Not long after releasing Lover, Taylor Swift headed to L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix in Paris for her “City Of Lover” show, during which she performed a handful of the record’s songs live for the first time: “Death By A Thousand Cuts,” “Cornelia Street,” and “The Man.” Now, she has shared the video of her acoustic rendition of “The Man.”
The original song is a catchy, synth-led tune, and it retains its earworm qualities in the acoustic rendition. No matter its form, “The Man” is a song fans clearly know and love, as in the video, Swift’s audience can be heard singing the song back to her.
The Man – Live From Paris ✨
Song/video tonight at Midnight ET pic.twitter.com/Mr579hZtZe
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 17, 2020
Swift previously said the song is about how her public image would be different if she was a man: “So many of these things are ingrained in even women, these perceptions, and it’s really about re-training your own brain to be less critical of women when we are not criticizing men for the same things.[…] We [women] have to curate and cater everything, but we have to make it look like an accident. Because if we make a mistake, that’s our fault, but if we strategize so that we won’t make a mistake, we’re calculating.”
Watch Swift perform “The Man” live in Paris above.