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Blank Space by Taylor Swift: Pop Perfection

As we’ve previously established, I am a casual Swiftie. I listen to the new albums when they come out, I know a lot of her songs, but I’m not a die hard fan. Despite this though, there is still one Taylor Swift song I will always forever adore. The second single off her fifth studio album 1989, Blank Space.

Blank Space is one of the most famous Taylor Swift songs, and for good reason! The song was written as satire about how a lot of people perceive Taylor as a boy crazy heart breaker. The song and music video follow Taylor as a psycho, almost yandere type of girlfriend. In the music video, men flock to Taylor’s Gatsby-esque mansion for a chance to be her lover, only for their hearts and material goods to be destroyed by a psychotic Taylor Swift. In the music video, Taylor rips open paintings, drops phones in water features, cuts holes in silk shirts and bludgeons a car with a golf club. As quickly as this boy appears, he quickly drives off in his now destroyed convertible, only for a new boy to pull into the driveway of the mansion.

So, what makes the song itself so good? Well firstly, it’s lyrics and story telling. The song does a very good job of telling a story even without the music video, Taylor describes the perfectness of this relationship in the second verse.

“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.”

Taylor then describes the chaos that follows.

“Screaming, crying, perfect storms
I can make all the tables turn
Rose garden filled with thorns
Keep you second guessing like
“Oh, my God, who is she?”
I get drunk on jealousy
But you’ll come back each time you leave
‘Cause, darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”

After the chorus that follows, one of the most famous Taylor Swift bridges is sang. A bridge that taught almost everyone attracted to men a very important life lesson that is still helping influence and protect us.

“Boys only want love if it’s torture
Don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t warn ya.”

The influence of this bridge is hard to describe. Almost everyone knows it, can repeat and recite it, and almost everyone has had an experience where they get to retort it back as someone in disgust.

So long story short, Blank Space is a perfect example of Taylor’s incredible story telling abilities and helps us learn an incredible life lesson.

Don’t trust men.


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