I found this song through what I believe was a playlist based off of “right where you left me.” I fell in love. It’s so simple lyric wise, but like beautiful. Also, it’s catchy as hell with a great beat.
In a relationship, it’s about an equal partnership. I don’t think that one should save the other. You save each other. You become better people and grow with each other.
“I know this ain’t a fairytale, this is real life.”
“Bitter” by FLETCHER and Kito
Y’all, I have listened to this song ten times today already. Now eleven. This song is beast. The beat. The lyrics. Everything. What girl hasn’t been broken up with and the guy gets with another girl the next day? Damn. Love it.
Also that video is like intentionally sexy as fuck. She’s like “Boy, look at what you are missing.”
“I know you think about me when you kiss her. I left a taste in your mouth. Can she taste me now?”
“In the End” by Beth Crowley
Okay I have always loved Beth Crowley. Even way before she ever got onto Spotify. I love her music. Some of my favorite songs include “Battle Cry,” “Red,” “Warrior,” and “Midnight.” Her lyrics are phenomeonal. So rare and exposed. I love that. Yes, they are mostly based on books or shows or movies, but like, they could be towards everything. Take this song for example.
This is about a relationship that’s doomed from the start. Yes, they love each other, but in the end, they are going to destroy each other. Their relationship isn’t going to last.
“But something this powerful and dangerous will burn until there’s nothing left.”
You know what I also love? Those songs that are actually like throwing shade but they don’t sound like it. Like this one. It’s so like, peppy but she’s basically calling him out. This guy dumped her and he’s over it and with another girl, while she’s not. Apparently it’s about Joe Jonas.
“So dignified in your well-pressed suit, So strategized, all the eyes on you, sashay away to your seat. It’s the best seat, in the best room. Oh, he’s so smug, Mr. ‘Always Wins’. So far above me in every sense. So far above feeling anything.”
“All Your Exes” by Julia Michaels
I feel like if I was going to write a love song, this would be. It starts all sweet. . . .then you get to the chorus and you’re like “Oh.” I love it.
I mean who hasn’t dated someone, and they talk about their exes, and you’re like no. I don’t want to hear about them. I don’t care about them. I’m here. Screw them. This song takes that and runs with it. She’s saying I want to be the only one. There’s no exes. I’m all there is. Those exes don’t exist. It’s such a great song.
“I want to live in a world where there’s no exes at all. Like you were waiting for me to be the first thing you fall for.”
“right where you left me” by Taylor Swift
(Repeats what I said under “Mr. Perfectly Fine.”
Wow. This song hit me right in the feels. (Do people still say that anymore?) Like who hasn’t felt this way? Who hasn’t been oh so in love. Felt wanted. Then they drop you. You’re left there. Just waiting and waiting. And that’s all there is. It’s sad and it’s depressing, and per usual the queen Taylor has put that feeling into words. Thank you, Taylor.
“Did you hear about the girl who lives in delusion? Break-ups happen every day, you don’t have to lose it.”
“Strange Love” by Halsey
Wow. This song. It’s fucking hot. Okay? Like the beat, Halsey’s voice. Their voice is amazing. This song is amazing. Honestly, all I’m picturing is like some dark, smoky club, bodies grinding and winding, with a girl dressed in a kickass black dress that’s probably way too short for public fuck ’em, and fuck me heels staring down a guy across the room. You know, that come hither gaze. Just saying. Hello.
I can spout about the meaning of this song because well, I don’t know. I just like the song, okay? Don’t at me. Thanks.
“And everybody wants to know about how it felt to hear you scream. They know you walk like you’re a god. They can’t believe I made you weak.”
Shivers by Ed Sheeran
Oh, Ed. This song makes me want to dance. That is all. Listen to it!
Now go listen to all these songs! What are you listening to? Tell me in the comments! I am always looking for new music!
Remember how I said Red is my favorite Taylor Swift album? Well, I have a new favorite album. Remember how I said Lover is Taylor Swift’s best album? Yeah, I was wrong. evermore is her best album. folklore is what Lover and folklore triedto be but didn’t quite reach the mark. (My thoughts on Lover is here.)
Taylor Swift has probably saved the disaster called 2020. Because let’s be real, 2020 was a doozy of a year. Hell, only 7 days into 2021 and there was a riot at the Capitol.
Yeah. That happened.
But we aren’t going to talk about that. Because you know what, it is now President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and I am here for it. They’ll save us. I just know it. But let’s talk about the artist who saved us in 2020. Taylor Swift.
She released folklore in July. Then, surprise, she released evermore, the sister album in December. Oh, and there are theories that there could be a third album. (Let’s hope so, again, 7 days in and yeah, 2021 might not better than 2020.) Taylor released folklore without any promos. She was like “Here I am. New music! Enjoy!” With evermore, she posted on social media about how they couldn’t stop writing songs and to expect a new album. And while I do enjoy folklore, I think that evermore is the better album. Every single song on that album is deep and powerful. Whereas on folklore there are a few strong songs but then it gets a bit. . . .lost? Like with Lover, there are songs on folklore that don’t hit as hard as others, and thus get drowned out by the more powerful songs.
evermore, on the other hand, seems more composed. All the songs can hold their own on evermore and are deep, meaningful and impactful. Now that’s not to say that there are songs on evermore I prefer to the other songs. Because there are. However, before we get to the review of evermore, I thought I’d give my top four songs on folklore. These four songs I think are the strongest ones on folklore, and the ones I had on repeat for a while.
“exile” is a duet and it’s so beautifully done. It goes back and forth between the male and the female then towards the end the female voice (Taylor) is answering the male.
This song is about to ex-lovers who see each other again after a break-up, and how quickly one moved on. It mentions warning signs and how maybe, they should’ve known that the relationship wasn’t going to work out.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I can see you starin', honey like he's just your understudy. Like you'd get your knuckles bloody for me."
I played this song so much when it first came out that it made it on my 2020 Spotify Wrap Up and folklore came out in July. I love this song so much that I still listen to it and don’t get tired of it. Ever.
