TAYLOR WROTE IT COMPLETELY BY HERSELF AT AGES 18-20!!!! AND IT WON 2 GRAMMYS!!!
Like every fuckin’ bridge on this album makes you want to cry
And all the lyrics are fucking awesome. It’s a lyric-driven album
“Every time I look at you, it’s like the first time”
“You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter”
Opening “Mine” with “uh-oh” and closing it with the background vocals echoing “I can see it now” to show the emotional journey of the character as she believes in love again over the course of the song
“BRACED MYSELF FOR THE GOODBYE / ‘CAUSE THAT’S ALL I’VE EVER KNOWN / AND YOU TOOK ME BY SURPRISE / YOU SAID, ‘I’LL NEVER LEAVE YOU ALONE’”
The entirety of “Mine,” the best love story ever told
The fact that Taylor resurrected Sparks Fly from the dead and put it on her 3rd album because we asked her to
The fact that Taylor also rewrote Sparks Fly and took out the lyrics that made it more sexual and about performing in a bar
The fact that the original lyric (now displayed in The Taylor Swift Experience) was “brown eyes” and she made it “green eyes”
How she describes the love interest as “a full-on rainstorm” and later says “meet me in the pouring rain”
The juxtapositions of rain and fire and then darkness and light in Sparks Fly
BACK TO DECEMBER
How the entire song is just an apology without any excuses. It just’s “I messed up and you suffered for it and you didn’t deserve that”
“you gave me all your love and all I gave you was goodbye”
How the orchestra makes everything so fucking beautiful??
The use of seasons in the second verse to describe the rise and fall of the relationship
How she references the 2009 VMA incident (”how you held me in your arms that September night / the first time you ever saw me cry”)
Speak Now being about the Paramore relationship drama and how Taylor was actually at the wedding it’s about lol
Taylor singing up an octave in Speak Now to sound like a gentle little girl about to crash the shit out of wedding
“a gown shaped like a pastry” “fond gestures are exchanged” “a song that sounds like a death march” “she floats down the isle like a pageant queen” = so descriptive?? conveys the feelings?? Queen of conveying emotions through descriptions
“you need to hear me out and they said Speak Now” “Your time is running out and they said Speak Now” “I hear the preacher say, ‘Speak Now or forever hold your peace” “So glad you were around when they said Speak Now” = queen of altering her main chorus line
“I’m not the kind of girl who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion” –> What’s the kind of girl tho?? I never knew
The giggle in the bridge
DEAR JOHN. THE ENTIRE SONG. ALL THE LYRICS.
How Dear John calls out emotional abuse by a much older man onto a 19 year old without any apologies or sympathizing with the man but also has pieces where the victim blames themselves and calls out a pattern of abuse of other women
But it ends with the victim retaining their self worth and escaping and it’s amazing
“the girl in the dress cried the whole way home” –> have you ever seen such a beautiful conveying of a young girl’s loss of emotional innocence
“YOU SHOULD’VE KNOWN”
How the secret message of Dear John is “loved you from the very first day” which is a line on a bonus track “Superman” which is about how the love interest seems like the best guy in the world and a real life Superman
That fuckin’ banjo in Mean
How Mean began about a critic who said Taylor ruined her “entire career overnight” at the Grammys and then Taylor performing Mean at the Grammys and wining 2 Grammys for it
The use of a big city to display one’s level success (which is what actually happened when Taylor moved to NYC)
“A simple complication, miscommunications lead to fallout”
“I’D TELL YOU I MISS YOU BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW / I’VE NEVER HEARD SILENCE QUITE THIS LOUD”
Isn’t it weird how she says “and people would say they’re the lucky ones” then on the Speak Now Tour she wrote “The Lucky One” ?? weird
“So many things that I wish you knew / so many walls up I can’t break through” –> “So many things that you wish I knew / but the Story of Us might be ending soon”
That fuckin’ ramp up back into the chorus after the bridge in The Story of Us
How perfectly Never Grow Up conveys how scary can it feel to grow up
The bridge of Never Grow Up
How every song except Never Grow Up and Last Kiss use heavy production and background vocals and it makes those two songs that much more powerful in their simplicity
“I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone” and how this line gets more powerful the more years that go by
How Never Grow Up starts as a song to a baby, watches that baby grow up, and ends with Taylor looking back at her life and the passage of time and swearing to protect that baby from harm….you ever cry
Just take 5 minutes and listen to Enchanted again pls
“Wonderstruck” “Enchanted” “Passing notes in secrecy” “this is me praying” “the very first page, not where the story line ends” “your eyes whispered” “this night is sparkling” “blushing all the way home” “I’ll spend forever wondering if you knew” “this night is flawless” “dancing ‘round all alone” –> So much mystical and whimsical imagery that you feel like you could call in love with the next person you see
The guitars in Enchanted
The production of Enchanted
“Sophistication isn’t what you wear or who you know / or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go”
“I always get the last word” “There is nothing I do better than revenge” “show me how much better you are” –> Taylor is v self-aware
Also how “show me how much better you are” is a reference to that JoBro song “Much Better” lmao so much 2008/2009 Disney drama
How Taylor wrote Innocent about the VMA incident when she could’ve just told you-know-who to fuck off
How Innocent looks at the subject from the perspective of their childhood and how they had “monsters” and “demons” that made them do bad things later in life and how this doesn’t make them a bad person
Knowing that you-know-who was one of Taylor’s favorite artists growing up so Innocent is also Taylor reconciling with herself how someone she artistically looked up to for years hurt her
The use of light: “time turns flames to embers” “your string of lights is still bright to me” “in your firefly catching days”
How Innocent is Never Grow Up but applied to someone else through the lens of forgiveness
“I hope you’ll remember: today is never too late to be brand new”
The orchestra in Haunted and how it makes the song sound urgent and the situation dangerous
“holding my breath” “your eyes go cold” “something’s gone terribly wrong” “can’t turn back now” “a fragile line” “it’s getting dark and it’s all too quiet and I can’t trust anything now” “come on, come on, don’t leave me like this” “can’t breath whenever you’re gone” “you’re not gone, you can’t be gone” –> everything sounds dangerous and urgent!! Like she’s actually gonna die!! And it’s called Haunted!! You get haunted by dead people!! But she’s saying she’s haunted!! The Haunting is killing her!! Holy shit!!
The secret message of Last Kiss: “Forever and Always”
The breath in the bridge of Last Kiss
The use of time and the passage of time: “at 1:58″ “that July 9th” “you can plan for a change in weather and time” “your name forever the name on my lips” “I’ll watch your life in pictures” “I’ll feel you forget me” “I’ll keep up with our old friends” “I still remember” “L
“I’m not much for dancing, but for you I did” –> “I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you” (Holy Ground)
THE BRIDGE: “So I’ll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep / and I’ll feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe / and I’ll keep up with our old friends just to ask them how you are / hope it’s nice where you are / I hope the sun shines and it’s a beautiful day / and something reminds you / you wish you had stayed / you can plan for a change in the weather and time / but I never planned on you changing your mind”
How the secret message of Long Live is “For you”
How Taylor ends Speak Now with a song for her fans and her band that she wrote during the Fearless Tour
How Long Live because even more powerful and beautiful and even sadder the more the years go by and the more successful Taylor becomes and as original member of The Agency leave/are left go
How Taylor wrote “we will be remembered” when she was like 19 and was still on her second album and before she won AOTY for the first time and wasn’t even close to the prime of her career but she was proud of how far she had come already and how Long Live sounds like a song someone writes at the end of their career to reflect on their accomplishments
How Taylor wrote “promise me this: that you’ll stand by me forever” and every band member she has ever had still speaks highly of her and defends her
“When they point to the pictures, please tell them my name” but now no one will have to because everyone knows who she is and will know who she is for a long time because of her accomplishments and effect on popular culture
“It was the end of a decade but the start of an age” Taylor literally had no idea how true this line would become
HOW SHE ENDS THE ENTIRE ALBUM WITH “ONE DAY, WE WILL BE REMEMBERED”
“Obviously, otherwise you wouldn’t have married me, silly.” The obnoxious strumming of a guitar continued echoing in the bedroom, making you blindly reach over to grab another pillow and hold it over your head. It was about a week into yours and Harry’s honeymoon, and sure, you were still super lovey-dovey around each other… But he knew how much you hated mornings.
