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I’m Sorry that You’re a Bitch

3 Sep

I’m so sorry I came when you invited me–

I didn’t realize I’d be the fourth party

 

And what a mistake I made going away when you didn’t want me

at your Thanksgiving dinner, you didn’t invite me to

spending the night in the break room

just sleeping in a place with a bathroom

since the one where I was living was through your dining room

But I cleaned and that’s such an infraction

you came in for chairs and saying nothing was your reaction

I’m sorry your later statement was a contrived exaggeration

 

I’m contrite I worked to the best of my ability–

and I apologize I came to my own work party

And I regret that you manipulated the gift giving

 

what a criminal using my kennel duty keys

And I’m genuinely regretful you were spying on me

I was such a thug feeding and dog walking

 

And what a mistake I made asking my mentor for a letter

it was very pushy and I guess I should have known better

Good thing you called the school and said, “forget (h)er”

The Memories

20 Aug

I remember when I saw you and when you said
you would show me where the Walmart was,
but you forgot and took me to your house instead.
It was desperation at first sight.
You were nice to me and treated me right.
I felt guilty, taught it’s not the looks, but what’s inside…

you invited me on a date, it was a hike…
so you could simultaneously walk your dog
I played with your dog, then itched my flea-bit ankles

I still feel the butterflies tingle when I think back to
kissing you all night your garlic tongue gouging me
making out on your dirty, curb-side couch, never cleaned
going back to the dorms with your wet spot on my jeans

I remember those sweet moments
you took me to a bar, then ordered a pitcher of beer I hate
at the resturant ordered my meal, despite my complaints
took me to meet your friends, talked over me, I was your trophy
you threw a party for me, with none of my friends, just your cronies

All those sentimental times flood back to me
we were supposed to go out, but you were hungover
when I injured myself you were full of fortitude,
told me to put on my shoes so I could meet up for food

our relationship was a dream come true, like Camalot
planned a romantic evening, then instead you smoked pot
so much chemistry, but with your brother, with me it’s fraught
laying on your bed with one untucked, threadbare blanket
in the middle of it all, started crying, no explanation

Awww, all the happiness and generosity
invited your family to stay in our house, and never told me
went on vacation during my busiest work week
you made out with some dude, then thought you would fuck me

NOPE!

 

broke up.. relief.. out of my misery
I stopped a flirtation out of courtesty
meanwhile you planned to kiss some skank so I could see
asked to be my friend, then would gaslight me
invited me to dinner then spent the meal texting Jocie
enticed me to a friendly trip to Saint Louis then left with her–smutty!

getting you out of my life was the best thing that ever happened to me
you are a calamity

She is a Lovely Gal

18 Aug

of course she’s funny
and takes her turn paying money
has boundaries, commands respect
use her name, don’t call her “honey”

sings with passion, right from her heart
she is studious, if not book-smart
always community-minded
she won’t shop at the damn Wal-Mart

offers her restaurant box to junkies
loves kitties and bunnies and puppies
sends her thank you cards
yeah, she delivers those warm fuzzies

pretty eyes, delightful smile
she is unique, has her own style
she knows to wait, shivers take awhile
the pleasure she gives: Verifiable

no one’s doormat, she’ll voice displeasure
but she is fun and she’s so clever
serious, spontaneous in equal measure
sends lovers into waves of pleasure

she works so hard, has determination
holds her own in conversation
that girl can get the mind wandering
moves her hips like a love invasion

What a girl, so sweet and loyal
firm body, does her cardio
cheeks like marble
treated You royal

Don’t you miss me? You were so crappy
Wish you still had that? I’ll bet you’re sad
you fucked up,
I’m the very best you ever had!

My Tears Ricochet: Analysis of Taylor Swift’s folklore (from larger post)

16 Aug

This is a more digestible portion of my album analysis:

 

Here, I have tried to analyze what and who each track of Folklore is about.  Which is complex because it’s not in a linear order.  Names are obscured.  Facts may be reality or story.  The narrator is unreliable.  And this whole thing is going to be from a Kaylor perspective, because that’s how the songs, and Taylor Swifts catalog as a whole makes the best sense to me.  I’ll show you what I mean.