According to Taylor Swift, this song is apart of a Teenage Love Triangle story. I interpret this song a bit differently. I think it’s about first love. It’s that love that new and fresh. The first time you fall in love and it’s so easy to fall. You’re fearless.
But then that love fades. You grow up. And you realize that it’s time to move on.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I knew you, tried to change the ending, Peter losing Wendy, I knew you, leavin' like a father, running like water."
Also, the video to this song is incredible. If you haven’t watched it, you need to.
This is actually a bonus track. I heard it first when I was on a playlist on YouTube and then fell in love. It’s such a beautiful song, and per usual, the lyrics are incredible. If you haven’t heard this song yet, you need to. It has some of the most eloquent and stunning imagery.
"While I bathe in cliffside pools with my calamitous love and insurmountable grief."
It’s magnificent. I can’t tell you what this song is about. To me, it’s like she’s saying “Let’s get out of this place. Let’s go some place where we can just be and be.”
My favorite lyrics are:
"A red rose grew up out of ice frozen ground with no one around to tweet it."
First, the tone of this song — and really the entirety of folklore and evermore — is so casual. There’s nothing strained about it or forced. It’s casual and simple and easy.
“the 1” to me feels likes a song about the one who got away. That person who could’ve been the one and they kept trying but they didn’t click. The puzzle pieces never fit together. And while this could be a sad song, it doesn’t feel like it. It’s like a remembrance, rather than a goodbye.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I persist and resist the temptation to ask you, if one thing had been different, would everything be different today?"
Now let’s get evermore. When this album first came out, I waited (impatiently) for it to appear in my Spotify then proceeded to listen to the whole album twice when I really should’ve been sleeping. As always, I have my favorite songs but I love this album. It is practically perfect in every way. Like Mary Poppins.
This was the first song we got to hear from evermore. And boy, did it deliver. This song had me at the first line.
"I'm like the water when your ship rolled in that night."
I am a music lover (obviously) and just like when it comes to books, the first line or the first beat is what gets me. “willow” had me from the start. It’s got such an easy, almost joyful but not like up-in-your-face quality to it. I love the simple instruments with the guitar and the piano. That’s all it needs is those instruments. Nothing else. The lyrics speak for themselves.
“willow” is a love song. It’s like a version of “Lover” but different. “Lover’ is more yes, up-in-your-face and still a great song. Whereas “willow” is sweet, easy and casual. I love the vibes. It reminds me of one of those movies where the girl falls for the guy but it’s drawn out or like he’s dying or she’s dying. Basically, a John Green novel.
My favorite lyrics are:
"Wait for the signal, and I'll meet you after dark, show me the places where the others gave you scars."
This song hits me almost as hard as “Last Kiss” does. But in a different way. “Last Kiss” is so raw and sad that I tear up nearly every time that I hear this song. “champagne problems” still has that rawness but different.
Taylor is telling the story about a woman who was too afraid to love and left a great guy. I can relate to that. Who can’t? Who hasn’t looked at this great person and wondered why they deserve it? The woman turns down a proposal because she’s not ready. And yes, it’s sad but maybe he’ll find happiness somewhere else. Maybe she’ll be braver the next guy around.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I never was ready so I watch you go. Sometimes you just don't know the answer 'til someone's on their knees and asks you."
This isn’t my favorite song on this album. It kind of reminds me of “Gorgeous” from Reputation. It’s an okay song but it’s not like gold. (See what I did there?)
This song is about looking at someone and being jealous of them, or rather jealous of the fact that everyone wants that one person. But Taylor wants them.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I don't like that anyone would die to feel your touch. Everybody wants you.
Everybody wonders what it would be like to love you, walk past, quick brush."
’tis the damn season
For me, this song is about a love that come and goes. It’s like a summer love. Or in this case, a holiday love. A love that you begin then you leave to pursue dreams and maybe meet someone else. Then you come back home and then you see that old flame. Sparks fly (See what I did there?) and it’s a rush. It’s beautiful. But it’s just for a weekend.
"So we could call it even. You could call me 'babe' for the weekend 'tis the damn season."
It’s like a Lifetime or a Hallmark movie. The one where boy meets this girl and she’s wonderful and mysterious and it’s only a weekend. Then he spends the rest of the movie looking for this girl. That’s how I see this song.
My favorite lyrics are:
"Sleep in half the day just for old times' sake. I won't ask you to wait if you don't ask me to stay."
Can I just say about this song? Ouch. This song makes me sad. Man, do I relate to this song. Whether you think it’s about a child speaking to their parent or a woman speaking to a man. This song hits. It’s sad and raw. As all us Swifties know, the number 5 slot is reserved for the heartbreak songs. Previous songs include “Cold as You,” “White Horse,” “Delicate,” “The Archer,” “Dear John,” and “All Too Well.”
This song is about loving someone and trying to doing everything, absolutely everything, to try and get their love. You do everything for them. Try to be the best for them.
"I wait by the door like I'm just a kid, use my best colors for your portrait, lay the table with the fancy shit."
You want their love. Their devotion. Like what you’ve given to them. But you don’t have it, and the truth it, you’ll never have it. They simply tolerate it. Tolerate you. And I think everyone could relate to this song somehow. It hits differently than “All Too Well” which is one of my favorite songs from Red. But it still evokes such feelings in my soul.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I made you my temple, my mural, my sky. Now I'm begging for footnotes in the story of your life."
no body, no crime
When I first heard this song, my immediate thought was “Goodbye Earl” by The Chicks and “Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood. Those great country revenge songs. It takes us back to Taylor’s country roots but rather than the pop-country, it’s that old country. It’s The Chicks and Reba McEntire.
This song follows Taylor as she talks to her friend Este who thinks her husband is cheating. Well, the hubby kills Este and Taylor is suspicious. Well, Taylor knows he did so she revenges her friend’s death and pins it on his mistress. It’s simple but has a great meaning. Plus, who doesn’t love a good ole revenge song?
My favorite lyrics are:
"And I noticed when I passed his house his truck has got some brand new tires. And his mistress moved in, sleeps in Este's bed and everything."
I really like this song. First, the title is deceptive, because the song itself is sad and melancholy, not just the lyrics but with the music.
