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Snow on the Beach-I Guess They Call it Falling

22 Nov

I don’t like this song. I think it’s boring, and not really a duet or feature. I’m less trying to analyze this in a serious way and more of a playful trying to connect dots. I saw a SwiftGron analysis and thought it was quite plausible, but I don’t know anything about that period of time, so if I tried to find connections it would really be just copying someone else’s work. Also, I wanted to include Kelsea Ballerini, because I do think her album is all about Taylor.

I think the gist of this song is Taylor becoming infatuated with Karlie.  The weirdness is a different kind of love.  The weirdness is public homophobia.  The silent snow is the private, closeted nature of the relationship.  It’s not the first time Taylor had a private, closeted relationship.  I don’t think (because I don’t have the foundational knowledge) Taylor is directly referencing Dianna and Swiftgron in these lyrics, but Taylor’s WLW relationship behavior comes into play.  Being closeted and famous is hard on a relationship and both Swiftgron (I think?) and Kaylor were full of extenuating circumstances and external forces making things difficult.  Both relationships were on and off.  And there might have been some overlap between Swiftgron and Kaylor.  Enter Kelsea Ballerini.  I also don’t think Taylor is intentionally mentioning KelSwift in this song, but this song also has parallels to Kelsea’s album.  Kelsea is commenting on this type of situation, and the lyrics of her songs fit very well in the Kaylor rebound (or cheating?) situation.  Alas, I was unable to tie Zoe Kravitz to the song even though I think her and Taylor have something going possibly currently or during quarantine at least…

One night a few moons ago

I saw flecks of what could’ve been lights

But it might have just been you

Passing by unbeknownst to me

This line reminds me of Taylor’s song,

Long Story Short

Dianna’s Tumblr was:

It also reminds me of

Question…

Life is emotionally abusive

And time can’t stop me quite like you did

Like you did—it’s in past tense.  So this part of the song is not talking about a current love.

And my flight was awful, thanks for asking

Does it place this song timeline around Snake-gate (2016)?

My first thought regarding this line is the end of the LWYMMD video showing all the different eras/reputation song Taylors.  One of the Taylors cuts the wing of the plane to show a possible scrapped album (Karma?) and graffitis “Reputation” on the side.  The controversy caused a change in album eras from hippy to dark.

Or is it bringing up the new private jet controversy?

Or is Taylor just referring to someone who does ask about her day, and invest in her feelings (she flies a lot)?

Unlike the subject of Lavender Haze (Joe?):

I’m unglued, thanks to you

Kissgate Damage Control:

Very hurtful, Taylor.

Question… 

And it’s like snow at the beach

Weird but fucking beautiful

Taylor does a special behind the music for two songs only, and one of them was Lavender Haze, a very gay-sounding title, given the LGBT communities history, ties, and affiliations to that color.

Of course the Hetlors took that and ran with homophobia. Because of course a vague “weird” means stigma over gayness, amIright?

In this particular instance the “weird rumors” in Lavender Haze are the 1950s shit.  Marriage/pregnancy, etc…  But is she playing with the assumptions of Hetlers in this song by saying what they thought (in this situation and every situation, honestly) was “weird” aka gay stuff, is the love she considers beautiful?

Flying in a dream, stars by the pocketful

You wanting me tonight feels impossible

But it’s coming down, no sound, it’s all around

Coming down can also be negative. The relationship is coming down because of external forces. Alluded to in

Question…

Being nearly outed causes Kaylor to go into damage control and eventually go dark altogether.  Which causes many problems for Taylor and Karlie.  It’s stressful, and a lot of the issues are external, not really malicious between them (The Great War).  Yet, it’s too much pressure and I suspect they break up several times based on Death by a Thousand Cuts and many other songs.  Somewhere in the Kaylor on and off relationship, I Taylor could have had a thing with Kelsea.

Listening to Kelsea’s album, it’s certain Kelsea, at least, loves(d) Taylor.  

Looking back at Taylor’s past I think it’s reasonable to think that Kelsea could have been a rebound to one of the break ups, if not the final Kaylor break up.  Because closeting causes relationship stress.  And Taylor did that before.  I think.  Did Dianna and Taylor also have an on and off relationship?  I missed all of Swiftgron so I don’t know as much about it.  But Style addresses this:

So it’s plausible it could happen again.

Kelsea’s I Guess They Call it Fallin’

PEDESTAL?

How common of a word is this?

But here it is in a Taylor song.

Long Story Short

and I think that song is referencing this TS song–

Wonderland

Strangers watching, gossip, gay rumors may have had a hand in making that relationship go south. The closeting killing love is a repetitive theme in Taylor’s love life.

Like snow on the beach

Like snow on the beach

Like snow on the beach

Like snow, oh, oh oh

This scene feels like what I once saw on a screen

I searched aurora borealis green

This is the part that convinced me most about someone else’s Dianna theory. The cold beach vacation where Northern Lights can be seen? And Dianna having green eyes. It’s pretty on the nose. But here’s what I found in my own research:

Karlie is a spokesperson for Swarovski. Who, like developed the Aurora Borealis effect in crystals.

I’ve never seen someone lit from within

Blurring out my periphery

Taylor can only see this person.  Everything else is blurred.  This person made her lose all perspective and her entire focus is on them.

My smile is like I won a contest

Here’s a song talking about winning a prize. I think “winning” Karlie over Jo$h is what Willow is talking about.

