Tag Archives: Kaylor

Reputation (2017) by Taylor Swift Song Ranking

20 Feb

33.3% Awesome; 40% Good; 20% OK; 6.7% Meh; Skip out of 15

5 Awesome

…Ready for It?

I Did Something Bad

Don’t Blame Me

Look What You Made Me Do

Dancing with Our Hands Tied

If you asked me I would say Reputation is my favorite album. I like how gay it is. How unapologetic. That moag! Most of the songs are fast and energetic. I can dance through pretty much the whole concert video. But numbers don’t lie. When the songs are ranked, Reputation does not top the list. It’s a surprise to me, but there’s still a lot to like here. Oh, and P.S. Taylor absolutely needs to stop doing duets or featuring men in her songs. And not because I’m anti-men or anything. I have a lot of favorite male singers. Just EVERY time she does = song ruined.

6 Good

So It Goes

Getaway Car

Dress (sexy)

Delicate

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

New Years Day

3 OK

Gorgeous (b/c it’s ambiguous)

King of My Heart

Call It What You WAnt

1 Meh

End Game (don’t like featured)

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1989 (2014) by Taylor Swift Song Ranking

19 Feb

50% Awesome; 31.3% Good; 18.8% OK; Meh; Skip out of 16

8 Awesome

Blank Space

Style

Out of the Woods

Shake It Off

I Know Places

Stay

Bad Blood

Wonderland

These songs are amped up and theatrical. You can ‘picture’ each one as a movie, and the music videos are practically block-buster films. Also, I hear a lot of Kaylor vibes, and it’s fun to translate the obscure lyrics and figure out signs and hints. I wish I had been engaged during this era!

5 Good

Wildest Dreams

Welcome to New York

How You Get the Girl

Clean

You are in Love

3 OK

I Wish You Would

New Romantics

This Love

Meh

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…Ready for it? Lyrical Analysis & Bearding Plan

11 Jan

Sidenote:  I apologize for the shitty formatting.  I don’t know who WordPress cators to, but their platform is not user-friendly, not intuitive, and I HATE IT.  But I wouldn’t know how to get these million blog posts moved to a different platform quickly, so I remain…

Reputation was released 2017

I think this is Taylor’s song spelling out her bearding plan, code-phrase:  That’s My Man.

Knew he was a killer first time that I saw him

la·dy·kill·er/ˈlādēˌkilər a charming man who is very attractive to women.

Attractive to women. Doesn’t say this man likes women, or has many affairs with women. The definition specifically says this man is the recipiant of women’s attraction. And he’s charming/polite.


Wonder how many girls he had loved and left haunted

Taylor Swift explained the meaning… “‘Haunted’ is about the moment that you realize the person you’re in love with is drifting and fading fast…captured the intense, chaotic feeling of confusion I was looking for.”


But if he’s a ghost, then I can be a phantom

  1. phan·tom/ˈfan(t)əm a ghost
    • a figment of the imagination.
    • denoting a financial arrangement or transaction that has been invented for fraudulent purposes but that does not really exist.
      • “he diverted an estimated $1,500,000 into “phantom” bank accounts”

Interesting. Especially that last definition. If Joe is a ghost (he confused many girls), then it allows Taylor to have a financial arrangement for something that does not actually exist (love). Hmmm.

Holdin’ him for ransom

ransom ran-suhm ] noun

the redemption of a prisoner or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc., for a price.

the sum or price paid or demanded.

a means of deliverance or rescue from punishment for sin, especially the payment of a redemptive fine.

Taylor takes Joe and keeps him for a price. Alternate definition is Taylor rescues Joe from sin for a redemptive fee.

Some, some boys are tryin’ too hard
He don’t try at all, though

Taylor reminds us some of her beards were not believable bc it was too much (Tom Hiddleston in that shirt). But this man doesn’t do anything to arouse suspicion. He’s more lowkey, and all the “privacy” he/they require means he’s a blank slate for the media and public.


Younger than my exes but he act like such a man, so
I see nothing better, I keep him forever
Like a vendetta-taI-I-I see how this is gon’ go

Taylor, who has been criticized for being a man-eater, but who also doesn’t want to ruin her career coming out as LGBT doesn’t see an alternative to keeping this beard around forever. If she has a long-term beard, she can keep her secret, but the media and public might lay off about her dating life.

A vendetta begins when one family correctly or incorrectly believes itself to have been attacked, insulted or wronged by another. Intense feelings of resentment result in the initial retaliation, which leads to the other family feeling equally resentful, angry and vengeful . Ultimately there is a long-running cycle of retaliatory violence. This continual cycle of provocation and retaliation makes it almost impossible to end the vendetta peacefully. Vendettas frequently involve the entire family members, all the relatives and associates, and can last for generations.

NDAS, anyone?

Touch me and you’ll never be alone
I-Island breeze and lights down low

No one has to know In the middle of the night, in my dreams
You should see the things we do, baby
In the middle of the night, in my dreams
I know I’m gonna be with you
So I take my time

The music changes in this part of the song, as does Taylor’s mood. Here, she’s softer, and sings, no one has to know (b/c this is a secret) in her [sexy, apparently, based on the noises] dreams she thinks of “you” someone different than the person in the rest of the song.

Are you ready for it? Me, I was a robber first time that he saw me
Stealing hearts and running off and never saying sorry

This is getting at what I was saying earlier about the man-eater stuff. Robber talks about her stealing something (hearts of boys) that aren’t hers to take. The love of a man is not Taylor’s b/c it’s not real and she’s not actually into these guys she “dated.” Running off and never saying sorry implies that after the “relationships” Taylor left and felt no remorse (bc it’s a business transaction). Short-term bearding contracts were hiding her LGBT truth but also making Taylor look too man-hungry.
But if I’m a thief, then he can join the heist

Cowbody Like Me. Taylor does the bearding contracts, but now she’s saying she found a like-minded beard, who also has the same goals as she does.
And we’ll move to an island-and
And he can be my jailer,

Taylor is trying to put out her own cutesy ship name. But she already “dated” a J, so instead of Joe-Taylor fans went Taylor-Joe, and the result is a very un-cute (in my opinion) Toe.

