Thursday, August 22, 2019

"The Archer" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of the song "The Archer" from her album, "Lover".

Taylor teased this as track five, a track usually known on her albums as being very emotional and ballad like, "All Too Well", "'Delicate", and "Dear John". Does it compare to "All Too Well"? Unfortunately no...It has a cool 80's sound reminiscent of Stranger Things, but it is super soft and melancholy. It is a great song, but never reaches the full ballad belt it out I want it to. I kept waiting and waiting for it to climax, but it never did.  The lyrics are great however. They are super deep. It really shows Taylor in a vulnerable state. 

Who is this song about?

"The Archer"is reflective song about Taylor's perception of herself. It references her boyfriend Joe Alwyn and "enemies" that "started out friends".  One famous friendship is Karlie Kloss who apparently started telling Scooter Braun about Taylor's career. She also sings about the loss of their friendship in "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things". Taylor has had some beef with Scooter Braun. Just recently he bought Big Machine Records and owns all of Taylor's old masters. (She is going to re record them though). He manages a number of people, Demi Levato, Justin Bieber, Karlie Kloss and many more. He was involved in the incident with Kayne West and Taylor. He is not famous but in the background of all the action. For Karlie to leak information to him is wrong.

Taylor doubts herself in this song, but also shows her strength. It is perfectly illustrated in the line, "Who could ever leave me darling?/But who could stay?". She realizes that friendships are "easy they come/easy they go". "They see right through me." "I hate my reflection/for years and years". No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I know I do. There are friendships that are over for one reason or another because of mistakes I have made. She knows that she has "been the archer", she has instigated wars, ie with Katy Perry. But she has also "been the prey", all the drama with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. She however does not want to end up alone, "all my heroes/die all alone".

She worries that Joe will leave her, "Can you see right through me?". She wonders if he will stay. But she gains her confidence. "Combat/She's ready for combat". She realizes that he is going to stay, "you could stay".

I am so glad for this song. The lyrics are beautiful and telling. It is a sad world and unfortunately not isolated to celebrities. There are so many times in life that people go in and out of my life. All of the sudden I check facebook and we are no longer friends. I think it is important to recognize those people that will stay no matter what and treasure those friendships. And who will love one another no matter the flaws. After all everyone is always growing. No one is perfect. There is really no time in life to spend energy on people that do not want to be friends. I am so glad that Joe and her other friends are sticking around. Those people are so worth it.

Click here to see the lyrics to "The Archer".

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

"You Need To Calm Down" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "You Need To Calm Down" from her "Lover" album.

Who is this song about?

It is not really about a single person, but a different groups of people and ideas. These groups are really illustrated in the music video.

Click here to see the music video for "You Need To Calm Down".

Who are these people? The song is mainly about support for the LBGTQ community. The music video features many people from this community;  Ellen DeGeneres, Adam LambertRuPaul, Todrick Hall, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hayley Kiyoko, Laverne CoxAntoni Porowski, Karamo, Johnathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Hannah Hart, Dexter Mayfield, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Jade Jolie, Drew Kirsch, and Billy Porter.

The lyrics also support this community. "Why are you made when you could be GLADD?" and " 'Cause shade never made anybody less gay." There are people that protest these groups of people people and try to make them feel small. To answer this Taylor says "You Need To Calm Down", especially because "you are somebody we don't know." Let people live their life how they want and not live "in the dark ages" by telling the LBGTQ community can not live how they want. She specifically calls out support for the Equality Act at the end of the video. She even made a petition which says,
"HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate.  

While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created this petition to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act.

Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.

Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. "

The song also touches on other issues, Donald Trump being one of them. The first verse says "It's 7AM...But you say it in a Tweet, that's a cop-out." Donald Trump is known for tweeting at all hours of the day. Many of his tweets are angry hate filled tweets directed at others, calling them names and trying to make other people feel small. Taylor responds to him and the others saying "You Need To Calm Down" and "take several seats and then try to restore the people/And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate." Trump definitely needs to calm down, stop publicly airing his anger and get out of office.

The other group Taylor touches on is protesters. These protesters are not limited to the protesters against the LBGTQ community, but protesters that spread hate in general . She does not want to "mess with your self-expression", but wants them to realize that "stressing and obsession about somebody else is no fun". She pokes fun of them saying "makin' that sign must've taken all night". There is a good way to protest about ideas and such. But protesting to spread hate is not right and they "need to calm down".

The other issue the song touches on is how society treats women. To illustrate this she brings Katy Perry into the music video to illustrate their beef is gone. There was some "Bad Blood" there for a while. Taylor and Katy said and did some things I bet they are both not proud of. Taylor says her and Katy "figured you out." They know society is "over there on the internet/Comparing all the girls who are killing it." But that does not matter. Katy and Taylor realize that "We all know now we all got crowns." This is reference to her song "Look What You Made Me Do". In that song she says "I don't like your kingdom keys/They once belonged to me".  This references how society tries to pit females against one another and how "another name goes up in lights" all the time in Hollywood/the celebrity world and "all the young things line up to take your place". (These lyrics from "The Lucky One") I am so glad that Taylor realized it does not have to be a competition, but everyone can be friends and support one another. Females can be so strong together and not against one another. Demi Levato, please pay attention to this.

What a great empowering song Taylor. Thanks for calling out hate and such in this world. We all need to love one another and not spread hate and "just calm down".

Click here for lyrics to the song, "You Need To Calm Down".

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Lover" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift's song is the meaning of  "Lover" from album "Lover".

Let me just say this is one of my favorite songs from Taylor Swift ever!!! It is the perfect slow dance, wedding song. It really shows what it means to love someone. I am also glad that she is not afraid to make slow songs anymore. Did Scott tell her she could not if she wanted to be pop? It is the song I have been waiting years for!

Who is this song about?

It is about Taylor and Joe Alwyn's relationship. It has completely evolved from her unsure days of "Reputation".

It is official. Taylor Swift is redefining the term lover officially. Just like she redefined the year 1989. How is she redefining "Lover"? Lover typically means a taboo relationship, either a fling, affair something not permanent. From this song "Lover" we see the new definition of Lover. It means to love someone "be this close...forever and ever." Lover is committing to someone else, starting a new life together and loving them forever.

In this song she first talks about the freedom that comes from being on her own with her new "lover". They can leave the "Christmas lights up 'til January." They "make the rules." They live together, "let our friends crash in the living room." They are starting their new life together making their own traditions.

Without mentioning the word marriage she talks about all the elements of marriage, making this a perfect wedding song. She mentions loving Joe "three summers" but now she wants "them all". In the third verse it sounds very much like a wedding. "Ladies and gentleman, will you please stand?" What do people do at a wedding? "I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover" sounds very much like the vow to enter into marriage. Then she mentions  Her "heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue".  It is traditional to wear something borrowed and blue at a wedding.

Are Joe and Taylor engaged or married? This would be a perfect wedding vow. I could totally see Taylor singing it at her wedding. Only time will tell, but they are definitely committed to one another and very much in love. I am sooooo happy for her.

Click here for lyrics to the song "Lover".
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