My Tears Ricochet: Song Meaning, Lyrics, & Hidden Easter Eggs

Taylor Swift

Getty Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album, “Folklore,” dropped at midnight on July 24.

My Tears Ricochet is the fifth song on Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album, “Folklore.” Swift announced the surprise album on July 23. It contains 16 tracks and one bonus track.

In announcing her album, Swift mentioned how her plans for the summer had changed amid the coronavirus pandemic — namely, she had planned on a massive global tour for her seventh album, Lover, which came out last August. She wrote on Instagram,

“Most of the things i had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise […] Tonight at midnight I’ll be release in my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine…

Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.”

Here’s what you need to know:


My Tears Ricochet  Full Lyrics: ‘And if I’m Dead to You, Why Are You at the Wake?’

Here are the full lyrics to My Tears Ricochet, per Genius:

[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’ve 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


My Tears Ricochet  Song Meaning & Easter Eggs

During the livestream for the premiere of Cardigan on YouTube, Swift said that My Tears Ricochet was “about a lost romance and why young love is often fixed so permanently in our memories. Why it leaves such an incredible mark.”

Swift also revealed that this track was the first one she wrote for the album, and that she wrote the song alone.

 


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