Burton to this Taylor

I looked Burton up in the most basic of searches and read that there were, indeed, rumors of homosexuality linked to him. He even talked about it himself in an interview:

In a February 1975 interview with his friend David Lewin he said he “tried” homosexuality. He also suggested that perhaps all actors were latent homosexuals, and “we cover it up with drink“.[24] In 2000, Ellis Amburn’s biography of Elizabeth Taylor suggested that Burton had an affair with Laurence Olivier and tried to seduce Eddie Fisher[page needed], although this was strongly denied by Burton’s younger brother Graham Jenkins.[25]

It’s no secret that Liz Taylor had more than a few gay fans, or that she had more than a few gay friends…and possibly husbands.

http://ryan-field.blogspot.com/2012/11/was-richard-burton-gay.html 

Given this information, what an interesting comparison for Taylor to make! She says Joe is like Burton (gay?) to this Taylor (in a lavender marriage?) but the public will see it as a great romance.

Every lover known in comparison is a failure

I forget their names now, I’m so very tame now

All the short-term beards could be easily debunked as fake by the media, general public, and fans. It was a failure b/c these boyfriends did not help Taylor’s public image. But a “private” long-term beard, would make Taylor look more stable (tame), and as a bonus, straight.

Never be the same now, nowI-I-I see how this is gon’ go
Touch me and you’ll never be alone

I-Island breeze and lights down low
No one has to know
(No one has to know) In the middle of the night, in my dreams

It’s important that the “no one has to know” is on the same line as the description of Taylor’s dirty dreams. She is saying no one has to know who she actually dreams about (a female?). These dreams are about someone else/not the subject of the song/not Joe.
You should see the things we do, baby
In the middle of the night in my dreams
I know I’m gonna be with you
So I take my time

This person in Taylor’s dreams, who no one has to know about, b/c it’s not the subject of this song, Joe, is the one she wants to be with. And she takes her time (in both this sex-dream, and also with this long-term bearding plan).
Are you ready for it?
Ooh, are you ready for it? Baby, let the games begin
Let the games begin
Let the games begin
Baby, let the games begin
Let the games begin
Let the games begin

If Toe is real and true love, why does Taylor refer to games many times at the end of this song? True love should not have games. Taylor just set out her long-term bearding plan in this song, so she can obscure LGBT rumors, not look like a man-eater with all the shorter boyfriend relationships, but eventually be happy with this 2nd song subject.

I-I-I see how this is gon’ go
Touch me and you’ll never be alone
I-Island breeze and lights down low
No one has to know In the middle of the night, in my dreams
You should see the things we do, baby
In the middle of the night, in my dreams
I know I’m gonna be with you
So I take my time In the middle of the night
Baby, let the games begin
Let the games begin
Let the games begin
Are you ready for it? Baby, let the games begin
Let the games begin
Let the games begin
Are you ready for it?

Taylor Swift’s Evermore as Amalgamation: Willow Analysis

30 Dec

I am immediately relieved to hear the instruments.  It’s automatically more alive and warm than folklore.  I also like when she sings at a higher octave, and the faster cadence of the chorus.

I didn’t really want to write an analysis of this song, because after seeing the video it seemed like Taylor really doubled-down on the boyfriend narrative.  And I honestly don’t think that’s her truth, so the whole thing didn’t interest me.  But I was listening to the song for a different reason today (I’m trying to rank every song in her catalogue) and noticed something about the scars line.  And when I looked at the written lyrics I noticed something…

[Verse 1]

I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night

Rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife

Taylor Songs with “knife” in the lyrics:

You, with your words like knives/And swords and weapons that you use against me (Mean)

My castle crumbled overnight/I brought a knife to a gunfight/They took the crown but it’s alright/All the liars are calling me one (Call it What You Want)

So cut the headlights, summer’s a knife/I’m always waiting for you just to cut to the bone (Cruel Summer)

Like the war of words I shouted in my sleep/And you passed right by/I was in the alley, surrounded on all sides/The knife cuts both ways (Long Story Short)

My only one/My smoking gun/My eclipsed sun/This has broken me down/My twisted knife/My sleepless night/My win-less fight (Hoax)

Taylor/the water in this metaphor is rough on the surface.  She’s emotional, and has all this inner turmoil about being who she is vs. keeping up the brand.  But the person she’s talking to in the song cuts through all that and gets to the inner Taylor.  

And I think the Long Story Short lyrics describe how this person passes her by but Taylor’s in this figurative alley surrounded on all sides (by her team, audience, demands, PR–all the people Taylor tries to appease all the time according to “Mirrorball” (folklore)).  The knife cuts both ways tells us listeners that yeah, Taylor’s feelings are hurt (alla Hoax) but also, Taylor is doing her own share of hurting the other person by constantly trying to please all these outside forces that surround her.  

Hoax shares that this person is Taylor’s true love.  But also Taylor’s true love is simultaneously her smoking gun, bc being with HER makes evident Taylor’s sexuality.  Being with “the only one” outs Taylor.  The following line says eclipsed sun.  So Karlie (all things gold and sunshiny) is (temporarily) hidden and gone, bc Taylor chose to appease those surrounding her by continuing to hide who she really is.  But this fight has made Taylor sleepless and ultimately unhappy.  It’s a win-less fight.  Both bc Taylor lost the sun (Karlie) to Jo$h, and because nobody is winning when they’re closeted–even if people believe the straight-boyfriend-narrative.

And if it was an open-shut case

Open-and-shut:  Easily decided or solved because the facts are very clear. 

I never would’ve known from that look on your face

The face Taylor is talking to in the song is full of ambiguity.  If the facts are clear, the look on this person’s face obscures that.  The situation is complicated and confusing.

Lost in your current like a priceless wine

[Chorus]

The more that you say, the less I know

This person is a fancy-talker, using double-speak, or obfuscating what they say.

Wherever you stray, I follow

Definition of stray intransitive verb

: WANDER: such as

A : to wander from company, restraint, or proper limits

B : to roam about without fixed direction or purpose

C : to move in a winding course : MEANDER

D : to move without conscious or intentional effort

E : to become distracted from an argument or train of thought

F : to wander accidentally from a fixed or chosen route

G : ERR, SIN

Stray is deviating from norms.  So Taylor uses a negative word to mean either this person is being intentionally evil (cheating on a husband?) or this person is flaky and wandering away from the target.  But whichever is the case, Taylor wants to go with this person off the beaten path (norms of straight marriage?), away from the target (she’s also rejecting heteronormativity).