 

5.  My Tears Ricochet.

Not every song on Folklore describes a romantic relationship.  I think this song is about Taylor leaving the music label (BMR) that initially signed her.  She sings, “I could have gone anywhere. Just not home.” which is how she initially thought of her label.  Scott B. had been a paternal figure, but also controlling.  He made many decisions about her music that Taylor disagreed with.  And when she left, it wasn’t on good terms.  She was angry and he was mean.  “Wishing I’d stayed.” is a lyric that shows Scott B. liked making money off of Taylor, but refused to have a more collaborative partnership with her, wanting to control her every move.  “Stolen lullabies” is of course, mentioning the masters Scott B. sold to Taylor’s nemesis, Scooter Braun.  And remember how at the time Taylor said there were tears (“Tears Ricochet?!) in her eyes every time Scooter’s name came up.  “Cursing my name, wishing I’d stayed.” reiterates how Scott wasn’t ready to let go of Taylor, the cash cow, and he’s holding her music catalog hostage.

The 1: Analysis of Taylor Swift’s folklore (from larger post)

15 Aug

This is a more digestible portion of my album analysis:

Here, I have tried to analyze what and who each track of Folklore is about.  Which is complex because it’s not in a linear order.  Names are obscured.  Facts may be reality or story.  The narrator is unreliable.  And this whole thing is going to be from a Kaylor perspective, because that’s how the songs, and Taylor Swifts catalog as a whole makes the best sense to me.  I’ll show you what I mean.

Track 1. The 1.

Folklore opens with The 1 which I think is an introduction to what is happening throughout the album.  This song sets the tone for the remaining songs.  Taylor is telling us she is going through memories of all her past relationships (not one person specifically) and looking at them closely to see what could have been.

This sets up the album, Folklore, which is going to explore what would have happened if Taylor Swift had her dreams come true in every relationship (purportedly). She sings, “never leavin’ well enough alone” to show Folklore is not an album of her current feelings (a white lie).  Taylor says she is not depressed about a break-up, she is still just pondering about past relationships.  Setting the stage for, ‘this is all theoretical, I’m simply having a thought experiment and looking back on those past relationships.’ 

I don’t think this song features any one relationship in particular, but it’s set up to double-down on the narrative that folklore is fiction [it’s not].  

The title is not spelled out, but a number.  Very reminiscent of Highway 1, which goes through Big Sur, a famous weekend excursion with Karlie Kloss.  One line features the Diana argon movie tag line, about the roaring 20s.  Also both Diana and Karlie happened when Tay was in her 20s. And in this song she sings of digging up the grave, which was in the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video for to symbolize death of a relationship.

Also may feature Joe or other guys-what if Tay had been straight?

Basically the song is to explain why folklore is so sad, when Taylor wants us to believe she is in a happy, stable, long term relationship with that guy.  It’s a ‘what if’ & thought experiment, to throw off the preponderance of depressing break up/negative stuff.

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”]

Cardigan by Taylor Swift: My Analysis (out of my Folklore = Plausible deniability post)

30 Jul

I thought I might do a redundant post of each song from my bigger post, in order to give readers a more bite sized chunk.

 

Cardigan

Things start happening in this song.  The lyrics seem to tell of Taylor’s real life, as I can pick out actual moments from pictures given the lyrics here.  But Taylor, herself, confuses the issue and introduces plausible deniability.  She says in a chat there are 3 songs that describe a ‘high school love triangle’ in different perspectives.  Each is supposed to be from one of the 3 people in this love triangle.  I think Taylor Swift does this for a few reasons:  This creates an alternate universe where the song descriptions may or may not be real life.  Fans can’t automatically attribute these stories to Taylor’s personal life.  It discourages the wild theories and guessing who each song is about in real life, because, after all, these are just characters in a story.  Secondly, this storytelling narrative saves Taylor from any real life lawsuits.  She can tell real events, but obfuscate them by mixing names, places, and facts with fiction.  Taylor tells us that the narrator in Folklore is unreliable.  So nobody can pinpoint any breaking of non-disclosure agreements.  For instance, the names of these 3 people are the children from Ryan Renolds’ and Blake Lively’s actual kid’s names. But I suspect these “characters” are a real people and events, buried in a story.

This particular song is the one that’s supposedly from Betty’s (a.k.a Karlie according to “Betty” later in the album).  But I question that because the voice (voice in the writing sense, not the singing, that’s obviously Swift) in this story sounds an awful lot like Taylor herself.

Except “heartbeat on the highline” is where I heard Karlie’s work loft is located?  The song talks about in cars and downtown bars. Which makes it not a high school song anymore. Sounds more like the time period after “Delicate” in NY.And draw stars around my scars is definitely bringing up when Karlie drew gold stars on Taylor’s collar bone and wrist.

When you’re young assume you know nothing…  I knew everything when I was young.”  It’s a very gay line that describes having awareness of sexuality at a young age, but other people saying you’re too young to know, it’s just a phase, wait until you are older to decide.  Taylor is telling us she had an inkling when she was just a kid that she was gay (bi?  I think lesbian without knowing all the details, but think if she comes out it’ll be softer like pan, or bi.).

Folklore = plausible deniability

24 Jul

Here, I have tried to analyze what and who each track of Folklore is about.  Which is complex because it’s not in a linear order.  Names are obscured.  Facts may be reality or story.  The narrator is unreliable.  And this whole thing is going to be from a Kaylor perspective, because that’s how the songs, and Taylor Swifts catalog as a whole makes the best sense to me.  I’ll show you what I mean.

 

1. The One.

Folklore opens with The One which I think is an introduction to what is happening throughout the album.  This song sets the tone for the remaining songs.  Taylor is telling us she is going through memories of all her past relationships and looking at them closely to see what could have been.  Folklore is going to explore what would have happened if Taylor Swift had her dreams come true in every relationship. She sings, “never leavin’ well enough alone” sets it up to show Taylor is still pondering about past relationships and wondering what her life would be like now if they had worked out.  I don’t think this song features any one relationship in particular, but it’s a thought experiment of what if what Swift wanted at the time came true.  “If one thing had been different would everything be different?  Today.”

Features Diana argon movie tag line, about the roaring 20s.  Also they dated when Tay was in her younger 20s. And in this song she sings of digging up the grave, which was in the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video for to symbolize death of a relationship.

Also may feature Joe or other guys-what if Tay had been straight?

Each song profiles different relationships throughout Taylor’s 30 years.  And is a ‘what if’ & thought experiment, which is why it seems like a lot of break up/negative stuff.

 

2. Cardigan

Things start happening in this song.  The lyrics seem to tell of Taylor’s real life, as I can pick out actual moments from pictures given the lyrics here.  But Taylor, herself, confuses the issue and introduces plausible deniability.  She says in a chat there are 3 songs that describe a ‘high school love triangle’ in different perspectives.  Each is supposed to be from one of the 3 people in this love triangle.  I think Taylor Swift does this for a few reasons:  This creates an alternate universe where the song descriptions may or may not be real life.  Fans can’t automatically attribute these stories to Taylor’s personal life.  It discourages the wild theories and guessing who each song is about in real life, because, after all, these are just characters in a story.  Secondly, this storytelling narrative saves Taylor from any real life lawsuits.  She can tell real events, but obfuscate them by mixing names, places, and facts with fiction.  Taylor tells us that the narrator in Folklore is unreliable.  So nobody can pinpoint any breaking of non-disclosure agreements.  For instance, the names of these 3 people are the children from Ryan Renolds’ and Blake Lively’s actual kid’s names. But I suspect these “characters” are a real people and events, buried in a story.

This particular song is the one that’s supposedly from Betty’s (a.k.a Karlie according to “Betty” later in the album).  But I question that because the voice (voice in the writing sense, not the singing, that’s obviously Swift) in this story sounds an awful lot like Taylor herself.

Except “heartbeat on the highline” is where I heard Karlie’s work loft is located?  The song talks about in cars and downtown bars. Which makes it not a high school song anymore. Sounds more like the time period after “Delicate” in NY.And draw stars around my scars is definitely bringing up when Karlie drew gold stars on Taylor’s collar bone and wrist. 

