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Taylor Swift’s Catalogue Ranked by Kit10Phish (final)

14 Mar

I ranked all album songs from least favorite to my very most delightful favorite of all the songs!

How I made this list:

https://kit10phish.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=11721&action=edit

and check out the many (not final) lists for more description

(numbers) are the album/era

(C)atchy, (D)etailed story, (G)aylor references, (I)nstrumentals, (L)yrical complexity, very high/low (N)otes, (P)roduction stands out in a good way, (S)entimental

Skips
Last Place Song:
Superman (3)

Soon You’ll Get Better (7)
(best skip) Epiphany (8)

Mehs
3 boring:
A Perfectly Good Heart (1): I, N
(best boring-meh) The Archer (7): G, L

Mehs
2 Personally Dislike:
The Lakes (8): G, L, N, P
End Game (6): C, G, L, P (terrible feat!)
(best disliked meh) Coney Island (9): G, L, N (terrible feat!)

Mehs
1 Exactly Meh:
It’s Nice to Have a Friend (7); D, G, L (Ambiguity bothers me; weird production)
The Other Side of the Door (2): I, L, N
A Place in This World (1): I, N
Right Where You Left Me (9): C, G, L, N (repetitive)
(best exactly meh) The Outside (1): I, N (weak)

OK3 = nearly meh (final)
OK-3B BOTTOM OF LIST:
Tell Me Why (2): C, I, N = 3b (thin voice & a bit generic lyrically)
Sad, Beautiful, Tragic (4): C = 3B (both blah and bummer)
Superstar (2); D = 3B (zzzzzz)
I Almost Do (4); C = 3 (too needy/pathetic/un-feminist. Yet catchy)
(best OK-bottom of nearly meh) Jump Than Fall (2): C, I = 3B

OK3 = nearly meh (final)
OK-3A = TOP OF LIST:
The Other Side of the Door (2); C, I, L, N = 3A
Innocent (3): C, I, N = 3A
Last Kiss (3): C, D, N = 3A
The Best Day (2): C, D, = 3A
(best nearly meh) Fearless (2); C, I, N = 3a

OK2 = exactly neutral
OK-2B = BOTTOM OF LIST:
Peace (8): C, D, G, L = 2b (hate pulsing; lyrics condescending(?))
Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince (7); C, D, G, L, N = 2b (don’t care for HS/politics mixing & end chant is too much. But lots of good one-liners)
I Wish You Would (5): C, G = 2A
It’s Time to Go (9): C, D, G, L, N = 2B
Illicit Affairs (8); C, D, G, L = 2B
August (8); C, G, L = 2B
(best OK-bottom of exactly neutral) A Place in the World (1): C, I, N = 2B

OK2 = exactly neutral
OK-2A = TOP OF LIST:
The Way I Loved You (2): C, D, I, N = 2A
False God (7): C, G, L = 2A
Breathe (2): C, G(?), L = 2A
Dorthea (9): C, D, G, L, N = 2A
Happiness (9): C, D, L = 2A
Seven (8); C, D, G, L, N = 2a
(best of OK-exactly neutral) Long Live (3): C, D, I, N = 2A

OK1 = almost good
OK-1B= BOTTOM OF LIST:
Mary’s Song (oh my my) (1): C, D, I, N = 1B
This Love (5): C, G, L, N, P = 1b
I Think He Knows (7): C, G, L, P = 1b
(best OK-bottom of almost good) London Boy; C, D, L, P = 1b

OK1 = almost good
OK-1A= TOP OF LIST:
New Romantics (5): C, D, G, L, N, P = 1A
Hey Stephen (2): C, D = C2
Call It What You Want (6); C, G, L, P = 1A
Tied Together w/a Smile (1): C, D, I, N = C2 (less repetition, some more notes & instrumentals
Gorgeous (6): C, D, L, N, P = 1A
King of My Heart (6): C, L, N, P = 1A (ENDING)
Change (2); C, I (@ END!), N = 1A
Back to December-acoustic (3): C, D, I, N, S = 1A
(best OK-almost good) Cornelia Street (7); C, D, G, L, N = 1A

Good c = almost OK
Gc2 = bottom of category:
State of Grace-acoustic (4): C, L = C2
Begin Again (4): D, I, L = C2
The Last Time (4): C, I = C2 (weird collaboration)
(best Good-bottom of almost OK) Cold as You (1): I, N = C2

Good c = almost OK
Gc1 = top of category:
22 (4): C = c1
Untouchable (2): C, I, N = C1
Come in w/the Rain (2): C, I = C1
All Too Well (4): D, I, L, N = C1 (almost a powwow beat; and yup I did rank it this low)
Starlight (4); C, I = C1
(best Good-almost OK) Sparks Fly (3); C, I = C1

Good b= exactly good
Gb2 = bottom of category:
If this was a Movie (3): C, D, I, N = B2
Never Grow Up (3): C, D, I, N = B2 (problematic sentiment)
’tis the damn Season (9): C, D, L, B2
You are in Love (5): C, N = B2
Stay Beautiful (1): C, I, N = B2
Treacherous-demo (4): C, G(!), L = B2
Cardigan (8): C, D, G, L = B2
Red-demo (4): C = B2
The Last Great American Dynasty (8): C, D = B2
How You Get the Girl (5): C, D, G = B2
(best Good-bottom of exactly good) White Horse (2): D, I, N = B2

Good b= exactly good
Gb1 = top of category:
Everything has Changed (4); C, N = B1
Holy Ground (4): C, D, G, L = B1
This is Me Trying (8): C, I, L(!) = B1
Afterglow (7): C, P = B1
Treacherous (4): C, G(!), L =B1
Daylight (7): C, G, L, N = b1
Come Back…Be Here (4): C, N = B1
Mirrorball (8): C, G, L = B1
I’m Only Me When I’m w/You (1): C, I(!) = b1
Forever & Always-piano (2): C, I, N = B1
The Lucky One (4): C, D, N, = B1
(best Good-exactly good) Fifteen (2): C, D, I = B1

Good a= almost awesome
Ga2 = bottom of category:
This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (6): a2
Welcome to New York (5): C, D, G, N, P = A2
Me! (7): C, G, I, N = A2 (yup, I ranked it this high–it grew on me)
Wildest Dreams (5): C, N, S = A2 (sexy)
Delicate (6): C, D, G, L, P = A2
So It Goes…(6): C, G, P, L, N = A2 (sexy lines)
Mine-pop (3): D, I, N = A2
Clean (5): C, G, L, P = A2
Tim McGraw (1): C, D, G, I, N = A2
Champagne Problems (9): C (bridge), D, G, L = A2a
(best Good-bottom of almost awesome) Betty (8): C, D, I, G, L = A2a (catchy, & swelling instrumentals)

Good a= almost awesome
Ga1 = top of category:
Mine (3): C, D, I, N = A1
Haunted-acoustic (3): C, I, N, P = A1
Getaway Car (6): C, D, G, P = A1
Death by a Thousand Cuts (7): C, D, G, L, = A1b
Gold Rush (9): C, G, L = A1b
tolerate it (9): G, I, L = A1
Cruel Summer (7): C, G, L, N = A1b
Red (4): C, I, L, P = A1
New Year’s Day (6): C, D, I, N =A1
Cowboy Like Me (9): C, D, G, I, L = A1
willow (9): C, G, L, N = A1 (so effing catchy!)
Dress (6): C, G, L = A1 (SEXY)
Haunted (3): C, I (!), N, P = A1a
Teardrops On My Guitar-RADIO (1): C, I, L, N = A1 (sounds almost the same to me)
(best Good-almost awesome) Teardrops On My Guitar-POP (1): C, I, L, N = A1 (more beat & echo)

Awesome- 3 BETTER THAN GOOD:
All You had to do was Stay (5): C, N = 3
Evermore (9): C, L, N = 3
Stay, Stay, Stay (4): C, D, S = 3
Bad Blood (6): C, N = 3
The Moment I Knew (4): D, N = 3
(best Awesome-better than good) Ours (3); C, L, N = 3

Awesome-2 SOLID AWESOME
2b = bottom of list:
You Belong w/Me (2); C, D, I, N, S = 2b
I Forgot that You Existed (7); C = 2b
Girl at Home (4): C, N = 2b
Our Song (1): C, D, I =2b
Paper Rings (7): C, D, G, P = 2b
No Body, No Crime (9): C, D, L (pronoun/subject) = 2a
Closure (9); C, G, L, P = 2b
The 1 (8): C, D, G, L = 2b
Wonderland (5); C, G, L, N, P = 2b
(best Awesome-bottom of solid awesome) Ivy (9); C, G, L = 2b

Awesome-2 SOLID AWESOME
2a = top of list:
my tears ricochet (8): D, L, P = 2a
Mad Women (8): C, L, N = 2a
Out of the Woods (5): D (bridge), G, L = 2a (is this car crash real? who and when? major gay closet vibes)
The Man (7): C, G, L = 2a
Invisible String (8); C, D, L = 2A
You Need to Calm Down (7): C, G, S = 2a (the 3 things being compared aren’t related? enthusiastic!)
Back to December (3): C, D, S(!) = 2a
Blank Space (5): C, G, L, N = 2a
(best of Awesome-solid awesome) I Knew You Were Trouble (4); C, N, P = 2a (subtle-moag)