I’m begging for you to take my hand

In marriage?

Wreck my plans, that’s my man

When I heard this line before seeing it, I took it as, there’s my man, he’s my man, I love my man kind of stuff.  When I saw how it was written I noticed it’s on the same line.  She doesn’t say, “wreck my plans/that’s my man” as separate thoughts.  She says, “wreck my plans, that’s my man” as in further describing the plans.  I feel the distinction is wreck my plans, [which are] ‘that’s my man’.  Another way of saying it is: Code name “That’s my man” are the plans being described, and the person Taylor is talking to in the song is wrecking the “that’s my man” plan. 

Like the plan is:  Here’s my long term straight relationship, I’m in love with a man.  That narrative is what’s wrecked by this person Taylor is addressing in the song.  She’s not talking to her man or about her man in the song.  [It’s really confusing to write out, I hope you get what I’m trying to put out there, dear reader]

The amalgamation of this song is the “that’s my man” line, which is easily misrepresented as an I love my boyfriend!

[Verse 2]

Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind

Head on the pillow, I could feel you sneakin’ in

Sneaking [ snee-king ]adjective

acting in a furtive or underhand way.

deceitfully underhand, as actions; contemptible.

secret; not generally avowed, as a feeling, notion, suspicion, etc.

“Sneaking isn’t a positive word either.  Taylor is already in bed and this person enters after her.  Why would Joe come in after Taylor has gone to bed?  Is he up to something?  Cheating on her?  I think this part is similar to the story of “Illicit Affairs” (folklore) where the person Taylor wants to be with (Karlie?) is cheating on her husband.  It could mean Karlie is surreptitiously seeing Taylor even though she’s supposed to be in a committed relationship with Jo$h.

As if you were a mythical thing

And it seems like this sneaking person is mythical because they are here, then they disappear.  Also, it’s like a dream (in the sense it’s what Taylor wishes for, and also in a ‘wake up and this person is gone’ way) whenever this person comes around.

Like you were a trophy or a champion ring

This line talks about competition.  Taylor is competing with Jo$h to “win” Karlie.  She talks about trophy, ring, then prize to compare the outcome of beating someone to get something shiny.

And there was one prize I’d cheat to win

And again “cheat” references Illicit Affairs.  Taylor will play dirty and be ‘the other woman’ to beat the competition (Jo$h) and win this prize (Karlie).

[Chorus]

The more that you say, the less I know

Wherever you stray, I follow

I’m begging for you to take my hand

Wreck my plans, that’s my man

You know that my train could take you home

I wonder if Taylor is talking to the same person she was talking to in the “Champagne Problems” song?  The one who “booked the night train for a reason” (I think Karlie, but could be Joe).  

One for the money, two for the show/I never was ready so I watch you go/Sometimes you just don’t know the answer/’Til someone’s on their knees and asks you/“She would’ve made such a lovely bride/What a shame she’s fucked in the head,” they said/But you’ll find the real thing instead

Those lyrics talk about Karlie’s two weddings.  And say Taylor was never ready to come out of the closet, so she watched Karlie go back to Jo$h.  Karlie didn’t know who to pick between Jo$h and Taylor, so she was ambivalent about future marriage plans with him.  The person proposing on their knees is jo$h proposing to Karlie!  “But she WOULD have made such a lovely bride” shows neither wedding was legitimate.  And she’s fucked in the head says why–Karlie isn’t into it  bc she loves Taylor.  And now this song confirms, you’ll find the REAL thing instead.  Taylor says MY train could take you HOME.  We know how important home has been to Taylor.  She wants Karlie to come with her.

Anywhere else is hollow

Karlie’s existence with Jo$h is shallow and for all the wrong reasons.  Taylor is offering Karlie substance.

I’m begging for you to take my hand

Wreck my plans, that’s my man

Taylor sings to Karlie, I’m begging you to be with ME, wreck my plans [OF] that’s my man [bearding charade].  

[Bridge]

Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind

They count me out time and time again

All the haters hate, no matter what Taylor Swift does.

Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind

A theory is that the word “willow” is derived from a Celtic language, sal meaning ‘near’ and lis meaning ‘water’.  They are used for streambank stabilisation (bioengineering), slope stabilisation, soil erosion control, shelterbelt and windbreak, and wildlife habitat. And Willows are often planted on the borders of streams so their interlacing roots may protect the bank against the action of the water. Frequently, the roots are much larger than the stem which grows from them (Wikipedia).

But I come back stronger than a ’90s trend

Taylor is persistent and proves the haters wrong with her successes every time. And also she will be persistent in trying to win Karlie back from Jo$h.

[Verse 3]

Wait for the signal, and I’ll meet you after dark

Show me the places where the others gave you scars

Who has the scars?  You drew stars around my scars says Taylor in “Cardigan” (folklore).  And in “Hoax” (folklore) she sings, “You knew it still hurts underneath my scars/From when they pulled me apart.”  Taylor is the one with the scars.  This other person in the song tells Taylor to wait for the signal and they can meet at night.  And asks Taylor to see where OTHERS gave her scars.

Now this is an open-shut case

I guess I should’ve known from the look on your face

This person (Karlie) looks at Taylor’s face and sees something definitive, there’s no mystery. Taylor is now resolute about being with Karlie despite it being the smoking gun of her sexuality.

Every bait-and-switch was a work of art

“Bait and switch” isn’t a matter of making a mistake or having a change of heart.  It’s intentional manipulation.  Someone makes a promise to do something in order get what s/he wants at that point in time–knowing all the while that s/he will never honor that promise (http://psychotherapist-nyc.blogspot.com/2018/03/bait-and-switch-as-form-of-manipulation.html).  

Sounds to me like Karlie “marrying” Jo$h.  But she really didn’t, or she didn’t do it intending to stay and be faithful to him, bc “she’s fucked in the head” and in love with Taylor.  The work of art will be when Karlie leaves Jo$h and Kaylor is happily together.

[Chorus]

The more that you say, the less I know

Wherever you stray, I follow

I’m begging for you to take my hand

Wreck my plans, that’s my man

You know that my train could take you home

Anywhere else is hollow

I’m begging for you to take my hand

Wreck my plans, that’s my man

The more that you say, the less I know

Wherever you stray, I follow

I’m begging for you to take my hand

Wreck my plans, that’s my man

You know that my train could take you home

Anywhere else is hollow

I’m begging for you to take my hand

Wreck my plans, that’s my man

It’s a happy Kaylor ending.  Karlie left Jo$h on the Taylor train, because it was a marriage for shallow reasons.  And Taylor asks Karlie to be with her, wreck her plan of bearding.  Kaylor shaves the beards and ends up together-yay!

Taylor Swift’s Evermore as Amalgamation: Gold Rush Analysis

19 Dec

Faster singing conveys fast-living, being in over your head, frantic, anxiety, trying to keep up.

[Intro]

Gleaming, twinkling

Eyes like sinking ships on waters

So inviting, I almost jump in

Sinking ships are ominous.  This line is foreshadowing trouble.  More than that, Taylor is tying this song to “This Love” [1989].  Now that we’ve seen the new timeline of Karlie and Jo$h, and how Karlie was essentially always technically with him, “This Love” becomes more clear to us outsiders:

Clear blue water, high tide came and brought you in, Skies grew darker, currents swept you out again, This love is good, this love is bad, This love is alive back from the dead, These hands had to let it go free, And this love came back to me, Been losing grip, On sinking ships, our kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave, Your smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees, When you’re young you just run, But you come back to what you need

All of these (cherry picked) lines convey how Karlie would be with Taylor, but only briefly.  My underlines show how Karlie would go to Taylor than leave over and over.  And Taylor longed for more time and more stability.  This song is telling the listener that Taylor almost settled for such an arrangement, but she didn’t quite jump in.

[Chorus]

Think of the 2014 VS Fashion Show, where Taylor was in the pink.  Section 1 of that show (a section that Karlie Kloss walked) was called Gilded Angels.

gild·ed /ˈɡildəd/ adjective

  1. covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.
    “an elegant gilded birdcage”
    • wealthy and privileged.

Wow, does the title of this VS Fashion Show section feel relevant to me.  I think the song was named after it.  And I think Taylor is showing us through her lyrics, that like the section title, the gold of Karlie, of their relationship was actually gilded.  A thin veneer.  And it’s creepy that a birdcage was right on the first definition in Google, bc it’s so Taylor.  And the wealthy and privileged example in the definition also comes into play in this song (we’ll get to that later).

But I don’t like a gold rush, gold rush

I don’t like anticipatin’ my face in a red flush

Taylor probably felt self-conscious about wearing lingerie–which we really hadn’t seen her bare so much skin up to that point.  In Miss Americana, Taylor disclosed she suffered from disordered eating during that time so the body dysmorphia would weigh on her.  And anyone in their right mind would feel out of place next to a bunch of Victoria’s Secret Angels.

I don’t like that anyone would die to feel your touch

Everybody wants you

VS Angels are sexulized. And during the fashion show the models flirt and blow kisses to seem more sexy and available to consumers

Everybody wonders what it would be like to love you

These last 3 lines might speak to Karlie having her own fan base.  She is popular and successful even without the Taylor-brand’s influence. Karlie has her own career, money, fans, and suitors. I think this might be Taylor’s first relationship where she wasn’t the obvious more publically desired partner.  And Taylor might be just a teeny bit jealous of all the attention Karlie gets as a supermodel.  

Walk past, quick brush

This line makes me think of modeling.  Walking down a runway, brushing past the model going the opposite direction.  Maybe brushing the shoulder of another model, brushing hand quickly through hair on the end of the runway, brushing an item of clothing as a flair.  Could be all the Victoria’s secret shows where Taylor was a featured singer and the Angels walked the runway around her.  Notable flirtiness between Taylor and Karlie.

I don’t like slow motion, double vision in rose blush

Double-vision?

Here are a couple examples of advertisements Karlie participated in:

Good Girl Fantastic Pink fragrance campaign. Karlie Kloss 

Watch Karlie Kloss Play a ‘Beauty Boss’ in New Estée Lauder Campaign: … Rebellious Rose, a universally-flattering pink hue, 

Discover the new ensemble campaign from L’Oreal Paris… in shades of pink for ‘Color Riche’ – the new lip-colour line…  The team of L’Oreal Paris ambassadors stun in a romantic campaign with (more than) a touch of pink…Karlie Kloss…look rosy in pink gowns… The pink-posse posed… with a pink background, around a grand piano. The campaign celebrates the new ‘Color Riche’ line of lipsticks, which the band of beauties wear to finish their blush looks.

I don’t like that falling feels like flying ’til the bone crush

This line is thick with meanings.  Taylor is referencing the beginning of the song (which references “This Love”) but also actually jumping off something high.  Falling could be falling in love, or falling off something.  At first the falling was exciting and like flying, a positive thing.  But then the falling was more like losing control and about to smash into the ground/consequences.  

Everybody wants you

But I don’t like a gold rush

[Verse 1]

What must it be like to grow up that beautiful?

With your hair falling into place like dominoes

Karlie grows up beautiful–and the hair falling into place shows Taylor’s opinion that Karlie is pretty without even trying. It’s kind of an envious thought, I think.  Hair fallin’ into place like dominoes is a very cleaver line, packed with meaning.  Dominos fall by one knocking into the next, influencing it to fall, then that one pushing the third over, until a whole line has taken the action of the first domino. Karlie’s beauty acts in the same manner.  People see her and emulate her look.  Fans are influenced to buy products when they see how good Karlie looks in them. Karlie’s looks start trends and generate sales.

I see me padding across your wooden floors

With my Eagles t-shirt hanging from the door

This verse contrasts Karlie and her easy beauty with Taylors more down-to-Earth look.  Taylor observes Karlie’s obvious beauty and charisma, but she herself is a musical gal that has to try very hard.  

[Refrain]

At dinner parties, I call you out on your contrarian shit

The “at dinner parties” line makes me think of this viral moment from Project Runway:

As the judges critiqued the completed looks, designer Brandon Maxwell told Neasloney that he couldn’t see Kloss wearing the 29-year-old’s outfit “anywhere.” [The designer responded] “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?” 

Kloss is married to venture capitalist Josh Kushner, whose brother Jared is married to Ivanka Trump. Jared currently works as a senior adviser to Donald Trump in the White House. 