When you’re young assume you know nothing…  I knew everything when I was young.”  It’s a very gay line that describes having awareness of sexuality at a young age, but other people saying you’re too young to know, it’s just a phase, wait until you are older to decide.  Taylor is telling us she had an inkling when she was just a kid that she was gay (bi?  I think lesbian without knowing all the details, but think if she comes out it’ll be softer like pan, or bi.).

 

3. The Last Great American Dynasty

This story tells of a brazen gal who married for money, had lavish parties, and was criticized wildly for being unladylike.  

It speaks to Taylor’s Rhode Island house, which she purchased after this real life person.

It also relates to the parties Taylor herself had in her twenties.  She had lots of friends, spent a lot of money, did a big thing on Independence Day every year.  And the media criticized her for spending the money, having a clique, and enjoying her success–especially as a female.  There are parallels in this gal’s life with Taylor’s.

I think the song also speaks of Karlie in a couple places.  Like the unhappy marriage for money/power.  “Her fault his heart gave out.” Might be indicating that Karlie will be blamed if things go sour for Jared Kushner.  And the bitch friends from New York, might be fellow models that Karlie knows.

4.  Exile

To me, this song seems more generic then the others on the album.  Are there hints who it might be about?  Is there a fictional story inter-weaved?  I didn’t really hear either.  But I do think this song serves a purpose for Taylor’s real life story.  Which is another parallel of these fictional characters Taylor says are in Folklore.  Taylor’s own real life is set up in the way this album is:  There is truth buried deep for her and trusted confidants only.  Then, there is the more public, but superficial narrative that she shares with everyone.  Taylor is “dating” Joe Alwin.  But like the ‘teenage love triangle’ it’s just a ruse, or distraction from Taylor’s actual personal life–as a queer person that has gone from one same sex relationship to the next. 

Back to the purpose of this song:  It’s generic because it’s seeding a “break up” with Taylor’s fake boyfriend.   

 

–> EDIT:  ALTERNATE (BETTER THEORY)

 

 

Exile (take 2)

I changed my mind about the meaning of Exile.  Instead of the break up song that I originally thought it was, I think it’s more along the lines of The Archer and Mirrorball.  I think it might be more about Karlie coming out of the closet sooner (and with less fear/reluctance) than Taylor.  1Taylor sings, “And it took you five whole minutes, To pack us up and leave me with it.”  Is she talking about the burden?  The secret?  Stress and fear of coming out?  Taylor continues, “Holdin’ all this love out here in the hall.”  The person in the hall is in limbo.  They aren’t in either room.  They left the location Taylor is in, but they haven’t gone ahead and gone to the next location.  The person in the hall waits for both of them to go.

This thought is confirmed when Taylor says, “Now I’m in exile, seein’ you OUT.  Taylor is alone but she can see Karlie with more freedom, less fear than she herself has.  But Taylor remembers, “I think I’ve seen this film before, and I didn’t like the ending.”  Film has been a theme throughout Folklore.  Maybe it’s that gay movie again, where all the queer characters end in tragedy.  It could be more observation:  Ellen was initially ruined when she came out.  Other celebrities as well.  Basically, Taylor is saying her fears of coming out are overriding her loneliness of being left behind.

Later in the song, Taylor says, “so I’m leaving out the side door.”  So Taylor wants to leave the closet, but her reluctance and hesitation make her want to do it indirectly–out the side door, instead of a more direct route.

At this point, he (Karlie’s stand in for this track) sings to Taylor:  “So step right OUT.”  This second person is encouraging Taylor to just do it, come out.  They are telling her that the only thing holding her back is her own fears.  He/Karlie continues, “All this time, we walked a very thin line.”  I think it means that their life was never easy as a couple.  They always had to be cautious, beard, hide, go underground.  How much worse could it be by coming out?

The reason I felt like this song was more of a coming out of the closet song, rather than a break up song is the number of times, “signs” are mentioned.  It’s repeated over and over, by both, in layers, repeated and emphasized.  I think Taylor wanted this listeners of this track to really hear the message of this part.  She wants us to remember this part of the song (the story) in particular.  “So many signs, so many signs, You didn’t even see the signs.”  And I think the signs she refers to are ALL the hints over her whole catalog of music, in the lyrics, music videos, Easter eggs, the interviews, the write-ups, what she’s worn.  Who Taylor hangs out with and how much.  ALL THE SIGNS TAYLOR HAS GIVEN HER AUDIENCE THAT SHE IS QUEER AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN.

