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I listened to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ for 3 days and learnt 5 life lessons

A lot of people think Taylor Swift just writes songs about ex-boyfriends and boy does it cause a stir in our Swiftie hearts.


Sure, she writes a lot of love songs, but doesn’t basically every other pop star too? There must be more to the 10 time Grammy award winning songwriter’s lyrics.

We definitely think so, but to prove it, we listened to ‘1989’ for 3 days straight and here are the 5 important life lessons we learnt.

1. It’s never too late to be brand new

Okay, we know ‘Innocent’ isn’t on the track list, but the opening song ‘Welcome To New York’ has a strong message about starting over afresh.


With lyrics like “it’s a new soundtrack (…) it’s been waiting for you“, we’re definitely inspired to reach for the stars. Or at least pack up our bags and fly to NYC.

2. You can want who you want


Boys and boys and girls and girls” YES, Taylor. This might not seem like a huge life lesson, but we think it’s an important message for all those who are afraid to embrace who they are,

3. Don’t believe everything you read

‘Blank Space’ got everyone sassily singing about “starbucks lovers” (lol) last year, but we reckon this song isn’t actually about an ex-boyfriend; it’s Taylor showing how ridiculous society’s false perception of her is.

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Got a long list of ex-lovers / they’ll tell you I’m insane” T-Swizzle knows the media love to portray her as a crazy ex girlfriend, so why not make a hit single out of it? She’s playing them at their own game (and winning!).

4. Bandaids can’t fix bullet holes


Regardless of whose side you take on the Bad Blood beef,  we think the main message of this lyric and song is that you should always be careful what you do and say to others, because you can’t take it back. Also, Tay will probs write a song about you. Lesson learned!

5. The haters are gonna hate

Haters gonna hate, players gonna play, fakers gonna fake. We can’t control other people, but we have the power to decide how to respond to it.


We think the best thing to do is always just Shake It Off, because tbh there’s nothing that can’t be fixed by dancing like nobody’s watching.

What life lessons have you learnt from ‘1989’? Share them with us by tweeting @maximumpop.

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Written by Nina John-Clement

Style writer, maths geek and positive viber who's madly in love with words. Also an aspiring member of the Swift squad.

Tweet me @TheNinaJC

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