Touch & Hands
Hands. They are exquisite transmitters of humans’ emotions and thoughts, and even of their well being, it’s impossible to ignore them. Their eloquence goes beyond words and handwritten notes.
I have noticed how Taylor has used quite often the imagery of hands to describe habits, emotions, secret messages and deeper connections. She either mentions them or just uses the verb “touching”, which is one of the 5 love languages. It doesn’t have to be sexual, indeed nonsexual touch is the prime messenger of love, and its absence can feel like an abandonment. Yet, she’s able to transfigure her experiences and inner thoughts into a visual scene, all by using the idea of hands. All of that in her songs.