 

 

 

5.  My Tears Ricochet.

Not every song on Folklore describes a romantic relationship.  I think this song is about Taylor leaving the music label (BMR) that initially signed her.  She sings, “I could have gone anywhere. Just not home.” which is how she initially thought of her label.  Scott B. had been a paternal figure, but also controlling.  He made many decisions about her music that Taylor disagreed with.  And when she left, it wasn’t on good terms.  She was angry and he was mean.  “Wishing I’d stayed.” is a lyric that shows Scott B. liked making money off of Taylor, but refused to have a more collaborative partnership with her, wanting to control her every move.  “Stolen lullabies” is of course, mentioning the masters Scott B. sold to Taylor’s nemesis, Scooter Braun.  And remember how at the time Taylor said there were tears (“Tears Ricochet?!) in her eyes every time Scooter’s name came up.  “Cursing my name, wishing I’d stayed.” reiterates how Scott wasn’t ready to let go of Taylor, the cash cow, and he’s holding her music catalog hostage.

 

6. Mirror Ball.

Breaking in a million pieces is an indication of the fears Taylor Swift has about coming out of the closet.  The line, “I can change everything about me to fit in” shows life in the closet (hiding queerness)–reflecting back what you think people want, because you are afraid to show your true self. 

“Hush when no one is around…Shining just for you.” It’s a secret.  The shining happens when nobody else is looking. Taylor is spinning and shining for Karlie only.  

The verse about calling off the circus (the Trump administration), the disco burning down (the closet disappearing from around them and their relationship), and sending the rodeo clowns home (the Kushners out of power of the Trump White House and also being out from under Scott and Scooter’s stipulations on the masters) shows how everything is about to change for the better.

“I know they say the end is near.” I am pretty sure Taylor is speaking to Karlie here, about how they are each almost finished with their bearding contracts.  They will soon be rid of their fake relationships (Jared and Joe) so they can be together. 

“I’m still a believer [in real love?] I don’t know why.”  And with that, the song ends on a high note:  Taylor is on her tallest tiptoes because Karlie Kloss is a lot taller at 6’2″.

 

7. Seven

The companion song to “It’s nice to have a friend” (if you recall “Something gave you the nerve to touch my hand” which is decidedly not a childhood unromantic thing to do).  Taylor describes a very Sapphic relationship with a young PA neighbor in her elementary years.  “Your braids like a pattern” emphasizes the femaleness of this friend Taylor says she loved then, and still loves now.  The line in the song that says, “or hide in the closet” is not an accident.  Taylor is an honest writer and a woman of 30–she knows what that phrase means.  And she used in intentionally.  In telling this childhood story, she’s saying that her queerness is nothing new.  She has had it in her the whole time.  And she’s just now alluding it to her fans, and the public.

Also, each person’s story is not the central position of my song analysis, but I’d be remiss not to mention Taylor also alludes the the fact this girl-neighbor may have been in an abusive household.  It sounds like her father wasn’t a good guy, so that’s a central premise of the song as well as the childhood love component.

 

8.  August.

This song is supposedly the perspective of the 3rd person in the ‘high school love triangle’ of Betty & James and this person.  Who is it? If anyone. Is this just a generic song to round out the love triangle? 

I’m not sure who it’s supposed to be about, though it does brings up someone’s 1st (female) sexual experience with, “whispers of Are you sure?’ ‘Never have I ever before.'”  “And I can see us twisted in bedsheets.”  This section reminds me of Reputation’s, “…Ready for It?” and “Dress” which are also pretty sexy songs.

But it talks about this 3rd wheel feeling like James was never hers.  And it’s not during high school, because “August slipped away like a bottle of wine.”

Main message in this song, “you were never mine.”  That line is repeated 4 times during the short song.

