Published By: 1World Online
I love Taylor Swift’s new song “Blank spaces.” Maybe that’s because I agree with her that today’s current definition of love resides somewhere between happiness and a deep, dark desire to inflict serious pain.
Taylor’s new song is not a love story – it’s a realistic portrayal of how millennials today view the outcome of future relationships. To a millennial, love itself is like a doomed, roller-coaster ride waiting to derail.
“Look at that face…you look like my next mistake.” That line of lyrics from Taylor’s new song says it all, but it doesn’t say much for how millennials choose their partners – or for how Taylor envisions the outcome of her new romances.
“You can tell me when it’s over if the high was worth the pain…Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Those lyrics may not be the best pickup line to use in a bar, but they could be used as legal precedent for filing an early divorce or enforcing a premarital agreement.
The words “pain,” “torture” and “scar” are all over Taylor Swift’s new song and languish like a blind date gone seriously wrong.
But is that surprising? Considering Taylor’s past relationships with men, and how she sings about them, it should come as no shock to anyone.
It is sad though that Taylor would release a song that promotes so much negativity. Vocalizing about how love hurts is nothing new, but using it to make a few million bucks is irresponsible and deprecating.
“Got a long list of ex-lovers…They’ll tell you I’m insane…But I got a blank space baby…And I’ll write your name.”
Promissory notes like that one at the beginning of a relationship do not offer much hope for the future, and it doesn’t send out a positive message about love. Lyrics in love songs should not be about how you plan on hurting or dumping each other – they should reflect how great a new relationship could flourish.
Is that how Taylor Swift wants her young fans to look upon the act of falling in love – as something miserable that will most likely end in failure?
Oh well, no one ever accused Taylor Swift of trying to play Cupid. Millennials don’t go for all that crap nowadays anyway – to them love is like a business relationship on Wall Street. It has its margins and its losses or like Taylor Swift would say – its miscalculations.
Does that song come with a free box of Kleenex?
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine