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by Dan Abromowitz

Taylor Swift just dropped "Welcome To New York," the opening track off the forthcoming 1989 and a pop ode to New York City. In an introductory video, Swift described the meaning the song has for her: "The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe." But New York's presence is unmistakable in the song, with lyrics mentioning apartments, the "Village," and bright lights.