Delicate - Taylor Swift




The Experience: This ain't for the best... When you settle because you've given up on being known, respected and loved...

Music video: Taylor Swift lives idolized and accoladed. But profoundly alone, wishing that someone would see her as more than an object to be envied, groped, or talked about. Wishing that someone would see her for who she is. Until a stranger hands her a note, and she turns invisible. No one sees her. But then they never saw her anyway. So invisible means she's free. She doesn't have to pretend. She doesn't have to play to the camera or the crowd. But that freedom doesn't mean she's not alone anymore. She still is. Until she follows the invite to a bar with normal people who see her for what she is: one of them.

The Meaning of Delicate: Taylor Swift explained Delicate as the beginning of a relationship at the Reputation album release party: "I don't care what they say about my reputation, it doesn't matter, Blah! But what happens when you meet someone who you really want in your life and then you start worrying about what they've heard before they met you? Kind of questioning the reality and the perception of a reputation and what that actually… How much weight it actually has. So this is called 'Delicate'". That desire and hope for something more is burned into the hook. But as the verses play out we realize that this relationship never grows. It truly ain't for the best. There's no commitment - we can't make any promises can we? It's not exclusive -  sometimes when I look into your eyes I pretend you're mine. And it doesn't ever last - echoes of your footsteps on the stairs stay here, honey, I don't wanna share. The reason she lives this way? At least he accepts her for who she is - my reputation's never been worse, so you must like me for me. When you don't find anyone who accepts you and respects for who you are... when you're too delicate to demand the respect you deserve... it's easy to settle for whatever you can get. And tell yourself that this is all you were ever looking for.

Ask yourself: Who knows and respects you? Only they can truly love you.

Album: -Reputation (2018)

LYRICS:


This ain't for the best
My reputation's never been worse, so
You must like me for me...
We can't make
Any promises now, can we, babe?
But you can make me a drink...

Dive bar on the east side, where you at?
Phone lights up my nightstand in the black
Come here, you can meet me in the back
Dark jeans and your Nikes, look at you
Oh damn, never seen that color blue
Just think of the fun things we could do

'Cause I like you
This ain't for the best
My reputation's never been worse, so
You must like me for me...
Yeah, I want you
We can't make
Any promises now, can we, babe?
But you can make me a drink...

Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it chill that you're in my head?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
Is it cool that I said all that
Is it too soon to do this yet?
'Cause I know that it's delicate
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it?
Delicate

Third floor on the west side, me and you
Handsome, you're a mansion with a view
Do the girls back home touch you like I do?
Long night, with your hands up in my hair
Echoes of your footsteps on the stairs
Stay here, honey, I don't wanna share

'Cause I like you
This ain't for the best
My reputation's never been worse, so
You must like me for me
Yeah, I want you
We can't make
Any promises now, can we, babe?
But you can make me a drink

Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it chill that you're in my head?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
Is it cool that I said all that
Is it too soon to do this yet?
'Cause I know that it's delicate
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it?
Isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't it?
Isn't it?
Delicate

Sometimes I wonder when you sleep
Are you ever dreaming of me?
Sometimes when I look into your eyes
I pretend you're mine, all the d-mn time
'Cause I like you

Is it cool that I said all that?
Is it chill that you're in my head?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
Yeah, I want you
Is it cool that I said all that
Is it too soon to do this yet?
'Cause I know that it's delicate (delicate)
'Cause I like you
Is it cool that I said all that?
(Isn't it?)
Is it chill that you're in my head?
(Isn't it? Isn't it?)
'Cause I know that it's delicate
(Isn't it?)
(Delicate)
Yeah, I want you
Is it cool that I said all that
(Isn't it?)
Is it too soon to do this yet?
(Isn't it? Isn't it?)
'Cause I know that it's delicate
(Isn't it?)
Delicate


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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