Watch Taylor Swift's Video For 'ME!' Featuring Brendon Urie The song and video come after months of Instagram posts and feverish speculation that new music from Swift was imminent this year.
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Watch Taylor Swift's Video For 'ME!' Featuring Brendon Urie

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Watch Taylor Swift's Video For 'ME!' Featuring Brendon Urie

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

In 2017, it sounded like Taylor Swift was kind of in a mood.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I DID SOMETHING BAD")

TAYLOR SWIFT: (Singing) They say I did something bad. Then why does it feel so good? They say I did something bad.

MARTIN: In her music videos, she wore black latex, black lipstick. And there were snakes. But things have changed. Yesterday, Taylor Swift dropped a new song and video - "ME!" That's capital M, capital E, exclamation point - "ME!" And Lyndsey McKenna of NPR Music has more.

LYNDSEY MCKENNA, BYLINE: The video begins with a snake bursting and becoming a butterfly. It slithers across the screen. And then it becomes this group of butterflies soaring.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ME!")

SWIFT: (Singing) I promise that you'll never find another like me. I know that I'm a handful, baby. You know I never think before I talk. And you're the kind of guy that ladies want.

MCKENNA: There's all these magical, surrealist elements. You've got big, puffy pink dresses that sort of become waterfalls. There are kittens everywhere, of course. Everything looks like it's sort of out of a storybook.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ME!")

SWIFT: (Singing) I promise that you'll never find another like me (vocalizing).

MCKENNA: You know, she's about to turn 30, but it kind of feels like she's embracing this more childlike sense of her past. There's a sense that maybe that this is a course correction or that this is sort of a turn back away from that villainy of reputation.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ME!")

BRENDON URIE: (Singing) Hey, kids.

SWIFT: (Singing) Spelling is fun.

URIE: (Singing) Girl, there ain't no I in team.

SWIFT: (Singing) But you know there is a me.

URIE: (Singing) Strike a...

MCKENNA: This can almost feel a little bit regressive. The bridge, it's got this line - hey, kid spelling is fun. For someone who got a lot of acclaim for her songwriting, it's sort of an outlier. You know, this will be her seventh record, if she announces it. I think people are really wondering what's next.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ME!")

SWIFT: (Singing) And I promise that nobody's going to love you like me.

MARTIN: That's Lyndsey McKenna of NPR Music talking about Taylor Swift's new song, "ME!"

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