Awesome-1 ELITE
1b= bottom of list:
Love Story (2-TV): C, D, I, N = 1a (same except staccato reme-o & fa-ding)
Love Story (2): C, D, I, N = 1a (her 1st crowd favorite, but rom-com effect w/princess stuff & severe heteronormativity)
Dear John (3); C, D, L, N = 2a
Enchanted (3): C, D(!), I, N, S = 1b
Better Than Revenge (3): C, D, I(!), N, S = 1B (sounds like Paramore; problematic mean-girl stuff, but it was a time)
Exile (8): C, G, I, L, N = 1b
Dancing with Our Hands Tied (6): C, G, L, N, P = 1b
Marjorie (9); C, G, L, P, S = 1b (I love the sentiment more than the song. Intense memories of my Grandma, thanks Taylor, for that)
(best of awesome- bottom of elite) Long Story Short (9): C, G, L, P = 1b

Awesome-1 ELITE
1a = top of list:
Style (5): C, G, I, L, N, P = 1a (who is she talking about, what car crash is referenced, is it real?)
Lover (7): C, G, L, S = 1a
Shake It Off (5): C, N = 1a (love the sentiment, & catchiest of ever!)
I Did Something Bad (6): C, N, P = 1a (moag is the star here)
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (4): C, I, P = 1a
Look What You Made Me Do (6): C, P = 1a (exciting like several songs w/in 1 song, I don’t trust nobody bridge)
The Story of Us (3): C, I, S = 1a ( like the next chapter, the end)
Picture to Burn (1): C, I, S = 1a
Shoulda Said No (1): C, I, N, S(!) = 1a
…Ready for It? (6); C, G, N, P = 1a (sexy sounds & moag)
(4th best song) I Know Places (5): C, G, L, N, P = 1a

–and the top 3 songs in the entire catalogue (in my opinion):
*Don’t Blame Me (6): C, G, L, N(!), P = 1a (that moag! She sings her ASS off! Probably the best, barring sentimental favorites)

You’re Not Sorry (2): C, I, N, S(!) = 1a

(My #1 song) Mean (3): C, L, S(!) =1a (after all the listening I learned sentimental really does trump every other characteristic.)

Taylor Swift Album & Song Ranking Procedure (science behind the catalogue ranked last to first)

10 Mar

This is the result of ranking each album by song. What I mean is I ranked each song on the album awesome, good, OK, meh, or skip. The ranking is what I like! It’s not technical, it’s not based on song complexity or singing–just my opinion. But my consistent opinion. I listened and checked each of these lists until my opinion didn’t change, and the songs were locked into their ranking. For the album ranking, I counted up the number of songs in each group. The albums with the highest amount of awesome songs were ranked the highest.                 

awesome       good to ok             meh              skip

1989                      7                     5                           4                    0

speak now            7                      5                           4                    1

red                        5                      13                         0                    0

folklore                  6                      9                            1                   1

Evermore 6 8 0 1

reputation            5                       8                           2                   0

fearless                  5                       8                         4                   1

self-titled               5                       6                           3                    1

lover                       4                       7                           4                   3

P.S. I think the above chart might have changed a little after I ranked each individual song. I’ll have to update it after the catalogue ranking is posted.

Then I took it further. I wanted to rank every song in Taylor’s catalogue (album songs only). I started with the awesome, good, OK, meh, skip playlists from the album ranking, then narrowed those groups into smaller groups.

For example, I took the awesome list and ranked those songs into 3 groups within awesome: Elite, exactly awesome, and almost good.

I did this with all 5 of the original playlists.

At the same time, I marked the song characteristics.

(C)atchy

(D)etailed story

(G)aylor references

(I)nstrumentals

(L)yrical complexity

very high/low (N)otes

(P)roduction stands out in a good way

(S)entimental

Some of the lists were still overwhelmingly large, so I split them in half

like top of the elite-awesomes and bottom of elite-awesomes.

There’s more. Once the lists were manageable, I tried to put the songs in order on each list. This required a lot of listens. I would put the songs on each different group in order, then listen to each different section to make sure the list was accurate. If there was any changes on a section (at least one song moved), I’d mark the list to double-check.

I listened from the bottom to the top, each different group from skip all the way up to awesome, marking any sections with song changes.

If there was a change I would listen to that section again later. I listened over and over until no songs needed to be moved.

Well, I finally finished today! After the holiday music, I started this project so it’s been a long time coming. As soon as I format the lists, I’ll post it up. Hope you enjoy!

Lover (2019) by Taylor Swift Song Ranking

21 Feb

27.8% Awesome; 27.8% Good; 27.8% OK; 11.1% Meh; 5.6% Skip out of 18

5 Awesome

I Forgot that You Existed

Lover

The Man

Paper Rings

You Need to Calm Down

The first half of the ERA is so Me! The latter half, with the dark colors and over-sized men’s wear stuff is decidedly NOT my aesthetic. Also, the era felt interrupted and incomplete with the masters, a possible Kaylor break-up, and Covid-19. This album? Overall, my gripe is that it’s over-produced. Too much is going on and it’s as if someone is playing with all the new sounds, trying everything available. I think it would be better if the production was designed around the song. But there’s a lot of catchy hooks here, and lyrics working double-duty.

5 Good

Cruel Summer

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Me (originally a skip, but grew on me & high notes)

Afterglow

Daylight

5 OK

I Think He Knows

Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince

London Boy

False God

Cornelia Street (who’s story is this?)

2 Meh

The Archer

It’s Nice to Have a Friend

1 Skip

Soon You’ll Get Better (nice, but too depressing)

MY RANKING OF TAYLOR SWIFT ALBUMS

18 Aug

I was wondering how I ranked Taylor Swift’s albums.

And I would have told you I probably liked:

Reputation

I love that moag!  And it’s sassy and bitter in a good way.  But it’s optimistic and full of hidden love too.  Also, it really reminds me of Karlie Kloss.

Lover

The aborted coming out album, with all the rainbows and kittens I adore!  This is for-SURE my favorite era (the colorful pre-masters, not the black suits post-masters).

folklore

Impeccable writing.  I like how the songs tie together and make you really analyze as a listener.

1989

Middle of the road for me.  I like the 80s electronic sound OK, but I didn’t think it had a bunch of songs I liked.  Also, I missed out on the Red and 1989 eras, because they weren’t on Spotify, so I always feel a bit left out and disengaged from this one.

Speak Now

I like the country stuff, and how spunky Taylor had been in this genre.  But I thought she had grown a lot as a writer and in maturity.  Also, all that princess stuff challenges my feminism, so I felt a little–mmm disingenuous ignoring the more problematic parts of that.

Red

I don’t like this album as well, because I feel like it’s too much of a smattering.  The genres are mixed, the songs aren’t as cohesive, and the style is all over the place.  Same as 1989, I missed out on the Red and 1989 eras, because they weren’t on Spotify, so I always feel a bit left out and disengaged from this one.

Self-Titled

I think this one is more the label and studio then actually giving Taylor creative freedom.  So yeah, it’s good, but it’s definitely a starting point.

Fearless

I thought Fearless was very “of it’s time” like 2 singles then the rest fillers.  This was prior to streaming really catching hold, so the labels would put just a couple really good songs, then just stuff to make the album come close to the price point.  People who came up with streaming, who didn’t have to buy a physical item to get their one favorite song, don’t know how good they have it!

And I thought I would listen to each album and kind of count how many songs I liked on each.

But of course as I listened, I wanted to be more specific.

So I categorized each song one of these headings:

Awesome

My favorite ones.  The songs that make me enthusiastic when I hear them.  It’s mostly based on that feeling, not necessarily musicality, lyrics, or anything technical.

good to OK (combo)

The songs that just weren’t great enough to give me chills or make me feel amped up, but obviously quality tunes.  I should not have done a combo category, b/c now I am compelled to re-listen to each song there and tease them apart into good and ok.  But later.

meh

Ones where I tuned out pretty much every time they came up.  Not bad to take off a playlist, but lower than neutral.

skip

These are the ones that are either throw-away fillers, or for me, ones that were well made songs, but were too depressing and I didn’t really want to listen to often (Soon You’ll Get Better is a beautiful melody, well written, and has its place, but it’s a fucking bummer for all the time, so I took it off all like work lists and stuff).

Once I had listened and ranked.

Then I listened again.

Just to make sure the rankings were consistent, and not based on mood at the time or anything.

The songs that were different, got a 3rd listen to rank them definitively.

And then I counted all the awesomes, good to oks, mehs, and skips for each album.  Finally, I could rank the albums.  The most awesomes obviously at the top.  And if there were ties, I went to the next category and pulled the higher # of goods up one spot.  If there were still ties, I ranked the albums with more skips toward the bottom.  And so on and so fourth.  So I am very confident it’s accurate for me.

Boy, was I surprised how different the quantitative ranking

differed from just my feelings about the albums!

Based on songs it ended up being:

1989 (Previously thought it was 3rd)

Speak Now (A lot of sentimental favorites.  Previously thought to be 5th)

Red (Previously thought to be 6th)

folklore (Previously thought to be 3rd)

Evermore

Reputation (Ranked 1st without research)

Fearless (Ranked last without research)

Self-Titled (Ranked 7th before)

Lover (Wow!  What a shocker!  I thought this was 2nd before.)

I was going to share with you what songs I put where, but after doing all that leg work, I decided I’m prepared to rank every song in Taylor Swift’s catalouge from my favorite to least favorite.

