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Taylor Swift talks politics, her new song: 'I wrote it after the midterm elections'
Taylor Swift says she wrote her latest song after the 2018 midterm elections to help disappointed young voters "hopefully stoke some fires politically."
The new tune, "Only the Young," is featured in "Miss Americana," the documentary about Swift premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week and on Netflix on Jan 31.
"I wrote it after the midterm elections, when there were so many young people who rallied for their candidate, whether it was a senator or congressman or congresswoman," Swift said in an interview with Variety published Tuesday.
"It was hard to see so many people feel like they had canvassed and done everything and tried so hard. I saw a lot of young people's hopes dashed," Swift told the magazine.
"And I found that to be particularly tragic," she continued, "because young people are the people who feel the worst effects of gun violence, and student loans and trying to figure out how to start their lives and how to pay their bills, and climate change, and are we going to war - all these horrific situations that we find ourselves facing right now."
The "Lover" singer had famously spent most of her career shying away from voicing her political views. But Swift broke her silence in 2018, when she endorsed former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the Senate race against then-Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) in the Volunteer State, which Blackburn went on to win.
"I was really upset about Tennessee going the way that it did, obviously. And so I just wanted to write a song about it," Swift said in the profile in Variety. "I didn't know where it would end up. But I did think that it would be better for it to come out at a time that it could maybe hopefully stoke some fires politically and maybe engage younger people to form their own views, break away from the pack, and not feel like they need to vote exactly the same way that people in their town are voting."
According to the publication, the documentary shows the 30-year-old Grammy Award winner regretting not being more outspoken against President Trump during the 2016 White House race. "But I can't change that," Swift says while pushing back against some members of her team who had advised her against getting political. "I need to be on the right side of history."