Taylor Swift — Wise Beyond Her Years

I consider myself somewhat philosophical, wise, witty, and thought-provoking when I write on my blog or post on social media.

But, as I approach my 51st birthday, I’ve lived twice as long as international superstar Taylor Swift.  Whether you’re a fan or not (and there are millions that are), I confess that she’s displayed more wisdom in her fourteen years as a songwriter than most people, including myself, will express in a lifetime.

Taylor Swift

When Taylor released her first single, “Tim McGraw” and her self-titled debut album in 2006, she was only 16-years-old. However, she had already been recording the album for two years and she penned her first songs at the age of twelve.

She co-wrote eight songs on that album and she was the sole writer of three others.

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Today’s blog features my favorite words of wisdom that Taylor Swift shared with the world through her songs — songs that have been downloaded more than 130 million times from albums that have sold more than 40 million copies in the just the past nine years!

And, she’s been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with winning almost every music award possible.

Taylor Swift

I saw Taylor open for Keith Urban in the summer of 2009 in Moline, Illinois, and I hope to see her again in Minneapolis, in September, on the “1989 World Tour”.

Here are my favorite “words of wisdom” and my absolute favorite Taylor Swift lyrics are in bold and italicized!

“PICTURE TO BURN” (2008)

“State the obvious, I didn’t get my perfect fantasy/I realize you love yourself more than you could ever love me”

“FIFTEEN” (2009)

“Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you/you’re gonna believe them”

“MEAN” (2011)

“Someday I’ll be living in a big ole city/and all you’re even gonna be is mean”

“All you are is mean/and a liar/and pathetic/and alone in life/and mean, and mean, and mean, and mean”

“I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE” (2012)

“Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in, so shame on me now”

(This one is extra — spoken words from the music video!)

“But I just thought/how can the devil be pulling you towards someone who looks/so much like an angel when he smiles at you?”

“SHAKE IT OFF” (2014)

“I stay up too late/Got nothing in my brain/That’s what people say/That’s what people say”

“I go on too many dates/But I can’t make them stay/At least that’s what people say/That’s what people say”

“Cause the players gonna play play play play play/And the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate”

“Just think while you’ve been getting down and out about the liars and the dirty dirty cheats of the world/You could have been getting down to this sick beat”

“My ex man brought his new girlfriend/She’s like oh my God”

“BLANK SPACE” (2014)

“I could show you incredible things/magic, madness, heaven, sin”

“Saw you there and I thought ‘oh my God’/Look at that face/You look like my next mistake”

“So hey let’s be friends/I’m dying to see how this one ends”

“I could make the bad guys good for a weekend”

“Got a long list of ex-lovers/They’ll tell you I’m insane”

“But I’ve got a blank space baby/And I’ll write your name”

“But you’ll come back each time you leave/Cause I’m a nightmare dressed as a daydream”

“Boys only want love if it’s torture/Don’t say I didn’t warn you”

“STYLE” (2015)

“He says what you’ve heard is true but I/Can’t stop thinking about you and I/I’ve said I’ve been there too a few times”

“BAD BLOOD” (2015)

“Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes/You say sorry just for show/If you live like that/You live with ghosts/If you love like that blood runs cold”

Anthony

Disclaimer:  I do not own the rights to any of the song lyrics posted.  That’s all (or mostly) T-Swizzle!  Buy her music and don’t illegally download!  And, here are the writing credits and copyrights to the songs.

“Picture To Burn”

Writer(s): Liz Rose, Taylor Swift
Copyright: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music, Ole Cake Taker Music, Cake Taker Music

“Fifteen”

Writer(s): Taylor Swift
Copyright: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music

“Mean”

Writer(s): Taylor Swift
Copyright: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music

“I Knew You Were Trouble”

Writer(s): Max Martin, Taylor Swift, Johan Schuster, Shellback
Copyright: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Mxm Music AB, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing O.B.O. Taylor Swift Music

“Shake It Off”

Writer(s): Martin Max, Andy Morton, Joseph Jones, Taylor Swift, Shellback, Josh Hunt, Tom Scott
Copyright: Rufus Music Ltd., Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Mxm Music AB, Taylor Swift Music

“Blank Space”

Writer(s): Martin Max, Taylor Swift, Shellback
Copyright: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Mxm Music AB, Taylor Swift Music

“Style”

Writer(s): Martin Max, Ali Payami, Taylor Swift, Shellback
Copyright: Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia AB, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Mxm Music AB, Taylor Swift Music, Wolf Cousins

“Bad Blood”

Writer(s): Martin Max, Taylor Swift, Shellback
Copyright: Mxm Music AB, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Heather P on July 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I just took my two oldest daughters (ages 11 and 6) to see her perform at Soldier Field. If Minneapolis is anything like Chicago, you are in for an incredible evening! She took time in between songs to share words of encouragement and inspiration with everyone – something that I hope the younger people in the audience take to heart. Have fun and enjoy her show!

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