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SLS – Comparisons

Thinking caps on for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. Jim has asked us to compare two songs that have a connection.

Naturally, I decided to pick two Taylor Swift songs, which are both really about relationships which are broken. But what a difference there is between the two! Taylor’s music has helped me through “break-ups” over the years, and how glad I am that she has put together so many amazing break-ups tracks.

The first song I just love. It is called “exile” and is from Taylor’s 2020 album “Folklore” and is beautiful. It is incredibly poignant and the duet between Bon Iver and Taylor is just genius. But it is the maturity that comes across as compared that with the very fun break-up song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. I love both songs, but I guess I have grown up a lot in the past eight/nine years (the gap between the two songs) as has Taylor. I know that now it is “exile” that I would turn to if I ever went through the gruesome experience of a break-up again.

Credits: Taylor A. Swift, Justin Deyarmond Edison Vernon, and William Bowery (that’s Joe!)

I can see you standin’, honey
With his arms around your body
Laughin’ but the joke’s not funny at all
And it took you five whole minutes
To pack us up and leave me with it
Holdin’ all this love out here in the hall

I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
You’re not my homeland anymore
So what am I defendin’ now?
You were my town
Now I’m in exile seein’ you out
I think I’ve seen this film before

Hoo, hoo-ooh
Hoo, hoo-ooh
Hoo, hoo-ooh

I can see you starin’, honey
Like he’s just your understudy
Like you’d get your knuckles bloody for me
Second, third, and hundredth chances
Balancin’ on breaking branches
Those eyes add insult to injury

I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
I’m not your problem anymore
So who am I offending now?
You were my crown
Now I’m in exile seein’ you out
I think I’ve seen this film before
So I’m leavin’ out the side door

So step right out
There is no amount
Of cryin’ I can do for you

All this time
We always walked a very thin line
You didn’t even hear me out (You didn’t even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)

All this time
I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn’t turn things around (You never turned things around)
‘Cause you never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
So many signs
So many signs (You didn’t even see the signs)

I think I’ve seen this film before
And I didn’t like the ending
You’re not my homeland anymore
So what am I defending now?
You were my town
Now I’m in exile seein’ you out
I think I’ve seen this film before
So I’m leaving out the side door

So step right out
There is no amount
Of cryin’ I can do for you

All this time
We always walked a very thin line
You didn’t even hear me out (You didn’t even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)

All this time
I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn’t turn things around (You never turned things around)
‘Cause you never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)

All this time (So many times)
I never learned to read your mind (So many signs)
I couldn’t turn things around
‘Cause you never gave a warning sign (Never gave a warning sign)

Credits: Martin Max, Shellback and Taylor Swift

I remember when we broke up the first time
Saying, “This is it, I’ve had enough,” ’cause like
We hadn’t seen each other in a month
When you said you needed space. (What?)
Then you come around again and say
“Baby, I miss you and I swear I’m gonna change, trust me.”
Remember how that lasted for a day?
I say, “I hate you,” we break up, you call me, “I love you.”

Ooh, we called it off again last night
But ooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you

We are never ever ever getting back together,
We are never ever ever getting back together,
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

Like, ever…

I’m really gonna miss you picking fights
And me falling for it screaming that I’m right
And you would hide away and find your peace of mind
With some indie record that’s much cooler than mine

Ooh, you called me up again tonight
But ooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you

We are never, ever, ever getting back together
We are never, ever, ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me (talk to me)
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

Ooh, yeah, ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Oh oh oh

I used to think that we were forever ever
And I used to say, “Never say never…”
Uggg… so he calls me up and he’s like, “I still love you,”
And I’m like… “I just… I mean this is exhausting, you know, like,
We are never getting back together. Like, ever”

No!

We are never ever ever getting back together
We are never ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

We, ooh, getting back together, ohhh,
We, ooh, getting back together

You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me (talk to me)
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

4 replies on “SLS – Comparisons”

I wrote a post about you yesterday Jenna and somehow I knew that you would choose two Taylor Swift songs today. If I had to chose between the two songs, I like We Are Never Getting Back Together better than Exile.

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I love both songs Jim – but I know I have changed so much over the years. If I ever broke up with Ben (unimaginable) I would be hurt to the core, and I think I would much more likely be listening to songs like “exile” than a bouncy pop song.

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I am not a really big Taylor Swift fan because I am kind of mad that she ditched country for pop. I thought she could do both, but naah, she doesn’t want to touch country anymore. (I think she is selling herself to the industry and selling what the industry wants, but that is another debate for another time)

But, I do “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. and that is a rarity. It is a good upbeat break-up song.

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Although her last two albums had some great country songs on them. She is very versatile. I think its great that she can try her hand at any genre and do a great job. I don’t think she needs to stay in a box, with one label. She can use her love of music to explore all sorts of styles. I love her diversity.

She must know the music industry well by now. But I think over the last couple of years she looks like she is carving her own niche and enjoying herself. I have never seen her looking so happy, and as if she is making more of her own decisions than she ever was able to do before.

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