So for now I’ll just share the numbers:

.                            awesome        good to ok             meh              skip

1989                      7                       5                           4                    0

speak now             7                       5                           4                    1

red                         5                      13                          0                    0

folklore                   6                       9                           1                    1

Evermore              6                        8                           0                     1

reputation              5                       8                           2                    0

fearless                   5                       8                           4                    1

self-titled                5                       6                           3                    1

lover                        4                       7                           4                    3

_____________________________________________________________________________

overall                     44                     57                         24                   9

Taylor Swift’s folklore Album Cross-Referenced with Lyrics, Songs, Albums, Events

2 Aug

Oh my goodness.  I became obsessed with this project.  I took every key word I heard in the folklore album and cross-referenced common songs.  Example:  The phrase, “chosen family” is in the song, The 1 and also in the song Peace.  And that probably means something.  It lets you know there is at least one connection between those 2 songs.  And that knowledge will help untie the album, which is layered in meaning (see my other post about that).  Then, I heard words in folklore that referenced Taylor’s past work.  So I looked at 1989, Reputation, and Lover albums and tried to find every instance of common lyrics.  For example, the word, “bleed” is in The 1 and Cardigan and Epiphany in this latest album, but it’s also in the lyric, “and if I bleed you’ll be the last to know” from the song Cruel Summer on the Lover album.  It became crazy to try to use quotations, and I might italicize later so the format I used was:

 

-Ignore any capitalization issues, they don’t mean anything.  I am working from home and my work is CAPSlock, so many of these things were jotted while I worked.

-Different color for each folklore song

-folklore songs alphabetized for ease of sort & find

-Title of folklore song bolded and underlined

-the bolded word or phrase of interest with a “-” denoting each new one

-wavy (is that what they’re called?) brackets {showing what other song on folklore contains that word/phrase}

-brackets containing song title, followed by album name then an equals sign “=” with the quoted lyric that is connected

-For many words and phrases in folklore, there are multiple song lyrics that apply from other albums, I have put each with a squiggle (?IDK the term?) to denote each

-I attempted to put pictures that apply to the word/phrase/situation at hand, but WordPress is very heavy and unfriendly for that, so excuse formatting.

-ctrl F was my best friend

 

I think this is the sort of project that is never finished.  For timeliness, I am posting as is, with the intention of adding more, clarifying, and amping it up.

 

 

 

The 1

-never bleed you’re never gonna grow {also Cardigan and Epiphany} [Cruel Summer from Lover = “and if I bleed you’ll be the last to know”]

chosen family {also Peace}

-makin it count 

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “I counted days, I counted miles”]

~[So It Goes from Reputation = “number…who’s counting“]

dream {also Betty and Ephiphany}

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I’m a nightmare dressed like a day dream“]   

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “my baby’s fit like a day dream“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “fever dream“]

~[Delicate from Reputation = Are you ever dreaming of me?”]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “your love is a secret I’m hoping, dreaming, dying to keep”]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “dirty dreams“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “Paper rings and picture frames and all my dreams“]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “in the middle of the night, in my dreams“]

~[Style from 1989 = “you got that James Dean day dream look in your eye”]

~[Wildest Dreams from 1989 = “red lips & rosy cheeks say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams…”]

-“on some new shit” *drugs?

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover =”Gave up on me like I was a bad drug“]

~[Don’t Blame Me from Reputation = “Lord, save me, my drug is my baby”]

films never made {also “FILM REEL” in This is Me Trying and Exile and “movie in Hoax}

~[The Archer from Lover = “cruelty wins in the movies“]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “Lost in a film scene”]

runnin {also Illicit Affairs and Cardigan}   

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “you don’t need to save me, but would you run away with me?”]

~[Getaway Car from Reputation = “while he was runnin‘ after us, I was screamin’, ‘go, go, go!'”]

~[I Know Places from 1989 = “they are the hunters, we are the foxes, and we run“]

~[I Wish You Would from 1989 = “if you wanna run and hide then it makes you turn right back around” “this mad mad love makes you come running“]

~[This Love from 1989 = “when you’re young you just run“]

~[The Man from Lover = “I’m so sick of running“]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “running through rose thorns”]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “stealing hearts and running off and never sayin’ sorry”]

waking up alone [Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = “flashbacks waking me up”]

 

 

roarin 20s [“In the roaring twenties they rewrote the rules.. “

A new movie poster of The Laureate starring Laura HaddockDianna Agron Kathy Bates Tom Hughes

latest project from Red Rock Entertainment

The true story of Robert Graves]

 

 

 

August:

-twistin’ in bedsheets [Daylight from Lover = “back & forth from NY, sneakin’ in your bed“]

-get in the car {also Betty and Cardigan and This is Me Trying}

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I sit casually in the car“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “I’m drunk in the back of the car“]

~[Getaway Car from Reputation = “nothing good starts in a getaway car” “you were drivin’ the getaway car” “we’re ridin’ in a getaway car” “I was crying in a getaway car” “I was dyin’ in a getaway car” “said goodbye in a getaway car“]

~[I Wish You Would from 1989 = “it’s 2 am in your car“]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “all the boys and their expensive cars“]   

LEVIS {also in Cardigan}

~[Delicate from Reputation = “dark jeans and your Nikes, look at you”]

~[London Boy from Lover = “faded blue jeans“]

MEMORY [New Years Day from Reputation = “hold on to the memories“]

-cancel my plans [Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = paper cut stains from my paper thin plans]

runnin’ like water {also The One and Illicit affairs and Cardigan} [Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “I’d hold you as the water rushes in”]

summer love {also in Betty and Peace and Seven}

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “it’s a cruel summer“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “snuck in through the garden gate every night that summer just to seal my fate”]   

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “summer’s a knife”]

~[Lover from Lover = “loved you three summers now”]

~[Me from Lover = “Livin in winter, I am your summer“]

-bottle of wine

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover “My time, my wine, my spirit, my trust”]

~[False God from Lover = “begging for forgiveness, got the wine for you”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “The wine is cold”]

 

 

Betty:

cobblestones {also in Cardigan}

-couldn’t breathe {also in Madwoman and Epiphany}

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “did you have to hit me, where I’m weak, baby, I couldn’t breathe“]

~[Clean from 1989 = “that’s when I could finally breathe“]

~[Daylight from Lover = “clear in the air, I breathed in the smoke”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “…wake up at night and watch you breathe“]

doorstep {also “doorway” in This is Me Trying and “side door” in Exile and “door” in Hoax} [How You Get the Girl from 1989 = “she’ll open up the door and say, ‘are you insane?'”]

dream {also Epiphany and The 1}   

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I’m a nightmare dressed like a day dream“]

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “my baby’s fit like a day dream“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “fever dream“]

~[Delicate from Reputation = Are you ever dreaming of me?”]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “your love is a secret I’m hoping, dreaming, dying to keep”]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “dirty dreams“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “Paper rings and picture frames and all my dreams“]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “in the middle of the night, in my dreams“]

~[Style from 1989 = “you got that James Dean day dream look in your eye”]

~[Wildest Dreams from 1989 = “red lips & rosy cheeks say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams…”]

-in front of your stupid friends {also in The Last Great American Dynasty and Peace and Cardigan}

~[The Archer from Lover = “…my enemies started out friends“]

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I know you heard about me, so hey, let’s be friends“]

~[It’s Nice to Have a Friend from Lover “it’s nice to have a friend“]

~[Dress from Reputation = “I don’t want you like a best friend“]

~[This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things = “it was so nice being friends again” “friends don’t try to trick you” “I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately” “here’s a toast to my real friends“]

~[London Boy from Lover = “…watching rugby with his school friends“]

~[Lover from Lover = “…let our friends crash in the living room”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “…high, like your friends were the night that we 1st met”]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “…comin at my friends like a missle”]   

-in the garden

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I can make all the tables turn, rose garden filled with thorns”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “snuck in through the garden gate”]

home {also in Exile and Peace and Tears Ricochet}

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “leading us home” “I took the long way home“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “…I cried like a baby coming home from the bar”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “do the girls back home touch you like I do?”]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats”]

~[I Think He Knows from Lover = “I’ll make myself at home“]

~[Lover from Lover = “take me out and take me home (forever and ever)”]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “I think you should come back home“]

~[New Year’s Day from Reputation = “or if you strike out and you’re crawling home“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “went home and tried to stalk you on the internet”]

~[Style from 1989 = “takes me home” “just take me home“]

party {also in The Last Great American Dynasty} [New Year’s Day from Reputation = “there’s glitter on the floor after the party“]

-kiss me on the porch {also in Cardigan}

summer  {also in August and Peace and Seven}   

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “it’s a cruel summer“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “snuck in through the garden gate every day that summer just to seal my fate”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “summer’s a knife”]

~[Lover from Lover = “loved you three summers now”]

~[Me from Lover = “Livin in winter, I am your summer“]

 

-only 17 idk anything [I Think He Knows from Lover = “it’s like I’m seventeen, nobody understands”]

 

 

CARDIGAN: 

-DOWNTOWN BARS

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “drunk on something stronger than the drinks in the bar“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “…I cried like a baby coming home from the bar“]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “dive bar on the East side, where you at?”]