 

9. This is Me Trying.

Takes place after “The Archer.” In that one it goes, “Combat, I’m ready for combat” like she’s ready for a fight.  This will not be easy.  She continues, “I say I don’t want that, but what if I do?” This speaks of hesitation.  Taylor fears this announcement.  But also, she wants it.  She’s preparing.  The next line is, “Cause cruelty wins in the movies.” And I think that is telling how every gay movie ends badly.  The queers don’t get that happy ending, just sadness and tragedy.  The last line in this verse:  “I’ve got a hundred thrown-out speeches I almost said to you.”  And she means the fans.  The public.  Taylor Swift is afraid, but wants to come out.  She had many false starts, but she continues to head in the direction.  Think about the Archer’s line, “Help me hold onto you.” and when Taylor sings this song at concerts and says who could leave me, who could stay, you could stay.” And she points at the crowd on the YOU could stay.  This confirms The Archer is addressing the fans.

In this part B of that song, she sings, “I don’t quite know what to say, but I’m here in your doorway.” Taylor is taking to us, her fans. Proof?  “Pouring my heart out to a stranger.” She speaks of trying to come out, but also keep her career. “They told me all of my cages are mental.” It won’t be as scary as she has always feared.  Taylor just has to get out of her head–out of her own way.  She talks about lashing out in past songs. “And my words shoot to kill when I’m mad, I have a lot of regrets about that.”  She’s saying two things here:  1) In telling these stories about break ups with boys, and in laying down Easter eggs as encouragement to analyze her artwork, Taylor has created a monster.  She did it out of fear and anger, but now fans eagerly comb through her songs looking for the real people they might be about.  So now, that she wants to present the more authentic version of herself, it seems like she was disingenuous before.  Which wasn’t her intention.  She is reminding the fans about how much she cares about what we think about her.  2) I think she wants to come out carefully so as not to hurt or anger anyone else, especially anyone who was previously or who is currently in her personal life.

 

10. Illicit Affairs.

Maybe “break up of Karlie’s marriage” bc she was cheating w/Taylor.  But please, show me the marriage certificate.  Show me an actual marriage record for Karlie and Jared.  She is a model and went to a wedding photo shoot.  He is in a long term relationship with a man named Mike.  He needs a woman to seal his dirty deals.  She was in a long time contract to be his fake girlfriend, and because of Trump’s election, she couldn’t extricate from that cleanly.  Taylor can’t be super mad or upset, because she has also been having fake boyfriends for years.  “Look at this godforsaken mess you made me.. .  Look at this idiotic fool that you made me”  It’s a problem.  It’s a complication.

Enter this song.  It sets up a “real” love triangle.  This shows Karlie “cheating” on Jared with Taylor.  “But they lie and they lie and they lie” is a line that talks about how the relationship is a lie, their position in the White House is a lie, and the way the Kushners make money is a lie.  It’s all fake.  But Swift clarifies, “Tell your friends you’re out for a run [which is a very visible part of Karlie’s social media] You’ll be flushed when you return.” Taylor is spelling out the her and Karlie have sex. 

But in the end, Taylor conveys over and over she will stick with it.  This is not a breakup of Kaylor.  On the contrary, Taylor can only be herself when she’s with Karlie.  Their whole situation is a mess, but she really loves Karlie and no one else does it for her:

“You showed me colors [in screaming color!] I can’t see with anyone else” 

“You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else.”

“And you know damn well for you I would ruin myself a million little times.”

 

11. Invisible String.

It’s important that this is the song that follows “Illicit Affairs.”  This track shows all is well with Kaylor.  Despite everything, Taylor believes Karlie is her soulmate. And I think this song is about Karlie, because green is mentioned. Karlie has green eyes. Bad blood is also mentioned though obscured, lyrically. That’s a music video Karlie was in. “Looked like an American” references the interview with a handful of VS Angels where Karlie says Taylor is an American girl.

“Pulled me out of all the wrong arms into that dive bar.” Perhaps the one from Delicate? My biggest hint that this song is about Karlie is “one single thread of gold tied me to you.” Gold.  Color of Leos and fire and sunshine.  The color associated with Karlie.  And I know they’re still happy and together because “Hell was my journey [the journey she’s remembering across the songs in this album] but it brought me to heaven.” And she talks of Karlie being the Lover album’s muse by singing, “Gave me the blues then purple pink skies.”

