Taylor Swift’s Lyrics Studied by Wall Street Journal

When you think Wall Street Journal, you may not think Taylor Swift. But the bottom line is, reporters are people, too. And some of those reporters are people who have little kids and can’t help notice how much Swift’s music had embedded itself into every inch of pop culture. So this reporter took it upon himself to analyze the lyrics to Swift’s new song “Mine,” saying it’s “dotted with seemingly drawn-from-life details” and that “there’s a strong sense of almost-instant nostalgia.” And when he reflects on Swift’s power over very young kids like his own, he says that young listeners are “nostalgic in reverse.” I have to agree that reverse nostalgia works with so many country songs. I haven’t sent any kids off to college yet, but Trace Adkins’ “Then They Do” hit me hard anyway. And I may not know what it feels like to be married for 58 years, but when I get there, I’m sure I’ll be singing Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy.”

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