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Understanding The Mastermind Lyrics of Popular Taylor Swift Songs

Taylor Swift has always been a popular topic in the media, but recently, all anyone can talk about is Taylor Swift since her first show in Glendale, Arizona, for her Eras tour. As a way to prepare for the show, fans are seen all over social media making bracelets and outfits for the show. But most importantly, they have been memorizing the lyrics to her songs. Here is a deep dive into a few of Swift's songs.


Taylor Swift (Debut Album)- Teardrops On My Guitar

Most girls can relate to Swift in this song with the heartbreaking reality that their crush was with someone else, and their crush would not have any reciprocating feelings for one another.


The opening lyrics to this song are;


Drew looks at me

I fake a smile so he won't see

That I want and I'm needing

Everything that we should be


A little while after Swift's song was released, it was revealed that the boy she had a crush on was Drew, Drew Hendersonville. Swift rarely name-drops those who have been involved in her life. This is one occurrence along with Hey Stephen, from Fearless, Stay Beautiful, from Debut, and Dear John, from Speak Now.


Drew talks to me

I laugh 'cause it's just so funny

That I can't even see

Anyone when he's with me


Swift sat beside Hendersonville in one of her classes and saw him daily. Hendersonville told her about his new girlfriend, who loved him very much. Keeping her true feelings hidden, Swift wanted to remain friends with him and was glad he found someone that made him happy.


He's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar

The only thing that keeps me wishin' on a

wishing star

He's the song in the car I keep singing, don't

know why I do


Wishing on a shooting star is an adage for young girls who want their dreams to come true; for Swift, it was for Hendersonville to notice her feelings for him. It was hard for younger Swift to forget about these feelings because when she would hear a song on the radio, it would remind her of Hendersonville.


Fearless (Taylor's Version)- You Belong With Me (Taylor's Version)

Swift is still in her high school era and is relatable to many girls who want to be noticed. Swift's friend was being yelled at by his girlfriend, and Swift felt terrible. Using the opening line, she created a story about a girl begging the boy to notice her from her friend's situation.


You're on the phone with your girlfriend; she's

upset

She's going off about something that you said

'Cause she doesn't get your humor like I do

I'm in my room, it's a typical Tuesday night

I'm listening to the kind of music she doesn't like

And she'll never know your story like I do


Swift was inspired to create this song after hearing a friend of her's girlfriend yelling at them over the phone. In the original music video to this song, from the stolen version, Swift is seen dancing around her room after the lyric, "I'm listening to the kind of music she doesn't like." Taylor mentions this same concept where the guy has different taste in music as her in her song Begin Again.


She wears high heels, I wear sneakers

She's Cheer Captain, and I'm on the bleachers

Dreaming about the day when you wake up and

find

That's what you're looking for has been here the

whole time


The word dreaming is used throughout many of Swift's songs. Dreaming and wishing seem to be a common theme throughout Swift's songs, for example, in her other songs from this album, White Horse, Untouchable, and Tell Me Why.


Speak Now (Taylor's Version)- Mine (Taylor's Version)

Throughout any musician's career, there are bound to be critics that believe that the artist's music career is over based on the song they are criticizing. For Swift, this was Bob Lefsetz. Lesfetz thought that her career was shortened based on the performance he watched in 2010.


You with your words like knives

And swords and weapons that you use against me

You have knocked me off my feet again

Got me feeling like I'm nothing


The beginning of this song is directed to the negative reviews of Swift, based on Lefsetz's word. His word sparked a PR fire that claimed that Swift had killed her career and lacked the ability to sing. Swift uses these lines to compare her feeling of betrayal and hurt to a stabbing.


Someday, I'll be livin' in a big, ole city

And all you're ever gonna be is mean

Someday, I'll be big enough so you can't hit me

And all you're ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?


These lyrics were a message to Lefsetz that she was going to prove him wrong, and she has numerous times with her awards, songs reaching the top five in the U.S., and her success with the Eras tour. Swift's career has been a massive success, disproving Lefsetz's word that she wouldn't make it as a singer.


 

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