Taylor Swift-a-Thon: Fearless

Saturday, September 5, 2020

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Ever since she released folklore in June, I have been on a Taylor Swift binge. While Red is my favorite album of Taylor's, folklore has come very close to being second or even tied for first place. In honor of her eighth studio album, I decided it would be fun to finally listen to all of her discography! So today, I have her second album, titled Fearless.  

I was excited to listen to Fearless because this is where she became a huge star. It was released on  November 11, 2008 and I was 14 at the time. Love Story, I think is the song that really led her to becoming mainstream--in my opinion. 

1. "Fearless"

  • It’s wild to me that this was her second album but she used the imagery of dancing her best dressed in the rain for her video for Delicate!! And the imagery of driving in a car and looking at her which is All Too Well! 
  • “I'm trying so hard not to get caught up now”  

2. "Fifteen"

  • It’s interesting how certain songs have more of a country influence than others. There’s an allusion to “A Place in this World” in this song already! It’s wild to me that she randomly sat next to Abigail who is still one of her best friends! “But in your life you'll do things greater than / Dating the boy on the football team / But I didn't know it at fifteen”
  • Is this when her amazing bridge writing abilities comes in? “When all you wanted was to be wanted / Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now”
  • “I've found time can heal most anything” 
    • she mentions time several times in newer music, such as “Bad Blood” and "invisible string" 

3. "White Horse"

  • This entire comparison to a fairytale, and how real life isn’t a fairytale, is so well done.   

4. "Love Story"

  • This is the song, in my opinion, that brought Taylor Swift into stardom. Who hasn’t heard this song? The lyrics are so iconic and the music video immediately comes to mind.
  • One of my all-time favorite Taylor Swift songs “New Romantics“ has a mention of a scarlet letter and I forgot that love story also had a mention of it: “'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter”   

5. "Hey Stephen"

  • I did some research and I found that Stephen is from a country duo called Love and Theft. I wonder what’s it like to have a song written about you?
  • Oh, I see what you did there. “Hey Stephen, I could give you fifty reasons / Why I should be the one you choose / All those other girls, well, they're beautiful / But would they write a song for you?”  

6. "You Belong with Me"

  • I’m not sure what it is about this song and music video that is amazing. Who doesn’t jam out to this song when it comes on?
  • “Laughing on a park bench, thinking to myself / Hey, isn't this easy?”   

7. "Breathe" (featuring Colbie Caillat)

  • Well, fuck. I get why people love this album so much.
  • “And we know it's never simple, never easy / Never a clean break, no one here to save me / You're the only thing I know like the back of my hand”
  • Another 2am reference!   

8. "Tell Me Why"

  • A reference to “I Knew You Were Trouble” from “Red”! She references “Breathe” already 
  • This bridge is short but powerful: "Why do you have to make me feel small / So you can feel whole inside? / Why do you have to put down my dreams / So you're the only thing on my mind?" 

9. "You're Not Sorry"

  • This lyric from the bridge: “You used to shine so bright, but I watched all of it fade”  

10. "The Way I Loved You"

  • 2AM again 
  • “He's close to my mother”: it’s no secret that Taylor‘s mother is one of her favorite people so it’s understandable why this is so meaningful to her 
  • “And my heart's not breaking / Cause I'm not feeling anything at all” So, this was an incredibly toxic relationship...  

11. "Forever & Always"

  • Ooh, another mention of Tuesday like on “You Belong With Me” She really loves to go back and use moments from previous songs such as the “here’s to” toast that she also used on “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” 
  •  “It rains when you're here and it rains when you're gone”   

12. "The Best Day"

  • I don’t know how it happened but I initially miss the song when it was first released. It wasn’t until Lover and “soon you’ll get better” came around that I listened to the song. Both songs are a tribute to Taylor‘s mother, Andrea, who she’s extremely close to. Knowing all of the things that Andrea has gone through, especially her cancer diagnosis and treatment, the song is not easy to listen to. 
  • “the sky is gold” it’s interesting that she thinks of gold as a positive and loving color. “Daylight” also talks about gold as a color. 
  • “And don't know how / My friends could be so mean / I come home crying / And you hold me tight”: Taylor really has an extremely strong bond with her mother and it’s been that way since she was young. 
  • “And I love you for giving me your eyes / For staying back and watching me shine”: let me just go cry in the corner.

13. "Change"

  • It’s really fascinating to learn that song was written about her experience in Nashville. At the time that she signed with big machine records, they were the smallest Record label in Nashville. She has arguably become one of the biggest stars in Pop music and we really was the reason that big machine records became what it is. It’s a little bittersweet listening to the song after so many years, especially considering the fact that Taylor Swift no longer owns this song. 
  • “And the battle was long, it's the fight of our lives”  

14. Jump Than Fall 

  • This is actually such a sweet song. She’s essentially asking the guy she likes to take a chance with her.

15. Untouchable 

  • So we see a mention of not only dreams but also heaven. Taylor has invoked both of these in various songs throughout her discography. It’s cool to see that she just had such a long career but continues to stay true to who she was from the very beginning. Obviously, she’s grown a lot as a person but she continues to invoke similar illusions throughout her music. But it’s sweet is this song is I felt that it was way too long and way too repetitive. 
  • “And when you're close, I feel like coming undone” 

16. Forever & Always—Piano 

  • This is an absolutely stunning version. I have to admit that I absolutely love acoustic Taylor. She really does shine when she is either playing the piano or guitar. 

17. Come In with the Rain 

  • I think that this could be a really great song that you would listen to after a break up when you’re trying to move on from your ex. I like the illusion of “come in with the rain” essentially meaning either a drought or a storm. In a drought, you are waiting for rain hoping that it all is all of the worries. In a storm, the rain can be uncontrollable. In both cases, you never know what the rain is going to do.  

18. SuperStar 

  • “just another wide-eyed girl”: Can I scream “All Too Well” because I want to  

19. The Other Side of the Door

  • “And you've called a hundred times”-- "I Almost Do" has a line about calling a significant lover 
  • “Slamming door”--"Our Song" has a similar line 
  •  “White lies"--"Getaway Song" has a similar line in "the ties were black the lies were white" 

Fearless has been quite a journey. I’m not sure what it was about this album that I did not expect but I ended up really enjoying it. I didn’t love it by far but I ended up replaying some songs again. I admit that it’s not as country as her first album and that could be why I enjoyed it so much.

I find it interesting that she still doesn’t have the strongest bridges first songs on this album but I’m wondering if the next album changes that for her.

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