~[So it Goes from Reputation = “met you in a bar“]

bleedin {also “bleed” in The 1 and Epiphany} [Cruel Summer from Lover = “and if I bleed you’ll be the last to know”]

BLOOD STAINS {also “bloody” in Tears Ricochet and Exile} [Bad Blood from 1989 = “baby now we got bad blood” “if you love like that blood runs cold”]

-kiss in cars {also Betty and August and This is Me Trying}   

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I sit casually in the car“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “I’m drunk in the back of the car“]

~[Getaway Car from Reputation = “nothing good starts in a getaway car” “you were drivin’ the getaway car” “we’re ridin’ in a getaway car” “I was crying in a getaway car” “I was dyin’ in a getaway car” “said goodbye in a getaway car“]

~[I Wish You Would from 1989 = “it’s 2 am in your car“]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “all the boys and their expensive cars“]

COBBLESTONES {also in Betty}

DRUNK {also Mirrorball}   

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I get drunk on jealousy”]

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “drunk on something stronger than the drinks in the bar”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “drunk in the back of the car”]

~[Dress from Reputation = “you kiss my face and we’re both drunk“]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk”]

FRIEND {also in The Last Great American Dynasty and Peace and Betty}

~[The Archer from Lover = “…my enemies started out friends“]

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I know you heard about me, so hey, let’s be friends“]

~[It’s Nice to Have a Friend from Lover “it’s nice to have a friend“]

~[Dress from Reputation = “I don’t want you like a best friend“]

~[This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things = “it was so nice being friends again” “friends don’t try to trick you” “I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately” “here’s a toast to my real friends“]

~[London Boy from Lover = “…watching rugby with his school friends“]

~[Lover from Lover = “…let our friends crash in the living room”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “…high, like your friends were the night that we 1st met”]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “…comin at my friends like a missle”]

-HIGH HEELS {also in Mirrorball}

LEVIS {also in August}

~[Delicate from Reputation = “dark jeans and your Nikes, look at you”]

~[London Boy from Lover = “faded blue jeans“]

PORCH {also in Betty}

SCARS {also Hoax}

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “It’ll leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar“]

~[Lover from Lover = “with every guitar string scar on my hand”]

SMOKE   

~[The Archer from Lover = “room filled with smoke” “the room is on fire, invisible smoke“]

~[Daylight from Lover = “breathed in the smoke“]

-UNDER a STREETLIGHT {also in Betty} [Cornelia Street from Lover = “street lights pointed in an arrowhead, leading us home”]

TRAIN [The Archer from Lover = “jump from the train, I ride off alone”]

RUNNIN’ LIKE WATER {also The One and Illicit affairs and August} [Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “I’d hold you as the water rushes in”]

WEEKENDS

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I can make the bad guys good for a weekend“]

~[It’s Nice to Have a Friend from Lover = “feels like home stay in bed the whole weekend“]

 

WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG, THEY ASSUME YOU KNOW NOTHING {also in Betty}

 

 

 

black lipstick

~[Taylor wore very dark lipstick to the Met]

~[Reputation album cover features Taylor in black lipstick]

 

tattoo kiss [Dress from Reputation = “made you mark on me, a golden tattoo”]

 

 

 

EPHIPHANY:

BLEEDIN‘ {also “bleed” in The One and Cardigan} [Cruel Summer from Lover = “and if I bleed you’ll be the last to know”]

breathe {also in Betty and Madwoman}

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “did you have to hit me, where I’m weak, baby, I couldn’t breathe“]

~[Clean from 1989 = “that’s when I could finally breathe“]

~[Daylight from Lover = “clear in the air, I breathed in the smoke”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “…wake up at night and watch you breathe“]

DOC {also in The Last Great American Dynasty} [SOON YOU’LL GET BETTER from Lover = “Doctor”]

dream {also Betty and The 1}

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I’m a nightmare dressed like a day dream“]

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “my baby’s fit like a day dream“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “fever dream“]

~[Delicate from Reputation = Are you ever dreaming of me?”]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “your love is a secret I’m hoping, dreaming, dying to keep”]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “dirty dreams“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “Paper rings and picture frames and all my dreams“]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “in the middle of the night, in my dreams“]

~[Style from 1989 = “you got that James Dean day dream look in your eye”]

~[Wildest Dreams from 1989 = “red lips & rosy cheeks say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams…”]

SLEEP {also in Tears Ricochet and Hoax}   

~[Daylight from Lover = “I’ve been sleepin‘ so long in a 20 year dark night”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “sometimes I wonder when you sleep“]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “you ask me for a place to sleep“]

 

 

Exile:

bloody {also in Tears Ricochet and cardigan} [Bad Blood from 1989 = “baby now we got bad blood” “if you love like that blood runs cold”]

CROWN

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “they took the crown but it’s alright”]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “like you’re an American queen“]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “we all got crowns“]

film {also in The One and “FILM REEL” in This is Me Trying and “movie in Hoax}

~[The Archer from Lover = “cruelty wins in the movies“]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “Lost in a film scene”]

HOMELAND {also “home’ in Peace and Betty and Tears Ricochet}

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “leading us home” “I took the long way home“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “…I cried like a baby coming home from the bar”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “do the girls back home touch you like I do?”]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats”]

~[I Think He Knows from Lover = “I’ll make myself at home“]

~[Lover from Lover = “take me out and take me home (forever and ever)”]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “I think you should come back home“]

~[New Year’s Day from Reputation = “or if you strike out and you’re crawling home“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “went home and tried to stalk you on the internet”]

~[Style from 1989 = “takes me home” “just take me home“]

-SIDE-DOOR {also “doorstep” in Betty and “doorway” in This is Me Trying and “door” in Hoax} [How You Get the Girl from 1989 = “she’ll open up the door and say, ‘are you insane?'”]

TOWN

~[Daylight from Lover = “…stormed out of every single room in this town“]

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = “in this small town“]

~[False God from Lover = “staring out the window like I’m not your favorite town“]

~[I Forgot that You Existed from Lover = “would’ve fought the whole town for ya”]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “we’re so sad, we paint the town blue”]

~[New Year’s Day from Reputation = “I’ll be there if you’re he toast of the town, babe”]

~[Wildest Dreams from 1989 = “he said, ‘let’s get out of this town‘”]

~[You Are in Love from 1989 = “he keeps the picture of you in his office down town“]

 

KNUCKLES BLOODY {Bad Blood music video = Karlie boxes Taylor}

 

STARIN’ HONEY   

 

 

hoax:

-PULLED ME APART

~[Getaway Car from Reputation = “X marks the spot, where we fell apart“]

~[Out of the Woods from 1989] = “we were built to fall apart, then fall back together”]

blue {also in Peace and Invisible String}

~[Afterglow from Lover = “I blew things out of proportion, now you’re blue“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “shape of your body, it’s blue“]

~[Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “deep blue, but you painted me golden”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “oh damn, never seen that color blue“]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “ocean blue eyes looking in mine”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “clear blue water, high tide came and brought you in”]   

~[Lover from Lover = “my heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue“]

~[Miss Americana from Lover = “we’re so sad, we paint the town blue“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I’m with you even if it makes me blue“]

-ASH FROM FIRE {also “fire” in Peace and Tears Ricochet and Madwoman}

~[Afterglow from Lover = “burned us down”]

~[The Archer from Lover = “the room is fire“]

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “he built a fire just to keep me warm”]

died {also in Peace and Illicit Affairs}

~[The Archer from Lover = “…all of my heroes die all alone”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “when the flowers that we’d grown together died of thirst”]

~[False God from Lover = “crazy to think this could work, remember how I said I’d die for you?”]

DOOR {also doorstep in Betty and “side-door” in Exile and “doorway” in This is Me Trying} [How You Get the Girl from 1989 = “she’ll open up the door and say, ‘are you insane?'”]

frozen my ground [Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “love had been frozen“]

hero {also Tears Ricochet} [The Archer from Lover = “…all of my heroes die all alone”]

Kingdom

~[Call it What You Want from Reputation = “my castle crumbled overnight” and “they took the crown but it’s alright” “all the drama queens taking swings’]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “and we rule the kingdom inside my room”]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “I don’t like your kingdom keys”]

-TWISTED KNIFE   

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “did you think we’d be fine, still got scars on my back from your knife“]

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “I brought a knife to a gunfight”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “SUMMERS A KNIFE“]

-WHAT’S THE MOVIE FOR -{also “FILM REEL” in This is Me Trying and The 1 and Exile}

~[The Archer from Lover = “cruelty wins in the movies“]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “Lost in a film scene”]

New York

~[Daylight from Lover = Back and forth from New York (sneakin’ in your bed)”]

~[False God from Lover = I’m New York City]

~[Welcome to New York from 1989 = “Welcome to New York“]

sadness

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “oh, it’s so sad to think about the good times, you and I”]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “You make me so happy it turns back to sad“]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “we’re so sad, we paint the town blue”]

scars {also Cardigan}

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “It’ll leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar“]

~[Lover from Lover = “with every guitar string scar on my hand”]

SCREAMIN {also in screamin’ in Seven and scream in Peace and Illicit Affairs}

~[The Archer from Lover = “screaming who could ever leave me, darling?”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “the water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing”

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I get mystified by how this city screams your name”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “scream I love you” “and I screamed for whatever it’s worth, I love you”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “in silent screams, in wildest dreams, I never dreamed of this”]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “but there were strangers watching, and whispers turned to talking, and talking turned to screams“]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate”]

SLEEPLESS NIGHT {also in Tears Ricochet and Epiphany} [Daylight from Lover = “I’ve been sleepin‘ so long in a 20 year dark night”]   

SUN {also August and sunshine in Peace}

~[I Forgot that You Existed from Lover = “sunshine is gone”]

~[Out of the Woods from 1989 = “when the sun came up, I was lookin’ at you” “when the sun came up, you were lookin’ at me”]

 

 

ILLICIT AFFAIRS:

COLORS I CAN’T SEE W/ANYONE ELSE  [OUT OF THE WOODS from Reputation = “In screaming color“]

DIES {also Peace and Hoax}

~[The Archer from Lover = “…all of my heroes die all alone”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “when the flowers that we’d grown together died of thirst”]

~[False God from Lover = “crazy to think this could work, remember how I said I’d die for you?”]

