97 Words: “I Can See You” by Taylor Swift

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Many words describe pop music’s reigning “Mastermind,” and “calculating” is certainly one of them. On the latest (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault), Taylor Swift reminds her prospective beau: “I Can See You.” Endearingly creepy, it evokes 90s pop in its questionably yet catchy, almost-too-honest expressions of love lust. In a rare show of seduction, Swift strings us along on a guitar-driven journey through her secret, 20-year-old desires, that, like this song (until now) were locked away in a vault. Its Taylor-studded music video only adds to the mystery, making for a surprisingly sexy summer single from Swift.

Watch the video, stream “I Can See You” by Taylor Swift, or order Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) on vinyl.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.