Jan 17, 2020 — Last year, while speaking to British Vogue, Kloss said being part of the Kushner family was sometimes “hard.” “But I choose to focus on the values that I share with my husband, and those are the same liberal values that I was raised with and that have guided me throughout my life,” she said.

con·trar·i·an /kənˈtre(ə)rēən/ noun

  1. a person who opposes or rejects popular opinion, especially in stock exchange dealing.

Taylor is showing us that she thinks Karlie is two-faced.  Karlie will attend dinners with Trump-adjacent people, yet she says she has liberal politics.  The fact these lines are here at all shows Taylor disapproves of Karlie being with a Kushner, and also looks down on Karlie playing both sides, kinda like, “A friend to all is a friend to none.” [“Cardigan”, folklore]

And the coastal town we wandered ’round had nеver seen a love as pure as it

Mar 5, 2014 — Taylor Swift and her model pal Karlie Kloss took a dreamy vacation to Big Sur, CA, this week.

And thеn it fades into the gray of my day-old tea

This line accomplishes 2 things: Tells us this song is Taylor daydreaming about a time in her past that she thought she liked at the time, but now realizes made her feel out of control.  Secondly, it’s a very British reference (American’s like coffee)–and red herring, in my opinion, trying to tell us Taylor is currently living a more British lifestyle with her UK “boyfriend.”

‘Cause it could never be

For many reasons this time in the past that Taylor is thinking about was just a moment in time, and not sustainable.

[Chorus repeats]

[Verse 2]

What must it be like to grow up that beautiful?

With your hair falling into place like dominoes

My mind turns your life into folklore

I can’t dare to dream about you anymore

Taylor reminds the listener this is a daydream.  The line might also reference “Wildest Dreams” [1989] you know the one with the video that featured gold and a giraffe?  Both Karlie symbols.

Say you’ll remember me, Standing in a nice dress, Staring at the sunset, babe, Red lips and rosy cheeks, Say you’ll see me again, Even if it’s just in your (just pretend, just pretend), Wildest dreams

In Gold Rush Taylor says she can’t dare to dream anymore, and in “Wildest Dreams” Taylor acknowledges that the dreamy relationship was “just pretend” to the subject of the song.

[Refrain repeats]

The Outro is the same as the intro.  But the “Cause it can never be” line of the refrain immediately precedes the “gleaming, “twinkling” of the outro.  Taylor ends her daydream by thinking that past time and relationship were not real gold, it was gilded.  Then, musically, the sudden ending of the song may symbolize the sudden ending of that relationship/daydream about it.

Taylor Swift’s Evermore as Amalgamation: Marjorie Analysis

17 Dec

There’s a sadness to Taylor’s voice.  Her Grandmother Marjorie is not dead to Taylor, because her advice can still be heard.  She sings, “I still feel you all around.”  This song means a lot to me personally, because I had/have a very close relationship with my grandma.  And I believe the sentiment that someone can live in your heart, and mind.  “What died didn’t stay dead, you’re alive in my mind” is the primary purpose of the song. 

But it’s still an amalgamation like the rest of the songs on Evermore.  The same sentiment of keeping a person within yourself, after they’ve passed away, applies to career endings (and break ups too).  I think a teeny work sentiment is in the lyrics, a little bit of Taylor needing to remember her grandmothers advice, b/c she’s taking advantage of Joe too much, and the secondary subject of the song is Karlie.

 

[Verse 1]

Never be so kind

You forget to be clever

Never be so clever

You forget to be kind

These lyrics could address Taylor’s music career.  She needs to balance being nice with being business savvy.

 

What does Marjorie mean?  Greek, Persian, Hebrew, Irish, Latin: [one of the meanings is] Child of light.

Light = sun = Karlie.  What a konvenient and apt koincidence!

[Verse 3]

The autumn chill that wakes me up

You loved the amber skies so much

Amber is a yellow, even golden color.  And you know who that represents.  Karlie.

Long limbs and frozen swims

Long, tall limbs like Karlie might have?  Frozen like the ground in Hoax.

You’d always go past where our feet could touch 

Symbolic for risk-taking?

“I’d hold you as the water rushes in” [Dancing with our Hands Tied, aka the Kissgate song]

And I complained the whole way there 

Taylor is always afraid and hanging back.  Maybe she’s refusing to come out of the closet.

The car ride back and up the stairs

I should’ve asked you questions

I should’ve asked you how to be

Asked you to write it down for me

Should’ve kept every grocery store receipt

‘Cause every scrap of you would be taken from me

I get that this is a little story of a memory Taylor has with her grandmother.  But the verse does double-duty here, invoking some Kaylor symbolism.  

Tall, sunshiny Karlie and Taylor were in love.  Karlie had dated women more publicly before Taylor.  And Taylor was reluctant to come out or seem gay.  Car rides are a feature of many songs about Karlie, and going up to their secret place with boarded up windows for privacy.  And now that it’s over, Taylor wishes she had been a bit more skeptical, and cynically kept some receipts of their relationship transgressions.  But this is in the song, because she can hold the good Kaylor times in her heart too.

 

The song quickly addresses her boyfriend/beard as well.

[Verse 2]

Never be so politе

You forget your power

Nevеr wield such power

You forget to be polite

Well He is English and they’re known for their manners.  She may be walking over him and stepping on his feelings by using him for publicity when she needs to, but neglecting to mention him in any real way otherwise.  So both Joe and Taylor need to balance their power dynamic with agreeability.  Nobody should be a tyrant, nobody should be a doormat.

[Outro]

And if I didn’t know better

I’d think you were singing to me now

If I didn’t know better

I’d think you were still around

I know better

But I still feel you all around

I know better

But you’re still around

The outro applies to everyone in the song.  Taylor’s grandmother is the primary subject of the song, whos voice is literally in the song.  Taylor still remembers her advice, and holds her in her heart.  But she also holds her memories of BMR good-times, and Kaylor-love in her heart.  Those good memories will always be with her.  Even though she knows better.

Evermore Analysis:  Amalgamation 

16 Dec

Amalgamation- is the process of combining or uniting multiple entities into one form.

Similar to folklore, I think Taylor continues obscuring who her songs are about in Evermore.  To keep her writing as an outlet for very private relationships, feelings, and emotions, but protect her privacy (and secret).  It is my assertion that Taylor has weaved several real-life people together in each song.  Like the braid on the cover? 3 stands combine to make a hairstyle-symbols!

