I am a Taylor Swift fan and her latest album, Folklore, proves that she is capable of writing music and lyrics beyond popular anthems. However, “Betty” feels like a throwback to her earlier work although the lyrics include words that young Taylor wouldn’t have written. I heard the song not long after it was released and its easy, bubbly sound stuck with me for days.
Below I’ve included two videos, one with explicit lyrics and the one she sang for the CMAs. What do you think of the song?
Betty, one time I was riding on my skateboard
When I passed your house
It’s like I couldn’t breathe
You heard the rumors from Inez
You can’t believe a word she says
Most times, but this time it was true
The worst thing that I ever did
Was what I did to youSongwriters: Taylor A. Swift / William Bowery/betty lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group