“I know, but it’s only six in the morn-”
“Jus’ in time t’ see the sun rise! C’mon, I haven’t posted anything on my Instagram for a while, we should totally take this opportunity!” Harry beamed, playing a cheerful little tune on the guitar while walking closer to the bed.
“We were up til three yesterday, I’d love you forever if you give me another hour to-”
“You gave me your eternal love once ‘I do’ came outta your mouth, Mrs. Styles.” Harry quipped, setting the guitar down and climbing back onto the bed. You couldn’t help but groan at how irritating he was being, flopping onto your back to look at him with sleepy eyes. (He wasn’t being that irritating. It was just that you found everything irritating at six in the bloody morning.)
“I’m not leaving this bed.” You said firmly, jolting when Harry suddenly ripped the blankets off you, goosebumps immediately rising on your skin from the sudden exposure to cool air. “Harry, I-” Harry crawled over and plopped himself down on top of you, a shit-eating grin plastered on his face. “I know what you’re doing and it’s not going to work.”
“I’m not doing anything!” Harry smiled innocently, leaning down to bury his face into the crook of your neck. “Jus’ givin’ my wife a little loving. Is tha’ so wrong?”
“It’s wrong when you’re asking her to get up at six in the morning to watch a big ball of fire rise in the sky.” You laughed lightly, twitching as you felt Harry nipping on your skin. You knew exactly what he was up to and you weren’t going to fall for it. You had fallen into his trap of seduction far too many times! First, he’d give you kisses and whisper sweet nothings into your ear, and once you agreed to do whatever it was he wanted to do, he’d bolt! (Truth be told, you were guilty of pulling the seduction trap out a couple times when you wanted something from him.)
“I just wanna spend some time with yeh, Mrs. Styles..” Harry purred, hands trailing down to clasp your hips gently.
“We spent plenty of time together yesterday night.” You sighed, swatting his hands away when they began sneaking into another region.
“And the night before.” You took the opportunity to flip the two of you over, Harry smiling up at you as you adjusted yourself, your legs on either side of him.
“And the night before before.” You pointed out, your own fingers beginning to wander down to the knot on his towel. “You know what I think would be a good idea? Another way for us to spend time that doesn’t involve getting outta bed?” You cooed, running your hands over Harry’s broad chest with a sly smirk on your face.
“Tell me.” Harry shifted underneath you, sucking his bottom lip into his teeth. (You could feel him getting excited already, so you knew your plan was working effectively.) You leaned down, your lips hovering over his own before you planted a sweet kiss to the corner of his mouth.
“Sleeping.” You rolled yourself off of Harry, getting back into your comfortable fetal position and tugging the sheets back up to cover up. “Feel free to join me if you’d like. Or you can go take that Instagram picture. Or you can take care of your situation. In the bathroom, preferably. I’d like some peace and quiet so I can fall asleep again. ”
“You’re a piece of shit, yeh know tha’?”
“That’s Mrs. Piece of shit, thank you very much. I’m a married woman now!”
* these are mainly sad / angsty lyrics – some of which have been changed for clarity / to better the perspective of the meme. as always, feel free to change ‘em up however you need to!!