This son gis about a relationship that ends, an dit ended up being toxic, decaying in a way, and acknowledging that, but also, not forgetting the good times. Just because a relationship ends and sure, it may have ended badly. That doesn’t mean that you can’t remember the good times and love those sweet moments.
My favorite lyrics are:
"Tell me, when did your winning smile begin to look like a smirk? When did all our lessons start to look like weapons pointed at my deepest hurt?"
This song is simply, cute. It’s a bit jarring after “happiness.” Since that song is very slow and sad, while this song is still got that acoustic. It’s just a different tone.
This song is a bit confusing. Not sure what it’s about. I think it’s about a friend who is talking about a girl who ran off and left the small town. Wanted a change. This song is her friend saying, hey, do you remember us? Do you remember where you came from?
I really just love Taylor’s voice in this. She plays with high notes and low notes. A sort of rough, rusty, raw quality to her voice.
My favorite lyrics are:
"And damn, Dorothea, they all wanna be ya. But are you still the same soul I met under the bleachers?"
The beginning of this song. Just the soft guitar and that’s it, basically. It’s so beautiful. The lyrics of this song go back and forth between Taylor and the male singer. And I think this song has some of the most beautiful, imagery lyrics with the simple, casual back and forth conversation.
This song, like a lot of Taylor’s songs, is about an old relationship. It’s about loss and nostalgia. It’s about how one gave their all and the other didn’t try. It wasn’t equal, and the relationship couldn’t work if they both didn’t try.
My favorite lyrics are:
"But you were too polite to leave me. And do you miss the rogue who coaxed you into paradise and left you there? Will you forgive my soul when you're too wise to trust me and too old to care?"
This song grew on me. At first, I ignored it but then I really listened to it and went, uh, wow. Okay, I love it.
Now, according to others, this song is about a wife who falls in love with another man who is obviously not her husband. I don’t really see it, but this is one of those songs that I think is really open to interpretation.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I'd live and die for moments that we stole on begged and borrowed time."
cowboy like me
Oh my gosh. This song. I can’t even. This song is perfect. This song reminds me of like those Hallmark movies.
"And you asked me to dance, but I said, 'Dancin' is a dangerous game.'"
Like when two people meet but they don’t plan on falling in love and they do. It’s so country and slow and beautiful. This is a song that goes back to her country roots with the soft guitar playing. It’s when two people are slow dancing and they just meet and there’s this spark. The guy is holding this girl, maybe his friends bullied him into going out and he’s like ‘Wow. This girl is really something.’ And it’s just, wonderful.
My favorite lyrics are:
"And the skeletons in both our closets plotted hard to fuck this up. And the old men that I've swindled really did believe I was the one."
long story short
This song is again, a bit jarring after the ballad “cowboy like me.” It’s a fast paced song. It’s almost like, she’s making fun of herself? And also like a resolution of her past and like you know what, it’s time to let go. Let’s have some fun.
Also, this line in the chorus (below) makes me giggle.
My favorite lyrics are:
"Clung to the nearest lips, long story short, it was the wrong guy."
I can’t listen to this song. Not because I don’t like it, but because it reminds me of my grandpa who passed away August 9th, 2017. This song hits me hard. It’s about Taylor’s grandmother, Marjorie. An ode to her and her memory. how when you lose something, you want to cling to them. You want to keep everything of theirs so you have them with you. Always.
My favorite lyrics are:
"I should've asked you questions. I should've asked you how to be asked you to write it down for me, should've kept every grocery store receipt 'cause every scrap of you would be taken from me."
This song is different than the others because of the background noise that’s like drums? It’s almost a bit, edgy? Like something Alanis Morissette or Liz Phair would sing. I kind of want more of this edgy rock Taylor. That would be interesting, not going to lie.
This song is about an ex and Taylor is basically like I don’t need your closure. I can still be mad at you. Get over it.
My favorite lyrics are:
"Don't treat me like some situation that needs to be handled. I'm fine with my spite and my tears, and my beers and my candles. I can feel you smoothing me over."
Like with “exile” from folklore, this song is a back and forth with Justin Vernon.
This song is such a sweet ending to this album. It’s hopeful and sweet. A true ballad. It’s about being depresed then suddenly, feeling better after so long. It’s such a beautiful song. (I need a new word. I use that a lot.) But it is.
My favorite lyrics are:
"Can't not think of all the cost and the things that will be lost. Oh, can we just get a pause?"
And now that I’ve reviewed the entire album. Here are the songs ranked. 🙂
cowboy like me
tis the damn season
no body, no crime,
long story short
I hope you enjoyed this review of evermore. If you haven’t listened to it, or to folklore. Do it! You won’t be disappointed.
I first heard this song on my cousin Paige’s Pandora shuffle. I fell like, instantly in love with it. It’s got an incredible beat. It makes you want to get up and move. It’s also has an incredible beat. This is a song that has power behind it. Or rather, it empowers you. When I listen to this song, it makes me believe that I can do anything. I think we all need a song like this. Alicia Keys has this way of singing songs that you feel something. This makes me feel invincible. Take a listen to it.
“Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi
First, I love Lewis Capaldi. Period. I love his voice, his songs. Everything. I first heard this song on the radio. This song is vastly different than “Underdog” but I am in love with it. “Underdog” makes you feel invincible. This song makes you think. It makes you think about how everyone is going through their own crucible. You never know what they are going through. This song addresses mental illness and suicide. It’s a beautiful song for such a hard topic that no one wants to talk about. It made me feel feelings. It’s so raw and open. Take a listen to it.
“Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
SHE’S BACK. Yes. When I heard Lady Gaga had a new single, I dropped everything and instantly listened to it. This song is drastically different than “Before You Go” but similar to “Underdog” in the way that it makes you want to dance. It makes me want to call up my girlfriends and have a fun dance night with wine and ice cream. “Stupid Love” reminds me of the 70s and 80s. It got such a great beat. In the world we are living in right now, we need songs like “Underdog” and “Stupid Love.” Take a listen. And as always, Lady Gaga has a weird but awesome video.
“Gooey” by Glass Animals
Now we are switching gears. “Gooey” is nothing like any of the other songs. I first heard it in my friend Ivana’s car when we heading to a shoot for our capstone class. “Gooey” has such a chill vibe to it. This isn’t a new song compared to the other ones. It came out 6 years ago, but it’s new to me. I thought I’d share. This song also makes you want to dance but more like sway and hang out with friends while probably smoking something. This song makes me feel all chill and relaxed. Take a listen to it. It almost reminds me of the 60s in a way.
“Better Man” by Little Big Town
Another drastic change since this is a country song. I heard it on the radio as well. I’ve always loved Little Big Town. This song is so beautiful. She’s basically saying: “The bravest thing I ever did was leave you. And maybe, maybe if you were a better man, you would’ve deserved me. But you weren’t.” Again, not a new song since it came out 3 years ago. But it’s new
“Lost on You” by LP
When I was on YouTube on a random playlist, this song came on. I fell in love with LP. This song is from 2016 but it doesn’t matter. It still goes hard. I love it so much. I want to learn how to sing it really well and maybe make a video for it. Who knows? Either way, you should listen to this song and LP’s other songs.
“The Man” by Taylor Swift
I’ve been listening to this song since Taylor Swift released her newest album, Lover. This song is amazing. Taylor is exploring lyrically how different would her life have been if she was born a man? Would she had gotten the same flack she got as a woman as a man? And now there’s a video. You should listen to it.
I hope you enjoy these songs!
Also it’s kind of amusing to me how different all of these songs are. It shows how my music is all over the place.
If you’ve read my other blog post “How Taylor Swift’s Music Helped Me Embrace Being ME!” then you know that I am a huge Taylor Swift fan. I am a Swiftie, and I have no shame in saying that at all. For some reason it feels like if you are a Taylor Swift fan, it’s like something you should be ashamed of? I don’t get that. I like Taylor Swift. And nothing anyone says is ever going to change my mind on that. Ever since she dropped her first single from her album “ME!” ft. Brenden Urie of Panic! at the Disco, I’ve been waiting in eager anticipation for her new album to be released. I stalked all the sites to figure out when we were getting her album. Then we got a date and I was counting down the days. Finally, it happened. On August 23rd, Taylor Swift released her 7th album called Lover. According to USA Today:
‘Lover’ racked up 867,000 equivalent album units in its debut week, including 679,000 in album sales and 226 million in on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs, according to Nielsen Music.”
That Friday when I heard it was released (and considering I stalk Buzzfeed, I knew pretty quick that the album was out), Lover was the only album I listened to for almost two weeks. Even now, I’m still listening to it. I listened to the album so much that three songs from the album made it to my Top Songs 2019 Spotify made for me. Those songs were “Cruel Summer,” “I Think He Knows” and “The Man.” In fact, for the third year, Taylor Swift was my top played artist on Spotify. Like I said, I am a Taylor Swift fan.
Listening to that album on Friday made my day. I was having a stressful day with school and then I listened to Taylor Swift’s new album and I felt instantly better. Music has always done that for me. And trust me, if you’ve listened to Lover you know that there are some bops on that album (as well as some flops but we’ll get to that later).
What is this album about? Well, as the title suggests, it is all about love. At times the album does seem disjointed but somehow there is still a connection. This album is all about love. This album isn’t just about ex-boyfriends but also about friendship and family. it’s about different types of love that you can have for someone. That meaning is very clear. And it’s beautiful.
Now let’s dive into this!
I Forgot You Existed
This song is about Kanye West. No doubt. That whole feud and everything. (If you don’t know what happened between Kanye West and Taylor Swift, booooooooy, you’ve misseda lot. Here’s a handy timeline to get you caught up.)
This song, according to the story line part on Spotify, is about closing the era of Reputation. It’s about moving on. Taylor is saying “Oh, you exist. I forgot. Oops?” It’s peppy and fun. It starts off the album in a good way.
“I Forgot You Existed” is almost a funny song. A song that you’d hear in a cheesy rom-com like How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days or Mean Girls. And no, that’s not an insult, it’s a good thing. It’s almost like Taylor is making fun of herself for holding onto what happened between her, Kanye, and Kim. And now she’s like “Oh. Why did I even care?“
I think that when you are an artist, you need to be able to look at the past, and laugh at it. This is what this song does.
I mentioned earlier that this album is about love. It is. Even this song is. It’s about self-love. It’s about forgetting and forgiving. It’s about moving on and just brushing the dirt off your shoulders. Taylor is done with Kanye and Kim and saying “You know what? I don’t need you. I’m done.”
My favorite lyrics (of course) is the bridge.
“I forgot that you Sent me a clear message Taught me some hard lessons I just forget what they were It’s all just a blur“
This album isn’t just about love, it’s a about new era for Taylor Swift.
After hearing this song, it took me a while to let it go and continue on with the rest of the album. I love this song that much. If I ever get a TikTok account, I’d definitely do a fun, quirky video with this song or one of the other songs from this song.
I listened to “Cruel Summer” repeat. Then finally, I had to move on to the rest of the album. “Cruel Summer” though, just wow Taylor. I love it.
“Cruel Summer” is about a summer love that hey, it might be doomed from the very beginning but you know what? Let’s do it. It’s about taking a chance and just diving in. This song is about desperation and clinging to a love that started out temporary, but now, you want it to be longer. There’s almost something hopeful about this song as well. Like maybe, it will be okay. Eventually. Maybe, it will last.
My favorite lyric is this one:
“And I screamed for whatever it’s worth I love you, ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard?”
Who writes a lyric like that? Taylor Swift that’s who. She’s like “I love you.” But also whispers “That should terrify you.” And it’s wonderful. Love isn’t all rainbows and puppies. Sometimes, it’s a bitch. This song captures that. Love is a roller coaster mess.
This song is the title of this album. On Spotify Storyline Taylor said:
I wanted to make music that in a lot ways feels timeless.”
She wrote “Lover” completely by herself instead of co-written like her other songs on the album.