-eyes down

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “head down“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = hang your head low“]

DRUG

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover =”Gave up on me like I was a bad drug“]

~[Don’t Blame Me from Reputation = “Lord save me, my drug is my baby, I’ll be usin‘ for the rest of my life”]

-A MILLION LITTLE TIMES {also million pieces in Mirrorball}

road

~[All You Had to do was Stay from 1989 = “all I know is that you drove us off the road“]

~[False God from Lover = “They say the road gets hard and you get lost when you’re led by blind faith.”]

~[New Romantics from 1989 = “we’re so young but we’re on the road to ruin”]

~[New Years Day from Reputation = “I can tell it’s going to be a long road“]

~[Style from 1989 = “he can’t keep his wild eyes on the road“]

runnin {also The 1 and Cardigan and August}   

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “you don’t need to save me, but would you run away with me?”]

~[Getaway Car from Reputation = “while he was runnin‘ after us, I was screamin’, ‘go, go, go!'”]

~[I Know Places from 1989 = “they are the hunters, we are the foxes, and we run“]

~[I Wish You Would from 1989 = “if you wanna run and hide then it makes you turn right back around” “this mad mad love makes you come running“]

~[This Love from 1989 = “when you’re young you just run“]

~[The Man from Lover = “I’m so sick of running“]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “running through rose thorns”]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “stealing hearts and running off and never sayin’ sorry”]

SCREAM {also in screamin’ in Seven and Hoax and scream in Peace}

~[The Archer from Lover = “screaming who could ever leave me, darling?”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “the water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing”

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I get mystified by how this city screams your name”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “scream I love you” “and I screamed for whatever it’s worth, I love you”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “in silent screams, in wildest dreams, I never dreamed of this”]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “but there were strangers watching, and whispers turned to talking, and talking turned to screams“]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate”]

SECRET {also in Peace}

~[“I don’t wanna keep secrets just to keep you”]

~[Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “I loved you in secret“]

~[Dress from Reputation = “our secret moments in your crowded room”]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “your love is a secret I’m hoping, dreaming, dying to keep”]

                                –STARES   

 

 

 

GREEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 –TEAL

 

 

INVISIBLE STRING

BLUE {also in Peace and Hoax}

~[Afterglow from Lover = “I blew things out of proportion, now you’re blue“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “shape of your body, it’s blue“]

~[Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “deep blue, but you painted me golden”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “oh damn, never seen that color blue“]   

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “ocean blue eyes looking in mine”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “clear blue water, high tide came and brought you in”]

~[Lover from Lover = “my heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue“]

~[Miss Americana from Lover = “we’re so sad, we paint the town blue“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I’m with you even if it makes me blue“]

cutting me open

[Cruel Summer from Lover = “waiting for you to cut me to the bone”]

[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = “death by a thousand cuts“]

[So It Goes from Reputation = “cut me into pieces”]

-dive bar

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “drunk on something stronger than the drinks in the bar“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “…I cried like a baby coming home from the bar“]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “dive bar on the East side, where you at?”]

~[So it Goes from Reputation = “met you in a bar“]

gold   

~[Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “deep blue, but you painted me golden“]

~[Daylight from Lover = “golden like daylight”]

~[Dress from Reputation = “made you mark on me, a golden tattoo”]

~[End Game from Reputation = “Your body is gold“]

~[So It Goes from Reputation = “gold cage, hostage to my feeling”]

HEAVEN {and Tears Richchet}

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “unbreakable heaven“]

~[False God from Lover = “I know heaven’s a thing I go there when you touch me, honey…”]

hell {also in Peace and Tears Richchet}

~[False God from Lover = “honey hell is when i fight with you”]

~[Wildest Dreams from 1989 = “he’s so tall and handsome as hell“]

-PURPLE PINK SKY [It’s Nice to Have a Friend from Lover = “light pink sky“]

 

 

3 year trip

                                                                                                      -BAD BLOOD   

 

 

 -TEAL    -GREEN   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakes:

TBA

 

 

The Last Great American Dynesty:

-bitch pack friends (from the city) {also in Betty and Peace and Cardigan and Betty}   

~[The Archer from Lover = “…my enemies started out friends“]

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I know you heard about me, so hey, let’s be friends“]

~[It’s Nice to Have a Friend from Lover “it’s nice to have a friend“]

~[Dress from Reputation = “I don’t want you like a best friend“]

~[This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things = “it was so nice being friends again” “friends don’t try to trick you” “I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately” “here’s a toast to my real friends“]

~[London Boy from Lover = “…watching rugby with his school friends“]

~[Lover from Lover = “…let our friends crash in the living room”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “…high, like your friends were the night that we 1st met”]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “…comin at my friends like a missle”]

-card games W/DOTTIE   

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “back when we were card sharks, playing games“]

~[End Game from Reputation = “I wanna be your end game” “I’ve passed days without fun, this end game is the one”]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “I don’t like your little games“]

~[Miss Americana from Lover = “play stupid games, win stupid prizes”]

~[…Ready for it from Reputation = “Let the games begin”]

DOCTOR {also Epiphany} [SOON YOU’LL GET BETTER from Lover = “Doctor”]

madwoman {also in Madwoman}

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “you know what used to be mad love”]

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I could show you incredible things, magic, madness, heaven, sin”]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “you are so gorgeous it makes me so mad“]

~[I Wish You Would from 1989 = “this mad mad love makes you come running”]

~[The Man from Lover = “it’s okay that you’re mad” “so it’s okay that I’m mad“]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “and in the end in wonderland we both went mad“]

parties {also in Betty} [New Year’s Day from Reputation = “there’s glitter on the floor after the party“]

 

-fill the pool with champagne [This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things = “jumping to the pool from the balcony”]

WEDDING [Lover from Lover = wedding imagery]

 

 

 

STL= where Karlie Kloss is from

 

 

 

MADWOMAN:

BREATHE {also in Betty and Epiphany}

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “did you have to hit me, where I’m weak, baby, I couldn’t breathe“]

~[Clean from 1989 = “that’s when I could finally breathe“]

~[Daylight from Lover = “clear in the air, I breathed in the smoke”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “…wake up at night and watch you breathe“]

fire {also “fire” in Peace and Tears Ricochet and Hoax}

~[Afterglow from Lover = “burned us down”]

~[The Archer from Lover = “the room is fire“]

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “he built a fire just to keep me warm”]

-breathe flames

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames“]

~[I Did Something Bad from Reputation = “I can feel the flames on my skin”]

~[I Know Places from 1989 = “love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out”]

~[Style from 1989 = “cound end in burning flames or paradise”]

dead {also in Tears Ricochet}

~[I Know Places from 1989 = “I know places, in the dead of night, your eyes so green”]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time” “back from the dead” “cause she’s dead“]

~[This Love from 1989 = “this love is alive back from the dead“]

drive

~[I Think He Knows from Lover “we can follow the sparks, I’ll drive“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I want to drive away with you”]

HUNTING [I Know Places from 1989 = “they are the hunters, we are the foxes, and we run”]   

kill

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “killing me slow, out the window” “what doesn’t kill me makes me want you more”]

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = “I dress to kill my time”]

~[I Forgot that You Existed from Lover = “I though that it would kill me, but it didn’t”]

madwoman {also in The Last Great American Dynasty}

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “you are so gorgeous it makes me so mad“]

~[The Man from Lover = “it’s okay that you’re mad” “so it’s okay that I’m mad“]

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “you know what used to be mad love”]

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I could show you incredible things, magic, madness, heaven, sin”]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “you are so gorgeous it makes me so mad“]

~[I Wish You Would from 1989 = “this mad mad love makes you come running”]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “and in the end in wonderland we both went mad“]

WITCHES [I did something bad from Reputation = “they’re burning all the witches, even if you aren’t one”]

 

-YACHT = Karlie Kloss’ 2nd (fake) wedding was on a yacht?    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mirrorball:

clowns {also in Peace}

drunk {also Cardigan}   

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I get drunk on jealousy”]

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “drunk on something stronger than the drinks in the bar”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “drunk in the back of the car”]

~[Dress from Reputation = “you kiss my face and we’re both drunk“]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk”]

-highest heels {also Cardigan}

million pieces {also million little times in Illicit Affairs}

 

 

PEACE:

DISTRACTING BEEPING BACKGROUND MUSIC—DOES IT SYMBOLIZE SOMETHING?

 

BLUE {also in Invisible String and Hoax}

~[Afterglow from Lover = “I blew things out of proportion, now you’re blue“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “shape of your body, it’s blue“]

~[Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “deep blue, but you painted me golden”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “oh damn, never seen that color blue“]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “ocean blue eyes looking in mine”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “clear blue water, high tide came and brought you in”]

~[Lover from Lover = “my heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue“]

~[Miss Americana from Lover = “we’re so sad, we paint the town blue“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I’m with you even if it makes me blue“]

-ROBBERS TO THE CLOWNS TO THE WEST {also in Mirrorball}

DEVIL IN THE DETAILS   

[Cruel Summer from Lover = “devils roll the dice, angels roll their eyes” “he looks so pretty like a devil“]

[dancing w/our hands tied from Reputation = “looked up grinnin like a devil“]

DIE {also Hoax and Illicit Affairs}

~[The Archer from Lover = “…all of my heroes die all alone”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “when the flowers that we’d grown together died of thirst”]

~[False God from Lover = “crazy to think this could work, remember how I said I’d die for you?”]

dying {also in Tears Ricochet}

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I’m dying to see how this one ends”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “I’m not dying, we say that we’ll just screw it up in these trying times”]

fire {also in Tears Ricochet and Hoax and Madwoman}

~[Afterglow from Lover = “burned us down”]

~[The Archer from Lover = “the room is fire“]