‘ something about it felt like home somehow. ’ ‘ i might be okay, but i’m not fine at all. ’ ‘ i remember it all too well. ’ ‘ i forget about you long enough to forget why i needed to. ’ ‘ maybe i asked for too much. ’ ‘ this thing was a masterpiece till you tore it all up. ’ ‘ you call me up again just to break me like a promise. ’ ‘ so casually cruel in the name of being honest. ’ ‘ time won’t fly, it’s like i’m paralyzed by it. ’ ‘ i’d like to be my old self again, but i’m still trying to find it. ’ ‘ i’m so glad you made time to see me. ’ ‘ how’s life? ’ ‘ your guard is up and i know why. ’ ‘ you gave me roses and i left them there to die. ’ ‘ this is me swallowing my pride. ’ ‘ i’m sorry for that night. ’ ‘ turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you. ’ ‘ these days i haven’t been sleeping. ’ ‘ you gave me all your love and all i gave you was ‘goodbye.’ ’ ‘ maybe this is wishful thinking. ’ ‘ if we loved again, i swear i’d love you right. ’ ‘ i’d go back in time and change it, but i can’t. ’ ‘ wishing i’d realized what i had when you were mine. ’ ‘ in a box beneath my bed is a letter that you never read from three summers back. ’ ‘ it’s hard not to find it all a little bittersweet. ’ ‘ all this time i was wasting, hoping you would come around. ’ ‘ i’ve been giving out chances every time and all you do is let me down. ’ ‘ you’re thinking we’ll be fine, but not this time around. ’ ‘ you don’t have to call anymore. i won’t pick up the phone. ’ ‘ you can tell me you’re sorry, but i don’t believe you like i did before. ’ ‘ you got your share of secrets and i’m tired of being last to know. ’ ‘ i should have known. ’ ‘ i was a dreamer before you went and let me down. ’ ‘ now it’s too late for you and your white horse to come around. ’ ‘ maybe i was naïve, got lost in your eyes and never really had a chance. ’ ‘ my mistake, i didn’t know to be in love you had to fight to have the upper hand. ’ ‘ i had so many dreams about you and me. ’ ‘ and there you are on your knees, begging for forgiveness, begging for me, just like i always wanted. ’ ‘ i’m gonna find someone someday who might actually treat me well. ’ ‘ my mother accused me of losing my mind, but i swore i was fine. ’ ‘ you paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain. ’ ‘ i see it all now that you’re gone. ’ ‘ don’t you think i was too young to be messed with? ’ ‘ maybe it’s me and my blind optimism to blame. ’ ‘ maybe it’s you and your sick need to give love then take it away. ’ ‘ you’ll add my name to your long list of traitors who don’t understand. ’ ‘ run as fast as you can. ’ ‘ you’re an expert at ‘sorry’ and keeping lines blurry. ’ ‘ all the girls that you’ve run dry have tired, lifeless eyes cause you’ve burned them out. ’ ‘ people like you always want back the love they gave away. ’ ‘ the more i think about it now, the less i know. ’ ‘ all you had to do is stay. ’ ‘ now that it’s just too late. ’ ‘ i’ve been picking up the pieces of the mess you made. ’ ‘ people like you always want back the love they pushed aside. ’ ‘ people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye. ’ ‘ why’d you have to go and lock me out when i let you in? ’ ‘ let me remind you, this is what you wanted. ’ ‘ you ended it. ’ ‘ you were all i wanted, but not like this. ’ ‘ loving you was blue like i’d never known. ’ ‘ missing you was dark grey all alone. ’ ‘ forgetting you was like trying to know somebody you never met. ’ ‘ but loving you was red. ’ ‘ touching you was like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you. ’ ‘ fighting with you was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there’s no right answer. ’ ‘ regretting you was like wishing you never found out that love could be that strong. ’ ‘ moving on from you is impossible when i still see it all in my head. ’ ‘ this is it, i’ve had enough. ’ ‘ we called it off again last night. ’ ‘ we are never, ever, ever getting back together. ’ ‘ i’m really gonna miss you picking fight and falling for it screaming that i’m right. ’ ‘ it’s been awhile since i have even heard from you. ’ ‘ i should just tell you to leave ‘cause i know exactly where it leads. ’ ‘ you got that james dean daydream look in your eyes. ’ ‘ i got that red lip classic thing that you like. ’ ‘ when we go crashing down, we come back every time. ’ ‘ we never go out of style. ’ ‘ i heard that you’ve been out and about with some other girl. ’ ‘ what you heard is true. ’ ‘ i can’t stop thinking about you. ’ ‘ just take me home. ’ ‘ when you take, you take the very best of me. ’ ‘ i’m