Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Two Ghosts" Song Meaning

Today's song is not a Taylor Swift song, but it is a song that concerns Taylor. What song is it? It is "Two Ghosts" by Harry Styles released May 12, 2017 on his LP, "Harry Styles".

Who is this song about?


Let's see what Harry said first. Harry told Nick Grimshaw of BBC Radio 1 on May 12, 2017, "I think it's about, sometimes things change, and you can do all the same things, and sometimes it's just different, you know?" I think he is saying sometimes things change in a relationship, all of the sudden the spark is not there anymore. By the way he was wearing a white shirt at the interview something he mentions in the song.

Harry also told Cameron Crowe of Rolling Stone on April 18, 2017"In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You’re celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than, ‘This didn’t work out, and that’s bad.’ And if you run into that person, maybe it’s awkward, maybe you have to get drunk … but you shared something. Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it’s the best s— ever. So thank you.” This is a major clue what "Two Ghosts is about."

The major clue who this song is about is in the first two lines, "Same lips red, same eyes blue/
Same white shirt, couple more tattoos." These lines reference Taylor's song "Style". In that song Taylor says, "You've got that James Dean day dream look in your eye, And I got that red lip, classic thing that you like". James Dean wore a white shirt all the time like the white shirt Harry references. He is also known to get tattooed. Taylor wore red lipstick when they were together talking about it in her song  and has blue eyes. She also references his white shirt, "long hair slick back, white t-shirt".


The next line references a fridge light. This line references Taylor's song "All Too Well", one of her most underwater songs if you ask me. In that song she dances in the refrigerator light. I think Harry is paying an ode to this song saying "the fridge light washes this room white." And apparently Taylor has a good side. 

But alas the relationship did not work out and Harry says why. He says "We're not who we used to be//We're just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me." They tell "those stories we already told/'Cause we don't say what we really mean." What he thinks they really mean is there is no spark anymore; the feelings are not as strong. I do not think Taylor felt that way, but Harry did and that is why he wanted it to end. He said "Sounds like something that I used to feel/But I can't touch what I see." He used to have feelings but does not anymore. And it becomes awkward being around one another. 

So now we know why Harry ended things with Taylor. He told Rolling Stone, “Certain things don’t work out. There’s a lot of things that can be right, and it’s still wrong." Just like what he said in the song. 

I think it is really great that Harry really respects Taylor's music. He told Rolling Stone, "I mean, I don’t know if they’re about me or not …(haha he totally does) but the issue is, she’s so good, they’re bloody everywhere. They’re great songs … It’s the most amazing unspoken dialogue ever.” He also said "I’m lucky if everything [we went through] helped create those songs. That’s what hits your heart. That’s the stuff that’s hardest to say, and it’s the stuff I talk least about.”

Harry also references the song "22" on his 22nd birthday on Twitter. He also wrote "Perfect" while with One Direction about his time with Taylor. And that one just happened to be the same length as Taylor's song "Style" and plays perfectly together with "Style". What are the chances? I'm so glad he still respects her. Too bad it did not work out. Sometimes the chemistry is not there. I hope they both find someone that they can keep the spark alive with. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"Better Man" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Better Man" from Little Big Town's The Breaker Album.

A few days after it's release it was announced that "Better Man" was written by Taylor Swift.  This was the second song that Taylor wrote in 2016, at least that was found out she wrote.  There was no controversy over the release of this song, unlike "This is What You Came For".  Taylor has been good friends with the group for years that released it.  A lot of fans cherished this song because it went back to her country roots even though she did not sing it.



Who is this song about?

It is about Calvin Harris or Adam Wiles, her boyfriend of one year.  They dated from February 24, 2015 where they met at the Elle Style Awards being introduced by Elle Goulding to June 2, 2016. But sadly it did not last and as an astute fan I could see the tell tell signs.  Adam is a reactionary person and it is great if he is defending Taylor, bad if he is against her.  The line in the song perfectly describes this, "But your jealousy, I can hear it now."  What was this jealously.  Well there is probably many things, but the next line gives the answer, "You're talking down to me like I'll always be around."  Around the time of their breakup, Taylor just happened to win the Album of the Year Grammy, along with a slew of awards.  Adam Wiles, did not attend this award ceremony with her.  He did attend an award ceremony with her earlier in the relationship, The Billboard Music Awards.



I think this jealousy also was aroused when Harry Styles, one of Taylor's exes wrote a song about her called "Perfect" in October 2015 that just so happens to be able to be played exactly along with her hit "Styles".  When he turned 22, he referenced Taylor's "22" song.  Both were sweet outreaches to Taylor.  And both showed that he respected her music.  First writing a song to go with her song and releasing it as a single and making a music video about it.  And second referencing her songs. This probably made Adam super mad, because he knows Taylor had strong feelings for Harry and Harry was extending an olive branch to her.
Taylor also had this problem with Jake Gyllenhaal.  In the song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" it says, "with some indie record that's much cooler than mine", meaning that Jake respected up and coming indie records more than he respected her music. What made this worse with Adam was that he is also a musician, a very well paid DJ.  He probably was jealous of her success like Jake was the same reason, but added to it, he felt he could not measure up to her.  He did write a song with her, but I think he made her hide that she actually wrote it, because he did not want to give her credit and he wanted to be successful on his own.  When the song did amazingly well he probably got even angrier because he knew she was behind the song. If you look at pictures Adam was always trying to be the lead in the relationship, but he just needed to acknowledge her as an equal and not push her away.


Adam was cold to her at times, "You push my love away likes it's some kind of loaded gun."  He probably was not very nice at times to her and thought she would hang "on every careless word, Hoping it might turn sweet again."

It is interesting to note that the line "I gave you my best and we both know you can't say that" implies that they talked about this and he knew what he was doing, that he was jealous of her.  She loved him when he was nice and charming, "it was magic".  But because of his anger tendencies and his jealously she knew she could not leave.  She knew she had to "run" and get out of the situation.  The song implies that she caught him off guard, "you never thought I'd run".  But she did, even though there was "permanent damage" she knows she is "better off on my own."

I think it is so brave of Taylor to do get out of the situation. I love that she calls him out on it and says if he had been a "better man" she would have stayed.  So empowering. Adam was a great guy in so many ways, but he did have a hot button temper.  People have so many different facets to them, and sometimes even though one side is super sweet and nice, the glaring bad sides will win out and cause much heart ache and pain.  I hope that Taylor finds her prince charming someday.  I know it will be extremely difficult because she is SO successful, it is hard to not be jealous, but somewhere someone exists out there that is like that.  And maybe they are not famous. She needs to keep dating, getting to know people because someone will be out there some day.

Click here for the lyrics to "Better Man".

Friday, December 9, 2016

"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" Lyrics (Fifty Shades Darker)

I Don't Wanna Live Forever Lyrics from Fifty Shades Darker
Taylor Swift and Zayn

(Zayn)
Been sitting eyes wide open behind these four walls, hoping you'd call
It's just a cruel existence like there's no point hoping at all

(Zayn)
Baby, baby, I feel crazy, up all night, all night and every day
Give me something, oh, but you say nothing
What is happening to me?

(Zayn)
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

(Taylor Swift)
I'm sitting eyes wide open and I got one thing stuck in my mind
Wondering if I dodged a bullet or just lost the love of my life

(Taylor Swift)
Baby, baby, I feel crazy
Up all night, all night and every day
I gave you something, but you gave me nothing
What is happening to me?

(Taylor Swift and Zayn)
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit (fit, babe) wherever (wherever)
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

(Taylor Swift and Zayn)
I've been looking sad in all the nicest places
Baby, baby, I feel crazy
I see you around in all these empty faces
Up all night, all night and every day
I've been looking sad in all the nicest places
Give me something, oh, but you say nothing
Now I'm in a cab, I tell 'em where your place is
What is happening to me?

(Zayn)
I don't wanna live forever, 'cause I know I'll be living in vain
And I don't wanna fit wherever
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home

(Taylor Swift and Zayn)
I just wanna keep calling your name until you come back home
Until you come back home
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