Taylor & Lana’s “Snow On The Beach” Will Make You Want To Text Your Crush
This song belongs in a 2000s rom-com.
Love is certainly in the air this Midnights season. Swift tackled several emotions on her latest Midnights album; however, her vocals truly blossomed when cooing about love. Enter her fourth track, “Snow On The Beach,” with Lana Del Rey. This ballad is a breathtaking one and flows like a tune you would hear at the end-credits of an early aughts rom-com. With hushed whispers and dreamy melodies, both singers describe that fuzzy feeling of falling for someone who’s also into you. So sweet.
This collaboration between Swift and Lana was sudden, but not too surprising. Swift has always been a long-time admirer of Lana, so much so that she labeled her as “the most influential artist in pop” in 2019 — that’s some serious love right there. Swift also gave the “Video Games” singer endless praise on Instagram, where she gushed about their upcoming duet.
“The fact that I get to exist at the same time as her is an honor and a privilege, and the fact that she would be so generous as to collaborate with us on this song is something I’m gonna be grateful for for life,” Swift said in the video.
Elsewhere in the clip, Swift revealed that “Snow On The Beach” captures that “cataclysmic, fated moment where you realize someone feels exactly the same way that you feel at the same moment.” This could be a nod to her relationship with longtime partner Joe Alwyn.
Now, this collaboration isn’t your average feature. Instead of her own verse, Lana primarily sings several phrases peppered throughout the chorus. Honestly, one might even miss her appearance on the song since her vocals are so breathy, but she’s definitely there. Let’s dive into the lyrics.
The track ushers in with a soft, almost rosy percussion. That looped sound (which flows throughout the entire ballad) is subtle, but possesses enough power to carry Swift’s poetic lyrics. In the first verse, the singer describes how enraptured she is with her partner. His nurturing presence seems to always be around her, even when he’s physically not there, and she feels “unglued” to them. Both Swift and Lana then fuse to sing about this romantic sensation in the chorus.
“And it’s like snow at the beach / Weird but f*cking beautiful / Flying in a dream / Stars by the pocketful / You wanting me / Tonight feels impossible / But it’s coming down, no sound it’s all around / Like snow on the beach.”
Swift’s love-brimmed writing skills are on full display in the second verse. This time, she sweetly describes how her connection feels like something she’s seen on a screen — like those aforementioned rom-coms. She’s clearly in awe of the progression of her relationship, and shying away from those feelings would only be a crime.
“I’ve never seen someone live from within / Blurring out my periphery / My smile is like I won a contest / And to hide that would be so dishonest,” she sings in this section.
By the end of the dreamy track, Swift and Lana continue to croon about love in wonder. But not too much, because they don’t want to jinx this stunning, newfound feeling. Check out the lyrics to Swift’s “Snow On The Beach” below via the singer’s official lyric video on YouTube.