my tears ricochet is the fifth track on Taylor Swift's eight album folklore. It was released July 24, 2020.

Meaning and Background

Taylor described this is a song about karma, greed and how somebody could be your most trusted person and become your worst enemy who knows how to hurt you because they were ones close. It reminds her of people going through a divorce, where the person you swore to be with forever becomes the person you "talk the most shit about".[1]

Trivia

  • Taylor thinks of this as one of the saddest songs on the album and was consciously chosen to be track 5.
  • This is the first song Taylor wrote for folklore.[2]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We gather here, we line up, weepin' in a sunlit room
And if I'm on fire, you'll be made of ashes, too
Even on my worst day, did I deserve, babe
All the hell you gave me?
'Cause I loved you, I swear I loved you
'Til my dying day

[Chorus]
I didn't have it in myself to go with grace
And you're the hero flying around, saving face
And if I'm dead to you, why are you at the wake?
Cursing my name, wishing I stayed
Look at how my tears ricochet

[Verse 2]
We gather stones, never knowing what they'll mean
Some to throw, some to make a diamond ring
You know I didn't want to have to haunt you
But what a ghostly scene
You wear the same jewels that I gave you
As you bury me

[Chorus]
I didn't have it in myself to go with grace
'Cause when I'd fight, you used to tell me I was brave
And if I'm dead to you, why are you at the wake?
Cursing my name, wishing I stayed
Look at how my tears ricochet

[Bridge]
And I can go anywhere I want
Anywhere I want, just not home
And you can aim for my heart, go for blood
But you would still miss me in your bones
And I still talk to you (When I'm screaming at the sky)
And when you can't sleep at night (You hear my stolen lullabies)

[Chorus]
I didn't have it in myself to go with grace
And so the battleships will sink beneath the waves
You had to kill me, but it killed you just the same
Cursing my name, wishing I stayed
You turned into your worst fears
And you're tossing out blame, drunk on this pain
Crossing out the good years
And you're cursing my name, wishing I stayed
Look at how my tears ricochet


Videos

References

  1. folklore: the long pond studio sessions
  2. YouTube Q&A - cardigan premiere - Taylor Swift
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