Monday, August 31, 2020

“I Forgot That You Existed” Song Meaning

Today’s Taylor Swift song is “I Forgot That You Existed” from her “Lover” album. 

This song tells the story of a friendship gone bad. A friendship that was everything at one point and then the person “you showed who you are, then one magical night”. Something happened one night to show what truly went down with these friends. 
Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift

Who is this song about? It’s the same person that “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” from “Reputation” album is about. KARLIE KLOSS. 

Karlie and Taylor were instant friends probably meeting before the Victoria Secret Show in December 2013. They had started talking on Twitter in January 2012 when Taylor said she wanted to bake cookies with her. 
Picture courtesy of Vogue

After that their friendship took off like wild fire. They did EVERYTHING together. They were featured on one another’s instagrams, in magazines together, everything. 

But then in 2016 Taylor had a major “Reputation” episode with Kanye West. Read about it here. It turns out from the lyrics to the song that Karlie was not on team Taylor and dumped her as a friend as soon as this happened. “ Got out some popcorn/As soon as my rep started going down, down, down/
Laughed on the school yard/
As soon as I tripped up and hit the ground, ground, ground“. Karlie watched from a distance and laughed at Taylor. She did not support her. Taylor would have “ stuck around” for Karlie. But Karlie didn’t do the same for her. She went and talked to Scooter Braun about Taylor. She showed who she really was and threw shade at Taylor. 

Who can relate to this? I certainly can. There was a time I bore my soul to a friend only to have her never speak to me again. Turns out she only wanted to know the juicy details and didn’t really care about me. There have been countless others. But know what? I did what Taylor did. “I Forgot That You Existed”. I “thought it’d kill me, but it didn’t”.” What is the best way to do this? Move and and care about people who care about you. “ It isn't love, it isn't hate, it's just indifference.” Just forget the negative people in life. They can stew in anger but by forgetting about toxic people life can move forward and “be so happy and bright”. I think it is SO IMPORTANT to do this. It can be devastating when good friends leave my life, "'Til all of my sunshine was gone, gone, gone." So much truth to this line. When someone leaves my life there is a giant hole, dwelling on it makes it worse.

Taylor was able to find peace and move that friend out of her mind, "And I thought that it would kill me, but it didn't/And it was so nice/So peaceful and quiet". It did not kill her. And the next time that a "friend" leaves her life it will be that much easier. And now she can really enjoy life. Good job Taylor.

Friday, July 24, 2020

"Hoax" Lyrics

"Hoax" Lyrics (Folklore album)

Written By Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner

[Verse 1]
My only one
My smoking gun
My eclipsed sun
This has broken me down
My twisted knife
My sleepless night
My winless fight
This has frozen my ground

[Chorus]
Stood on the cliffside screaming, "Give me a reason"
Your faithless love's the only hoax I believe in
Don't want no other shade of blue but you
No other sadness in the world would do

[Verse 2]
My best laid plan
Your sleight of hand
My barren land
I am ash from your fire

[Chorus]
Stood on the cliffside screaming, "Give me a reason"
Your faithless love's the only hoax I believe in
Don't want no other shade of blue but you
No other sadness in the world would do

[Bridge]
You know I left a part of me back in New York
You knew the hero died so what's the movie for?
You knew it still hurts underneath my scars
From when they pulled me apart
You knew the password so I let you in the door
You knew you won so what's the point of keeping score?
You knew it still hurts underneath my scars
From when they pulled me apart
But what you did was just as dark
(Ah, ah, ah)
Darling, this was just as hard
As when they pulled me apart

[Outro]
My only one
My kingdom come undone
My broken drum
You have beaten my heart
Don't want no other shade of blue but you
No other sadness in the world would do

"Peace" Lyrics

"Peace" Lyrics (Folklore album)

Written By Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner

[Verse 1]
Our coming-of-age has come and gone
Suddenly this summer, it's clear
I never had the courage of my convictions
As long as danger is near
And it's just around the corner, darlin'
'Cause it lives in me
No, I could never give you peace

[Chorus]
But I'm a fire and I'll keep your brittle heart warm
If your cascade, ocean wave blues come
All these people think love's for show
But I would die for you in secret
The devil's in the details, but you got a friend in me
Would it be enough if I could never give you peace?

[Verse 2]
Your integrity makes me seem small
You paint dreamscapes on the wall
I talk s*** with my friends, it's like I'm wasting your honor
And you know that I'd swing with you for the fences
Sit with you in the trenches
Give you my wild, give you a child
Give you the silence that only comes when two people understand each other
Family that I chose, now that I see your brother as my brother
Is it enough?
But there's robbers to the east, clowns to the west
I'd give you my sunshine, give you my best
But the rain is always gonna come if you're standin' with me

[Chorus]
But I'm a fire and I'll keep your brittle heart warm
If your cascade, ocean wave blues come
All these people think love's for show
But I would die for you in secret
The devil's in the details, but you got a friend in me
Would it be enough if I could never give you peace?
Would it be enough if I could never give you peace?
Would it be enough if I could never give you peace?
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