So when you say is “Willow” about her boyfriend/beard?  Yes.  Is it about Taylor, herself?  Yes.  Is it about a romantic relationship, perhaps Karlie?  Yes.  Her work situation?  Yes, that too.  It has pieces and characters and symbolism for each of those people/scenarios.  And also media like books and movies and historic figures mixed in.  I think Taylor sews chaos in her songs which makes analysis simultaneously universally relatable and also too complex to untangle.  

When Taylor released Evermore, she said she was going deeper into the forest.  And in the first batch of images was a wedding-looking dress? To me, Taylor saying she is going further into the woods (as opposed to Lover’s coming out into daylight) means she is going to double-down on the bearding, and stay in the closet.  I have a bad feeling the few remaining Kaylors are about to be disappointed.

When I heard folklore, I thought a lot of it was ambiguous.  And I think that was intentionally conveyed, because that’s exactly how Taylor felt.  She knew her Kaylor affair was having problems (and toxic and she was getting codependent), but she ended the album conveying their love was bigger than problems so she was sticking it out. She said, “No other shade of blue would do…She’s going to the lakes, but not without her muse.”

And Karlie did tease a completely secret album 13 days prior to its release.  I see that as them being together, or else Taylor would have sued Karlie’s a$$.  But then maybe after the album dropped Kaylor imploded, so now Tay wants to clarify?  I mean pregnancy and Miami nextdoor to Jarvanka aren’t very good signs…  And instead of a pre-planned tease, this time Karlie did a desperation-pap the day of release to prove she was in NY, not FL.  It tells me she didn’t know about Evermore…


I suspect folklore was confusion, grasping at straws, and ultimately the break-up in progress.  The sister album Evermore is the Kaylor is over for sure, album, but P.S. doesn’t Taylor have a lot of gay and lesbian-adjacent stories and interests?  And I do think there will be a 3rd album in the trilogy.  The merch doesn’t lie–but Taylor has been known to, “Nothing much going on here.”  It will be a brother album (one album for each cat, for each star on the cardigan, for each scrunchy-color)  that will take place at Woodville property at The Lakes, called (my guess) Sycamore!  And I’m afraid it’ll be all about the “boyfriend”…  But I hope I’m wrong.

Taylor Swift: folklore Album Review

13 Dec

This is the review.

For the cross-referenced songs/lyrics:

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/08/02/taylor-swifts-folklore-album-cross-referenced-with-lyrics-songs-albums-events/

For the Analysis:

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/2020/07/24/folklore-plausible-deniability/

The 1:  This song is like you’re sitting on the couch with Taylor and she’s telling you the story of all her past loves via song.  It’s soft, but an earworm none-the-less.  I like the thought experiment that is that song.  Taylor is going through her mind, wondering what her life would be like if she had gotten everything (and everyone) she wished for at that time in her life.

Cardigan:  This barely sounds like Taylor singing at all.  It’s very dream-pop.  The chorus is still that Taylor-Swift brand catchy though.  She does a good job of conveying emotion and longing here, and using imagery to show a safe, comfortable relationship.  

The Last Great American Dynasty:  A jaunty little pop song–and history lesson.  We learn America has always been misogynist, demanding women remain quiet and demure, and blaming females for all problems.  And at the end it’s a nice surprise to find out this is a profile of the person who had Taylor’s house prior to her.  And there are parallels between the two women and the societal conventions broken by both.

Exile:  Who knew Bon Iver has such a deep voice?  Have we ever heard that before?  This is in the top 5 of Taylor Swift duets.  They sound great together and nobody is overpowered.  The overlapping lyrics do a wonderful job, showing (vs telling) that nobody was listening to the other and that’s a reason for the discord in the relationship.  It also adds a lot of layers for the listener to enjoy.  

My Tears Ricochet:  A funeral start with the choral backing.  The softly sung lyrics lend to that feeling.  The title is a play on “Tears on my Guitar” an early single in her catalogue.  The symbolism is packed in this song!  It’s about Swift’s original label, her leaving on bad terms, and the battle for her masters.  

Mirrorball:  This is an album that calls for repeat listens and lyrical analysis.  It is packed full of information!  I dare to say Mirrorball is perhaps the catchiest tune in folklore, just because it was the song that attracted me most on the first listen.  It’s immediately palatable–where appreciation grows over listens on many others.  That it’s about Taylor being a people-pleaser, to the detriment of herself.  She wants her audience to be on her side and like her, and she’ll try till the bitter end.  Mirrorball is an image of how Taylor shows her audience what they want to see.

Seven:  Right in the beginning of the song, Taylor establishes she is about to tell about her childhood.  She brings up a friend and neighbor (we know she’s female because “braids like a pattern”) who has problems in the home.  Taylor wishes they could go to a fantasy world together.

August:  With this song, it’s back to more of a dreamy feel.  There’s an echo on some lyrics and some humming that puts in surreal, or memory territory.  It’s about a summer fling, but after Taylor is old enough to drink, “August slipped away like a bottle of wine.”  For whatever reason, this song always leaves me unsatisfied.  It’s short.  I want more detail.  Where is this. Who is this summer fling?  Taylor leaves me with more questions than answers.

This is Me Trying:  Another song about how Taylor tries to please.  It’s gentle and also lyrically echo.  There are so many great lines in this one!  It’s full of it.  “I got wasted like all my potential” “I was so ahead of the curve, the curve became a sphere, fell behind all my classmates, and ended up here.”  It really makes you think.

Illicit Affairs:  A song about an affair.  And it leaves the listener to wonder:  Who’s perspective is this song written from, and who are the two subjects of the song?  For my ideas on these matters, see my analysis posts:

Taylor starts singing in a stronger, more defiant tone in the last third of the song.  She makes clear that she’s ruin herself a million little times.

Invisible String:  What instrument is this, doing the plucking?  It sounds like something non-conventional.  And it makes the background music is an earworm, and the lyrics are a really sweet love song.  I like the idea that love is destiny, and all our smaller choices, and life events move us toward our soulmate.

