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We Need to Calm Down: a Taylor Swift Podcast

We Need to Calm Down: a Taylor Swift Podcast

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Welcome to the We Need to Calm Down Podcast. A show where two Swifties can finally let loose all their thoughts, feelings, and theories about Ms. Swift and the songs she creates. Join Devon and Joe every other Typical Tuesday for Song Breakdowns, Taylor News, Conspiracies, and just general Taylor Swift discussion. Support this podcast:
56 Episodes
Taylor Swift has released over 150 tracks, and over 55 singles, but were there any singles she should have released but didn't (duh), we take a deep dive into Taylor's history with singles, and what were her biggest snubs and oddest choices for her releases. We go album by album and discuss the biggest songs that we think should have been singles and also the songs that... we really question. --- Support this podcast:
She did it. We did it. That's right this week we did it, we broke down the boppiest, countriest, and most danceable murder song this side of 2020. We dive into the story of the song, our impressions of it, and breakdown the music behind the tune. --- Support this podcast:
It has been a hot minute since we've dived deep into a track. With Taylor news slowing down we decided to jump right back into our Evermore song breakdowns, hitting the 9th Track 5! This week we break down the story behind tolerate it, pick out our favorite soul crushing lyrics, Devon explains the madness that is the production behind the song, and finally, Joe breaks down whether or not this song lives up to being a Track 5. --- Support this podcast:
This week we jump headfirst into Fearless (Taylor's Version) and rank every song on the album (and the From the Vault songs). We peel back what made us love them, and whether or not the new versions bumped a few songs up, or took a few down. --- Support this podcast:
Sorry 2021, it's 2008 now. Taylor Swift released the first of her re-recorded albums, Fearless (Taylor's Version), along with six new songs From the Vault. In this episode, we discuss the overall feel of the album, go through our reactions to each track, and update our predictions for future re-records. --- Support this podcast:
We've done 50 episodes talking about nothing but Taylor Swift. We are beyond thankful for the kind words and support from everyone. To celebrate this occasion we have decided to rank our top 10 songs! So... here they are, the de facto (strictly our opinion) best songs Taylor Swift has ever recorded. To view our top 50, be sure to check out our instagram for the full list (and give us a follow while you're there 😊). --- Support this podcast:
It's time to break down track 4 on evermore, Joe's favorite song on the record (possibly ever). We go through the background of the song and our first impressions. We break down the lyrics and (between crying fits) explain how the production of the song perfectly amplifies the lyrics and evokes the emotions that make you (and us) break down crying on whole new levels. --- Support this podcast:
We have been ruminating on this episode for a long time. We've polled the audience (our friends and instagram followers) and stayed up all night debating, listening, and adjusting, but we think we finally did it. Our definitive rankings of not only the songs on 'evermore', but our rankings for every song of the sister album era. We take this information to come to a single conclusion: which album is better? --- Support this podcast:
Last week Taylor dropped two new announcements on us: a release date for her version of Fearless and the new Love Story (Taylor's Version) single. From new artwork, easter eggs, and 6 additional never-before-released tracks, Devon and Joe breakdown the announcement, reminisce on the Fearless era, breakdown the new version of Love Story, and make predictions for the future of the re-records. --- Support this podcast:
We're back this typical Tuesday to break down the newest chapter: 'forever is the sweetest con' Taylor dropped. Normally, we might just mention the new chapter and move on... but we ran across an interesting theory that piqued our interest. This chapter details the timeline of Taylor & Joe's relationship? When a Taylor theory arises... we must go to work. As a side note, from this episode forward, we will be releasing our episodes every other week instead of weekly. Our next episode will drop February 16th! --- Support this podcast:
Taking a short break from song breakdowns this week to discuss the latest chapter in the folklore era, the "dropped your hand while dancing" chapter released on January 21st, 2021. Devon and Joe give their thoughts on the new chapter, discuss the songs chosen and speculate what other chapters could come from this album. But wait! That's not all, in a returning segment, "Should've Said So", we go back and look at Taylor's bridges now that we have 15 more to look through and see which are our favorites from evermore and if there are any changes to our top 5 bridges of all time! --- Support this podcast:
gold rush (Song Breakdown)

gold rush (Song Breakdown)