As a side note Taylor explains that those previous people in her life that made her mad enough to write songs–she’s over that.  Now she sends their children gifts.

I love this song and how romantic a thought that these two people were always meant for each other.  Every failed relationship, every fork in the road–led them on the path right to each other.

 

12. Mad Woman.

Chapter 2 of The Man.  “Cause you took everything [her masters] from me.  Watching you climb over people like me [other singers] The MASTER [not an accidental word] of spin.” Then Taylor goes low and says, “has a couple of side flings good wives always know.”  She knows she can away with calling him out because she has already explained to the audience that Folklore is just stories.  Scooter Braun cheats on his wife. And Taylor said it.  But maybe she didn’t because remember our unreliable narrator.

 

13. Epiphany.

In My opinion, a little disjointed of a song. I think it’s about PTSD. 1st regarding war. Apparently about Swift’s veteran grandfather.  Then sickness, probably Covid. The song would be better if there was a 3rd trauma. Or if it covered 1 trauma at greater depth.

 

14. Betty.

This is the song that unlocks the ‘high school love triangle’ angle of the album.  It’s from James’ perspective, and we know that because the person telling this song is invited into a car by name.

But I spy inconsistencies.  “Betty, one time I was riding my skateboard when I passed your house it’s like I can’t breathe.”  This might sound like a stereotype, and I apologize.  But I’ve known teenage guys, and the ones I have had contact with don’t have the emotional maturity to go breathless about a girl.  The ones I know might think a girl is cute, or have a crush, or want sex, but I’ve never known them at a teen age to get like, no breath about it.  That seems very female to me.  But I’m female, so it’s difficult to go outside my own perspective–just as it was probably difficult for Taylor.  And at the end, James put on Betty’s cardigan.  Does a guy wear his girlfriend’s sweater?  

Taylor was named after James Taylor.  And Karlie Elizabeth (Betty is a nickname for Elizabeth) Kloss is the other female in this story, Betty.  And Taylor mentions the cobblestones, streetlight, and also the garden of the romantic Lover album.  Hello, “Cruel Summer” fame “sneaking through your garden gate just to seal my fate” then Karlie Kloss sells her condo, and featured in the real estate ad is a garden?  And there’s pictures of Taylor going in and out of a garden gate in that same neighborhood.  

So yeah, there’s some high school kids mixed in this song.  And age of 17.  A gym and a school dance.  But that’s just the unreliable narrator again.  Taylor even confirms that she’s James in the “Cardigan” music video–she puts on that cardigan at the end.  And has a knowing look.  Yup, I’m James.  

 

15. Peace.

From perspective of Karlie Kloss. “I’m a fire…” Remember she’s a Leo, a fire sign. And she goes on to say she’ll keep Taylor’s heart warm. “People think loves for show, but I’d die for you in secret.” Is this Karlie acknowledging the fans on social media who troll her for trying to ‘use Taylor ‘s career to succeed’? Who accuse her of queer-baiting Kaylors to get fans? When, in fact, Karlie deeply loves Taylor in private. In the song, Karlie remembers how Taylor had the butterfly angel wing (that look a lot like ones Karlie walked in one time at a show) mural commissioned in the Lover Era, by saying “you paint dreamscapes on the wall.” It might also mean The Lover music video and Taylor’s art in general, which often (secretly) portrays their love. “Family I chose” is a very gay line, “Now that I see your brother as my brother.” Taylor has a brother, who would be newly related to Karlie if there was a marriage.

The “robbers in the East” might be talking about the Kushners she’s tied to. And the white house that stopped their coming out plans in the Lover Era. And “Clowns to the West” might be Scott B. and Scooter giving Taylor so much trouble with her music catalog. And of course KimYe in LA, who are constantly stirring up trouble for Taylor.

But Karlie emphasizes “I’d give you my sunshine.” That Leo sun again. “The Devils in the details.” Makes me think of DWOHT a kiss gate song where they were outed by someone “grinnin’ like a devil.” It was at that point, Karlie and Taylor hid safely in the closet, ramped up the bearding, and each complicated her individual life, and their relationship. The details she speaks of might be ending the bearding contracts and being together for real without violating any non-disclosure agreements or creating political enemies.