This song makes me feel all ooey-gooey inside like a marshmallow roasting on a fire. “Lover” is so unbearingly sweet at times. It’s a love song. This song makes me want to sway with my imaginary boyfriend while it’s raining. (Which is really gross but that’s how this song makes me feel.) But a Taylor Swift love song. One thing I have always loved about her is that she knows how to write songs and make it a story. Her lyrics are truly beautiful.
“Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover And you’ll save all your dirtiest jokes for me And at every table, I’ll save you a seat, lover”
I never get tired of this song. It’s been playing all over the radio. Hell there’s even a remix with Shawn Mendes. But I still love it. Check out the video!
The contrast between “Lover” and “The Man” is staggering but also fantastic. Taylor goes from a beautiful wedding ballad to this female empowerment bop. It’s fantastic.
All I picture when I hear this song is a bunch of women in suits.
Basically that but you know, black suits not pastel ones. She released the video for “The Man” and I am loving it! I actually want to create my own fanvideo for the song. Who is interested in being a badass woman in a sharp black suit? Let’s do it!
Think more like this.
“The Man” is such a power song. It’s now on my “Woman Power” playlist on Spotify. When I listen to it, I want to strut my stuff.
But it also makes a good point. There’s such a double standard in our society. Artists like Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Usher, Justin Bieber, etc., — male artists — can write songs about their exes and not get flack about it. But when women write about their exes like Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, etc., then they get flack. What’s the difference? Often times it seems like a woman can do the same thing a man does but it’s the woman who gets condemned. Taylor here is addressing that. She’s wondering if she was a man, would her life be different? I imagine she’s not the only woman who has wondered:
“What’s it like to brag about raking in dollars And getting bitches and models? And it’s all good if you’re bad And it’s okay if you’re mad
If I was out flashin’ my dollas I’d be a bitch, not a baller They’d paint me out to be bad So it’s okay that I’m mad”
If you haven’t checked out the video. . . .DO IT. It’s great. I love it so much. On another note, maybe all the women in the world should just wear a suit every single day. How do I get this started? Anyone?
I mentioned that this album isn’t just about romantic love, it’s also about self-love. This song is the one that makes me believe it’s about self-love. I don’t think the ‘you’ Taylor sings about is a guy. Instead, the ‘you’ is her. She’s singing to herself. This song is so beautiful and simple. It’s easy and effortless. Yes, it’s about her past relationships — romantic or platonic — but also about her self.
“The Archer” is track 5, and as we Swifties know, track 5 on any Taylor Swift is usually the most raw, vulnerable and open song on the album. Her previous track 5 songs are: “Cold as You,” “White Horse,” “Dear John,” “All Too Well,” “All You Had to Do Was Stay,” and “Delicate.” What started out as an accident has now become a phenomenon. Check out this ranking of the Taylor Swift’s track 5 songs.
“All the king’s horses, all the king’s men Couldn’t put me together again ‘Cause all of my enemies started out friends Help me hold on to you”
My nickname in high school — well, one of my nicknames — was Artemis. I’ve been wanting to get an Artemis themed tattoo for a while. Now I’m wanting it even more because of this song.
I Think He Knows
This song reminds me of a jazz club. I’m not sure why. All I picture in my head is this peppy girl with a ponytail singing this song, and like all the guys — and even some of the girls — are swooning as she holds like an old fashioned microphone and sings the song. And it’s all smoky and mysterious. It’s so upbeat and almost. . . .sexy in a way? I can’t explain it. Somehow it’s sexy. I really hope Taylor releases a music video for this song. If she doesn’t, then it looks like I’ll be making a fanvideo.
This song is about a crush. That powerful, all encompassing crush. . . .who knows that you are crushing on him hard. It’s such a cute song. It makes you want to dance and move. Just the first verses alone draw you in.
“I think he knows his footprints On the sidewalk Lead to where I can’t stop Go there every night
I think he knows his hands around A cold glass Make me wanna know that body Like it’s mine”
Think of a celebrity right now. I bet you can think of so many that this song fits. Or hell, even a guy you know that this song fits.
Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince
Taylor Swift is breaking politics. I am here for it. Are you? I’m ready. Bring it on, Taylor. Come on. Preach. That is what this song is about. She says:
This song is about disillusionment with out crazy world of politics and inequality, set in a metaphorical high school.”
She goes on to say:
I wanted it to be about finding one person who really sees you and cares about you through all the noise.”
Who doesn’t want someone like that? Who doesn’t want someone who sees through all the bullshit and only sees you? This song is about her being painted as America’s sweetheart. But now America’s sweetheart is mad. She doesn’t like what’s happening in the world, and she’s not keeping quiet anymore. yes “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” is a protest song but it’s not an up-in-your-face protest song. It’s subtle but direct. Here’s what Variety had to say about the song.
“My team is losing, battered and bruising I see the high fives between the bad guys Leave with my head hung, you are the only one Who seems to care American stories burning before me I’m feeling helpless, the damsels are depressed Boys will be boys then, where are the wise men? Darling, I’m scared (Ah)”
Taylor released a documentary on Netflix called Miss Americana. I haven’t watched it yet but I plan on it.
This song. Wow. It’s so poppy! (Is that a word? Well now it is.) It’s so cute and helplessly romantic. It’s about being in love and not caring about material things. “Lover” and “Paper Rings” are both love songs but they are different types of love songs. Either way, I love them both.
“Paper Rings” is bouncy and fun. It reminds me of almost the Spice Girls or like that kind of music in the 90s. Fun and music that makes you want to move and dance and be with your significant other.
“I want to drive away with you I want your complications too I want your dreary Mondays Wrap your arms around me, baby boy”
The only problem with “Paper Rings” is that when you compare it to the next song which is like, gold, it falls a bit flat. and now to our next song. . .
This song is tied for being my favorite song on this album with “Cruel Summer.” After I heard this song I kept switching back and forth between them. I love this song. It’s so beautiful but so heartbreaking as well. It’s a song about goodbyes. It’s sad, yes, but it’s sweet. It’s hopeful.
“You hold my hand on the street Walk me back to that apartment Years ago, we were just inside Barefoot in the kitchen Sacred new beginnings That became my religion, listen”
I think also instead of a goodbye song, it could a be a thank you song as well.
