Sunday, September 13, 2009

Let's Talk About Your Lyrics - “You Belong to Me” by Taylor Swift

This song grates on me, but I never turn it off because it's on and it's music and it's generally better than listening to the sounds of the drive home. Besides the song just not being to my tastes, I always have this urge to talk back to the lyrics. So I'm doing something about.

Taylor, let's talk about your lyrics.

You're on the phone with your girlfriend, she's upset
She's going off about about something that you said
'Cause she doesn't get your humor like I do

She's probably pissed off because he's hanging around with you. Sure it's a free country, but do you really think she's cool with her boyfriend spending time with another girl? Unless you only know he's on the phone because you're watching him through his bedroom window. Then you're a stalker. Being creepy isn't much better than being pretentious about your sense of humor.

I'm in the room, it's a typical Tuesday night
I'm listening to the kind of music she doesn't like
And she'll never know your story like I do.

What's the actual scenario here? Who's room? I'm assuming HIS room since you know he's on the phone. What time is it? Does your mother know where you are? Is she cool with this? And how do you not have a reputation? About this music, I hope that you're listening to it because you like it. This just reeks of “Let me be your clone so you'll dump your girlfriend and go out with me.” What story? I can maybe see that you guys are friends, but once again, you need to clarify because the stalker vibe is really strong with this one.

But she wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts (Like in contests?)
She's Cheer Captain and I'm on the bleachers (Major stalker hangout...obviously)
Dreaming about the day when you up and find
That what you're looking for has been here the whole time (This is going to be in college after a wild frat party. He will wake up and find it, but it won't be a woman. It will be the condom he should have worn the night before).

If you could see that I'm the one who understands you
Been here all along, so why can't you see?
You belong with me.

I'm pretty sure this is what most celebrities hear on their voicemail right before being kidnapped by their “biggest fan”.

Walking the streets with you and your worn-out jeans
I can't help thinking this is how it ought to be
Laughing on a park bench, thinking to myself
Hey, isn't this easy?

Yes it is easy. Because binoculars are readily available at most sporting good stores. Also, be careful about laughing out loud on that bench. Someone's likely to notice how crazy you are.

And you've got a smile that could light up this whole town
I haven't seen it in awhile since she brought you down
You say you're fine, I know you better than that
Hey, what ya doing with a girl like that?

Just what every guy wants...someone who questions his choices. Maybe he's trying to be more serious about school work. Or the football team. There's also a possibility he no longer feels safe in the shower he's always being watched. That really bums some guys out.

She wears high heels, I wear sneakers (she wears them while cheerleading? Ouch!)
She's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers (you mentioned that, weirdo)
Dreaming about the day when you up and find
That what you're looking for has been here the whole time (He's going to wake up and find you in his bed, isn't he? I think there are some boundaries we should talk about here...)

Standing by and waiting at your back door (How many times have those locks needed to be changed?)
All this time how could you not know?
Baby, you belong with me, you belong with me.

Oh, I remember you driving to my house in the middle of the night
I'm the one who makes you laugh when you know you're 'bout to cry
And I know your favorite songs and you tell me 'bout your dreams
Think I know where you belong, think I know it's with me.

Is he really driving to your house in the middle of the night? On his own? Or did you happen to get caught outside his window and he had to take you home before things got really creepy. Did his parents know he took the car out past curfew? Sweetie, if he's about to cry, it's because he's scared, and he's only laughing because you happen to be carrying a really large, scary looking nail file.

Can't you see that I'm the one who understands you?
Been here all along, so why can't you see?
You belong with me.

There's a good chance you might get this guy. There's also a good chance you're going to get expelled and placed in a cell for this strange behavior. Seek counseling now and leave the dude alone already.

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