Mad Woman:  Maybe my favorite song on the album (don’t ask me to choose which child I like best, type of thing).  Taylor is angry and I’m here for it!  “Everytime you call me crazy, I get more crazy…  And then you say I seem angry, I get more angry…  No one likes a mad woman–you made her like that.”  Yes!  Taylor gets it.  I’m pretty confident this is Taylor’s fuck you to the dude who stole her masters, who shall remain nameless here.  It’s a good bitter song.

Epiphany:  The slow organ(?) shows this will be another song about a depressing topic, maybe death.  It’s good foreshadowing.  And that’s where the positives end for this song, in my opinion.  My least favorite song on the album.  Is there a rule of 3s in writing?  If not, there should be.  Had Taylor tackled 3 topics, I would like this song better.  As it, she talks of war, and compares it (sort of, but not directly enough) to our current battle with covid.  It either needs to be a more explicit comparison, or talk about a third thing.   Because she didn’t, the song seems disjointed.I hate to criticize Taylor’s writing, because it’s one of the things she’s best at (second to embedding clues and utilizing symbols), but this song is just not the best writing.

Betty:  Harmonica!  What a welcome surprise.  This song is about a high school relationship, and Taylor is tricky about who exactly is narrating it.  See my other post on the matter:

One of the more catchy songs on the album, and for me, a nice reprieve from the slow, dream pop and funereal songs.  The guitar on the “I was walkin’ home” part, is upbeat and I like that a lot after the sort of mopey tone preceding this.  After two slow refrains, I love the triumphant, bum bum bum bum bum (that’s an onnawannapia of the notes) of the guitar to the end.

Peace:  Immediate dislike of the pulse sound.  These lyrics leave a lot of questions for the listener to deliberate:  Whos perspective is this song from?  Is it a happy song or a sad song?  Is the second party satisfied with this relationship?  I like the easy singing style, but it bothers me when things are left hanging and unresolved.  Maybe that’s the point with this one–Taylor is emphasizing exactly how she feels that ambiguity she just laid on us, her audience.  She put us right in her shoes.

Hoax:  I’m glad Taylor released an additional song, because I think this one is too negative and depressing to end an album.  It is melancholy and Taylor sounds a little defeated in it.  She basically says she’s sad, but nothing else will work, she is going to live with the sadness because her heart is taken with this person.  It’s a little bit, ‘victim of domestic abuse’ a mentality.  “This has frozen my ground”–pay attention, this becomes important later.  The piano and strings are beautiful, but the lyrics are just so dreary.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good song–I just wish Taylor was happy, and the subject was not hurting her.

The Lakes:  The first sounds remind me of when a movie shows a record player.  A litter antiquated and slightly degraded.  I think this song is chock full of poetry references, but let me be honest–that is not where my interests lie, so I didn’t take the time to do a true analysis.  The musical backing sounds much more optimistic than the prior couple of songs on the album.  And Taylor makes sure to indicate she wants to leave her life for this dreamscape–but not without her muse.  “A red rose grew up out of ice frozen grounds…” is a good symbol for the barren loneliness and horribleness that Taylor’s relationship with her lover grew out of.  Things were bad and cold and icy, but from the stemmed (pun!) a beautiful red flower.  Since it follows the depression of hoax, it shows Taylor has come through all of that negativity, that’s not where the story ends (a break up and toxicity) afterall.  It’s a more optimistic closer–thank goodness.  Also, Taylor is known to start the next album from the last song of the previous so this gives the listener a hint maybe the next album will be from some English chateaux where Taylor is holed up with her lover, doing what she does best–writing.

What a good album–it’s an understatement.  Taylor Swift again shows her dexterity as a writer and performer.  She really can do anything!  This album’s strongest feature was the layered writing, which embedded so much information, that it drove multiple listens–genius.  Like Apple’s work, Taylor shows she has a keen knack for saying, showing, and musically burying meanings everywhere.  Just don’t call folklore “Alternative” IT IS NOT IN THE ALTERNATIVE GENRE.  This is most definitely an attempt at dream pop like Lorde and an inspiration to Taylor, Lana del Ray.  But more hooks and catchiness.  Taylor can’t help but to write earworms.  It’s a good departure and makes me excited for whatever is going to follow.

My 1st Sweep for Kaylor Klues on Evermore

11 Dec

Here it is–easier to read!

Kaylor Evidence

I didn’t look at social media before I listened to the album for the express purpose of formulating my own options on the song meanings.

Willow;  Wherever you stray [my emphasis] I follow.  Wreck my plans.  Bait and Switch.  I’m wondering if part of this (the chorus? “Show me the places where the others gave you scars”) are sung from Karlie’s perspective.  Cut through like a knife.  Like you were a trouphy…  There was one prize I’d CHEAT to win.  I’ll meet you after dark.

Champagne Problems:   Bustlin’ crowds of sleeping cabs, don’t know which is worse.  Your heart was glass I dropped it.  Told your family for a reason, you couldn’t keep it in.  Your sister, now nobody’s celebrating.  Your midas touch.  Shame she’s stuck in her head.  I’m getting vibes that Karlie came out to her family, maybe friends, but Taylor was too hesitant and scared.  Love slipped beyond your reaches.  “I couldn’t give a reason”  I never was ready so I watched you go.  She would have made such a lovely bride… Something real instead.  I dropped your hand while dancin.

Gold Rush:  I think this might be Taylor’s first relationship where she wasn’t the obvious more publically desired partner.  Karlie had her own career, money, fans, and suitors.  What’s it like to grow up beautiful?  Everybody wants you.  Rose.  Turned you into folklore.  The coastal town we never found.  Sudden ending of song symbolizes the sudden ending of a relationship?

Tis the Damn Season:  I don’t think this is a Karlie song, but it does seem to be an ex from her hometown.  You can call me, babe, for the weekend.  The road not taken looks real good now and it always leads to you and my hometown.  So I’ll go back to L.A. The only soul who could tell which smiles I’m fakin’.  And the heart I know I’m breakin’ is my own.  I’m leavin’.  Mud on your truck tires.

Tolerate It:  I think most of this song may be about Taylor’s dad?  But there’s still some Kaylor-like references here.  Use my best colors for your portrait.  I take your indescredtions all in good fun.  My love should be celebrated, but you tolerate it.  Took this dagger in me and removed it. 

No Body No Crime:  The switching pronouns/subjects may make this into a metaphor at the end.   I think this crime song morphs maybe more into the love triangle situation. And the lesson–everyone is somewhat guilty.

