I’ve been a loyal fan since. I went to the 1989 World Tour (and it’s because of Taylor Swift that I’m still living in Sydney – there was something she said during the concert that connected with me) and the Reputation World Tour.
I buy her music as soon as it comes out and I can identify with most of the lyrics.
She’s just begun releasing singles for her seventh album, Lover.
I loved the first single, Me! Where she teamed up with Panic At The Disco’s Brendon Urie) and sung a song about how awesome she was. That song was great. It was upbeat and a song about anyone who has ever doubted themselves. It was a self affirming song and the positivity was welcome.
Her second single, You need to calm down completely missed the mark for me. It was a political song and that’s all I’m saying on the matter. Musicians and politics should not mix.
But her third single, The archer is such a depressing song and I’m not a fan. I mean it’s Taylor Swift so I’ve got it on repeat but that’s also because I’m writing this blog about it, so I kind of have to listen to it multiple times to really get the point and say everything I want to say.
Anyway, there’s a few lyrics in this song that really irritate the hell out of me.
I want to preface this by saying that a couple of months ago I was shot down by a guy I really liked and I’m only just getting over that so I’m all, “I’m great on my own and I’m awesome,” which is why I can identify with the lyrics to Me! I was trying to find specific lyrics I could identify with but the whole song describes how I feel right now.
The archer on the other hand is such a needy, desperate, clingy, co-dependant, whingy, whiney, depressing, wallowing song.
I want to draw attention to some specific lyrics:
Easy they come, easy they go
I jump off the train, I ride off alone
I never grew up, it’s getting so old
Help me hold onto you
The issue with these lyrics is that Taylor is saying she needs someone else to be happy and that she can’t handle being alone.
She’s also whining about never growing up, though I do appreciate the reference to her earlier song, Never grow up.
Why does she need to hold onto someone? Why can’t she be happy on her own? Why can’t she find happiness in other things?
Then there’s the self pity in the next lyrics:
And I cut off my nose just to spite my face
Then I hate my reflection for years and years
These lyrics are awful. Talk about low self-esteem and negativity. That’s just blaming herself for things that have happened and that’s ridiculous. She shouldn’t hate herself. Nobody should hate themselves and nobody should feel sorry for themselves. It’s not healthy.
But the lyric that really grates on my nerves:
All the king’s horses, all the king’s men
Couldn’t put me together again
Why does she even need someone to put her together again? She can put herself back together. She shouldn’t need anyone else to do that for her. She should be strong enough on her own. This song is awful lyrically.
I’m sure at some point I’ll like the lyrics of this song, but right now I don’t. I’m really disappointed in the weakness and co-dependency shown in this song. I just want to knock some sense into her.
And on that note I’m going to listen to Me! Because I’d rather celebrate self love than wallowing and self pity. And of course I'll be buying the album as soon as it's out but this song annoys me.
P.S. It wasn't intentional to have two blogs in a row about Taylor Swift's new music.