It's finally here, Devon's favorite song. On this Typical Tuesday we are breaking down the third track of evermore: gold rush. Devon's number one ranked song (three weeks running!). We breakdown some of some of the theories surrounding the song, our favorite lyrics, and Devon *POPS* off on the production of the song. --- Support this podcast:
/SHamˈpānˈpräbləm/ - A problem or dilemma that, when compared to issues of poverty, national disasters and war, are not all that big of a deal, but nonetheless provide individuals with issues that must be dealt with. This week Devon and Joe are breaking down track 2 on Evermore: champagne problems. The first curse word, arguably the best bridge... the best heartbreak... join us as we dive deep into the lyrics, story, and music behind the track! --- Support this podcast:
We have a new conspiracy theory to break down this week. Joe has a hard time believing we wouldn't get another multi-song story to break down, so he broke out the red yarn and iced coffee, connected the pieces, and this week he will present: the story of Dorothea. A story that spans 3-5 (or more!) songs across the album. --- Support this podcast:
willow (Song Breakdown)

willow (Song Breakdown)


A new album means we start from the beginning with our song breakdowns! Willow is first up, join Devon and Joe as we go through the context around the song, break down some literary references, lyrics that stood out, and the music behind the lyrics. We also do a dive into the music video! We will finish our Song Breakdowns of Folklore once we get through Evermore (provided she doesn't drop another album...) --- Support this podcast:
We wanted to do a holiday episode this week but Devon and Joe still aren't quite over the 'evermore' experience and we just want to talk more about it. Luckily, with physical CDs hitting shelves, we were able to hear the two bonus tracks on the album. We start this week by discussing our first impressions of 'right where you left me' and 'it's time to go', before we dive into Taylor's recent interview with Zane Lowe and break down the interview piece by piece! --- Support this podcast:
Buckle up, it's a long one. We can't believe she did it again, but the Queen of pop dropped a second album in the worst year™. Taylor Swift's sister album 'evermore' was released just last Friday at midnight and now that Devon and Joe have had a full weekend to marinate in its lyrics and composition, we have some thoughts. This week we breakdown our predictions from our announcement episode, give our top 5, then go song by song explaining our first impressions. Joe explains that, while Betty and James might be absent, we have a new love story to obsess over in Dorothea, and finally Devon and Joe answer the question on everyone's mind... which album is better? --- Support this podcast:
Taylor Swift can not let a girl BREATHE. In just under 5 months since the release of folklore, Taylor is releasing ANOTHER album. that's right TS9 is already here and will be for evermore. Named the "sister album" to folklore, we only have a few paragraphs, a couple pictures, and the tracklist to go off of, but that doesn't stop Devon and Joe from speculating WILDLY. Join us as we make wild predictions for the new album dropping at midnight 12/11. --- Support this podcast:
All these bridges and we still can't get over it. This week Devon and Joe start a new series on the show: The Anatomy of a Song. In each episode in this series we'll be breaking down different aspects of a song, explaining how they fit in song composition, and most importantly, explaining how Taylor Swift does them so well. Of course we had to kick the series off with bridges, the most iconic part of any Taylor Swift song. Join us this week as we discuss what makes Taylor's bridges stand out and discuss our favorite and top 5 bridges she's ever recorded. --- Support this podcast:
We're back for another Thursday breakdown! We're getting close to the end, this week we are breaking down track 11: invisible string. This track was the obvious standout and Joe and Devon's de facto best track on the record when it released, is it still held in such high regard? Or have our thoughts on the track fallen? Listen this week to find out. --- Support this podcast:
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