It’s not Taylor Switft’s fault she’s annoying. Her songs are actually awesome the first three times you hear them. They’re clever, they’re catchy, they’re easy to sing to and commit to memory. You’re singing along by the second chorus. It’s just the next 7,000 times that you hear them that you start driving your nails into your palms. In fact, her songs are so annoying precisely because they’re so good they get overplayed. If I listened to “Into the Mystic”, for example, or “The Boxer” that often (and I sometimes do) they would likewise become annoying. Well not Van Morrison. I listened Simon and Garfunkel completely out in 2004-05 though. Sorry, boys.
And kids love Taylor Swift songs. I wondered whether my children should be listening to stuff in the car that refers to “a long list of ex-lovers”, but then I heard what my children were actually singing and decided we’re fine. For your entertainment, I played musicologist this morning and carefully recorded exactly the lyrics that my kids are singing to “Blank Space”. Now, this is a compilation because they don’t accord on every word. For example, Fluff sing’s “Starbucks” or sometimes “Starburst”, but the boys definitely sing “Star Wars”. Please enjoy.
So it’s gonna be forever, – So it’s gonna be forever,
Or it’s gonna go down in flames. – Or we’re gonna go down and play.
You can tell me when it’s over – You can tell me when it’s over
If they high was worth the pain. – If the heart was worth the play.
Got a long list of ex-lovers. – Girl, ugly Starbucks/Star Wars lovers,
They’ll tell you I’m insane – They tell you I’m in same
Cuz you know I love the players, – Cuz you know I love the players,
And you love the game! – And you love the gay!
Cuz we’re young & we’re reckless. – Cuz we’re young & we’re necklace.
We’ll take this way too far. – We’ll take this way too far.
It’ll leave you breathless – It’ll leave you neckless
Or with a nasty scar. – Or with a nasty cough.
Got a long list of ex-lovers. – Girl, ugly Starbucks/Star Wars lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane, – They tell you I’m in same,
But I got a blank space, baby, – But I got a blank space, baby,
And I’ll write your name. – And I’ll write your name.
Grammar police note: It should be “whether” the high was worth, not “if”.