During a break in ABC's Scandal, Swift debuted "New Year's Eve," the closing track off her new album Reputation (available Friday). It marked her first performance of a new song in three years, and it was her first TV appearance promoting her new music, a follow up to 2014's 1989. The performance was pre-taped during one of Swift's Secret Sessions in her Rhode Island home.
"There's glitter on the floor after the party / Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby / Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor / You and me from the night before but / Don't read the last page / But I stay when you're lost and I'm scared and you're turning away," Swift sang. "I want your midnights / But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day."
After the second verse, in the post-chorus, she sang, "Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you / And I will hold on to you." And at the end of the piano-driven ballad, the 27-year-old musician lovingly pleaded, "Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere / Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere."