This song is Swift's response to the negative reputation the media has given her. "I can make the bad guys good for a weekend" - the bad guys are the paparazzi to Swift, but are good to the "player" since association with Swift immediately gives publicity. Any publicity is good publicity and Swift knows this. "You can tell me when it's over" - the tabloids rumor relationships are over before the couple announces it officially. With this song Swift is portraying the way she is portrayed by the media. It is a sarcastic jab at how she views herself and how her "ex-lovers" only wanted to be with her to increase their fame. I applaud the brilliance in writing about how you always write about relationships. It is expected so Swift is giving the media what they want and profiting off the attention.
I have gotten used to you making fun of me, The only thing I don't understand is why cant you just let me be? I think youre great and whos to blame, Though you say no one listened to you before I came, I think youre wrong, people do listen to you you just dont know it, One minute its go away, the next minute you say Im cooler than shit. Well I can only take so much, So when I stop something, dont make such a fuss! I don't think you understand what Im all about, Yet deep inside I am filled with remorce and great doubt. You dont know how I write my book, So basically when you call me a freak its all in the look. Its in my clothes, its in my hair, all though you make fun it still saddens me when youre not there. Even more, it hurts to know that you dont care. I dont want our friendship to just go, Theres so much there and so you know. You seem to radiat with a vibrant glow. You have probably heard this all before, I am just simpl making sure that you know this is so. There are so many features that i just adore probably because your the oppisette of a boaryet i feel that we are drifting everydayI write my poetry because I cannot speak, its because im afraid and oh so weak. Im worried that youll hate me forever, yet we should truly be together. Threes a feeling deep inside of me, i dont know what it is but it floats as if it was dwelling in the sea. I dont know what it is but its basaed on you, A plantation of feeling so you see why you can maike me blue I have felt this wayabout very few, now that i think about it it was only you. i just wanted you to know that thres more to me than what you see, youve got so much potenital it sets me free...
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I believe this is another amazingly on point and nuanced commentary on the insanity that follows emotionally abusive relationships. The abuser has no anxieties, no emotional pain, or salience/memory for that matter, so the survivor appears to be the crazy one, obsessed with the abuse and that buzzword that seems to ignite arguments about diagnosing people without a degree, etc. funny how you say the words domestic violence, abuse, abuse survivor and boom the subject changes. Anyways, I especially relate to her midnights becoming afternoons, complex PTSD often leads to this phenomenon, whether due to purposeful sleep deprivation by the abuser, or just hyper vigilance associated with the PTSD, along with the fear of facing people, especially your loved ones, who Never actually understand, even if they try, because all they see is you, on fire, screaming about the arsonist that no one ever sees, and who has been spreading lies about your alleged mental instability, deceptive personality, etc. the whole time. While the last thing survivors need is more blame, our society supports a narrative that blames the objectively innocent party because the blatantly guilty party has spent their entire lives fabricating a persona and we’re just being human, and human psychology is quite counterintuitive especially in the context of trauma. Look at Amber Heard. Vilified and not believed, regardless of what any abuse survivor could recognize as a fellow survivor instantly. But Johnny depp is a malignant narcissist, a man, and wealthy as all get out. It’s sick.
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