Death By A Thousand Cuts
When you compare this song to the one before, it falls. . .flat. I don’t dislike the song but it comes right after the masterpiece called “Cornelia Street.” Perhaps if it was before “Cornelia Street,” it would work better.
Okay, even with Idris Elba making a guest appearance in this song, it’s not my favorite. I don’t get the point of it? So yeah. Not my favorite. We’re moving on.
Soon You’ll Get Better
This song hit me right in the feelings. Like just stabbed me in the heart. It made me cry. Also, I love the Dixie Chicks and them teaming up with Taylor Swift? Yes. I love it. This song is about her mother’s cancer and god, as someone who lost someone to grandpa, it hit me hard. It really did make me cry. I imagine most of us know someone who has or had cancer. It’s a rough journey not only for them, but also for you.
And this song is Taylor telling her mom the things she’s never been been able too. And it’s so sad and beautiful and raw. I love it. She’s telling herself all this because she has too.
“And I hate to make this all about me But who am I supposed to talk to? What am I supposed to do If there’s no you?This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was It’s been years of hoping, and I keep saying it because ‘Cause I have to“
After “Soon You’ll Get Better,” this song also falls flat. Maybe because it’s such a dramatic shift. “Soon You’ll Get Better” is a song about Taylor’s mother. “False God” is I’ve listened to it and I like it, but maybe I need to listen to it when my brain isn’t full of the other beautiful songs on this song. I mean, the trumpet in the background is incredible. And these lyrics:
“But we might just get away with it Religion’s in your lips Even if it’s a false god We’d still worship We might just get away with it The altar is my hips Even if it’s a false god”
It’s a sexy song, but it’s overshadowed by songs like “Cruel Summer” and “Miss America and the Heartbreak Prince.” It’s sad, but true.
You Need To Calm Down
Here’s the thing. The world is filled with these people who are so negative. They bring everyone down. Have you ever read the comments on Facebook or YouTube? Yeah, it’s a hole of negativity and really. . . .they need to calm down.
This is like my aunt and I’s theme song. It’s our happy song. We need t-shirts that say “You need to calm down.” Because trust me, the trolls on the internet need to calm the hell down. Everyone is always attacking others over the smallest, tiniest thing. It’s so annoying. It’s like damn, can’t I watch this movie without people telling me I can’t because it’s not like the video game? Damn, can’t I listen to this artist without being told I’m a Femi-Nazi? Damn, I can’t watch a Marvel movie without someone telling me I shouldn’t because they killed Iron Man?
This song is also like a power song to the LGBTQ+ community. There are SO many cameos in the video that it’s insane. I’m talking Rupaul, the guys from Queer Eye, so many cameos. It’s beautiful. Check out the video below. Seriously. Do it!
“You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay”
This song is about self-sabotaging and ruining a good thing. She’s owning up to that. And again, if you compare this song to similiar songs like “The Archer,” it falls flat as well. Which sucks. Because I really enjoy the lyrics of this song. Maybe I need to only listen to this song and “False God” to really appreciate them better.
“Fighting with a true love is boxing with no gloves Chemistry ’til it blows up, ’til there’s no us Why’d I have to break what I love so much? It’s on your face, and I’m to blame, I need to say”
This was the first single off Lover. I have to say at first I was a bit iffy about it. . . .the radio kept playing it over and over again. And just like with “Shake It Off” I grew to adore this song. “ME!” is so catchy and upbeat. It’s quirky and fun. It’s a pastel daydream with cats and Brendon Urie from Panic! At the Disco. Who doesn’t love him?
This song is about loving someone for them and also, being yourself. It’s cute. Not chalk full of hidden depths like her other songs on this album, but still about. . .you guessed it, love.
“And when we had that fight out in the rain You ran after me and called my name I never wanna see you walk away”
It’s Nice To Have A Friend
I can’t even with this song. I hate it. Sorry, Taylor. But I hate it. I don’t like it so much I almost forgot to include it on this. My bad. Oops.
So I kind of like this song at the end. Because it’s all hopeful. . .but also. . .it’s almost cheesy? Like too cheesy? “I see daylight?” It reminds me of that song from Tangled. You know the one. “I See the Light.”
But again. No one writes lyrics like Taylor Swift. Even the songs I’m not fond of are still so beautifully written.
“Maybe you ran with the wolves and refused to settle down Maybe I’ve stormed out of every single room in this town Threw out our cloaks and our daggers because it’s morning now It’s brighter now, now”
My thoughts are this. If she had gotten rid of like maybe a few songs such as “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” “London Boy,” and “It’s Nice to Have a Friend.” Then if she had put songs like “False God,” and “Afterglow” in a different place, the album would’ve been stronger. It’s still a strong album without these changes. In fact, I think this is her best album yet. Click the link to the left, to read what Buzzfeed (my favorite site ever) had to say about it. Pretty sure Lover is going to be like my anthem going into graduate school.
I hope you enjoyed my review! And if you haven’t listened to Lover, do it!
It’s that time again! Time to talk about the songs I am obsessed with. Like last week, I’m going to start with the newest songs.
We are starting off with my girl, Miley Cyrus. She’s here two weeks in a row. (Well last week it was Ashley O but that’s her alter ego so it’s all good.)
If you haven’t seen Miley Cyrus’ video for “Mother’s Daughter,” I need you to stop what you are doing and watch it right now. (If you are at work like I am you should not watch the video at work. It is NSFW at all.) It’s a powerful video. Miley doesn’t hold anything back. But has she ever?
The entire video is a tribute to woman empowerment and basically a giant middle finger in the air for any of the haters. It was released July 2nd, and already has had 16,339,126 views.
“My body, my rules.”
“Virginity is a social construct.”
“Not an object.”
We’re going to switch up gears drastically.
The next song is “tiny victories” by Christina Perri. The other day Mom and I (and by “Mom” I mean my aunt Meme) watched this HBO documentary called “Foster.” It was about the foster care system. It followed like 5 people and told their stories. It made us have feelings. This song played at the end of it. I find it to be a beautiful song. (Of course, it is Christina Perri. That’s all she does it beautiful meaningful songs.) And I now want to get a lyric from that song as my next tattoo. I don’t know which lyric yet.
