Taylor Swift has always been a mastermind when it comes to her career and love life. But her latest song "Mastermind" takes this innate ability to manipulate everything around her to new heights. In the song, she boasts that not all 'happy accidents' are actually accidental. Rather, if you plan well enough, you can mastermind your own luck and create your own destiny. This is a theme throughout the entire album, but is especially prevalent in this final track of her 2022 album Midnights.
Fans are quickly catching on to the fact that Swift's lyrics are often a reflection of her own personal life. With the release of this song, it seems as though she's confessing that her scheming ways in relationships may not be so innocent after all.
In the first verse, the protagonist compares themselves to a chess piece in their lover's game and proclaims that they will be the one to win. The lyrics then suggest that their love interest realizes the calculated nature of their actions and acquiesces to their role as the protagonist's pawn.
Despite the dark undertones, Swift manages to keep her listeners engaged with an upbeat melody. The synths evoke the dreamy feeling that surrounds the beginning of a relationship, and Swift's vocal delivery is both sultry and playful. The song's chorus also references a common phrase used to describe whispering sweet nothings, which adds to the sense that she is trying to create a fantasy world in this romance.