Musical Autopsy

In this movella, I will strip a song down to its core and try to decipher its inner meaning, if it has one, and what is wrong with it. Song suggestions welcome. *Update - I only do songs that made one of the billboard charts at some point in time. Thanks!*

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5. Blank Space by Taylor Swift

Song: Blank Space

Artist: Taylor Swift

Songwriter(s): Martin Max, Taylor Swift, Shellback

Current Billboard Rating: 13

Billboard Peak: 1

Release Date: November 29, 2014

 

I really like Taylor Swift, but I think her song, Blank Space, needs to be broken down. *suggested by c'mon,smile!its easy, see!

Nice to meet you, where you been?

Nice to meet you too!


 I could show you incredible things
 Magic, madness, heaven, sin
 Saw you there and I thought
 Oh my God, look at that face
 You look like my next mistake

 Love's a game, wanna play?

Considering your track record? No.

 

 New money, suit and tie
 I can read you like a magazine
 Ain't it funny, rumors fly
 And I know you heard about me

That doesn't sound psychotic at all.


 So hey, let's be friends

In other words: welcome to the friend zone. This would make sense, but the rest of the song does not imply that they are friends or that Taylor wants them to be friends. I honestly think that the songwriters couldn't think of another word that rhymes with end besides friend and weekend, but hey! At least it rhymes.


 I'm dying to see how this one ends
 Grab your passport and my hand
 I can make the bad guys good for a weekend

I kind of think you are the bad guy in this situation.

 

 So it's gonna be forever
 Or it's gonna go down in flames

 You can tell me when it's over
 If the high was worth the pain
 Got a long list of ex-lovers

Yeah we can tell that from all of your break-up songs.


 They'll tell you I'm insane
 'Cause you know I love the players

 And you love the game

I honestly don't understand that last part. She previously said that love is a game, so she is suggesting that she loves him and he loves the idea of being in love(?)

 

 'Cause we're young and we're reckless
 We'll take this way too far
 It'll leave you breathless
 Or with a nasty scar
 Got a long list of ex-lovers
 They'll tell you I'm insane
 But I've got a blank space, baby
 And I'll write your name

 Cherry lips, crystal skies
 I could show you incredible things
 Stolen kisses, pretty lies
 You're the King, baby, I'm your Queen
 Find out what you want
 Be that girl for a month
 Wait, the worst is yet to come, oh no

Key change!

 Screaming, crying, perfect storms
 I can make all the tables turn

Ah now we know why all those guys broke up with her. It all makes sense now.


 Rose garden filled with thorns
 Keep you second guessing like
 "Oh my God, who is she?"
 I get drunk on jealousy

She is a really sucky person! So she feeds on the energy from the jealousy. I guess one guy just isn't enough for Taylor.


 But you'll come back each time you leave
 'Cause, darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream

She is so confident that she is that special. Wow. I give her an A+ on confidence.

 

 So it's gonna be forever
 Or it's gonna go down in flames
 You can tell me when it's over
 If the high was worth the pain
 Got a long list of ex-lovers
 They'll tell you I'm insane
 'Cause you know I love the players
 And you love the game

 'Cause we're young and we're reckless
 We'll take this way too far
 It'll leave you breathless
 Or with a nasty scar
 Got a long list of ex-lovers
 They'll tell you I'm insane
 But I've got a blank space, baby
 And I'll write your name

And we repeat the chorus again.

 Boys only want love if it's torture

Now I am not a boy, but I pretty sure they want to be tortured about as much as I do - not at all.


 Don't say I didn't say, I didn't warn ya

Touché...


 Boys only want love if it's torture
 Don't say I didn't say, I didn't warn ya

Just in case you forgot the lyrics to the chorus!

 So it's gonna be forever
 Or it's gonna go down in flames
 You can tell me when it's over
 If the high was worth the pain
 Got a long list of ex-lovers
 They'll tell you I'm insane
 'Cause you know I love the players
 And you love the game

 'Cause we're young and we're reckless
 We'll take this way too far
 It'll leave you breathless
 Or with a nasty scar
 Got a long list of ex-lovers
 They'll tell you I'm insane
 But I've got a blank space, baby
 And I'll write your name

 

I definitely admire Taylor Swift, at least partially, writing her songs, but I kind of liked her old music better. She has always been a tad repetitive, but this is really really repetitive.

This has been Musical Autopsy with Lavern.

 

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