This song is Karlie assuring the audience that she’s suffering also, but she is genuine and she wants to have a real, meaningful, authentic, loving relationship with Taylor.  And it’s going to come back out in the public as soon as those details get sorted out.

 

16. Hoax.

“My only one”  The first song, The One told us Taylor was looking back at her choices.  now she says the subject of this last song is “my ONLY one”.  I think even more than being about 1 person this song is the bookend that shows bittersweet of what her life DID turn out as after all these choices, endings, breakups… This is the conclusion to the album.  

“Smoking gun” is the clue that unlocks a mystery.  When Taylor is with Karlie, it’s impossible NOT to see their love.  And they got caught kissing.  Karlie outs Taylor because their love is evident.

“My eclipsed Sun.”  The sun again symbolizes Karlie, but also Daylight where Taylor can come out and be openly queer.  Taylor is saying that she is still in shade, because she’s afraid to come out of the closet.  And also Karlie is eclipsed under the shadow of the fake Kushner marriage, and is also partially in the shadows since Kaylor has a hidden, closeted relationship.

“Your faithless loves the only hoax I believe in.” Faithless, because Karlie is cheating on her “husband”. “Your sleight of hand” is Karlie acting like her marriage to a man is real–when it isn’t.

“My best laid plan” is Taylor’s Lover era where she was going to come out. But circumstances prevented it.

She’s also telling that her situation is bittersweet because to be authentic to herself, Taylor has some hard choices that she must follow through with.  

“Don’t want no other shade of blue but you, no other sadness in the world would do.”  Taylor, despite all the sadness and complication of all the bearding and closeting and being gay.  She would choose Karlie because it’s authentic and true, but it has taken a toll.

 

+++Addition+++

I finally got The Lakes, and as such needed to add my analysis to the main post. And you really can’t without discussing Hoax too. They’re companion songs, yin and yang, can’t have one without the other.

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 (Peace and Hoax).  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 that stemmed (pun!) a beautiful red flower (glitch rose, Klossy?). 

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.

To reiterate, Folklore is an album that allows Taylor to tell all the stories she was afraid to share before.  And since she mixed in other characters, and told us the narrator is unreliable it’s a reclamation of her own narrative.  This album allows Taylor plausible deniability. 

 

Tough Anthem Song

20 Jul

I was naive, just wanted to please

I had that big dream, [softer, in the background] You embodied it

I didn’t have that opportun-ity,

kept get-ting dragged down

My fault, grades weren’t my only prior-ity

I was left hanging, my-life rearranging

Needed fam-iliar-ity

I came with baggage, you had it too

I realized too late your un-cer-tain-ty.

I was a buffer, no a-type-ah replace-ment

You left me absolutely nobody.

 

When I look in the mirror it

reflects my innermost spirit

spit the word “no” I won’t hear it

my motivations don’t fear it

 

Your harsh words made my skin thicker

Your head games made my mind quicker

Moved away from you– made my heart richer

Your cold shoulder showed I’m the vic-tor

You’re working that much harder, [softer, in the background] who’s the loser now?

 

You bruise me, you’ll never bust me

my mindset is such a tough one

Ignore the hate I’m so scrappy

Eat shit, I’m gonna be happy

 

all that sacrifice

and several rolls of the dice

Got me livin’ my best life

not exactly no more strife

but most of the days are mostly nice

 

 

 

Disaster Song

19 Mar

Trump is a loser

I never wanted him

Hillary thought we should choose her

sexism is ultimately why she lost the prelim

 

so many mistakes, ineptitude

obvious personality disorder-narcissistic

the dude can’t read, we are screwed

worse than that he’s fascistic

 

Trump pretended the pandemic wasn’t happening

he doesn’t understand basic economics

America’s reputation blackening

closer and closer to using atomics

 

Now here we are, all alone

coronavirus threatening

everyone barricaded in their home

U.S. will have our reckoning

 

And as we hide from this disease

our businesses must close the doors

republicans blame the Chinese

it won’t stop the multiplication of corpse