Music News

Taylor Swift Drops Her Pitch-Purrfect Cats Ballad ‘Beautiful Ghosts’

It’s been a real topsy-turvy day for Taylor Swift fans. Just hours after telling the world that her old music is being kept hostage, the Lover singer finished her day on a happier note by releasing a new song.

“Beautiful Ghosts” is Swift’s contribution to the upcoming film version of Cats, in which she also stars as the singing, dancing, catnip-sprinkling Bombalurina. She collaborated with lauded composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on the quietly devastating ballad, which will be sung by Francesca Hayward’s character, Victoria. “All that I wanted / Was to be wanted,” Swift yearns, dreaming of “dazzling rooms I’ll never get let into” and settling for “beautiful ghosts” instead of real memories. The Jellicle-approved song ends with a high note that’s more powerful than anyone we’ve heard from T. Swift in recent memory — prepare to be wowed.

Swift’s version of “Beautiful Ghosts,” it should be noted, will appear in the upcoming film’s end credits — which would make Swift and Cats eligible for an Oscar.

In a previously released behind-the-scenes featurette about the song, Swift said, “T.S. Eliot is such a specific type of writer and uses such specific language [and] imagery, and so reading through his work and everything, I just really wanted to reflect that. You can’t write a modern lyric for Cats. So if you can’t get T.S. Eliot, you get T.S.”

The Tom Hooper-directed Cats, of course, is the cinematic event of this holiday season. Along with Swift, the feline-filled flick stars Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, and Jason Derulo, among others.

Meanwhile, Swifties have started a Change.org petition to get Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta to let the embattled pop star play her pre-Lover songs at the American Music Awards and in her Netflix documentary. Hopefully this will all clear up by the time Cats hits the big screen on December 20.

Previous ArticleNext Article

Send this to a friend