We’ve come to the end of the month. 2015 is our final year. Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” is our final song.
I’m an unabashed T-Swift fan but find many (most?) of her lyrics are kind of embarrassing. It pretty much started with “Love Story” where she uses the Romeo/Juliet duality but the songs ends happily with the kids getting the dad’s ok and them getting married. THAT’S NOT HOW ROMEO AND JULIET WORKS!
“Blank Space” is largely about jealousy and the concept of women being “crazy” in relationships. Supposedly this is Swift’s attempt to poke fun at the way she is frequently portrayed in the media regarding her own relationships.
I generally just find jealousy to be such a weird emotion that we tend to glamorize in our society. Jealousy is obviously a natural emotion and it’s good to feel – it means you care about something/someone. But too often we teach each other that jealousy should be used as a tool to try to control someone or act out against them. This song, while theoretically satirical on the subject, plays into this idea full-on. And I wonder in what ways Swift’s largely young female audience process this.
That being said, the song and video does a terrific job capturing this fucked-up jealous relationship dynamic. The lyrics “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” are so good. And Swift, who usually seems to play such a sweetheart girl-next-door in her videos does a good version of “crazy” in the video. Her face when she sings “Oh no” and then when she drops his cellphone in the fountain? Golden.
Also, there is this awkward bit of backup vocals in the last chorus where she sings “leave a nasty scar” in this slow staccato way. When we hear this song, Emma will frequently sing that bit loud and proud — LEAVE..A…NAS…TEE…SCAR. Love it.