not what you wanted. ’ ‘ i’ve never been anywhere cold as you. ’ ‘ you put up walls and paint them all shades of gray and i stood there loving you and wished them all away. ’ ‘ you come away with a great little story of a mess of a dreamer and the nerve to adore you. ’ ‘ you never did give a damn thing, honey, but i cried for you. ’ ‘ i know you wouldn’t have told nobody if i died for you. ’ ‘ you looked me in the eye and told me you loved me. were you just kidding? ’ ‘ this thing is breaking down. ’ ‘ we almost never speak. ’ ‘ i don’t feel welcome anymore. ’ ‘ one second it was perfect, now you’re halfway out the door. ’ ‘ it rains when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone. ’ ‘ i was there when you said forever and always. ’ ‘ was i out of line? ’ ‘ did i say something way too honest? ’ ‘ thought i knew you for a minute, but now i’m not so sure. ’ ‘ put my name at the top of your list. ’ ‘ you break my heart in the blink of an eye. ’ ‘ you wear your best apology, but i was there to watch you leave. ’ ‘ all the times i let you in just for you to go again disappear when you come back. ’ ‘ this is the last time you tell me i’ve got it wrong. ’ ‘ this is the last time i say it’s been you all along. ’ ‘ this is the last time i let you in my door. ’ ‘ this is the last time, i won’t hurt you anymore. ’ ‘ you told me you loved me, so why did you go away? ’ ‘ all that i know is i don’t know how to be something you miss. ’ ‘ i never thought we’d have a last kiss. ’ ‘ never imagined we’d end like this. ’ ‘ there’s not a day i don’t miss those rude interruptions. ’ ‘ i hope the sun shines and it’s a beautiful day and something reminds you you wish you had stayed. ’ ‘ i hope something reminds you you wish you had stayed. ’ ‘ i’ll watch your life in pictures like i used to watch you sleep. ’ ‘ i feel you forget me like i used to feel you breathe. ’ ‘ i keep up with our old friends just to ask them how you are. ’ ‘ i never planned on you changing your mind. ’ ‘ none of us thought it was gonna end that way. ’ ‘ it’s killing me to see you go after all this time. ’ ‘ i don’t know what to be without you around. ’ ‘ i can’t breathe without you, but i have to. ’ ‘ i never wanna see you hurt. ’ ‘ nothing we say is gonna save us from the fall out. ’ ‘ come on, don’t leave me like this. ’ ‘ you’re all i wanted. ’ ‘ i thought i had you figured out. ’ ‘ i still mean every word i said to you. ’ ‘ the whole time i’m wishing he was you instead. ’ ‘ i just wanna tell you it takes everything in me not to call you. ’ ‘ i wish i could run to you and i hope you know that every time i don’t, i almost do. ’ ‘ i bet you think i either moved on or hate you. ’ ‘ i bet it never occurred to you that i can’t say hello to you and risk another goodbye. ’ ‘ we made quite a mess, babe. ’ ‘ it’s probably better off this way. ’ ‘ i hope sometimes you wonder about me. ’ ‘ nothing lasts forever, but this is gonna take me down. ’ ‘ say you’ll remember me. ’ ‘ say you’ll see me again. ’
If you’re reading this, love, I must be dead. (That sounded cliché. I do hate clichés, but oh well.) I don’t know what happened to me, but I do know that it will be alright. You will be alright, Sher.
I want to thank you, love. You gave me everything and then some, and there are no words that can truly express my thanks for that. Sher, you gave me a home when no one else would, you stood up for me when I couldn’t for myself, you lent me your shoulder when I needed one to cry on, you gave me our children, you gave me your love. You gave me a chance all those years ago, and I think that did us both some good. Thank you for that.
Sherlock, I love you so, so much. I love you more than you could ever possibly know. You are my whole world, Sherlock Holmes. My whole freakin’ world.
I have one last request, one last thing for you to give me… Please tell Will and Mary Louise that I love them and am so, so proud of them. Tell John that he was the best friend a person could ask for, and tell Rosie that she will forever be the best niece in the world. Tell Mycroft that he seriously needs to get that stick out of his arse. Tell Mrs. Hudson that I’m still bitter she never let me drive her car but that I love her anyways. And finally, love, tell yourself that whatever happened to me was not, and never will be, your fault.
William Sherlock Scott Holmes, you are the light of my world. I will be waiting for you eagerly in whatever afterlife may exist, and if no afterlife exists, I will at least be waiting for you to be laid to rest beside me six feet under.