“I’m a little more broken open, but a little more free And that’s a tiny victory”
The next song is “I Think I’m OKAY” by Machine Gun Kelly ft. YUNGBLUD and Travis Barker. Is this rap? Pop? Rock? I’m not really certain. Whatever it is considered, I love this song. I love the beat and the lyrics and everything. I’ve never actually watched the video for this song so I have no idea what to expect. MGK’s videos are usually. . . .interesting though.
“I might say some stupid things tonight when you pick up this call I’ve been hearing silence on the other side for way too long”
The next song is “Siren” by The Chainsmokers ft. Aazar. I love them. I don’t think I’ve really not liked a song of theirs tbh.
“I tell myself I love the silence But maybe I just wanna hear the sound of the sirens”
“heavydirtysoul” by Twenty One Pilots is the next song. I don’t actually like them that much. I know maybe two of their songs. But I love this song. (Also the last of these songs I got on the way home from my Houston trip. My friend Bailey played them and I ended up liking them and listened obsessively like I do.)
“This doesn’t mean I lost my dream It’s just right now I got a really crazy mind to clean”
I love when rappers pair up with like the opposite of rap. The next song is “Go for Broke” once again by Machine Gun Kelly ft. James Arthur. In case you don’t know who James Arthur is he sings this wonderful wedding song:
“I wanna live with you Even when we’re ghosts ‘Cause you were always there for me when I needed you most”
And he also sings “Go For Broke.” I love the contrast.
“So I, hope that it was worth it when you was searched and you found what glitters ain’t gold And I, knew I wasn’t perfect but I know that I made it all on my own”
I haven’t done this in a while. I have this alarm on my phone to blog at 8:00 PM. I think I need to change that to some time early in the day. I get bored at work so why not blog instead of spend hours on Buzzfeed. (Not that I won’t still get on Buzzfeed. I love Buzzfeed. If I could work there, my life would be complete. They are AWESOME.)
What songs am I obsessed with? Well, I have a few. We’ll start with the newer songs first.
The first song is a song that I just listened to this morning, and I’ve been listening to it ever since. It is “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes ft. Camila Cabello. I think this song is going to be our Summer Hit for 2019. It’s got an incredible beat and some rather deep lyrics. “You say we’re just friends but friends don’t know the way you taste.” It’s about two people who are probably FWB (friends with benefits) but there’s something more. Neither of them want to admit it though. It makes me want to get up and like salsa or tango or rumba or something. . . .which is probably why I shouldn’t listen to it while I work. But whatever. Also, the video is steamy! Like hot damn. *fans self*
The next song is “90 Days” by P!nk ft. Wrabel. This song is definitely different than the previous one. This song is a duet between P!nk and Wrabel. They sing about their relationship. They are saying it’s been a year, but are we still going to do this. They are both asking the other: Are you still in love with me? It’s a beautiful song. And like I mentioned in my other post, I picture two people dancing, starting out touching and slowly get further and further apart. This song makes me have feelings. I hate it. (I really don’t.)
Most of the time, I don’t trust my cousin Pagan’s music tastes. She listens to a lot of rap but not like the good rap. The bad rap. I’m not a fan of Cardi B or any of the newer rappers. I like old school. However, I do love me some SZA and DJ Khaled. I found this song on one of Pagan’s station she listens to a lot. They are amazing. The next song is there collaboration: “Just Us” by DJ Khaled ft. SZA. It starts out with a really familiar beat from “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast. My favorite line is “99 problems but you ain’t one.” It’s got an old-school kind of beat to it and SZA’s voice is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever not liked one of DJ Khaled’s songs though now that I think about it. This song makes me want to turn it up loud and put my hand in the air and jam out with my girlfriends. That’s the beat this song has. (Also I haven’t watched the video to this so you’ll have to tell me what you think of it!)
Okay, time to switch it up. Again. My music tastes are all over the place. The next song is “Call You Mine” by The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha. Like with DJ Khaled, I’ve never not liked The Chainsmokers. The problem with them is that the radio plays their songs over. And over. And OVER again. Thus, I can’t listen to that song. The radio did that with “Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey. I can only now listen to that song again. “Call You Mine” could also be a summer bop but I think “Senorita” will beat it out of the park. But I do like the song. It’s a cute song. . . .even if I don’t necessarily get the video. Plus this one line gets stuck in my head all the time. “You said, ‘Hey, whatcha doing for the rest of your life?’ And I said, ‘I don’t even know what I’m doing tonight'”
The next song is from a show that I haven’t actually watched. At all. It’s “On a Roll” by Ashley O aka Miley Cyrus. This song is also a bop. Her voice is sexy and the video is sexy, and I think want to be her for Halloween. I don’t know. Torn between Ashley O and Betty Boop. Either way, this song is great. And Buzzfeed is so right. Ashley O, save pop!
The next two songs are old. “bitches” by Tove Lo ft. Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant, ALMA. I found this song on a radio station created by “On a Roll” and it’s definetely now on my “Woman Power” playlist on Spotify. Just. . . .yes. It’s a rauchy song about going down on a girl. But hey, if men can write songs about stuff like that, why can’t women? It came out a year ago but it’s still a great song. I love it. Like with “Just Us” I need this song turned up loud and jam out with my girlfriends.
Now to completely flip gears. “Please Don’t Go” by Joel Adams is from like 4 years ago. My other cousin, Paige, played it in the car one day. Since then I’ve been obsessed. It makes me have all the feelings in the world. Even more so than “90 Days.” It’s somehow a love song but so forlorn and depressing. I love it. There’s something about his voice and how he does “mmhm mmmhm” that just gets me deep in my black heart. “I send so many messages you don’t reply. I gotta figure out what am I missing, babe.”
So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog post. I’ve been busy and sick and work and school. So yeah. But here’s more shuffle adventures! We’re gonna do something a bit different. With each song, I’m going to give my thoughts as it plays. Enjoy!