Willow

And to hide that would be so dishonest

This line gets into the meat of the Kaylor external problems and primary conflict:

I Know Places

Gay Panic.  Taylor wants to keep the WLW private. She wants to remain safely within the kingdom of her bedroom with her private lover.

Taylor says she is too afraid and goes into gay panic damage control mode if the rumors get too loud.

Peace

I think the first verse of Peace is Taylor saying she’ll always stay afraid, in the closet and the remaining verses of the song are Karlie assuring Taylor it will be fine. Karlie says she loves Taylor for real. And they’ve always glass-closeted and it’s been OK so far.

Renegade

To me, this song seems like Taylor’s idea of what Karlie wants to tell her (“Karlie” talking):

I guess Karlie got tired of waiting and decided Taylor’s fear of living out in the open with her was more of a ‘do you just not want to’ situation.  She went back to her beard and had a baby.

Exile

Taylor says she is in agony remaining in the closet, but seeing Karlie have a public boyfriend (he’s a beard). Karlie tells Taylor, just come out we were always walking right on the edge of public/private love.  Taylor knows how the movie ends and is still fearful about being openly WLW.  Karlie says she can’t come out for Taylor, she can’t spend any more time commiserating the imperfect circumstances, Karlie has no more tears for this situation.  Now Taylor now has to live with seeing Karlie in a public relationship with a family.  And Taylor says she’ll come out.  But only the side door = Lavender Haze.

Back to this song:

And it’s fine to fake it ’til you make it

‘Til you do, ’til it’s true

Taylor signals about WLW.  She inserts gay lyrics and double-meanings.  She’s softly coming out, little by little.  Coming out the side door, faking it til she can actually do it.  

Also, the fake it part could be Taylor trying her best to move on from Kaylor.  She doesn’t want to be blue and stuck at the restaurant.  So she tries to feel something with other women.  Kelsea says she’s at least one of these women:

Fletcher’s remix of Better Version, feat Kelsea Ballerini

See my other post about this verse, and how I ruled out Morgan Evans as the subject, and ruled in Taylor.  I mean fuck HER is not about Morgan, right?  I guess Kelsea could also play the pronoun game, but in a Fletcher (out as some part of the LGBTQ community) song?!

Now it’s like snow at the beach

Weird but fucking beautiful

Here’s a couple of Kelsea songs with the same type of vibe of Snow on the Beach. It seems like Kelsea and Taylor might have had a stargazing date or something like that.

Kelsea’s Love is a Cowboy

Kelsea I Guess They Call it Fallin’

Flying in a dream, stars by the pocketful

Kelsea’s Marilyn:

Kelsea brings up the main problem: Taylor choses fame over her own authenticity. She is a celebrity that everyone knows, yet goes to a house, not a home, alone. It’s personally unfulfilling hiding your sexuality and true loves as the trade-off for legend-status.

You wanting me tonight feels impossible

But it’s coming down, no sound, it’s all around

Kelsesa’s I Guess They Call it Fallin’

Like snow on the beach

Like snow on the beach

Like snow on the beach

Like snow, oh, oh oh

I can’t speak afraid to jinx it

I don’t even dare to wish it

But your eyes are flying saucers from another planet

Kelsea’s Universe:

Now I’m All For You like Janet

I think it’s nice to reference other important artists in your work.  That said, this line is very jarring and fights with the tone of the rest of the song.  I find it to stick out like a sore thumb, be forced, and out of place.  I’m not sure if this was part of Lana’s contribution, but I’ll reach anyway to try to put it into some context (I’d like to throw it out).  I couldn’t find any commonality between Janet and Karlie.  Or Zoe Kravitz (who I would love to find some sort of lyrical evidence on because I think this is a real thing too).  I found a teeny thing relating to Kelsea, but don’t scratch my eyes out about it–it’s the best I could do with this one…

Kelsea is divorced now. Possibly because she discovered her sexuality through a love or fling with a woman.

Can this be a real thing? Can it?

Are we falling like snow at the beach?

The snow coming down and all the fallin’s fit together. It does seem like two perspectives talking about the same moment.

Kelsesa’s I Guess They Call it Fallin’

Weird but fucking beautiful

Flying in a dream, stars by the pocketful

Kelsesa’s I Guess They Call it Fallin’

Kelsea doesn’t like being played with. She felt all these strong feelings and real emotions, but the other person let her down. They are living in a dream world, not reality.

You wanting me tonight feels impossible

But it’s coming down, no sound, it’s all around

Like snow on the beach (snow on the beach)

Like snow on the beach (are we in a dream?)

Like snow on the beach (you want me)

Like snow (like snow)

But it’s coming down, no sound, it’s all around

I think the repetitive ending is very similar to the end of Kelsesa’s song.

Kelsesa’s I Guess They Call it Fallin’

Like snow on the beach (it’s coming down, it’s coming down)

(It’s coming down, it’s coming down)

Like snow on the beach

(It’s coming down, it’s coming down, it’s coming down, it’s coming down)

(It’s coming down, it’s coming down, it’s coming down, it’s coming down)

(Coming down, it’s coming down, it’s coming down, it’s coming down)

Taylor loved Karlie.  The closeting was too much.  Kaylor was unsustainable.  Karlie moved on and Taylor was still at the restaurant, hair pinned up.  Taylor may have tried to soothe her broken heart, and/or move on by seeing Kelsea.  But the KelSwift relationship is just another let down.  Kelsea Taylor simply can’t let go of Kaylor and that makes her unable to be open to new love right now.  Kelsea, made discoveries about herself partially as a result of this fling/hook-up/dating? 

And now she’s hurt too.