
But you’re coming at my friends like a missile
Why are you mad?
When you could be Glaad
(when you could be Glaad)

Sunshine on the street
At the parade
But you would rather be
In the dark ages
Making that sign
Must’ve taken all night

[Pre-chorus]
You just need to take several seats
And then try to restore the peace
And control your urges to scream
About the people you hate
'Cause shade never made anybody less gay

[Chorus]
So oh you need to calm down
You’re being too loud
And I’m just like ohh
You need to just stop
Like can you just not
Step on his gown
You need to calm down

[Bridge]
And we see you over there
On the internet
Comparing all the girls who are killing it
But we figured you out
We all know now
We all got crowns
You need to calm down

[Chorus]
Ohh
You need to calm down
(you need to calm down)
You’re being too loud
(you’re being too loud)
And I’m just like ohh (yeah)
You need to just stop
(can you stop)
Like can you just not
Step on our gowns
You need to calm down

Merchandise collection

For a full list of merchandise from the collection, visit You Need to Calm Down/Merchandise.

Trivia

  • This is the second song of Taylor Swift to use profane language.

Official lyric video

Taylor_Swift_-_You_Need_To_Calm_Down_(Lyric_Video)

Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down (Lyric Video)

Gallery

Lover
"I Forgot That You Existed" • "Cruel Summer" • "Lover" • "The Man" • "The Archer" • "I Think He Knows" • "Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince" • "Paper Rings" • "Cornelia Street" • "Death by a Thousand Cuts" • "London Boy" • "Soon You'll Get Better" • "False God" • "You Need to Calm Down" • "Afterglow" • "ME!" • "It's Nice to Have a Friend" • "Daylight"


References


  1. "Teen Choice Awards: Full List of Winners". Billboard. August 11, 2019. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/awards/8527134/teen-choice-awards-2019-winners-list.
  2. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/mtv-vmas-2019-winners-list-updating-1229669/item/video-year-1229676
  3. "BreakTudo Awards 2019: Anitta e Ariana Grande lideram a lista de indicados com 5 indicações cada" (in pt-br). BreakTudo. August 24, 2019. https://www.breaktudo.com/breaktudo-awards-2019-anitta-e-ariana-grande-lideram-a-lista-de-indicados-com-5-indicacoes-cada/.
    "BreakTudo Awards 2019: Cardi B, Anitta, Carol Biazin, Shawn Mendes, Luísa Sonza e Luan Santana estão entre os vencedores das categorias de música" (in pt-br). BreakTudo. October 20, 2019. https://www.breaktudo.com/breaktudo-awards-2019-cardi-b-anitta-carol-biazin-shawn-mendes-luisa-sonza-e-luan-santana-estao-entre-os-vencedores-das-categorias-de-musica/.
  4. "The American Music Awards Announces 2019 Nominees" (in en). October 24, 2019. https://www.theamas.com/2019/10/the-american-music-awards-announces-2019-nominees/.
  5. Solís, Erik (November 14, 2019). "¡Conoce a los ganadores de los Premios Telehit 2019!" (in es-MX). Telehit. https://www.telehit.com/premios-telehit/premios-telehit-lista-ganadores-2019.
  6. "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List" (in en). November 20, 2019. https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/2020-grammy-awards-complete-nominees-list.
  7. "2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees Revealed: See the Full List | iHeartRadio Music Awards | iHeartRadio". https://news.iheart.com/featured/iheartradio-music-awards/content/2020-01-08-2020-iheartradio-music-awards-nominees-revealed-see-the-full-list/.
  8. "The QUEERTIES 2020 / Anthem / Vote Now" (in en-US). https://www.queerty.com/Queerties2020/vote-2014.
  9. Dupre, Elyse (May 2, 2020). "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2020 Winners: The Complete List". https://www.eonline.com/au/news/1147301/nickelodeon-kids-choice-awards-2020-winners-the-complete-list.
  10. "Berlin Music Video Awards Nominees 2020". https://www.berlinmva.com/main/bmva-nominees-2020/.
  11. "2020 BMI Pop Awards". https://www.bmi.com/award-shows/pop-2020/.
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