Sunday, August 29, 2010


If you’ve ever listened to real country music, you’ll get what I’m saying. A blend of acoustic guitar, healing piano, soft base and light soulful drumming, coupled with fascinating duets describe Taylor Swift’s music. A perfect genre to begin the day with.

Her lyrics, open and gentle, tell a story, one of a different kind.
It’s through her songs that she expresses her deepest and most sensitive feelings. Taylor is one of the few artists today that write their own songs.
{Swift's lyrics are highly autobiographical; she has said that "If you listen to my albums, it’s like reading my diary." For instance the song "Forever & Always" was inspired by her relationship with Joe Jonas, while the song "Hey Stephen" was written about a guy who opened some shows for her. "Fifteen" was written about her freshman year of high school. It has been said that her lyrics "can be tinged with acid: the quiet loner girl getting one over on the cheerleaders, or a caustic payback for the boy who dumped her." She's also indicated that she tries to write so her fans can relate to the lyrics, saying "My goal is to never write songs that my fans can't relate to."}

Some of my all time favorite Taylor Swift songs include, ‘Change’, ‘You’re not Sorry’, ‘Fearless’ and ‘Mary’s Song’.

‘Change’ talks about defeat, how sometimes in life all that seems great slips out your hands when you’ve almost had it all to yourself. She talks about how people sometimes can be cruel enough to cause you as much inconvenience as possible to stop you from getting to your goal. The song describes those feelings of hard defeat, when you want to give up everything you’ve ever worked for, just because people and things and the world get in your way and it seems it’s not worth it anymore.
She goes on to say...
“You can walk away and say we don't need this
But there's something in your eyes says we can beat this”

“Tonight we standed on our knees
To fight for what we worked for all these years
And the battle was long, it's the fight of our lives
Will we stand up champions tonight?”

In a very delicate manner Taylor opens our eyes to the fact that life will always have its ups and downs, we cannot avoid people or situations. She sings about how we should learn to be strong and fight till the end without letting go. She says that only if we do likewise, will we have a ‘revolution’, only ‘cause we never gave in.’

“It was the night things changed, can you see it now?
These walls that they put up to hold us back fell down
It's a revolution, throw your hands up, 'cause we never gave in”

‘You’re not Sorry’
An amazing song...begins with heartfelt piano accompanied by soft violin.
It tells the story of a girl who has been lied to, time and again. One who keeps ignoring the lies, just to keep the guy in her life.

“And you got your share of secrets
And I'm tired of being last to know
And now you're asking me to listen
Cause it's worked each time before.”

She talks about how he comes back to her only when he’s low and needs to talk, because he knows she’s the only one who will listen and accept him. He’s the guy who keeps saying he’s sorry just when he needs her. And though it takes her a long time, she finally has the courage to let go and stop hurting herself for love.

“And you can tell me that you're sorry
But I don't believe you baby
Like I did before
You're not sorry, no, no, oh
You're not sorry, no, no, oh”

It deepens the thought of how people can be so randomly selfish and absurd towards the feelings of someone they used to love. In a way it broadens the aspect of trust and insecurity in a relationship, and the crazy things we do sometimes for love, which we don’t realize will never be worth it. Sometimes it’s just not worth going that extra mile.
All in all, perfect lyrics, accompanied by great music;
Beautiful song.


The title track of her debut album, ‘Fearless’ vaguely describes the magic and simplicity of falling in love for the first time. Taylor sings about everything that a girl feels before, during and after a date. It’s amazing the way she has described the scenes in the song so well, they actually seem to come to life when sung out loud.

“There's somethin' 'bout the way
The street looks when it's just rained
There's a glow off the pavement
you walk me to the car
And you know I wanna ask you to dance right there
In the middle of the parking lot
Oh yeah”

“And I don't know how it gets better than this
You take my hand and drag me head first

The song, very vividly lets you imagine, the fear and at the same time excitement that accompanies those irreplaceable moments.
It describes a girl’s feelings as she goes out with the guy she’s in love with and has her first kiss.

“You pull me in and I'm a little more brave
It's the first kiss,
It's flawless,
Really something,
It's fearless.”

Here Taylor uses a very simple approach that absent-mindedly draws the attention of her listeners. Simple and straight lyrics, not twisted and turned. Just open and innocent young love. Hats off to her. She just keeps getting better and better.

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