LYRIC

Anti-Hero

Track 3 on Midnights (3am Edition) 

Produced by: Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift

I have this thing where I get older but just never wiserMidnights become my afternoonsWhen my depression works the graveyard shiftAll of the people I’ve ghosted stand there in the room

I should not be left to my own devicesThey come with prices and vicesI end up in crisis (tale as old as time)I wake up screaming from dreamingOne day I’ll watch as you’re leaving‘Cause you got tired of my scheming(For the last time)

It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s meAt tea time, everybody agreesI’ll stare directly at the sun but never in the mirrorIt must be exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero

Sometimes I feel like everybody is a sexy babyAnd I’m a monster on the hillToo big to hang out, slowly lurching toward your favorite cityPierced through the heart, but never killed

Did you hear my covert narcissism I disguise as altruismLike some kind of congressman? (Tale as old as time)I wake up screaming from dreamingOne day I’ll watch as you’re leavingAnd life will lose all its meaning(For the last time)

It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me (I’m the problem, it’s me)At tea time, everybody agreesI’ll stare directly at the sun but never in the mirrorIt must be exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero

I have this dream my daughter in-law kills me for the moneyShe thinks I left them in the willThe family gathers ’round and reads it and then someone screams out“She’s laughing up at us from hell”

It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s meIt’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s meIt’s me, hi, everybody agrees, everybody agrees

It’s me, hi (hi), I’m the problem, it’s me (I’m the problem, it’s me)At tea (tea) time (time), everybody agrees (everybody agrees)I’ll stare directly at the sun but never in the mirrorIt must be exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero

Described by Taylor herself as “one of my favorite songs that I have ever written”, “Anti-Hero” is the scintillating lead single from Midnights, her tenth studio album. Largely serving as a parallel to 2019’s “The Archer”, the song shows a darker self-perception from Swift than usual, and goes into detail about what she feels are her personal failures.

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