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “he built a fire just to keep me warm”]

friends {also in The Last Great American Dynasty and Betty and Cardigan}   

~[The Archer from Lover = “…my enemies started out friends“]

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I know you heard about me, so hey, let’s be friends“]

~[It’s Nice to Have a Friend from Lover “it’s nice to have a friend“]

~[Dress from Reputation = “I don’t want you like a best friend“]

~[This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things = “it was so nice being friends again” “friends don’t try to trick you” “I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately” “here’s a toast to my real friends“]

~[London Boy from Lover = “…watching rugby with his school friends“]

~[Lover from Lover = “…let our friends crash in the living room”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this”]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “…high, like your friends were the night that we 1st met”]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “…comin at my friends like a missle”]

ghostly {also in Tears Ricochet}

~[The Archer from Lover = “pace like a ghost“]

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “you live like that you live with ghosts“]

~[End Game from Reputation = “we do the most, I’m in the Ghost like a whippin’ a boat”]

~[How You Get the Girl from 1989 = “stand there like a ghost shaking from the rain”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave, you smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees”]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “but if he’s a ghost, then I can be a phantom”]

~[You Are in Love from 1989 = “and for once you let go, of your fears and your ghosts“]

grace {also in Tears Ricochet} [Don’t Blame Me from Reputation = “and, for you, I would fall from grace“]

haunted {also in Seven}

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = “now I’m searching for signs in a haunted club”]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “wondered how many girls he loved and left haunted“]

HELL {also in Invisible String and Tears Ricochet}

~[False God from Lover = “honey hell is when i fight with you”]

~[Wildest Dreams from 1989 = “he’s so tall and handsome as hell“]

HOME {also in Exile and Betty and Tears Ricochet}

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “leading us home” “I took the long way home“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “…I cried like a baby coming home from the bar”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “do the girls back home touch you like I do?”]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats”]

~[I Think He Knows from Lover = “I’ll make myself at home“]

~[Lover from Lover = “take me out and take me home (forever and ever)”]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “I think you should come back home“]

~[New Year’s Day from Reputation = “or if you strike out and you’re crawling home“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “went home and tried to stalk you on the internet”]

~[Style from 1989 = “takes me home” “just take me home“]

jewels {also in Tears Ricochet}

screamin‘ {also in screamin’ in Seven and Hoax and scream in Peace and Illicit Affairs}

~[The Archer from Lover = “screaming who could ever leave me, darling?”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “the water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing”

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I get mystified by how this city screams your name”]   

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “scream I love you” “and I screamed for whatever it’s worth, I love you”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “in silent screams, in wildest dreams, I never dreamed of this”]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “but there were strangers watching, and whispers turned to talking, and talking turned to screams“]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate”]

secret {also in Illicit Affairs}

~[“I don’t wanna keep secrets just to keep you”]

~[Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “I loved you in secret“]

~[Dress from Reputation = “our secret moments in your crowded room”]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “your love is a secret I’m hoping, dreaming, dying to keep”]

-CAN’T SLEEP AT NIGHT {also in Tears Ricochet and Hoax and Epiphany} [Daylight from Lover = “I’ve been sleepin‘ so long in a 20 year dark night”]

stones {also in Tears Ricochet} [You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “snakes and stones never broke my bones”]

WAVES {also in Tears Ricochet}

 

family I chose {also The 1}

 

 

Seven:

folksongs {folklore is album title}

haunted {also in Tears Riccochet}

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = “now I’m searching for signs in a haunted club”]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “wondered how many girls he loved and left haunted“]

scream {also in Tears Ricochet and screamin’ in Peace and Illicit Affairs}

~[The Archer from Lover = “screaming who could ever leave me, darling?”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “the water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing”

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I get mystified by how this city screams your name”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “scream I love you” “and I screamed for whatever it’s worth, I love you”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “in silent screams, in wildest dreams, I never dreamed of this”]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “but there were strangers watching, and whispers turned to talking, and talking turned to screams“]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate”]

summer {also in Betty and August and Peace}

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “it’s a cruel summer“]   

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “snuck in through the garden gate every night that summer just to seal my fate”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “summer’s a knife”]

~[Lover from Lover = “loved you three summers now”]

~[Me from Lover = “Livin in winter, I am your summer“]

 

 

TEARS RICCOCHET:

BLOOD -bloody {also in Exile and cardigan} [Bad Blood from 1989 = “baby now we got bad blood” “if you love like that blood runs cold”]

BONES [You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “snakes and stones never broke my bones“]

BURY ME [End Game from Reputation = “I bury hatchets, but i keep maps of where I put ’em”]

DEAD {also in Madwoman}

~[I Know Places from 1989 = “I know places, in the dead of night, your eyes so green”]

~[Look What You Made Me Do from Reputation = “I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time” “back from the dead” & “cause she’s dead“]

~[This Love from 1989 = “this love is alive back from the dead“]   

DIAMOND

dying {also in Peace}

~[Blank Space from 1989 = “I’m dying to see how this one ends”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “I’m not dying, we say that we’ll just screw it up in these trying times”]

FIRE {also “fire” in Peace and and Hoax and Madwoman}

~[Afterglow from Lover = “burned us down”]

~[The Archer from Lover = “the room is fire“]

~[Call It What You Want from Reputation = “he built a fire just to keep me warm”]

ghostly {also in Peace}

~[The Archer from Lover = “pace like a ghost“]

~[Bad Blood from 1989 = “you live like that you live with ghosts“]

~[End Game from Reputation = “we do the most, I’m in the Ghost like a whippin’ a boat”]

~[How You Get the Girl from 1989 = “stand there like a ghost shaking from the rain”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave, you smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees”]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “but if he’s a ghost, then I can be a phantom“]

~[You Are in Love from 1989 = “and for once you let go, of your fears and your ghosts“]

grace {also in Peace} [Don’t Blame Me from Reputation = “and, for you, I would fall from grace“]

haunted {also in Seven}   

~[Death by a Thousand Cuts from Lover = “now I’m searching for signs in a haunted club”]

~[…Ready for It from Reputation = “wondered how many girls he loved and left haunted“]

HELL also in Invisible String and Peace}

~[False God from Lover = “honey hell is when i fight with you”]

~[Wildest Dreams from 1989 = “he’s so tall and handsome as hell“]

HOME {also in Exile and Betty and Peace}

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “leading us home” “I took the long way home“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “…I cried like a baby coming home from the bar”]

~[Delicate from Reputation = “do the girls back home touch you like I do?”]

~[Gorgeous from Reputation = “guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats”]

~[I Think He Knows from Lover = “I’ll make myself at home“]

~[Lover from Lover = “take me out and take me home (forever and ever)”]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “I think you should come back home“]

~[New Year’s Day from Reputation = “or if you strike out and you’re crawling home“]

~[Paper Rings from Lover = “went home and tried to stalk you on the internet”]

~[Style from 1989 = “takes me home” “just take me home“]

jewels {also in Peace}   

screamin‘ {also in screamin’ in Seven and Hoax and scream in Peace and Illicit Affairs}

~[The Archer from Lover = “screaming who could ever leave me, darling?”]

~[Clean from 1989 = “the water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing”

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I get mystified by how this city screams your name”]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “scream I love you” “and I screamed for whatever it’s worth, I love you”]

~[This Love from 1989 = “in silent screams, in wildest dreams, I never dreamed of this”]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “but there were strangers watching, and whispers turned to talking, and talking turned to screams“]

~[You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate”]

-CAN’T SLEEP AT NIGHT {also in Tears Ricochet and Hoax and Epiphany} [Daylight from Lover = “I’ve been sleepin‘ so long in a 20 year dark night”]

stones {also in Peace} [You Need to Calm Down from Lover = “snakes and stones never broke my bones”]

WAVES {also in Peace}

 

 

This is Me Trying:

car {also Betty and August and Cardigan}

~[Cornelia Street from Lover = “I sit casually in the car“]

~[Cruel Summer from Lover = “I’m drunk in the back of the car“]

~[Getaway Car from Reputation = “nothing good starts in a getaway car” “you were drivin’ the getaway car” “we’re ridin’ in a getaway car” “I was crying in a getaway car” “I was dyin’ in a getaway car” “said goodbye in a getaway car“]

~[King of My Heart from Reputation = “all the boys and their expensive cars“]

CAGES

~[I Know Places from 1989 = “love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out, cause they got the cages, they got the boxes”]

~[So It Goes from Reputation= “gold cage, hostage to my feelings”]

doorWAY {also doorstep in Betty and “side-door” in Exile and “door in Hoax} [How You Get the Girl from 1989 = “she’ll open up the door and say, ‘are you insane?'”]

fears

~[Dancing with Our Hands Tied from Reputation = “deep fears that the world would divide us”]

~[Wonderland from 1989 = “didn’t you calm my fears with the Cheshire cat smile?”]   

