Gird your loins, people. The Swifties are coming. Millions of Taylor Swift fans suddenly squealed in delight Thursday morning (and their parents cried out in terror) after the singer tweeted out a tease of the impending release of her new song “Carolina.” The long-awaited song will be released at midnight EST tonight (Friday morning), according to the tweet and coverage by Deadline.
The song is from the soundtrack for the film Where the Crawdads Sing, the big-screen adaptation of the best selling book by Delia Owens. It stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, David Strathairn, and Garret Dillahunt and tells a story set in the 1950s of a young girl named Kya (Edgar-Jones), who was abandoned by her family and grew up on her own in the marshes of the deep South. Years later, “The Marsh Girl” begins a romantic relationship with a local boy, but when he turns up dead, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. The film, directed by Olivia Newman, is due to be released in theaters on July 15, and Sony Pictures released a trailer earlier this year, which features a brief preview of the Taylor Swift song.
“There are things that only Carolina knows… and you soon will too,” the tweet from the official Taylor Swift account said in a caption, along with a very brief snippet of Swift breathlessly singing “Carolina knows.” Fans have been eagerly awaiting any new song from the 32-year-old singer, as her last new music was from the 2020 album Evermore. That album won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album and was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year. When she’s not releasing songs slamming her ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal, she’s doing pretty well professionally. She has sold over 200 million albums and won 11 Grammy Awards. As you might expect, Taylor Swift fans (who go by the aforementioned term “Swifties”) are beside themselves with the news of new Tay Tay music coming their way.
Back in March, Taylor Swift wrote about her love for the book Where The Crawdads Sing, saying she got “absolutely lost” in it when she read it years before. She also indicated her eagerness to be a part of the film’s soundtrack. Swift wrote the song herself, which is produced by her frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner. While the announcement created buzz across the internet, Swift herself is currently enjoying a vacation in the Bahamas with her new boyfriend Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), an English actor and songwriter.
Although Taylor Swift does not appear in the film, she has done her fair share of acting, outside of her own music videos. She’s appearing in David O Russell’s new film Amsterdam, a drama with an all-star cast including Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Christian Bale. It opens in theaters this November. Her other film credits include Cats, The Giver, and The Lorax. Last year, she premiered a 15-minute short titled All Too Well, which she wrote and directed. It is based on her song of the same name and starred Sadie Sink (Stranger Things) and Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf, The Maze Runner). Taylor appears in the short film as well.