“90 Days” by P!nk: This. Song. Kills. Me. I heard it yesterday on YouTube while I was doing homework and oh boy. It’s so emotional and just makes me have *hisses like Hannibal Lecter*feelings. All the feelings in the world. Every time I hear the chorus, I may tear up a little (don’t tell anyone though). Especially the first two lines: “If I’m just somebody that you’re gonna leave and you don’t feel something when you look at me.” All I can picture in my head is two people dancing together but they never touch and they get further and further apart as the song progresses. It’s a beautiful song. But come on, it’s P!nk. I don’t think I’ve ever not liked any of her songs.
“All of Me” by John Legend: First, John Legend is just. . .perfect. Seriously, his voice is like an angel. This song he wrote for his wife, Chrissy Tiegen (I feel like I spelled that so wrong. Sorry, Chrissy!) It’s the most perfect wedding songs. Of one my favorite lines is: “Even when you crying you’re beautiful too.” Let’s be real. Most people are not pretty when they cry. But he’s like you know you are and I love you. All of you. The flaws, everything. I think when it comes to love, it’s important to acknowledge your loved one’s flaws but love them even still. Love isn’t perfect. If it was, we wouldn’t fall in love so often. I think this song captures that yeah, you can be in love. And no. It isn’t perfect. And really, I don’t think love should be perfect.
“Push it to the Limit” by Corbin Bleu: Omg. What a transition. Every time i hear this song I think of Jump In! and how stupidly hot he was in the movie with his hair pulled back. I was like “No. no. This isn’t right. But holy shit he’s hot.” Then after watching the movie Jump In! I remembered how much I used to love jump rope. . . .even if I’m a klutz. I hear this song and I feel like I should be boxing or like jumping rope. Something with a lot of energy. It made me giggle because I went from this love song with “All of Me” and then this. Two completely different moods. Entirely.
“Little Black Dress” by Sara Bareilles: I feel like this is Sara’s clever way of saying “Fuck. You.” to an ex without actually saying “Fuck. You.” She’s basically saying: “I’m going to put on a cute dress and dance the night away without you. So there.” It’s not my favorite song of hers but I still like it. It’s oddly. . . .peppy? I think that’s the word I’m looking for. Yeah. Peppy. But not my favorite.
“There and Back Again” by Daughtry: How do I always forget this song even exists? I spend so much time listening to other songs by Daughtry that I forget about this song! It’s a travesty, I say! (Dramatic but hey, whatever.) Since I don’t listen to this song that much, I don’t know it that well. I have no idea what’s going on it. All I know is that I feel like headbanging when I hear it. Which would not go that well. Trust me.
“All The Pretty Girls” by fun.: fun. is an interesting band. I don’t know if they are pop or rock or alternative. This song seems more. . . .alternative? While songs like “Some Nights” seems a bit more pop. Also, fun. has the habit of dropping a new song out. of. the. blue. You don’t hear from them for years and then boom! A new single! And you’re like “Oh! Hey, Fun! You’re still alive!” I don’t even know where I got this song. I probably listened to some playlist and liked this song because well. . . .I like it. This song reminds me of the 80s for some reason. Like some song you’d hear in Grease or 16 Candles or The Breakfast Club. It might just be me though.
“Save Me” by Shinedown: I don’t know a lot of songs by Shinedown. I only know my favorites. The lead singer of the band has such a nice voice. My question is: is Shinedown rock? Like what qualifies as rock these days? Rock is such a broad term. You have bands like Nirvana, you know that grunge rock. Nirvana like made rock what it is today according to some people. Then you have the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen. Then Papa Roach, Shinedown, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace, Bowling for Soup. Bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Panic! At the Disco. Are they all considered rock? I need some more context on what “rock music” is exactly. Someone help me out here.
“I Wanna Go” by Britney Spears:. . . .so we went from maybe-rock to pop? Interesting. Every time I hear this song, I think of the really weird music video. You know the guy who has like red eyes and is like a stalker? Or something like that. It’s been a while since I’ve watched the video. I remember listening to Britney Spears when I was like 8. In fact for my 5th grade talent show, I sang “Lucky” by Britney Spears. I even had a dance and everything. (And I may or may not remember said dance. . . .)
“Headspin” by Butcher Babies: I got this song because Ray (my ex-boyfriend but we’re still friends) likes to listen to music like this. It’s a bit too. . . .scream-y for me. But I do like it. I have to be in the right mood for this kind of music.
“Living Without You” by Beth Crowley: Okay so this girl is. amazing. Seriously. She’s amazing. I found her on YouTube years ago. She writes songs based on books and sings them. She has an incredible voice and can play the piano. She finally is on Spotify! Which I am really glad about. She gets a lot of listeners. Now I just need her to write a single and get it on the radio. She is that good. Her songs are usually really emotional and slow but beautiful with great lyrics. This song makes me sad because she’s talking about someone she once loved. And isn’t there anymore. My favorite lines: “I write you letters you will never read, paint you pictures you’ll never see.” It’s a beautiful line. And again, like “90 Days,” makes me have *hisses*feelings. I think this song could apply to a boyfriend/girlfriend or even a family member who passed away.
“Skydiving” by Lights: Lights I found on playlist. I want her hair. It’s like some orangey-red-coral color and long and awesome! She has a unique voice. The one thing I’ve noticed when it comes to female singers is that they often sound similar. Especially with country singers. It’s hard to figure out who they are. I like the female singers who have a unique voice. Lights has a nice lilt to her voice. Her style of music reminds me a bit of Ellie Goulding (another favorite of mine). But again, like with Shinedown, what kind of music is Lights? Is she considered alternative? Indie? And if Indie, what is indie?
“One Love” by Marianas Trench: They are one of those bands that I didn’t know I knew until I was on a playlist of just them and I was like “OH.” And sang-a-long to a lot of there songs. “One Love” Is one of my favorite songs by them besides “Wildfire.” His voice is simply wonderful. Now. . . .are they rock? I have no idea. Again, rock is a very broad term.
And that’s it for today! (I realize I did an odd number of songs but whatever. :))