~[You Are in Love from 1989 = “and for once you let go, of your fears and your ghosts”]

FILM REEL {also The 1 and Exile and “movie in Hoax}

~[The Archer from Lover = “cruelty wins in the movies“]

~[Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince from Lover = “Lost in a film scene”]

REGRETS ABOUT THAT [I Did Something Bad from Reputation = “I don’t regret it one bit, ’cause he had it coming”]

Lover Album Review (song by song)

27 Sep

This is the album that brought me strongly back to the Swift-verse fold.  I like that the songs are cohesive, as is the overall message of the album.  But each song also can stand alone.  I am putting the songs in order from my favorite to the one I don’t really like.  And I am listening ONLY to the songs, not judging based on the feeling of the era (love it!), the stylings (FAVORITE!), or the music videos (must buy a DVD because they are that  good).  This is sans Easter eggs–unless lyrically, they are imbedded and don’t require too much prior knowledge to appreciate. Some of that is simply impossible to remove because I’m alive in the world.  As an aside, I have intentionally omitted the words, “bop” and “banger” because they sound dumb, are overused and need to die.  So here the review goes:

 

Lover

The opening line bothers me just slightly, as til January is not late, and not rebellious to leave Christmas lights up-I’d say it’s early, actually.  But Taylor has people so it maybe gets done instantaneously otherwise.  Back to the song, this style of this song reminds me of 1940-1960s sound.  I tried to remember what it’s called, but I don’t know if I ever knew.  Whatever it’s called, it comes across as very classic.  My favorite thing about the vibe of this one is the romance of it all.  It makes me feel sentimental and like love is very lovely, indeed.  The wedding symbolism is strong, and despite that (I find it too saccharine and capitalistic and antiquated) I get all the feels listening to it.

 

I forgot that you existed.

It’s got just that feistiness that really put me on team Taylor in the first place.  I mean, we (Taylor in her life and me in mine) are not just going to sit and take anyone’s crap-there will be some writing about it.  Yes, it’s probably harping on the Kanye stuff, but it’s a very small part of the album.  Also. it’s mellow shade, tightly written.  Which  provides just the right transition between the Reputation album and this one.  Makes it flow and continues the story of Taylor’s evolution.  And what could be worse than just writing someone off as meh?  The song itself is poppy and you find yourself humming it later.  Even though it’s really a transition, and not super-representative of the album’s theme, it’s toward the top of my list because this song is easy to listen to.

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You Need to Calm Down

Yay Taylor!  This one is past overdue.  The gays needed some love, and got a political advocate as a bonus.  The timing of this one (Pride month) was perfection.  YNTCD became the fun soundtrack of June.  It’s a light-hearted listen with a serious message.  Lyrically, the statement is important, as is Taylor making her position clear.  I like the message and the peppiness, it’s perfect for the target audience.  It’s an ear-worm also.  TRY to get it out of your head once it goes in your ears.

The only thing that could be smoother is if the 3 stanzas went together better.  The first is talking about internet trolls and references the snakes and everything of KimYe.  But can also go along with gays getting trolled (though doesn’t mention that explicitly).  The second part of the song is about crazy protesters at Pride parades.  The third verse is about the media (patriarchy) pitting the female music artists against each other (which is NOT done with guys) instead of appreciating everyone for their strengths.

I think it would have been more cohesive if each of the 3 verses either all dealt with gay issues, all dealt with Taylor’s personal image, or if all 3 verses did double-duty.  As is Taylor’s personal stuff is left out of verse 2 (or is it?) and the gays are not really a part of verse 3.  But that’s a very small writing technicality, I really like this song over all, and think it’s a wonderful single, and a good representative of the feel of this album

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Death by 1000 Cuts

The bright sounds bely a sad subject matter, and I like that dichotomy.  I also like the symbolism of a building being used for a relationship.  Is the background a children’s choir?  It’s an interesting sound if so.  The strongest part about this song (is it called the bridge?) is when she starts to quickly list things, “my heart, hips, my body, my love…trying to find a part of me that you didn’t touch” that this person influenced for her.  It evokes emotion and makes the music interesting.

 

False God

The brass and slowness make this sexy.  And that’s a cool thing that Taylor has started showing in her songs.  I’m glad she’s not pulling a Britney and trying to play it virginal and innocent–especially in her 20s.  Wholesome and sexy don’t have to be seperate.  The way she pronounces the final “love” in each line is my favorite portion of the song. I ranked this one nearly equal with “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” but that one inched above based on its bridge.  It was slightly more fleshed out.  But this is one of the top songs on the album.

 

The Man

Go Taylor!  I’m glad Taylor acknowledged that she’s a feminist.  How could someone that markets herself vigorously, tightly controls her image, writes her own music, and makes THE most money not be?  But I’m glad she realized feminism isn’t the dirty word that society sometimes makes it out to be.  Yes, the song is a little bit surface-level, but considering her primary audience is teenage girls (I’m determined to change that–calling all elder-Millennials! ), it’s appropriate.  It’s also dipping a toe in so as not to alienate people with the oft-mentioned ‘radical feminism’ sold to scare women off from politics and keep them in their place.  I do appreciate the cheekiness of the song, totally agree with the message, and love that she called out Leo is an example of the double-standards that exist.  The personal (that Taylor is renowned for writing about) IS political.  Good introduction and hopefully there will be more of this is Taylor’s future writings.

 

Afterglow

About a subject seldom written, “Afterglow” really shows a maturity that Taylor is gaining.  Yeah, there is a place for the angry songs, blaming $hit-heads for their dirty deeds.  Do it-love it!  But this apology song shows that Taylor is accountable for it when she messes up too.  Well done on showing both sides of the coin.  It’s not easy putting aside your ego, and it’s probably doubly difficult for Taylor who is kinda known for lashing out at her haters.  It’s an interesting 180 looking-inward also.

 

Paper Rings

Immediately catchy and bouncy.  I like the upbeat baseline and spoken word verses.  It’s a very cheery story of a song, peppered with stylistic choices such as shouting the “three times” that makes it different.  The quiet chorus at the end shows the seriousness Taylor puts in the subject matter, and it’s a nice emphasis so the listener knows it’s not all superficial pop-this means something.  The lyrics make me wonder who the song is about and I can tell whoever it is has Taylor’s complete affections.  Also, I hope it isn’t an ambush song, because the wedding imagery is thick.  Please be a Kaylor!

 

Cornelia Street

What a change from the last song!  This is my choice for next best song, but it also happens to be the track order, which seems an abrupt change in mood.  And as an aside, that change in mood, or showing the yin yang is throughout the album.  With bouncy music and sad lyrics.  This track order is more of that same idea.  “Cornelia Street” is a darker side of love, fearing that it will end.  It talks about a possible break up, but still in that peppy/poppy dichotomy that lives throughout Lover.  The whispered message in wavery, teary voice goes a long way to show the devastation a permanent breakup would cause for Taylor.  It’s the best part.  The sounds under the music (wind?  heart beats?) are a little clumsy in my opinion.  It’s not obvious enough to me what they are, so it’s hard to know what they represent.  It just feels like forced production, a weakness in the sound engineering…  Also, this song means a little less to me mostly because it references landmarks a lot, and I have no familiarity for any of them.  so a little bit of it is lost on me.

 

 Cruel Summer

There started out being a 3 way tie between this and the preceding two songs on my list.  This one ended up being the weakest of the 3 in my opinion after listening many times.  It’s a good song, with a good story, and many symbols, which I always like.  But against other songs on the album, the music is straightforward and exactly what you’d expect.  There’s not that yin-yang that is showcased throughout the other tracks.  I guessed where it was going, then it did.  The track length is very short, so I feel like if they had added something the song could have been better.  I must say, I do like it very much because of all the possible Kaylor symbolism.  I think it is the strongest song in that regard.  But that will only come out–if she does.

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Me!

It was nearly impossible for me to judge this song on it’s own, without thinking of the video or the Easter eggs, but those are my rules so I tried, really hard.  When I first heard, (and 2nd, 3rd, 4th) this song I did NOT like it.  I thought it was cheesy, annoying, and too.  Just too, I’m not missing a word.  Like very extra.  The spelling breakdown?  Awful.

But it does grow on you.  The best parts are the end, when there is just a crescendo of feeling and things are getting more emotional and tense.   By the time Brenden Urie hits those high notes, I have goosebumps and teary eyes from all the feelings.  Oh, and a pro-tip I heard from a podcast is that replacing “spelling” with the name of a bar or location, makes this a super-super catchy karaoke jam.  Good point, and thank you for that.  Rectified.

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Daylight

It’s a perfect closer for an album, so there’s that.  And tying this song (and therefore the Lover album and TS7 era) to Red is smoothe.  It makes the whole career linear and pulls the past into this album, correctly shows an evolution, and it just a great mechanism for good story-telling.  That’s the genius.

The song, individually, is also very much a story and shows Taylor’s maturity about love as a concept.  She has gone from very fairytale and romcom-love to a more balanced version with more good times than bad times.  But not perfect.  Because love isn’t about perfection, as real people know.  The song is also excellent as using that color imagery so important to this album’s era.  I like when the cadence gets slower, volume gets lower, and the golden = love echo sounds.  Like so many of the tracks those tactics convey seriousness amid the catchy pop.  The spoken message at the end is very moving also.

 

Miss Americana

This song leans against a lot of immature symbolism.  The cheerleading chanting is tiresome and makes too light of the politics Taylor is trying to finally shed light on.  It minimizes the impact it could have had.  Which maybe was the point she was trying to make–keep it light.  Also, I didn’t care for the high school stuff because I think Taylor has aged out of all the high school content long ago, but I’m glad she’s officially putting that away by rejecting it in this song.  I guess I can see how that is useful to the album’s concept as a whole.  It is nice that the album does look back to earlier works and draws connections while showing the lessons learned.  It exemplifies the butterfly of it all.

 

Soon You’ll Get Better

Important, that’s what this is.  Heavy subject that everyone can relate to.  A song of grief that will be utilized whenever the C-word comes up or tragedy or end of life.  The sentiment is real.  Taylor says aloud what so many people think, and I respect that.  The strings sound somber and pretty.

Including the Dixie Chicks is the best.  It helps give them visibility after they “were [unfairly] cancelled” boy, how things have changed.  That group’s cautionary tale also provides a statement of why Taylor was reluctant to engage with politics.  And I like that she showed that, instead of telling it.

