The ‘Midnights’ lyrics that describe Cambridge

‘Did all the extra credit then got graded on a curve’ left us all questioning when blondie did IA Natsci

In case you somehow missed it, the long-awaited tenth studio album from Taylor Swift just dropped on 21st October, titled ‘Midnights’.

The album was first announced in August, and described by Swift as “a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.”

While this does, unfortunately, mean that we’re going to have to keep waiting for an entire album dedicated to her number-one fans (Cambridge students), the album itself contains a surprising number of lyrics that reflect life inside the Cambridge bubble.

Here’s a summary of the best lines from the album, guaranteed to make you feel like your life is really a Taylor Swift music video.

Lavender Haze

“Talk your talk and go viral”

Let’s admit it, at some point we’ve all had the delusion that we could come up with a culture-changing Camfess. Though the odd few get lucky, most of us just get seven likes (and you’re one of those likes).


“Your roommate’s cheap-ass screw-top rosé”

Because what else are you going to take to J Green on C-Sunday? And we all know that this will inevitably lead to…

“Sobbing with your head in your hands”

…later that day.


“Sometimes I feel like everybody is a sexy baby, And I’m a monster on the hill”

The perfect way to describe when you’ve been serving fits on the streets of Cambridge for years, but you still haven’t got that first Crushbridge.

“Did you hear my covert narcissism?”

Paraphrasing that Eton boy trying to hit on you at Rumboogie after too many Long Islands.

Snow on the Beach

“Life is emotionally abusive”

If anyone else has tested positive for Covid-19 10 minutes before you were due to leave for May Ball, then you’ll know the truth of this statement all too well (hehe).

You’re on your own, kid

“I gave my blood, sweat, and tears for this”

Cambridge admissions are hella difficult, let’s not pretend otherwise.

Midnight Rain

“And the life I gave away”

IA NatScis with 25 contact hours a day, eight days a week, remembering the time when they were allowed a hobby.


“Did you ever have someone kiss you in a crowded room, and every single one of your friends was making fun of you, but fifteen seconds later they were clapping too?”

Once upon a MASH, you finally get with that one supo partner that you’ve been obsessed with since Freshers’ Week and that your flatmates have had to deal with hearing about non-stop.

Vigilante Shit

“Draw the cat eye sharp enough to kill a man”

This a vital step to take when getting ready to slay at the CUTSAS club nights.

“While he was doing lines”

The occupational hazard of dating a man from *REDACTED* college.


“Don’t put me in the basement”

The desperate plea of the person who ended up at the bottom of the accommodation ballot.

“Did all the extra credit then got graded on a curve”

This requires no explanation.


“I thought the plane was going down, how’d you turn it right around?”

Miraculously scraping that 2:1 after spending the whole year scared that you’d fail.


“And I keep my side of the street clean, you wouldn’t know what I mean”

Keeping your half of the gyp tidy, dreaming of a world where your flatmate does the same.

“Flexing like a goddamn acrobat”

Those people who jump onto their LinkedIn to announce they topped tripos the second results drop.

Sweet Nothing

“I spy with my little tired eye, tiny as a firefly”

The sad reality of being a STEM student after a night out, having to stare down a microscope at a bright light while being deathly hungover.


“What if I told you I’m a mastermind?”

The euphoric rush of your God complex returning after you finish your question sheet for the week, ignoring the fact that you just spent five hours crying over it

Clearly, all the evidence suggests that Taylor Swift went to Cambridge.

Feature image credits: Keira Quirk

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