Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"New Romantics" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of the song, "New Romantics" from Taylor's 1989 album.

This song is going to be her next single and is probably one of the best songs on the album.  I am so glad that Taylor realized that.  It was on number 2 on Rob Sheffield's of Rolling Stone best songs of 2014 list.  He says, " 'We show off our different scarlet letters/Trust me, mine is better' is the sharpest couplet Taylor has ever written, except maybe the others in this song. I have no idea why she left a song this urgent and glittery and perfect off her album (it's a bonus track), but geniuses are weird."

Who is this song about?

It is about Taylor's new outlook on love.  She tells Josh Eells of Rolling Stone in Septemeber 2014, "I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime. And I'm just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don't like seeing slide shows of guys I've apparently dated. I don't like giving comedians the opportunity to make jokes about me at awards shows. I don't like it when headlines read 'Careful, Bro, She'll Write a Song About You,' because it trivializes my work. And most of all, I don't like how all these factors add up to build the pressure so high in a new relationship that it gets snuffed out before it even has a chance to start. And so, I just don't date."

 "I don't have the energy to be in love right now. So, no."

 "It's not like I've sworn off love, My life is just not conducive to bringing other people into it right now. I'm very childlike and romantic about lots of things, but I'm realistic about this."

"Have you heard of the Loneliest Whale? There's this whale – I think Adrian Grenier is making a documentary about it. It swims through the ocean, and it has a call unlike any other whale's. So it doesn't have anyone to swim with. And everybody feels so sorry for this whale – but what if this whale is having a great time? Because it's not bad that I'm not hopelessly in love with someone. It's not a tragedy, and it's not me giving up and being a spinster. "

Instead she focused on making quality friendships. She had some good friends before this, Selena Gomez, Brittany, Abigail, Emma Stone etc. But she focused even more on making good friendship and became friends with Lorde, Karli Kloss and many more. She says to Eells again, "When your number-one priority is getting a boyfriend, you're more inclined to see a beautiful girl and think, 'Oh, she's gonna get that hot guy I wish I was dating. But when you're not boyfriend-shopping, you're able to step back and see other girls who are killing it and think, 'God, I want to be around her.' It's like this blazing bonfire, You can either be afraid of it because it's so powerful and strong, or you can go stand near it, because it's fun and it makes you brighter."

She certainly has made some good friends and even won a Grammy with their help in the Bad Blood music video.  Because of her renewed outlook and friends, Elle Goulding she was able to meet "Calvin Harris" Adam Wiles, and they have been dating for a year.

Taylor Swift meeting Calvin Harris for the first time at the Elle Style Awards, February 24, 2015
I think her example of not worrying about love is perfect.  I was in that situation and when I stopped worrying about love, I met the love of my life.  Life is funny like that.  I think there's like this sense about you when you are desperate for love and guys can tell.  When you do not have that sense about you they fall in love with you.

I'm so happy that Taylor discovered who she was and made some good friends.  There are enough people out there that are competitive and jealous. I'm glad she is learning who her true friends are and happy with her life.

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