Happiness:  Above the trees, harkens back to “Seven.”  Showed you all of my hiding spots.  I haven’t met the new me yet.  They’ll be happiness after you.  There was happiness past the blood and bruise.  This song has a quiet rage.  “I can’t see facts through all my fury.”  This song shows how Taylor has matured, and she says “I can’t make it go away by making you a villian.”  Taylor is not going to write one of her favorite fuck you broken up songs.  She can sit with the sadness, heartbreak, and anger, without lashing out.  There is happiness in our history.  I woulda loved you for a lifetime.  Tell me when did your winning smile begin to look like a smirk?  Begin to look like weapons pointed at my deepest hurt.  Leave it all behind.  I can’t make it go away by making you a villian.  I guess It’s the price I pay for 7 years of heaven.  Pillow where you used to lay your head.  No one teaches you what to do when a good man hurts you and you know you hurt him too.   Leave it all behind–and there is happiness.

Dorothea:  Not about Karlie, but there are some similarities.  When we were younger.  A tiny screens the only places I see you now.  Stars in your eyes.  I think Taylor uses this line several times on this album to convey someone thirsty for fame or money or status.  And I think that’s why a song about an old relationship pops up here.  This girl’s hunger to get out of town and be famous, makes Taylor think of Karlie, who is always chasing a bigger, greater life.  Tired of bein’ known for who you know.  In magazines.  You’ll go on with the show.

Coney Island: Did I shatter you?  Where did my baby go?  Sorry for not making you my centerfold.  Colder and colder when the sun goes down.  You were too polite to leave me.  Sorry for not winning you an arcade ring over and over.  Did I paint your bluest skies the darkest gray?  But when I walked up to the podium, I forgot to say your name.  I think that I forgot to say your name over and over.

Ivy:  My pain fits in the palm of your freezin’ hand.  My house of stone.  I want to know the fatal flaw…cursed. opal eyes.  Your hand…  It’s been promised to another.  What would he do if he found us out?  He’s gonna burn this house to the ground.  Compares Karlie to ivy.  I lived and died.  Fire, it’s a violent blaze in the dark.  You started it.  So yeah, it’s a war, and you started it.  Now I’m covered in you.

Cowboy Like Me:  You asked me to dance, and I said dancin is a dangerous game.  Now I know I’m never gonna love again.  Takes one to know one.  Never wanted love, just a fancy car.  Tellin’ all the rich folks everything they wanna hear.  Eyes full of stars, hustlin’ for the good life.  Skeletons in both our CLOSETS.  I really did believe I was the one.  Before I locked it down.  Gardens of Babylon (Queer as Folk referenced this hedistic place by calling their main club, Babylon).  Never gonna love again.

Long Story Short:  Golden gates they once held the keys to.

Marjorie:  The same sentiment of keeping a person within yourself, after they’ve passed away, applies to break ups too.  “What died didn’t stay dead, you’re alive in my mind” 

Closure;  Pain.  It’s not all right.  It cut deep to know you, right to the bone.  I know that it’s over.  Don’t treat me like a situration that needs to be handled.  I can feel you smoothing me over.  It sounds a lot like my tears and my beards and my candles…  We know Taylor’s a WINE drinker.  I know I’m just a wrinkle in your new life, stayin’ friends would iron it out so nice.  As someone who always follows the rule to just end things when it ends, I agree strongly with Taylor not wanting to give Karlie a pass, and not try to be friends.  Reaching across the sea you put between you and me. 

Evermore:  I’ve been down since July.  Can’t remember what I used to fight for.  All it does is pause on the very moment all lost.  Sending signals to be double-crossed.  Can not think of the cost or the things that will be lost. Our shipped wrecked.  In the cracks of light, I dreamed of you.  It was real enough to get me through.

Taylor wrote a whole ass album to give us Kaylors closure.  We were, afterall, her biggest supporters all this time, awknowledging and embracing her true story.  I’m sad it’s over, because at one point TAylor and Karlie looked so happy together, but I’m glad Taylor told us definitively that it was real–she even gives us 7 years, and that it’s for sure over.

Don’t Ever Say a Mean Thing to a Pregnant Woman (Says Patriarchal Society)

19 Nov

This whole conversation started because on Karlie’s baby bump video where she says, “Good morning baby” I commented, “nope.”  It was a (softly) negative Twitter comment in a sea of “congratulations,” “you will be a great mom,” and “you’re glowing.”    

Honestly, I take offense that all the comments were reverential.  Considering the negativity I see on EVERY SINGLE OTHER KK post, and Twitter as a whole.  It’s backward.  And here’s why:

So is it OK if I say Lady Gaga copies Madonna’s career?  Because we don’t know she’s pregnant?

How about Jared Ku$hner.  Can I say he’s corrupt?  Because he’s a man, and can’t get pregnant?

And would it have been OK to say something negative to Karlie 6 months ago?  Because she probably wasn’t pregnant then?

Socially chastising me for “being proud of saying something negative to a pregnant woman” is so predictable.  You’re making a judgement call.  And why?  Of course, socially-imposed “rules” are held up by individuals in society.  But, is this a good rule?  Why is it a thing?  

Is my comment going to cause Karlie’s baby harm?  I don’t want to put anything specific, because just-in-case.  But you get my point, that it’s probably unlikely that reading one Twitter comment is going to hurt either mom or baby.  Are women more “delicate” when they’re pregnant?  Women (for Millennia) doing agriculture and having a child right in the field then continuing on with work, prove–no.  And nutritionally, it’s a myth that pregnancy is the most challenging time.  Lactation, then the growth stage are harder on the body [Animal Science, major here!].  

Does pregnancy earn a woman more respect?  I think so, in our society (hence the social stigma), but I am a hard disagree that it should be this way.  A woman should be treated better, because she’s carrying a child?  But not at other times in her life.  Is pregnancy the most important job or function a woman ever will have?  Because a child is involved, women are more revered than normal?  To me, the fact I have to ask these questions, and the fact the answers are probably all yes, (in our culture) is wrong.

To me, that sounds more fucked up than treating a woman like a human, even if she’s carrying a child.  Don’t misinterpret my words–I am NOT suggesting people abuse pregnant women in any way, shape, or form.  But is it right to treat her like porcelain?  Nope.