I didn’t rank this song higher on the list, even though it’s so thoughtfully done and important, because frankly, it’s a bummer.  And I’d rather be happy.  But when the time comes when I need it (and everyone will eventually have that time, making this a universally appealing song) It’ll be on repeat.  Thank you Taylor, for putting your emotions on the table, letting us have a piece of your personal life, and sharing your experiences, no matter how real and painful.

 

I think He Knows

This album had bright hits.  Each track got me more excited than the next, peaking, and now this one was sort of on the other side of that peak.  The songs from here on I started to like less, instead of more.  Musically, it acts like the “Miss Americana” lyrics.  It’s a little too superficial in sound.  With bubbling and tings and blips and ‘eh’ noises.  Too many onnawannapeas–what a cool word though, right?!  The song is simple and the fast part ending in “I’ll drive” was the best thing about it.  But if you notice the music backs off quite a bit while she does that.  I would have told the producer/engineer to cool it a little with the gimmicks.

 

It’s Nice to Have a Friend

This song ranks as one of the lowest because it confuses the heck out of me.  We’re going along, and the feeling is childhood platonic friendship.  Which is sweet to cover as part of the Lover medley of all types of love.  Then suddenly, everything is made weird by the line, ” something gave you the nerve to touch my hand” and turns the whole scenario on it’s head.  So it’s not kids, and it’s not platonic, because nerve to touch my hand is tension.  It makes me wonder who this is about (guy or gal?) and what age they are in this one.  The story is all over the place so it bothers me.  IF Taylor comes out as bi or gay, I’ll like this song as a hint.  If Taylor is actually totally straight and marrying her boyfriend [no way!] then, this song isn’t good writing.  Also, the horns remind me of some kind of Alice in Wonderland fox hunt or something, which lends to the weird, out of place vibe this track has on an album of love.

 

The Archer

want to like this song, especially since it’s in the all-important track 5 slot that is so important to Taylor.  I just can’t get into it, because it feels like a lull.  Everything else on the album is catchy, mostly poppy, then this one is slow and echoing in a way that breaks that up.  It doesn’t fit well.  I also don’t care for all the cliche’s used in this one.  Taylor is such a good writer, skillfully employing symbols, metaphors, and double meanings always, so I feel this is a little lazy.  I want more from this.  I do like this other more double-sided analysis of archer and prey, however.  Just like on “Afterglow” it shows maturity has been gained.

 

London Boy

I don’t like this one at all.  I think/hope it was meant as a satirical song about bearding (best case scenario).  But it’s too pandering, yet geographically inaccurate.  She pulled in every expression and place possible and pretty much listed them.  It’s so light it floated away.  I do think it’s the strongest brass on the album though.

 

So obviously, I love the album as a whole and as pieces.  We’ll get to the era and symbols and analysis in other blogs.   So there is my ranking.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rainbows and Butterflies Obsession

21 Sep

But first, real quick: Ummm, when did WordPress become so user UNfriendly? Drafts are gone? I’m now having trouble uploading pictures. The auto-save didn’t work. I wrote this entire thing and it glitched at “publish” so irritating! It’s like the Myspace days, save your work elsewhere, lest lose it. Any tips?

 

And the topic at hand:

I am obsessed with Taylor Swift.  I have always liked her song-writing, and incorporation of personal details in lyrics (see so many blog posts that used her songs).  When I was driving almost 3 hours one way for all my IVF donor appointments, I must have listened to “Mean” and “Your Not Sorry” a billion times.  Her writing really touched my heart.  But I went away from her when Red came out–and was NOT available on Spotify.  Because how was I going to listen to the album without streaming?  That is also how I lost track of Adele also, who I think is super-talented and a wondrous singer.  But if you don’t allow streaming, I don’t have motivation to dig around.  And a lot was happening in Taylor Swift’s life and career at that time.  But once you’re out of the loop, it’s hard to get back in.  So I missed Red, 1989, and any Reputation stuff save for the music itself on the latter album.  I missed the dating, the clique, the feuds (except what was ubiquitous in pop-culture), and thus pretty much everything.

Brandi Carlile was my jam since, oh, 2010.  And I wish her music and everything still resonated with me now, as it had before.  I want to love it.  I wish I was still really into it.  I feel Brandi is an earnest person, with a good track record, and genuine concern about making the world better.  Her rock and folk albums were inspired, and even superseded some of The Indigo Girls’ work for me.  I like her (I guess her persona, because she makes you feel like you know her).  Her concerts are THE BEST.  And her actual singing is unmatched.  When she popped up on Zac Brown Band’s backing-vocals yesterday (listening to Spotify at work), I immediately knew it was her.

I am just not excited about this Americana direction she’s taking, dabbling in country, pandering to bullying, ect… to get Grammys.  I dutifully listen to the music she’s collaborating on, and really, really try to be a great fan.  But it’s not organically happening for me.  I can appreciate the work, I like it ok.  But my fandom is not what it used to be–and that’s disappointing.  It’s not over.  And I hope Brandi’s next album will feature the twins more, still have those notes she can hit like no other, and reignite the spark for me again.

And this post is not about how there can only be one female artist.  Not at all.  No trading is going on here.  I like them all and have a place in my heart for all of them.  There obviously, can (and needs to be) ALL the women in music.  They can all be successful, it’s important to support that, and help it grow.  I’m just illustrating that there was kind of a hole there (in my fandom?)… Which is when butterflies were bandied about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love color, love flowers, butterflies, tye dye, kittens, glitter, and unicorns, all of those things.  Always have.  It’s nothing to do with anything, just what aesthetic I’m naturally drawn to, and what incites passion and enthusiasm in me.  So when the “Me” video came out, it was my LIFE.  It was as if Taylor Swift made a video specifically for me.  Even better that little clues (Easter eggs) were throughout.  I also watched Pop-Up Video and loved all the trivia and facts and behind-the-scenes.  Same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So just like that I was hooked back in, trying to find the meanings and read the clues.  And when super-gay “You Need to Calm Down” came on to the scene–I was floored.  It was fun, it was bright. . .  It painted Taylor (we’re on a first name basis) as at least an advocate and at most, was a coming out party for bisexual.  And that led to Kaylor.  Which is an easy word to describe a possible love between Taylor and Karlie Kloss.

PS-I don’t know what shipper means, and I don’t really care for it (I’m not 12), but that is the language used amongst Swifties, a group I’m too old to be in.  Which needs to change.  I should not be excluded just because I’m in my 30’s and can’t get on to the cool lingo.  Taylor Swift is an artist I’ve followed for a long time, I’m interested in, and who’s music/career I’m really into right now.  So I’m taking age out of it and being a super-fan (but leaving out the parts not applicable to me).

 

A lot of things made sense to me about Taylor being with Karlie.  Especially when you see the looks, body language, and intimacy between them on YouTube.  I feel like I have insider information about the difference between what friendships look like vs more.   I also know about the coming out process.  And when the lyrics of her songs are dissected in a different way–it makes so much more sense.  I am impressed by how coded Taylor intentionally or unintentionally made her lyrics and videos and media.  Like, how detailed could such a busy person get?!  Color me impressed!  That’s my very favorite thing about Taylor’s work.  Also interesting:  The LGBT community has used codes (handkerchiefs, ear piercings, etc, etc) forever to remain secret at large but still identify each other.  Which un-ironically(?) can describe Taylor Swift’s whole thing.  And what’s it called? double entrande’ ? Karlie has a computer coding school for girls, I think?  Codes, all the codes!  So now I guess I’m obsessed with accumulating irrefutable evidence of their relationship ie, I guess “outing” Taylor.

 

 

 

 

 

Which isn’t cool, and something I, personally, hate.  But I’m not doing in a blackmail way or smarmy, or anything.  More in a–knowing the REAL inspiration behind songs lets you in on the secret and allows more authentic enjoyment of the material.  It’s a little like my obsession with Disappeared (Jaycee Lee Dugard, The McStays, Maura Murry, etc, etc…) and wondering what ever happened to that person. . .  I always think about scenarios, make theories, and comb the internet for clues.  But this is a little brighter, because it’s about a true, hidden love-not disappearance and death.  But same combing for clues, making theories.

(Another blog post about that later–it’s kinda it’s own thing)

I was super into every Lover video, lyric, and Easter egg.  And thrust back into Taylor’s world-though I have a daunting amount of research to catch up on just so I know what’s going on.  There is a lot of media attention, romance stories, break-ups, friendships, characters–it’s worse than studying Chaucer.

Even more exciting-is that Taylor Swift is known to stalk her fans, get to know them via social media, then INVITE THEM TO HER HOUSE TO MEET HER.  Instant fantasy.  You know how I always want to meet them.  Hopefully the tone of this blog, and any criticisms of Taylor’s work doesn’t preclude me from that.  I thought about erasing any trace of negativity just in case.  But the integrity of the blog comes first.  Any my authenticity is always primary.  Over time, feelings can evolve, as Taylor herself knows all about.  Those were my opinions with information I had at the time, so they stay.

What I’ve learned since I wrote (especially my Reputation review) then is that the album is OK as a stand-alone.  But what really expands the experience and gives it depth are the background stories, music videos, and especially the Easter eggs.  Which is why Reputation got kind of a mediocre review from me at first (which has changed with my Kaylor knowledge) and is waaaay better now.  That’s why the Kaylor truth is so important for Taylor Swift to share, and also why it’s important for me not to go erase the past.  That’s me and my story, and just like Taylor’s works, plays a part in future works.

So that’s what is happening with Me! (see what I did there>) and why I have been inspired to write (more, still not enough-time gets away) again.  And to especially make some songs.