The song is also Swift’s attempt to come at Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and displace it as the unofficial anthem of New York. This is a very bold, but completely logical, move by Swift.
And it is going to work.
about Jay-Z or “Empire State of Mind” or anything really at all about the song, other than that New York inspired her to write it.
“The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life,” she said in an appearance on Good Morning America.
Everything about the song, though, seems calculated to become the next New York anthem. There are the lyrics of the hook, the repetitive “Welcome to New York!” sung over and over again. I can picture the New York DJs now throwing the song on and watching the young, dancing people screaming the words back to them.
You can picture this, too. Don’t try to fight it, either. This is happening, whether any of us want it to or not.
This is not a difficult or complex song. It is pulsing synths and easy lyrics that take the standard “I’m a young person just trying to make it in the big city!” narrative and reduces it like a wine sauce, until there’s nothing left but sweet and sticky syrup. This isn’t rocket science; it’s a pop song.
Still, it works. It works because Taylor Swift is the kind of artist that doesn’t care — at all — that the “I’m a young person who just moved to New York!” narrative is a tired cliché. She just lived it: She moved to New York, and she felt her life was changed by moving to the big city.
Sure, she’s a millionaire and can’t walk anywhere without a horde of paparazzi following her, but she identifies with the same story as the 22-year-old girl from Topeka who just moved into a crummy apartment in Bed-Stuy. New York changed Taylor Swift, just like it changed everyone else.
Swift could not care less that the story has been told ten thousand times because it’s her story, and she’s going to sing about it in a way that every other person in the country is going to want to sing along.
This is going to be the next New York anthem. Don’t fight it. It’s already over. (x)
The first song on 1989 is a song called ‘Welcome to New York’. And I wanted to start the album with this song because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years.
I dreamt about moving to New York, I obsessed over moving to New York, and then I did it.
We are so proud of you, taylorswift
Taylor Swift: I’m just a girl trying to find a place in this world
Fearless: And we drive and drive until we found a town far enough away
Speak Now: Someday, I’ll be living in a big ol’ city
Red: Busy streets & busy lives, and all we know is touch & go
1989: Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you
Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you.
It’s a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat… forevermore.
THE BRIDGE (She killed it & us)
Searchin’ for a sound we hadn’t heard before and it said…
Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you