Lover: Comeback of the Fearless Muse
Before summer ended, Taylor Swift prepared for Tay-tays ( fan name for Taylor) a gift to go through the following cold autumn. A new album, Lover. For Tay-tays, it must be happy and comforting to see it full of delight, love and warmth. Through ebbing and flowing in relation to gossip and paparazzi, their muse, Taylor, dumped all those behind and became again that ‘fearless’ singer and storyteller. Shown on the comeback stage, this time, is not only her talent, but her ability retained to share love.
Never should ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ Go Underrated.
As usual, people have the instinct to follow what are published as leading tracks. ‘Lover’ and ‘Cruel Summer’ in this case. However, the hidden truth in this album is that the most underrated song which gained the least views on YouTube－’Death by a Thousand Cuts’－is, for me, the one closest to the legend.
Essentially it’s a breakup song, characterised by the line: ‘And what once was ours is no one’s now. I see you everywhere. The only thing we share is this small town’. Taylor revealed in her NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert that this song’s a relief. She was asked through so many interviews that ‘what would you ever do if you get happy?’. Taylor started to wonder if the lack of melancholy would hinder her inspiration about sad songs. At the same time, she saw some other break-ups well done in other books and musics. Gladly, the sentiments were engraved in her mind more deeply than expected. The next morning she woke up, ‘It’s still there!’, said Taylor with a strong sense of victory. The air in the room turned more joyous than ever.
‘Triple Effect’ & Lessons from the Song
The glamour of ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ lies in its twist. You find the song title intimidating. Then the lovely and happy beat softens your tension before you realise that the lyrics can break your heart. Such triple effect makes a circuit in your mind. When you turn off the music device, what happened to Taylor now happens to you: ‘It is still there!’.
Let’s go back to the sense of relief Taylor felt about this song. It’s a proof for her that her current happiness doesn’t contradict with her writing of sad songs. As a storyteller, for me, it’s a lesson which tells that no occurrence, love and hurt is wasted. Just because they are not felt as they once were doesn’t mean that it’s vain or lost. They remain, and being rewritten in another manner through our new vision, through what we finally learn about those going unnoticed before. Taylor must have gone through the pain she describes in ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’. And when it hurts no more, happy Taylor doesn’t throw it into bin, happy Taylor adds bright color on it.
‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ for Me, and What for You?
Some people discovered what was underneath the lyrics of ‘London Boy’ (Btw, the actual count of traffic fee and time is humorously ‘realistic’ enough to be the side dish of its ‘scooter-ride-romance’). Some people’s tears haven been so early tempted when hearing the first line of ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ which encapsulates her struggle through her mother’s diagnosis of cancer.
The treasure I explored in the album Lover is ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’. And what is yours?